Saturday, December 22, 2007

Autism Christmas Party, Irvine

R2-D2 & our 2 ewoks joined the 501st Legion to help autistic children and their parents celebrate the holidays at California Integrative Hyperbaric Center in Irvine, which treats autistic children and people with cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, migraines and other conditions. The center uses walk-in tanks that infuse patients with high levels of oxygen – much higher doses than what's available in the air. The event was featured in the OC Register. There were many kid volunteers besides the ewoks. Two miniature 4-year-old stormtroopers joined their dads, there was a little Jawa and an 8-year-old center volunteer dressed as an elf. The kids enjoyed holding puppies that were being auctioned off for the charity.

Our daughter found a little surprise inside her glove as she was dressing… the broken-off fingertip from the mannequin used for the Fanboys movie shoot earlier this month. It was strangely creepy watching it fall out of the glove! But a funny little “souvenir” of the movie shoot.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Fanboys shoot

Michael, R2-D2 and our daughter's ewok costume spent the day on the set of the upcoming film “Fanboys,” produced by Kevin Spacey. It’s a road trip movie about Star Wars fans trying to break into Skywalker Ranch in 1998 to get an advance copy of Star Wars Episode I. The scene filmed Monday was supposed to take place in George Lucas’ prop-filled office. While a change in plans resulted in R2-D2 being removed from the scene, the ewok suit should have a prominent role in the movie, which hits theaters in January. Amy & the kids visited the set briefly and we got a family photo with Kristen Bell, the actress who threatens to light the ewok head on fire with a lighter in a scene. (Our daughter was a bit alarmed to hear that! But the costume survived.) Michael also got a photo earlier in the day with R2-D2 and all the main actors in the film. Kristen Bell is currently starring in the NBC show, Heroes (where she shoots lightening from her fingertips). She’s a blonde, but was wearing a brunette wig for Fanboys. She also starred in Veronica Mars on WB.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Annunciation School Soup Kitchen fundraiser

The ewoks appeared at this small fundraiser at a Catholic school in Fullerton. Proceeds benefit a soup kitchen for the needy.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Westside Children's Center event at Sony Pictures

This event was a fundraiser for Westside Children's Center, which provides family services to disadvantaged, vulnerable, or underserved young children & their families in West Los Angeles. The event was held at the Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City. R2-D2 & the ewoks welcomed guests at the front entry and posed for Polaroid photos which were given to each guest as they entered. Many other Star Wars characters were in attendance, including a group who put on a Jedi Training Academy show for young guests.

Saturday, September 29, 2007


We held the fifth annual gathering of R2 Builders at our home. At least 13 droids were present, along with about 30 builders. A painting demo & resin molding demo attracted a lot of interest, as well as a visit from a costumed slave Leia for photo opportunities.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Pacific Symphony John Williams Concert

As part of the Pacific Symphony's summer series at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, the orchestra performed a Salute to John Williams, playing themes from Star Wars, Harry Potter, E.T., Jurassic Park, Superman and others, complete with fireworks. R2-D2 was asked to come be a part of the show. His role was to make a surprise appearance on stage to deliver the "missing Star Wars score" to conductor Richard Kaufman. R2-D2 was greeted with thunderous applause, and was asked to return for a final bow at the close of the show. He also appeared at the VIP After Party backstage. Prior to the show, the kids enjoyed dressing up as ewoks to entertain the crowd as they enjoyed their picnic dinners and made their way to their seats. We enjoyed seeing the beautiful Japanese dancers in their costumes backstage before the show and listening to the fabulous music under the stars. The Orange County Register published a great photo of R2-D2 presenting the score to the conductor in its review.

Photo courtesy OC Register

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

R2-KT Visit

After the Celebration IV convention in LA, Albin Johnson's R2-KT droid came to visit our R2-D2 and R5-DD droids until KT went to Comic Con in San Diego in July. KT was built in memory of Albin's daughter Katie, who died of brain cancer at age 7 in 2005. Albin takes it to charity events near his home in the Southeastern US to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer. During the visit, Michael did some needed repairs to KT to prepare it for its convention appearances with Lucasfilm & Hasbro. A few years ago as part of a group of R2 Builders, Michael had helped create KT for Albin. Michael assembled the "skins," which are the aluminum outer body coverings. For more information on KT, go to

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Skywalker Ranch Annual July 4 Picnic

Since Michael was in the Bay Area over 4th of July, he was invited to attend the Lucasfilm Annual Picnic at Skywalker Ranch. He toured the grounds, ate BBQ, played games (his team won first place and received a blue ribbon), and even saw George Lucas & Rick McCallum at the lunch area.