Saturday, September 21, 2013

R2LA 10

We had our biggest crowd yet, with 90 guests and more than 20 droids at our 10th annual gathering of R2 Builders. Everyone enjoyed sharing ideas and showing off their work. Several new builders were inspired to get working on their projects. A special guest was Disney Imagineering legend Bob Gurr. Film maker Trey Stokes attended and filmed scenes for his latest Pink Five films, starring DeeDee, our pink R5 droid made especially for the Pink Five trilogy. Trey also screened the Pink Five trilogy on the big screen. The builders honored us with a custom-made acrylic plaque to thank us for hosting the event for ten years.

Disney Imagineering legend Bob Gurr & host Mike Senna

all the builders
engraved plaque presented to us in honor of 10th R2LA
builders with droids
Nikki Miyamoto's Million Dollar R2 project in progress
Disney legend Bob Gurr

creativity isn't limited to droid building...
we had 20+ droids here

droids watching group of builders cheering
Trey Stokes directs a scene from Pink Five starring 5 droids (their operators are standing on right)
Kayla Miyamoto stars in a scene from Pink Five 
William Miyamoto, Mike Senna & Michael McMaster have attended all 10 events
plaque in honor of 10 years of R2LA

Monday, September 16, 2013

Boy Scout Robotics

R2-D2 visited a Boy Scout troop for a presentation on robotics. The boys listened with great interest and asked a lot of thoughtful questions. It is always great to see the enthusiasm of young people toward technology, and we hope to inspire them to pursue their own challenges building creative projects.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Course of the Force Bay Area Adventure

Here's some photos from Course of the Force, taken during R2's exciting trip to the Bay Area, where he visited Skywalker Ranch, Yahoo, YouTube, Google and the Golden Gate Bridge. R2 was transported in a custom-decorated Ford vehicle. This event is a Make-A-Wish fundraiser. Photos courtesy Course of the Force.

Skywalker Ranch
Skywalker Ranch


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Course of the Force Closing Party, San Diego

The Course of the Force light saber relay, a Make-A-Wish Foundation fundraiser, ended at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego, across the street from ComicCon. We attended the closing party, where the final runner placed the light saber in R2's holder for the last time. Then the Spazmatics played classic 80s tunes and everyone danced and had a great evening at the open-air event.

Final Make-a-Wish relay runner talks with event hosts, including Chris Hardwick & Ashley Eckstein

The Spazmatics

Ashley & David Eckstein, Mike Senna

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Course of the Force--Huntington Beach

This week R2-D2 is working a Make-A-Wish foundation charity event, an Olympic torch-style relay along PCH to Comic Con in San Diego. Here's photos of Artoo in Huntington Beach. The last runner of the day places the light saber into R2's holder (the run starts and ends each day with R2 on various piers along the coast).

Fan dressed as C3PO posts with R2-D2

Event host poses with R2-D2 at day's end

Artoo enjoys view of Huntington Beach Pier

last runner of the day places light saber "torch" in R2-D2's holder

last runner was a Make A Wish kid

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Long Beach Comic Expo

R2-D2 appeared in several of the Pink Five fan films produced by Trey Stokes and starring Amy Earhart. Artoo appears sometimes as himself, and sometimes as R5-DD, a talking pink droid with an attitude. Dee Dee, whom Mike custom made for the film series years ago, made a rare appearance Saturday for a screening of the films at the Long Beach Comic Expo. Mike, who also starred in the film as a stormtrooper, enjoyed a cast reunion with other troopers at the screening. Afterward, Dee Dee joined members of the 501st Legion at their charity photo station.


Stormtrooper reunion

Amy Earhart and Trey Stokes
Amy Earhart and Trey Stokes

cast reunion
Voice Actor Stephen Stanton signs DD's dome
Dee Dee with members of the 501st Legion