360° Video: Adam and Norm Mod Sideshow’s Baby Yoda Figure!

In this Tested Premium/Patron exclusive, Adam and Norm modify Sideshow’s The Child figure to make it posable and add extra weathering to its tunic! This follows Adam’s One Day Build problem-solving and figuring out the mod on his figure, so you can follow along to replicate this project on your own. We also use this as an opportunity to test a new 360-degree camera to give you a panoramic view around the workshop! Non-Tested Premium or Patron Members: Please click here for more information on this and other perks of Tested channel membership, which includes watching this video and asking Adam a question.

Tested in 2020: Norm’s Favorite Things!

Norm shares some of his favorite things from the past year, including three gorgeous coffee table books, new photography lighting gear, a blisteringly fast portable SSD, and a mix of some of highlights from the collectibles and sixth-scale worlds. Plus, an appreciation for the tabletop miniatures community and its intersection with home 3D printing!

The Art of Laurent Durieux: https://amzn.to/371z0sp
TO:KY:OO: https://amzn.to/3nQLlXd
The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop: https://amzn.to/2USyWpr
Samsung T7 SSD: https://amzn.to/3m1hfzT
Aputure MX LED light: https://amzn.to/372ZCt1
Sandmarc Prolight: https://www.sandmarc.com/pages/prolight
Locking Gooseneck Arm: https://amzn.to/3kZlkTK
Mini Magic Arm: https://amzn.to/35ZBPLx
Tabletop 3D print index: https://theminiindex.com/
Paul Braddock’s 3D models: https://www.paul-braddock.com/collections/3d-print-files
Pascal Blanche’s 3D models: https://gumroad.com/pascalblanche
Replicade Street Fighter II: https://bit.ly/2HB1BMI
Hot Toys Iron Man Mark 7: https://www.sideshow.com/collectibles/marvel-iron-man-mark-vii-hot-toys-903752
Hot Toys Iron Spider: https://www.sideshow.com/collectibles/marvel-spider-man-iron-spider-armor-hot-toys-904935

Shot by Gunther Kirsch and edited by Norman Chan

Adam Savage’s Favorite Things of 2020!

As we head toward the end of an unpredictable year, the Tested team looks back at 2020 to recall some of the things that we picked up and that picked us up. Adam kicks off our annual end-of-year video series with his list of favorite new gear he picked up, book he read, and TV shows. Hope these and our other staff picks will give you some inspiration heading into the holiday season. Thank you as always for watching our videos this past year and continuing to support us!

Oculus Quest 2: https://amzn.to/32F2YBL
Elite Headstrap: https://amzn.to/35KNBtk
Cubism: https://www.cubism-vr.com/
Silicone Grips for controllers: https://amzn.to/3kTJqiU
AMVR Earbuds: https://amzn.to/3q3vPcC
Ultra-thin hook and loop fasteners: https://www.etsy.com/ie/listing/722493801/ultra-thin-hook-and-loop-fasteners-super
The 99% Invisible City: https://amzn.to/3fvX7mX
Proxxon Rotary Tool with US plug: https://amzn.to/3bpDGtl
Proxxon Rotary Tool with AC Adapter: https://amzn.to/2z9SIF5
Sailrite: https://www.sailrite.com/
Center for Policing Equity: https://policingequity.org/

Shot and edited by Norman Chan

Power Rangers 1995 Movie’s Original Costumes!

We get up close to the original costumes and helmets made for the 1995 Power Rangers movie–a true blast from our pop culture past. Prop Store has the costumes on display ahead of their upcoming Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction (December 1-2), and we get to examine their layered construction and hidden details to appreciate how these costumes were made and used in the film. Check out the full catalog of props and costumes from this collection here: https://ukm.propstoreauction.com/m/view-auctions/info/id/244

Shot by Joey Fameli and edited by Norman Chan

Adam Savage’s One Day Builds: Hellboy Samaritan Carrying Case!

Even though Adam’s build of the Hellboy Samaritan prop replica is yet to be completed, the project is at a point where he wants to properly store and display the piece in a carrying case appropriate to the universe of Hellboy. We know how much Adam loves making in-universe boxes, and the Samaritan goes through this rite of passage as Adam paints, weathers, and creates a stenciled logo for the case that his Samaritan will live in between upgrades and additional work!

Watch the full build of the Samaritan Prop here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJtitKU0CAej3SEadB2CaVTJ-M-MNYsjO

Shot by Adam Savage and edited by Gunther Kirsch
Music by Jinglepunks

HP Reverb G2 VR Headset Review!

We test and review the final shipping production model of HP’s Reverb G2 virtual reality headset, which has some meaningful improvements over the pre-production prototype we used this past summer. Here’s how its high-resolution panels impacts VR experiences, where the headset comes short, and how it compares with the Valve Index and Oculus Quest 2 for tethered PC VR gaming.

Inside Adam Savage’s Cave: Alien Nostromo Crew Wings!

Adam shares a new addition to his Nostromo crew costume from Alien: stunning handmade crew wings individually embroidered by a member of the Replica Prop Forum. Adam is gobsmacked by the fidelity of these patches, made in gold and silver to perfectly match the ones on Dallas and Kane’s jackets in the film. They’re so beautiful they could be displayed by themselves even without being sewn onto a jacket!

The Replica Prop Forum thread for this project: https://www.therpf.com/forums/threads/alien-nostromo-wings-screen-accurate-gold-and-silver-handmade-58-per-piece.333835/

Star Wars: Tales from The Galaxy’s Edge VR Review

We review the just-released VR game Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge, the latest virtual reality experience from Lucasfilm’s ILMxLAB. Here’s how this Oculus Quest-exclusive experience differs from the episodic storytelling of Vader Immortal, how it connects to the world of Batuu as seen at Disney’s theme parks, and what we hope to see from this series going forward.

Not Too Good To Be True – This is Only a Test 576 – 11/19/20

Duocast this week! Kishore and Norm break down the reviews of Apple’s new M1-based Macbooks, review the incredible documentary film In & Of Itself, recap this past week’s Mandalorian, and lay out our hopes for Black Friday. Plus, an explanation of the recent vaccine news in a Moment of Science, and a bonus interview with our very own Darrell Maloney about mSLA 3D printing! Thanks to LessReverb for creating this week’s intro theme music! In & Of Itself film at Doc NYC virtual film festival: https://www.docnyc.net/film/in-of-itself/

Adam Savage’s One Day Builds: Baby Yoda Mod and Repaint!

Adam is smitten by Sideshow Collectible’s life-size replica of The Child (aka Baby Yoda), and makes the figure even more awesome by modifying it to add posable arms and applying more weathering to the cloak! Follow along this deconstruction of collectible manufacturing and paint application. This project also allows Adam to test Iwata’s dual action airbrush, which has been highly recommended in the effects shops we’ve visited!

The Child Life-Size Figure: https://www.sideshow.com/collectibles/star-wars-the-child-sideshow-collectibles-400369

Iwata Dual Action airbrush: https://amzn.to/2UzCkoS

Bonus for Tested Premium and Patron Members! Watch Adam and Norm modify The Child figure in this 360VR video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sG9I40yu6CI

Shot by Adam Savage and edited by Gunther Kirsch
Music by Jinglepunks