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    Jurassic Park Prop Replicas at Comic-Con 2016

    We check in with the team at Chronicle Collectibles to see their latest Jurassic Park statues, marquettes, and replica props. We learn about the sourcing of the reference assets from production archives and private collections, and what fans can expect next.

    Cutaway Millennium Falcon Model Miniature!

    One of our first stops at this year's Comic-Con was the Quantum Mechanix booth, where we found some amazing new scale models. John Eblan of QmX's FX Cinema Arts shows us an incredible cutaway Millennium Falcon, a new Star Trek ship, and a fully realized Milano from Guardians of the Galaxy! (Minor Star Trek Beyond spoilers within)

    The Little Wood Chopper - Episode 44 - 7/22/16
    This episode of Creaturegeek, Frank and I talk with Rick "The Little Wood Chopper" Lazzarini of The Character Shop. Rick talks about his work on the Ghostbusters reboot and also the lack of credit for it. Rick gives us some great insight into the behind-the-scenes of the behind-the-scenes. Thanks for listening! If you're digging this show, please head over to and support us with a few bucks.
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    Sean Bishop's Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Replica!

    Ghostbusters fans have been making replicas of props and costumes from the film for decades. But not many people have taken on building their own Ecto-1 replica. We meet Sean Bishop, who has built a highly-detailed reproduction of the iconic car, both outside and in!

    Adam Savage's Star Trek Beyond Costume

    Adam and Norm geek out over the new Star Trek Beyond uniform and pick out the differences from the past films in the franchise. Here are some close-up details for replica costume makers to scrutinize, including what's behind the seams. Adam of course tries it on!

    TRANSCRIPT: Adam Savage's 2016 TED Talk on His Love for Cosplay

    If you want to watch Adam's TED talk, scroll below or click here.

    There's this fact that I love that I read somewhere once, that one of the things that's contributed to homo sapiens' success as a species is our lack of body hair -- that our hairlessness, our nakedness combined with our invention of clothing, gives us the ability to modulate our body temperature and thus be able to survive in any climate we choose. And now we've evolved to the point where we can't survive without clothing. And it's more than just utility, now it's a communication. Everything that we choose to put on is a narrative, a story about where we've been, what we're doing, who we want to be.

    I was a lonely kid. I didn't have an easy time finding friends to play with, and I ended up making a lot of my own play. I made a lot of my own toys. It began with ice cream. There was a Baskin-Robbins in my hometown, and they served ice cream from behind the counter in these giant, five-gallon, cardboard tubs. And someone told me -- I was eight years old -- someone told me that when they were done with those tubs, they washed them out and kept them in the back, and if you asked they would give you one. It took me a couple of weeks to work up the courage, but I did, and they did. They gave me one -- I went home with this beautiful cardboard tub. I was trying to figure out what I could do with this exotic material -- metal ring, top and bottom. I started turning it over in my head, and I realized, "Wait a minute -- my head actually fits inside this thing."

    Yeah, I cut a hole out, I put some acetate in there and I made myself a space helmet.

    Building a Cheap RC Glider. Part 1: Assembly

    I'm sure that most of you are familiar with the foam "chuck" gliders that you can buy from toy and craft stores. They are lots of fun in their intended role, but I've always enjoyed modifying these inexpensive airframes into RC models. My knotted "Airplane!" model from 2014 is a recent example. While my chuck glider projects lean toward the whimsical and unusual, I figured out early on that these same models can also serve as low-stress trainers for new pilots.

    The traditional path to earning your RC pilot's wings is to purchase an almost-ready-to-fly kit and then have an experienced pilot provide instruction over the course of several weeks or months. Even though prices for these types of models are as low as they've ever been, the cost of entry is at least $150 dollars…usually much more. That's a significant investment for someone who probably isn't quite sure if RC flying will be something they want to stick with.

    The Air Hogs Titan is a great starting point for creating a DIY RC trainer model.

