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Testing the Apple Watch: How it Works

We're starting to test the new Apple Watch for our long-term use review. Today, we run through some common questions about its basic features, how app integration works, connectivity with our phones, and Siri functionality that you can't demo in stores. What questions do you have about the Apple Watch?

Prop Store's Original Star Wars Props and Costumes

At Star Wars Celebration, Prop Store had on display some incredible pieces of original props and costumes from the Star Wars films. We chat with Stephen Lane to learn about some of these items, including an original TIE-Fighter pilot's helmet, Leia's ceremonial dress, and hand props. Plus, post a comment below and we'll pick a few people to win auction catalogs!

Making Miniature Tested Blockhead Figurines

Editor's note: Bill Doran makes armor, costumes, and space guns as Punished Props, and has written a series of books teaching foam armorsmithing. Bill recently stopped by the Tested office to drop off a few small figures he made, and shares how he made them in this guest article.

I've had this idea noodling around in the back of my head for quite some time. Since I was going to be swinging by the Tested office this month, I figured it would be a great time to knock out this quick little project: miniature figurines of Will and Norm's blockhead characters.

I had less than a day to build these guys from scratch, so most of my build decisions were based on whether or not I would have to wait for things to dry or cure. From start to finish, this entire build took less than 8 hours.

I started by planning out the sizing on all of the figure pieces based on a screen cap from the Tested website. I measured out all of the sides of each piece and prepped my material.

I ended up going with a high density, urethane tooling foam for this build. I wanted something that was easy to cut and shape, but was banking on not needing to fill, prime, and sand the surface at all, since that would add too much time to the build. This particular foam is so dense that it feels like stone! I got it from a company called 5 Axis a while back. They used to sell their off cuts on eBay.

FPV Racing Quadcopter Raw Practice Session

Charpu, who we interviewed last year and taught us how to build our first racing quad, posted footage of a recent practice session in an empty park. His aerial control and flight speed are incredible as always. Make sure to play it back at 1080p 60fps!

In Brief: Anovos' StormTrooper Armor Kit for $350

This is an unbelievable deal. Anovos, an official Lucasfilm licensee for Stormtrooper helmets and costumes, announced after Celebration that they are offering an Original Trilogy Stormtrooper suit as a kit for $350. That's with the helmet included. This is a departure from the full suits that Anovos also sells for $1200, and the pricing is only valid until May 4th. Afterward, kits go up to $650, and completed ensembles will retail for $1600. The catch is the kit ships at the end of the year. It comes with a completed helmet, holster, belt, body suit, and neck seal, but you'll have to clean-up the plastic pieces and assemble the armor to the arming suit. This sounds like a really great opportunity for a fun project and build, especially if you want to customize your own armor (eg. zombie Stormtroopers). We're definitely on board to build it out. Selling their costumes as kits is something I hope they'll do with their other costumes as well, especially since Anovos also has the rights to make the new Stormtrooper armor from Episode VII.

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Steve Neisen's Star Wars Studio Scale Ship Replicas

We meet up with modelmaker Steve Neisen to geek out over his new studio scale replicas of ships, droids, and mechs from Star Wars! Steve has spent years hunting down the original model kit components that the ILM modelshop used for the filming miniatures, and the resulting Y-Wing, Imperial Probe Droid, AT-ST, and Tantive IV Escape Pod look incredible!

Tested: Self-Balancing Electric Unicycle

We've been testing the Focus Designs Self-Balancing Unicycle, which you may have seen Adam ride on an episode of Mythbusters. The latest V3 model can speed up to 12 miles per hour and ride uphills, all without any pedaling. Will's become proficient at riding the SBU, and shows us how it works!

Star Wars Celebration: Meet Roxy the Rancor

What does it take to build a life-size Rancor from Star Wars? Roxy the Rancor was birthed from lots of meticulous foam sculpting and painting, as we learn from Matt Paisley at Star Wars Celebration. The beast attends conventions and events, raising money for charity. We get up close with Roxy and see her new face revealed!