Sunday, September 26, 2010

Build A Bear - Star Wars Event

Oh my goodness this was our first non convention event with R2 and it was so much fun. My jaw and sides hurt from laughing so hard. The kids and the Storm Troopers from the 501st Legion were so funny.

Oddest moment of the day was being stopped by Mall Security as soon as we entered the Mall. Apparently they were not informed of the event. Did you know you have to have a 3 million insurance policy? I don't know if this is with all malls but I'm sure it is with all Simon Malls. So we were instructed that we were not allowed to drive the droid out side of the store. Luckily it wasn't a big ordeal. Although we did feel bad telling the Apple Store Employees that we couldn't bring him over there before we left. 

Cutest moment of the day.... Well, that's so hard to choose. Kids showing there new bears to the Storm Troopers as well as R2. Kids standing on their tippy toes to see who is inside R2. The little girls asking Todd a million questions about R2. Or the little girl who wanted a hug from the Storm Trooper. I've learned from some fellow builders, Syrena & Brad that sometimes the troopers get pinched and so that's why they do the high 5. 

Funniest moment is when people dance to any of the various songs R2 plays. So far we had a mother and daughter dancing together for part of the Cantina song. But nothing tops a Storm Trooper holding a C3P0 Bear and dancing. Although I do have to share one conversation I over heard between a father and his son. 

The kid asked,  "What is R2 saying?".
The father replied, "I don't know. We need C3P0 to tell us and he's not here."

The saddest moment of the day well there really is 2 saddest moments. As it gets later in the day kids get rowdier & rough and start smacking R2. Not to hard but I wasn't to pleased with it. The other sad moment was when we were leaving R2 scared this girl who had to be 8 or 9. She was so scared that she was hiding behind her father crying. 

All in all I have to say it was a blast and I got a bear for my niece who is due in December. If you ever want to do something fun with your kids or for a birthday party I highly recommend this place. I'd also like to take a moment to send a special Thanks to the Orlando 501st for letting us join them and look forward to accompanying them at the Verizon R2 Droid phone release on Wednesday. 

Monday, September 13, 2010

In the news....

I know haven't updated the blog in a long time. Now that Celebration V is over it's time to take a break and catch up. I did have a lot of fun as it was our first time going to one. I really enjoyed the costumes and how well the different groups designed their sets. It's amazing how diverse the backgrounds of the other fan groups mirror the R2 builders group. You have costume makers, programmers, technician, mechanics & more. I think the best part of a convention is getting to know some of the people you bumped into at the convention. Many I have to admit found me.

One thing I like to do is look at the pictures posted on the facebook groups. It's a blast. So I hope more folks add their pictures to Star Wars Celebration.

Don't use facebook? Don't want to go Pro on Flickr? It's ok. There are sites setup by several papers wanting Star Wars Celebration pictures. Here are a few of them. (I've also added my best clear pictures to them)
The 2nd thing I like doing is searching the news articles for pictures of the event. I get to see stuff I missed. So this time I thought I'd post articles in which our droids picture is in. I know with R2 it's hard to tell them apart.

With kids, the future of 'Star Wars' is rosy | Geek Gestalt - CNET News

'Star Wars' fever invades Orlando (photos) and Tech Republic 'Star Wars' Fever invades Orlando
  • 3 is our droid used in previous article listed. 
  • 18 is Jessica at the droid races on Friday.
When droids break their huddle - Todd and both droids are in the shot. Unfortunatly they cropped me out but that's ok.

My Orlando Fox Star Wars Celebration V (Todd's R2 at the very end there)

So many Slave Leia Costumes! Pics from Star Wars Celebration V Image 216 out of 325
Star Wars Celebration V - Day Two (
  • About 2/3rds down the entire page. Click here to avoid scrolling.
Star Wars Celebration V - Day Three (
  • About 2/3rds down the entire page. Click here to avoid scrolling.
Homemade R2 Units at Star Wars Celebration: From Almost-Best to Best
  • R7's picture is half way through the page. 
Star Wars Celebration V – Day 1 Coverage (8/12/10)
  • There are 2 pictures of R7 in a row not far down 
Star Wars Celebration 5 CV Coverage by and GGC » R2 Builders
This is more of a posting of all their photos from the Droid room. Their pictures are also on face book as well.

Ok so I found one more article.....

Les R2-D2 Builder

One of the great things about Flickr is tagging, if the owner of the pics all it. To see more droid picture click here.

Oh and I have to say best complement ever from George Lucas to all the droid builders. See his comment by clicking here.

Other videos of the droids are added to the following playlist.