Saturday, December 19, 2015

Office holiday party

The robots love to show off their holiday attire at office parties!

Thursday, December 17, 2015 BB-8 Build Interview

Our friends Norm & Joey from spoke to Mike at Comikaze in LA in October, right after we completed the first phase of our BB-8 build. Here's footage that was shot at R2-LA in September and at Comikaze in October.

Watch Tested video

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Reaction to The Force Awakens after World Premiere in LA

Mike was interviewed by journalists as he walked out of the theater after being among the first people to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the Hollywood World Premiere, Dec 14 2015. The video and quotes from the video have been used widely by media outlets around the world. This is a wonderful film that will be loved by fans worldwide. Always such an honor to be a part of the Star Wars universe.

Watch Reuters video

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

Our little buddy R2 appears in this amazing acapella group from the Tonight Show:

Watch the video

The Force Awakens World Premiere, Hollywood

We were honored to attend the World Premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Hollywood. It was exciting to see all the stars on the red carpet, and to watch the film which proved to be amazing. The reception after the film in a 4-block-long tent down the middle of Hollywood Blvd featured plenty of delicious food and desserts. We took photos with Daniel Logan, Harry Shum Jr (Glee) and Seth Green.

USA Today article

This interview is being picked up by various news outlets around the world.

Read USA Today article & view video

Read SF Gate article

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Monday, December 7, 2015

Disney Hour of Code

R2 and Chewbacca took photos with the kids at Disney's Hour of Code event, where kids learned to make video games using basic computer programming. The event was filmed for Disney 365.

Star Wars Press Junket

We were honored to meet the cast of The Force Awakens at the Los Angeles Press Junket

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Jimmy Kimmel show

R2 appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel show with the cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Carrie Fisher Accidentally Holograms Jimmy Kimmel


Friday, November 20, 2015

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Comikaze LA 2015

BB8 made its public debut at Comikaze at the LA Convention Center. We met lots of fans of the upcoming film, and many dressed as Rey. Norm from filmed an interview about the BB8 build. A very busy day. Always fun hanging out with our R2 Builder friends.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Duracell commercial

R2 was a part of this cool Duracell commercial, Battle for Christmas Morning:

Watch the commercial

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Star Wars Reads Day - East Anaheim Branch Library

Mike spoke about building R2-D2 for Star Wars Reads Day at the East Anaheim Branch Library.

Thursday, October 1, 2015 interview

Our friend Norm from came out to our workshop to watch Mike cut open the BB-8 Sphero toy to see how it works. 

Saturday, September 19, 2015

12th annual R2-LA

More than 75 guests braved 100-degree heat for this year's gathering of R2 Builders. Norm & Joey from came to interview Mike and many other builders throughout the day. Gordon Tarpley brought C3PO as a special guest.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Loma Linda University Children's Hospital visit

We made a surprise visit to our little buddy Dominic, as well as all the other kids on that floor. Here's a photo of R2 showing his support by getting a finger prick while Dominic's service dog Kipper is napping. Later, R2 screamed while Dominic got his finger pricked, a dreaded activity. We got some great reactions from lots of kids. It's always an honor being a friend and escort to R2-D2, especially while he brings joy to sick kids, their dedicated families and caregivers.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

D23 Expo, Anaheim Convention Center Aug 14-16, 2015

R2-D2 helped to kick off the D23 Expo Friday morning by joining C3PO on stage when George Lucas was honored with a Disney Legends Award. Then Artoo, WALL-E & Eve were featured in photo opportunity booths for hundreds of Disney fans to take pictures with over the three-day event. It was an honor to be invited to be a part of this amazing celebration of all things Disney.

Bob Eiger, C3PO and R2-D2 during Disney Legends Awards

George Lucas

R2's "mini me" selfie

Panama TV interview

Joy from an Inside Out family gives Artoo some love

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

MDA Summer Camp, Orange

R2-D2 once again visited the kids from Muscular Dystrophy Association at their summer camp at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center in Orange.  But this time our daughter and son took R2 out without my wife and me.  We are proud of our responsible teenage children for continuing our family tradition to make this visit a reality for these amazing campers, and for sharing their heartwarming photos and video.

Here's a cute video of R2-D2 playing soccer with a camper:

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Cub Scout Pack Meeting, Rancho Santa Margarita

Thanks to Cub Scout Pack 727 for having us out to present to the boys and families at their Pack meeting in the lovely city of Rancho Santa Margarita. The boys asked some entertaining questions and then got to take Den photos with R2-D2 and WALL•E.