    Modifying a chuck glider for RC will probably cost about $50 for the airborne components. That is still not an insignificant sum, but it certainly relieves a lot of the crash anxiety that most new pilots feel. Furthermore, you can complete the conversion in a single afternoon. So there isn't much sweat equity required to get off the ground.

    Tested Goes to the 2016 Replica Prop Forum Party!

    Every year, members of the Replica Prop Forum gather to share their projects and works in progress. Here are some highlights from this year's RPF party, including great replicas of movie props from Star Trek, Jurassic Park, comic books, and even Pixar films. Check out that Pizza Planet Truck!

    Star Wars TIE Bomber Cross Section Model

    We catch up with modelmaker Jonathan Faber at the Replica Prop Forum party to get an update on his Star Wars TIE Bomber projects, including his recently completed cutaway model. Jonathan explains how he designed the imagined interiors of the ship and points out some of its great detail.

    Brian Mix's "Lost in Space" Analog Computer Replica

    Replica prop builder Brian Mix is obsessed with the 60s sci-fi show Lost in Space, and has built a working analog replica of the computer on board the Jupiter 2 spaceship. He explains how the prop was sourced from a real Burroughs B205 computer, which was also the same one used in the Adam west Batman show!

    In Brief: The Making of Slimer for the New Ghostbusters

    I saw the new Ghostbusters over the weekend and really enjoyed it. Especially the designs of the ghosts--which almost had a Disney Haunted Mansion feel to them (a good thing in my book). The nods to the original were a bit wearing at times, but I'm glad they brought back Slimer as a not-purely malevolent spectral entity. In the film, Slimer was all CG, but it turns out that the production hired Rick Lazzarini's The Character Shop to build an animatronic Slimer to use as a stand-in for filming. The build of that mech (along with a few spoilers) detailed here. It's a fitting tribute to the puppet Steve Johnson made for the original.

    My Love Letter to Cosplay at 2016's TED Conference

    I was privileged to be a speaker at 2016's TED conference, which was held in Vancouver. You can watch my talk, which was about cosplay, here or scroll below.

    I had a totally different talk prepared for TED this year, and I threw it out completely two days before I left for Vancouver.

    Adam Savage speaks at TED2016 - Dream, February 15-19, 2016, Vancouver Convention Center, Vancouver, Canada. Photo: Bret Hartman / TED

    Originally my talk was going to be about art and science, which is a talk I want to give someday, but it felt like a lecture. And I'm not a university lecturer. A week before TED I realized this talk didn't have the resonance that I wanted it to.

    Art and science -- STEAM -- is a topic near and dear to me, but I wanted something more personal. More genuine.

    Then my wife suggested I talk about costuming. She furiously workshopped the talk with me even after I left for Vancouver, spending dozens of hours with me on the phone. In the end, I wrote most of this at the TED conference itself.

    Adam Savage Visits the Stanley Kubrick Exhibition!

    After making its way around the world, the incredible exhibition of Stanley Kubrick's work has arrived in San Francisco. Adam Savage tours the exhibit to show you some of his favorite items. From rare camera equipment to pre-production artwork and film props, these objects connect us to one of cinema's greatest minds.

    How to Build a Foam Cosplay Helmet

    For his E3 costume builds, Frank worked with foam fabricator Evil Ted Smith to make three awesome cosplay helmets. Ted joins us this week to show how he turns sheets of cheap floor foam into shapely sci-fi and fantasy helms. It's not too difficult!

    Punished Props' Foam Viking Axe Build

    Tested contributor Bill Doran (Punished Props) worked with Frank Ippolito to build this giant viking axe for Ubisoft's For Honor E3 booth. In this video, Bill, shows how he made the axe using the techniques he teaches in his great Foamsmith book. Check it out!

    Testing the Mantis Drone Claw Accessory

    We introduce Simone to a Tested tradition--opening mystery mailbags from viewers! This week's package contains an accessory for our quadcopter: a beautiful drone claw manufactured via a Kickstarter campaign. We have fun testing it in the the office though a series of challenges--what could go wrong?