Celebrate Star Wars by Building Your Own Astromech Droid

first_img Despite some controversy surrounding the newest Star Wars movie (and no, I haven’t seen it yet, so no spoilers here), The Last Jedi continues to dominate the box office. I’ve long been a fan of the series, well the original trilogy anyway. Aside from the swashbuckling characters, it’s the tech that most intrigues me. The iconic lightsabers, starships, blasters, and of course the droids. Even those who know nothing about the Star Wars universe or haven’t seen a single film, are familiar with R2-D2 and C3PO. And that little chirping R2-D2 astromech droid has especially worked his way into people’s hearts.At Maker Faire NY, I came across several iterations of the enigmatic little droid at the R2 Builders Club booth. They also gave a talk on how to construct your own R2-D2 and related droids. The life-sized replicas are made from a variety of materials including aluminum, plywood, fiberglass, or other traditional materials and processes. Many builds also incorporate CNC and/or 3D printing. You can even build a BB-8 droid. Plans for both droids are available at Astromech.net. And there’s a wealth of knowledge and helpful advice in the forums section.Don’t have the room, budget or time to build a full-size R2 unit? No worries. You can build a ¼ scale 3D printed astromech droid by following the U.S. Water Robot’s tutorial, which they made to celebrate International Star Wars Day, this past May. They even have a mod to make the little droid fly by turning it into a water bottle rocket. The parts can be 3D printed even on a very small print bed and in the tutorial they use a Monoprice Select Mini V2. So, if you want to make your own astromech droid, get out your hyperspanners and get to work.Video Playerhttps://www.geek.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/2017-09-25-11.22.03.mp400:0000:0000:23Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Prepare To Be Amazed By This Tiny Working Lego PianoPlug a Floppy Drive in to Your Android Phone For a Retro Storage Boost Stay on targetlast_img read more

John Boyega is a Giant Nerd And Thats Why We Love Him

first_img Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Michael B. Jordan isn’t the only weeb on the block. John Boyega, star of Attack the Block, Pacific Rim: Uprising, and the new Star Wars trilogy, has an impressive nerd pedigree of his own. Promoting an appearance at Awesome Con this week, Boyega regaled press with his love of sci-fi, Godzilla, video games, and all things anime.Though he admitted he wasn’t a huge fan of conventions before stardom—the long lines were off-putting—Boyega did cop to being a bit of a magpie. In addition to a lightsaber collection, he also has a stash of anime figures. “Bloody hell. I have Dragon Ball Z figures; I have Naruto figures. One Punch Man. I’m a nerd—I just do it right. Oh yeah, [I’m a] big time nerd.”Asked what his go-to cosplay would be, Boyega barely hesitated with his answer. “I’d probably be Sasuke from Naruto. I’d love to do that cosplay.”That excitement extends to his film roles too. From fighting off the First Order to fending off an inner-city alien invasion to wrestling with kaiju in jaegers, Boyega said he’s always been drawn to sci-fi as a genre. “I just thought if I wanted to be in a film, I’ve always wanted to enjoy and be part of it in a very unique way,” he said. “I’ve wanted to play characters that are important to the story and at the forefront. Obviously, not just specific to Star Wars or Pacific Rim. I just wanted to be involved in sci-fi.”For Pacific Rim, Boyega’s interest started with the first film. “Fundamentally, I was one of the fans who was questioning whether a sequel was going to happen, and whether Guillermo del Toro would take the helm. When I heard Legendary had plans for it in the future, I was excited like everybody else.” But for all the monsters that Boyega tussles with in the film, he did express an itch to take on the ultimate grandaddy of kaiju: Godzilla.“I think it’d be cool to see a spectacle like that. I would definitely choose Godzilla for sure. I’d wanna know how they’d take him down because it’s so big. What kind of new advanced weapons could take something like that down.”As for all the fame that comes with Star Wars, Boyega says he’s most excited at being a playable character in Star Wars Battlefront II. “It’s kind of mad because I’ve always followed the Star Wars video games. But I didn’t think I would be a playable character. It’s strange! They really get my face and my movement…That for me is one of the perks of the job. There’s something about killing myself in the game that’s always going to be a bit creepy but…you know.” He was understandably more tight-lipped on the as yet untitled Star Wars Episode IX, which starts filming in July. “They’ve officially given us a note to start training soon. I think Episode IX, regardless of where the story goes—and I haven’t read it yet!—but I think it’s gonna be all-out war. I know I’m gonna have to work out and train for that.”Boyega will be appearing at Awesome Con this Saturday and Sunday, where you can see him in the flesh. And he’s not afraid of diving deep with fans about the deeper Star Wars universe. “I love getting into discussions with fans when I meet them. That element to me, that’s what really makes it a dream. I grew up on the Force Unleashed video games. I read the Expanded Universe comic books. I done all of that. To be able to discuss that with fans and tell them how it feels as a genuine fan is a cool thing.”last_img read more