Saturday, September 16, 2017

Star Wars Day at the Corona Public Library 2017

Today R2 joined lots of other Star Wars characters for the Corona Public Library's Star Wars Day.

Lots of people showed up to meet the characters and get pictures with them.

Everyone had a great time, and I'm sure we'll be back.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Star Wars Night at Angel Stadium 2017

Tonight was the 3rd annual Star Wars Night at Angel Stadium, and R2 joined many members of various Star Wars clubs to help commemorate the occasion.

Matthew Henricks joined me as my wrangler/photographer, while Gordon Tarpley joined in as C-3PO.

R2 and C-3PO posed for fans that lined up to take pictures before the game at the stadium's Music Garden. Always great to see these two characters together.

Lots of other characters were available for pre-game pictures as well.

A little before game time, some of the characters were invited to walk the warning track along the perimeter of the field. R2 and C-3PO were among them.

Just as we were about to start our walk, C-3PO and Darth Vader were invited to escort the person throwing the first pitch to the mound, so Gordon got to hang around, while R2 continued his lap around the field.

R2 managed to stave off loneliness, however.

After the third inning, several of the characters participated in the steal-a-base contest, along the 3rd base line. R2 hung back a bit since he's not quite as quick as the two-legged characters.

The characters mingled with fans during the 6th and 7th innings for photos on one of the concourses.

Some of the characters walked the warning track during the 7th inning stretch, but we all agreed that R2 might be a bit too slow to do the trip, and I don't want to be famous for holding up a major league baseball game. Thus, it was time for us to wrap up, and I headed on home as the Angels secured a 7-4 victory. R2's record is now 1-2 with the Angels. He has some catching up to do.

The full photoset is here. Many thanks to Matthew Henricks for taking most of the photos.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Force Sunday 2017 at the Apple Store

Today R2 made a return visit to the Apple Store at South Coast Plaza, in Costa Mesa, CA, to wrap up celebrating Force Friday/Saturday/Sunday. And this time, he had some company!

Gordon Tarpley as C-3PO joined R2, along with a couple of stormtroopers from the 501st, as we provided photo ops for customers as part of the Force Weekend.

Some pics of our visit.

Everyone had a really great time. Hopefully we can return some day.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Force Friday 2017 at the Apple Store

This afternoon, R2 celebrated Force Friday at the Apple Store at South Coast Plaza, in Costa Mesa, CA.

The Apple Store was participating because they were selling the new Sphero R2-D2, along with their BB-8 and BB-9E. The small droids can be controlled via an iPhone.

Surprised customers were designed to see R2, and scores of pictures were taken.

It's not Force Friday unless you're using the Force, right?

Everyone had such a good time and R2's presence was so appreciated, he'll make a return visit on Sunday. And he just might bring some friends.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Hillsides Visit 2017

Today, R2 returned to Hillsides Children's Group Home, where he participated with dozens of members of various Star Wars clubs, to bring happiness to kids who have had a tough childhood. Per policy with these things, no pictures with kids were allowed.

As he's done each year, R2 hid under an outdoor stairway, as the characters changed into costume and prepared for their grand entrance.

Quite a large group assembled behind the building where the characters had changed, in order to make their surprise appearance.

The kids got to meet the characters, and most of the characters signed their autograph books. The kids also got patches. Next, the Saber Guild put on their presentation, where Jedi fight Sith, and ultimately, Vader himself. The kids help use the Force to chase Vader away.

And finally, we wrapped with group photo.

It's a great event for a great cause, and I hope R2 and I are part of it again next year.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Comicon 2017

This weekend R2 and I attended San Diego Comicon at the San Diego convention center, along with many of my R2 Builder and Mouse Droid Builder friends. I was scheduled to moderate two panels. The first was on Mouse Droid building, on Friday from 6:00pm-7:00pm. The second was on R2 building, on Sunday from 12:00pm-1:00pm.

I loaded up the car and headed out to meet up with Michael McMaster and Gordon Tarpley. Once we got to San Diego, we grabbed a quick lunch at In-n-Out, and did the requisite goofing around.

Upon our arrival at the convention center, we plunged into the sea of people.

We immediately took in the sights and displays.

At 6:00pm we gave our Mouse Droid Builders panel. Kevin Holme demonstrated his "Mousezilla" and it was well received.

Afterward the guys decided to do a demolition derby, but my mouse droid timidly sat out. (I preferred not to destroy him until after he's done being built.)

Saturday was a free day, so we roamed the convention some more, including things that were going on just outside the convention center. Adam Savage presided over the presentation of Justice League-themed wheelchairs to young children, so they could roam the convention in style.

The Hasbro booth had some neat Star Wars dioramas on display.

The Weta booth had a neat Gollum model on display.

Speaking of Gollum, Andy Serkis was signing nearby.

The Prop Store had amazing props on display, many of them selling for tens of thousands of dollars.

We wrapped up the day with Gordon dressing up as C-3PO, joining Thomas' R2-D2.

On Sunday, we met up early to load the droids into the U-Haul that Thomas arranged, in order to get them to the convention center loading dock.

Our first stop was the tribute to Carrie Fisher and Kenny Baker. Joe Font represented the R2 Builders on stage, and at the panel's conclusion we all gathered our droids to the front of the room for a photo op.

At noon, it was time for our R2 Builders panel! Mike and William started it off with an entertaining BB-8 competition that Mike's wife Amy captured.

The panel went great. There were lots of laughs and everyone had a good time.

And that's a wrap! We loaded the truck back up and returned out our rendezvous point to unload and head back home.

It was a great weekend, I always enjoy spending time with my building friends, and I hope we get to do it again.

The full photoset is here.