Saturday, December 10, 2005

FIDM Closing Gala

At the closing gala for the FIDM Star Wars costume exhibit, we met Senator Ted Kennedy at a pre-event fundraiser. We also got a ride in the full-scale X-wing replica. R2 even got served by the bartender!

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

VH1 "Dancing With Star Wars" shoot

Amy took R2-D2 on set for the filming of VH1's "Dancing With Star Wars" spoof for the "Big in '05 Awards" show that aired Dec 4, 2005. Ashley Del Grosso taught stormtroopers to dance & did the tango with Darth Vader, Edyta danced with Chewbacca, & Alex Mazo tried to get R2 to do "something other than 'The Robot.'" Judge Carrie Ann Inaba got choked by Darth Vader when she criticized his dancing style.

Saturday, November 5, 2005

Forced Alliance Film Shoot

We met the guys who were making this film at the Opening Gala for the FIDM exhibit, and they asked R2 to be in their film, as an R5 unit. It's being premiered in late March 2006.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Ability First Halloween event

This organization serves the developmentally disabled in Pasadena. They hold an annual Halloween event for their clients.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

R2-D2's 2nd Birthday

We took R2-D2 to the local pizza place to celebrate his 2nd birthday.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

ICAN Bowling Fundraiser

The International Child Abuse Network holds an annual bowling charity fundraiser in Tarzana.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

ARK Picnic

This is an event for foster kids in Garden Grove, organized by the Pacific Life company's Good Guys charity group.

Friday, September 23, 2005


Our 3rd gathering of Southern California area (and beyond!) R2 Builders. One of the highlights of this year's event was when builder Mike Granek flew overhead in his Sheriff's Department helicopter and took aerial photos.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

FIDM Costume Exhibit Opening Gala

We met George Lucas at the gala celebration for the opening of the Star Wars costume exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in LA.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Discovery Science Center, Santa Ana

Star Wars & other characters appeared for their sci-fi weekend. Young Boba Fett actor Daniel Logan appeared at the event. R2 had fun dancing with kids in the lobby & visiting them in the food court.

Saturday, July 2, 2005

City of Hope fundraiser at Anime Expo, Anaheim

R2-D2 joined a variety of costumed characters, including Blade, Ghostbusters, Captain Jack Sparrow, Futurama's Bender, and Speed Racer to raise money for City of Hope at the Anime Expo at Anaheim Convention Center. Convention attendees dress up as their favorite anime characters at this colorful "cosplay" event. We were the Speed Racer family (Speed, Trixie & our "Mini Me's").

Saturday, May 28, 2005

MTV Movie Awards shoot with Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon did a funny spoof of Star Wars for the MTV Movie Awards, using R2-D2 wearing his "R5 costume." The R5 shot a can of warm beer (from the volcano planet) out the top of his dome, which Fallon, dressed as Anakin, offered to Padme. After the shoot, we converted him back to R2-D2, to the thrill of the crew, who waited in line for at least 15 minutes for photo ops. This shoot took place on the backlot at Universal Studios.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Burger King Convention, Las Vegas

R2-D2 helped open the Burger King convention at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. He appeared onstage with the CEOs, who were dressed in Star Wars costume, to help promote the theme of the convention. One of them arrived in an X-wing fighter, the other flew in on wires, dressed as a jedi. R2 rolled in with dice attached to his front arm. Burger King was officially licensed to give out Star Wars toys in their kids meals. R2 met Magic Johnson, who was there doing a charity fundraiser on the convention floor.