R2's Adventures

By jamiemcshan on Monday, June 09, 2014
Each year R2 and I do our best to visit the kids at the Red Arena Round-Up. Red Arena is such a great organization and I am so proud that my wife can work there, helping kids and adults work through difficult adversities. R2 is always a big hit with the kids and this little girl was so cute I just had to snap a photo. She got her face painted with a little R2. It was so neat! Hope all the kids had as much fun as I did seeing them smile, dance and laugh with R2! You can see more about Red Arena on their website. http://www.redarena.org
By jamiemcshan on Monday, May 19, 2014

Probably the coolest thing so far that I have done with my R2 is take him to NASA for a video shoot for none other than LucasFilms. Yes, I am officially an employee of LucasFilms. Well, at least I was while shooting this video.  My son Alex and I had a great time filming at the Space Center in Houston. We got to go behind the scenes and shoot R2 in some of the displays. It’s amazing how much we filmed but they only used about 20% of it in the video… It was truly an awesome experience! Here is a link to the official video hosted by Star Wars on their YouTube channel.

By jamiemcshan on Monday, May 19, 2014

 This years Austin Mini Maker Faire was even bigger and better than last years. R2-D2  and R2-DZ had a great time entertaining the future builders and a special thanks to my friend and fellow builder Liz Wrightson and her husband Bernie for helping me man the booth. Couldn't have done it without you.
By jamiemcshan on Monday, December 09, 2013

R2 was invited to visit the Dripping Springs Elementary School and the Rooster Springs Elementary School to talk Robotics and Coding during the Hour of Code week. We talked to over 1000 kids. It was one of the coolest things R2 and I have gotten to do.
By jamiemcshan on Saturday, November 23, 2013
Wizard World Comic Con was the second official group outing for the Central Texas Droid Builders club.  We had a great time and I believe that we inspired others to start their builds.  It was also the first time, I got to work with Chris Bartlett as C-3P0. He is amazing and it was so cool to get to work with him. I hope we can do it again sometime.
By jamiemcshan on Saturday, June 08, 2013
Saturday was spent talking droid building at the Round Rock Mini Maker Faire. This was the first event for the newly formed Central Texas Droid Builders club. Jeremy, Jason and Zac helped out to man the table and show off some of their parts and build status. I think we are going to have a great group of builders. I can't wait to have a build day.
By jamiemcshan on Sunday, May 26, 2013

San Antonio got its very own Lego Store (we've had one in Austin for some time), so R2 got invited to attend the event. It was super packed... I couldn't believe how many people showed up. They had their master builders there building an 8 ft tall R2-D2 out of Legos. They had so many people there, they had to limit the people going into the Lego store. Thanks to Matt for the great goodie bags for attending. My son and I really liked them.
By jamiemcshan on Saturday, May 25, 2013
It's hard to believe that it's been 30 years since I first say Return of the Jedi... But seeing it on the big screen once again was a great treat... made me feel young again, until about 12:30 AM, then my age started to come back and I was feeling really old at 3:30 AM when I got home... But we had a good time (me and R2) we were at the Slaughter location Alamo Drafthouse and I couldn't believe the amount of people that turned out for the event. They had like 5 screens and all were sold out. I had fun interacting with the folks and having R2 dance with the kids.  R2 even found a girlfriend. 
By jamiemcshan on Saturday, May 04, 2013
R2 and I had a great time at the first Texas Toy and Comic Expo in San Marcos, Texas on Sat, May 4th and 5th. Got to meet some Walking Dead stars (Michael Rooker, IronE Singleton, Noel G. and Addy Miller.) Also got to meet Eddie Munster (Butch Patrick).  Got me thinking that I don't think my kids have really seen any of the old black and white Munster episodes. Thanks to Tim Gardner for inviting us out to the Con. It was fun. Looking forward to next year.

By jamiemcshan on Saturday, March 23, 2013
Alex, R2 and I attended a fun Lego Star Wars build day at the Lego Store in Barton Creek mall. I is always fun to go to the Lego store, since Alex and I are huge Lego fans. Members of the 501st and the Rebel Legion were also in attendance. After that, we decided to go down and check out the grand openning of the new Apple Store. At first they really liked having R2 stop by to promote their opening. But then their "Geniuses" got distracted and they asked us to leave. Nicely, but they did ask us to move along, move along.