My R2 has been thru a lot of events over the years. And as with anything over time it gets damaged in all kinds of ways. Parts break off, cracked, dented and so forth. So earlier this month I gave him a complete new paint job. R2 and I were invited to attend a Toy and art Museum weekend in Finland and as they went thru the effort of arranging all the logistics I felt a slight facelift was in order. I even printed out some newer details for R2 that are lighter and better detailed. The average person won’t see a difference but at a closer look it’s perfect.
Last weekend was ComicCon in stockholm where for the firsttime all 3 of my droids attended. R2, the oldest preformed as well as always. Wall*E, with all the upgrades was a champ. He was very popular. Bt more than BB-8 even. With all the latest upgrades it ready made a difference. He appeared very life like. I only wish I could have recorded a video but can’t drive and film at the same time. More upgrades are coming. BB-8, well performed OK but he’ll require a lot of tweaking before all the bugs are ironed out. I guess that’s why its called a hobby, lol. Ive be asked what will I do next and I actually have a project in mind but that I’ll save for a later post. In the mean time enjoy the snapshots for the weekend. As an added bonus I R2 Builders arranged to have Oliver Steeples ( R2 builder from the force awakens) and Matt Denton (BB-8 builder from the force awakens) there for the entire weekend as our guests, participate in panels and so forth. It was a real treat and got all the insider info about TFA and episode VIII 😉
This past weekend I was invited to attend the Sweden Games Conference and festival in Skövde, Sweden. I was very reluctant but when they offered to donate a large sum of money to my favorite charity I couldn’t resist. They also offered to transport all my droids to the event as well. So R2, Wall-e and BB-8 were shipped off early last week. IT WAS A BLAST! I’ve never felt so welcomed to any event as I was for this event. I’ll have to iron out a few glitches with BB-8 but will love to do this again next year 😊
When I started to build my first droids I did it as therapy by not bringing my work home every evening. Looking back that was the only honest reason. Now, 8 years later I couldn’t imagine that my “modest” hobby would be giving so much back to others. Last night I had the opportunity to visit a children’s hospital. It wasn’t the first time but it was a humbling feeling of selflessly giving. I’m not writing about this to boast. I just feel so honored to be able to have the means to do this. The parents gave me permission to share this on my blog 😊
This past weekend was the 2nd and now annual ComicCon in Stockholm in the enormously impressive Friends Arena! This was a weekend of many memorable moments that I’ll never forget. I brought my R2 and Wall-e to this event along with fellow R2 Builders Sweden and Nordic Legions Members. It was probably the best event I’ve ever been a part of in all my past 8 years of conventioning.
From my droid perspective My R2 took over the EA Games Star Wars: Battlefront display as the centerpiece:
My Wall-e was so popular it was beyond humbling with MANY compliments and loving gestures from kids and adults alike. I’ve never felt so much love for any of my previous projects as I got for my Wall-e this past weekend. These pictures only tell part of the story. But they do show why I love to have this crazy hobby.
Wall-e performed like a real champ with only a few minor glitches. My latest tread adjustments worked awesomely. I tightened up the treads and gears to prevent the treads from derailing. This 3,5 year project with Walle has finally paid off. For those that don’t know Walle was never built for the Disney film. It was all CGI. So getting the digital Walle to work in the real physical world was the ultimate challenge.
On Saturday I and the R2 Builders got the chance to present our R2 and BB-8 builds to a standing room only 200+ public. It felt so awesome!!