Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Saturday, September 21, 2013
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|
Posted by Senna at 11:30 PM
Monday, September 16, 2013
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.
Posted by Senna at 9:11 PM
Sunday, July 21, 2013
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.
Posted by Senna at 12:43 PM
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
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|
|Ashley & David Eckstein, Mike Senna|
Posted by Senna at 11:14 PM
Saturday, July 13, 2013
This week our 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-D2's holder (it starts & 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|
Posted by Senna at 11:11 PM
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Our R2-D2 appeared in several of the Pink Five fan films produced by Trey Stokes & 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.
|Amy Earhart & Trey Stokes|
|Amy Earhart & Trey Stokes|
|Voice Actor Stephen Stanton signs DD's dome|
|Dee Dee with members of the 501st Legion|
Posted by Senna at 11:00 PM