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Name: Phil

I have spent the last 13 years working in the graphic arts, packaging and product development for the toy industry. My chosen profession is due in great part to the toys I played with as a kid. If I can bring the same kind of imaginative play to kids today, I consider it a job well done.

Originally From: Evansville, IN

Currently Living: Cane Ridge, TN

Super Powers:
I am growing my Super Powers collection that started in 1985. I have recently completed my loose US set and am currently working on a set of the Canadian small cards. I am very interested in picking up some pre-production pieces as they relate directly to what I do for a living.

Other Collections:
• I am still working on the harder to find pieces in the vintage Star Wars line and have a huge collection of modern Star Wars items.
• I am close to completing my loose Secret Wars set.
• I also have a small but growing collection of life size Star Wars props including several helmets, blasters and a full size radio control R2-D2 that I built with help from my friends over at the R2 Builders club (http://www.astromech.net/)

I have childhood collections of:

- MOTU
- Vintage G.I. Joe
- Transformers
- Toy Biz Marvel
– Batman Animated Series
- Kenner Aliens
- Playmates TMNT and DickTracy
 
Other Interests:
I spend much of my time with my wife and 10 month old daughter. I love taking my R2-D2 to charity events and running him along with the 501st and Rebel Legion costuming clubs. Up until recently I was gaming regularly and competing in tournaments and painting competitions: Warhammer 40k, Star Wars miniatures, X-Wing miniatures etc.


  

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I would love to see pictures of your R2-D2! In college I built a couple battlebots for our senior design project, and am curious to see what you did when you built your R2-D2.

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Looking for:
-Any Super Powers Pre-Production Items
-Aussie Poster Offer WW
-Playful WW
-Estrela Figs (cardbacks and comics)
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That R2-D2 sounds amazing! I've always wanted a life sized replica but never had the means to build one. I'm seriously intrigued by this. I would love to see pics too! emoticon

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-WTB list-
PlayFul Amigos: Robin, Superman
GMJ/Poderes: Green Lantern, Hawkman, WW
Lili Ledy: Batman, Superman, Flash
Estrela: Aqua, Bats, Cyb, Supes, WW, Plastic, Flash, Darkseid, Hawk, Lex, Brain
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Hey guys, thanks for your interest! R2 took me about 1.5 years to complete and was almost entirely hand-made. There is a great group of people over at astromech.net that helped with material choice, building tutorials and electronics.

There are so many ways to build R2 that it can become mind boggling! Many guys choose to create all aluminum droids where all the pieces are pre-created but VERY expensive. I opted for the less expensive approach of the styrene build. Everything white you see has been created out of thick sheets of hand cut high impact styrene. He only weighs about 70lbs (as opposed to the aluminum build that can weight over 300lbs). I was pleasantly surprised by how rugged and durable the final build is. The adhesive I used on the styrene chemically bonds the plastic together, so as long as you have a strong inner frame the final body and legs are really one piece of rigid styrene. Other bits and pieces are resin casts and some are hand built.

The dome is spun aluminum which I purchased from a run on the site. This was the most expensive single piece but well worth it since it is essentially R2s face! Over 150 LEDs are strung together inside the dome and operate on a 9 volt system controlled by a mini arduino micro processor.

He has a full range of motion and the dome spins left and right. He contains a remote controlled MP3 that plays various Star Wars themes and of course the boops and beeps we all expect. The left long door opens and closes and I hope to add something in that space someday, but for now the kids like that he can "wave" at them!

I saw my first life size droid build at Star Wars celebration V and knew I had to make one. I have since taken him to several fund raising events helping to raise thousands of dollars for good causes and it is a real joy to see peoples reaction to seeing this little guy in real life.


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Phil,
You did an incredible job with your R2. So cool.

Thanks for sharing the photos!
Rich

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WTB:
Series 3 display!
Any Prototypes/PrePro items, cromalins, art, etc
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Awesome job Phil! Are you going to take him to the Nashville Comic Con?

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Estrela comics- Shazam

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I WANT ONE!!!! emoticon
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That's unbelievable! Thanks for sharing info about the build too. Very impressive.

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PlayFul Amigos: Robin, Superman
GMJ/Poderes: Green Lantern, Hawkman, WW
Lili Ledy: Batman, Superman, Flash
Estrela: Aqua, Bats, Cyb, Supes, WW, Plastic, Flash, Darkseid, Hawk, Lex, Brain
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Thanks guys! This was definitely a labor of love and took a long climb up a steep learning curve. I do try to get him out to conventions and such and might just bring him to Nashville Comic Con!

If anybody is really interested in building one I would be happy to share my experience and help you get started in the right direction!

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Very impressive Phil! He's awesome! What sort of a foundation did you have in terms of building anything even remotely like this? I would love to do something like this one day, but this all seems a little out of my depth.

Reid
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