What’s underneath all that Wookiee fur? We visit Tom Spina Designs, the workshop where Adam’s beautiful Chewbacca mask was crafted, to dive deep into the mask-making process. Adam and Tom walk through the many parts of Chewbacca, going over little-known details about how the original mask was designed and fabricated by Stuart Freeborn for Star Wars.
We’ve previously built the original Star Trek Enterprise, and now we jump forward to the final Enterprise we see on screen: the Enterprise 1710-E from the Next Generation films. This rare Bandai model kit is beautifully finished and has built-in lighting!
This incredibly lifelike animatronic Abraham Lincoln is the work of Garner Holt Productions, which has been making robots for theme parks, museums, and other attractions for 40 years. We get up close to this robot and chat with its creator, Garner Holt, about the state of animatronics you see in places like Disneyland and what’s to come.
Star Trek has had a long history of iconic costumes, and the uniforms designed and made for the 2009 film reimagined Starfleet uniforms for fans and new audiences. At Prop Store’s US headquarters, Adam Savage gets up close with some of these beautiful film-used costumes and props, examining how they were constructed and appreciating the nuanced details that make them look so good on screen. Find out more about these costumes and props up for auction here.
Fitting time! Adam puts on the shaped pieces for the first time, and Terry shows his process for tweaking pieces for the best fit. Plus, Adam learns the important task of polishing the aluminum for a perfect shine.
What’s it like for an indie developer making their first VR game? This episode, we meet up with the team at Sunset Division, who just revealed their space-noir adventure VR game The Rig. We chat about their lessons learned making the game so far, and why they’re excited about VR for storytelling. Plus, a tribute to Virtual Boy!
While Adam was at Tom Spina’s workshop, we learn about Regal Robot, Tom’s company that makes officially-licensed Star Wars-inspired furniture, art, and decor. We take a look at these beautifully creative pieces, including the famed Han in Carbonite desk, and learn how Regal Robot’s team painstakingly puts them together with fabrication technologies both old and new.
The ghosts of Tested past return for a very special Thanksgiving episode of This is Only a Test! We’re joined by BOTH Will and Gary this week to catch up on what they’ve been up to, talk Star Wars and Justice League, and discuss what’s been going on in tech this past week. Plus, Jibo!