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    Highlights From Adam Savage's Reddit AMA on Dec. 1, 2016

    In case you missed it, Adam (aka "mistersavage") had another epic AMA on reddit, answering questions for hours. We've gathered some of our favorite answers below; to read the full AMA, go here!

    SpooktaculusDraculus: With MythBusters finished, do you ever see yourself working on movies again, like you did prior to MythBusters?

    mistersavage: I actually designed the crossbow prop for Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. Max Landis is a good friend and asked if I wanted to design a steampunk taser crossbow for his show. So I sent him a foam-core master with color layout and design hints written all over it, and at the end of production, they sent me the hero prop. That was my fee. I design the prop for free in return for the prop when they're done with it. It's great. I want to do more of that.

    Funnily enough, that's how I started gathering what I needed for the shop. I'd make local theaters the following deal for some jobs: I'd build the prop for them for free if they supplied all the materials, and I got to keep the prop when the show ended. It helped me build a lot of stock, and also it's a great relationship builder. People remembered that. It got me a lot of work over the years.

    Ruben Cabrera's Eyestranaut Toy Concept

    With rapid prototyping, it's possible for independent artists to turn their concepts into real collectible products. At DesignerCon, we meet artist Ruben Cabrera, who is releasing his first designer toy.

    Jackoarma's Elaborate Custom Dioramas for Action Figures

    Meet Jack Venturo, a toy enthusiast who builds elaborate and highly-detailed dioramas for action figures. We meet up with Jack at DesignerCon to chat about his many custom displays, his work process, and why he loves making dioramas for other people's collections.

    Sculpting Gas Masks and Helmets from Sneakers!

    We meet artist Gary Lockwood, aka Freehand Profit, who transforms sneakers into stunning gas masks and helmets. We take a look at his sculptures and learn how he breaks down a pair of shoes into the patterns and materials needed to craft helms for sneakerheads.

    Hands-On with the Glowforge Laser Cutter!

    It's finally here! We have a pre-release model of the Glowforge laser cutter in our office to test, and have been running it through its paces. Adam and Norm show off its features and run through a few test cuts, including tracing one of Adam's drawings. Let us know what questions you have about the Glowforge in the comments!

    Peter Jackson's Original King Kong Stop-Motion Armature

    When Adam Savage visited Peter Jackson's collection of film props, costumes, and artifacts, they examined the original stop-motion armature from the original 1933 film. Adam and Peter talk about this prized prop and its role in Hollywood special effects history.

    The Taxidermy Diorama Art of Brooke Weston

    We met artist Brooke Weston at this year's DesignerCon, and chatted with her about her striking repurposed taxidermy sculptures. Each piece is a combination of fastastical miniature and dioarma, housed in found taxidermy. It was one of the coolest things we saw at the show!

    Meet Sam Cobb's Elegant Automata Sculptures

    Meet artist Sam Cobb, a sculptor who specializes in making animated statues--automata! Sam joined us at this year's DesignerCon to show off a few of her works and kits, and we chat with her about how she designs and prototypes her elegant hand-cranked models.

    Walking Tour of DesignerCon 2016!

    Norm and Frank give you a walking tour of this year's DesignerCon, discussing the independent toy and art scene, trends in styles and sculpt formats, and their favorite things seen at the show. Here's a glimpse at what it's like to be surrounded by so many awesome artists and their inspiring creations.

    The World According to Jeff Levine - Episode 54 -11/25/16
    On this ep, (The FINAL ep for 2016) Frank and I welcome Jeff Levine. Jeff is a producer who has had ,and continues having, an incredible career. Jeff talks a lot about the movie industry from a producer's viewpoint and how that affects everyone working on a film, especially the FX and makers. It's a fascinating hour that you just have to hear. If you're digging this podcast, please head over to and support us with a few bucks.
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    DesignerCon 2016: Miss Monster's Masks and Sculptures

    We're at DesignerCon, an annual gathering of graphic designers, toymakers, scultptors, and collectors celebrating original art and craft. It's a place for Norm and Frank to geek out over art and meet some of their favorite artists they follow online. We meet up with Melita Curphy (aka Miss Monster), who sculpts beautiful creatures and masks in her own unique techno-organic style.

    Photo Gallery: Tom Sachs' Space Program Europa

    After taking part in Tom Sachs' Space Program: Europa mission (in charge of Special Effects, natch), Adam takes us through the exhibit currently on display at San Francisco's YBCA. Here are photos of some of the pieces in the exhibit, featuring Tom's signature build style and obsession with NASA's missions and operating procedures.

    Tested at DesignerCon 2016 This Weekend!

    Hey everyone, I wanted to remind you that we'll be DesignerCon this weekend, in Pasadena, CA. This was one of my favorite new conventions to go to last year, a gathering of toymakers, sculptors, painters, and artists of all mediums to share their works and sell some garage kits. And this year, we're actually going to be set up with a booth at the show to film some segments and hang out with some of our favorite artists and makers. Our booth is hosting propmaker Bill Doran, automata artist Sam Cobb, and of course some of our projects with Frank. Sean will also be there selling some of his amazing 3D printed kits (he'll have laser swords!), and Danica will have some of her beautiful crafted pins and necklaces.

    Here's our video tour of the convention last year, as well as some photos from the vendor area. If you're in the Southern California area this weekend, please come by and say hi! Take a photos with Frank's Rancor or Creepyfig, chat with Sean about 3D printing, or just hang out!

    Watch the Tested Team Modify the Honda Ridgeline

    We're all super proud of the builds we did with Honda this summer utilizing their Honda Ridgeline trucks. These projects allowed us to go on our first team camping trip, work alongside Adam in the shop, and learn from each other's individual passions for making, cooking, and even dirt bike riding! We had so much fun with these, and hope you enjoyed watching them. And in case you missed any of the episodes, here they are, all on one playlist!

    Photo Gallery: Peter Jackson's Movie Prop Collection

    Earlier this year, we visited Peter Jackson's cave--his collection of movie props, costumes, and cinema artifacts that inspire his filmmaking. Here are some photos from our visit, which let us get up close with iconic movie characters and the practical props, puppets, production ephemera and that made up their worlds.