Adam Savage’s One Day Builds: Chewbacca Costume Rebuild!

Chewbacca isn’t just Adam’s favorite Star Wars alien, but it’s also one of his favorite costumes to wear at conventions and for Halloween. After over ten years of wearing this Chewbacca costume, Adam begins the process of updating and rebuilding its parts, starting with Chewie’s feet. It’s a process to foam sculpting that brings out Adam’s hot wire cutter, his favorite high-strength tape, and a lot of hot glue. And after the feet are fabricated, it’s time to give Chewie a weathering pedicure!

Shot by Adam Savage and edited by Norman Chan

Tested: Blackmagic ATEM Mini Pro ISO Video Switcher!

For our recent livestream productions, we’ve been testing the Blackmagic ATEM Mini Pro ISO as a dedicated hardware solution to switch between multiple cameras and add effects like dissolves and picture-in-picture. Norm runs through the features of the high-end ISO model, shares our likes and places for improvement, and shows how it can integrate into a home production workflow for live streamers and other content creators.

Blackmagic ATEM Mini Pro ISO:
Blackmagic ATEM Mini Pro:
$14 HDMI video capture stick:

Shot and edited by Norman Chan

Neverending Star Wars – This is Only a Test 579 – 12/17/20

As we get ready to close out the year, Disney gives us a tremendous amount to look forward to as they reveal their slate of Star Wars and Marvel shows and movies for the next few years. We break down the announcements and talk about the potential for these stories to take our favorite franchises in both new and familiar directions, as well as our hopes and fears for each. Plus, testing iPhone’s ProRAW feature and mixed reality updates in the VR Minute!

Adam Savage’s One Day Builds: Iron Man Mark 1 Armor!

Adam digs up an incomplete Iron Man Mark I armor costume out of his shop’s deep storage and gets to work building out this suit and getting wear at a future convention. This replica was nicely sculpted and cast, and is a great base for Adam’s upgrades, including adding a light-up arc reactor and mechanized magneto generator prop in the back of the suit! It’s a lot of fun scratch building and kitbashing of parts to make it look like something Tony Stark would’ve made in the film! (Stick to the end for a bonus mini-build too!)

Arc Reactor replica kit:

Shot by Adam Savage and edited by Gunther Kirsch

Adam Savage’s Favorite Tools: The Savage Industries Apron!

Adam is thrilled to show off his Savage Industries workshop apron, which he designed and prototyped as a One Day Build this past summer! Based on your feedback and comments, Adam and the makers at Mafia Bags have turned his apron project into a real product, made of durable green canvas and soft brown leather. Adam shows off its various features and the thought process behind each design decision, and can’t wait to see makers wear these in their own workshops!

Savage Industries Apron:

Mike Birbiglia – The Adam Savage Project – 12/15/20

We’re joined by writer, comedian, and one of our favorite storytellers Mike Birbiglia this week, broadcasting from his virtual production studio! We talk about the making of Mike’s broadway show-turned-Netflix-special, his new book, parenting, and how being in lockdown has changed how he writes and performs his shows.

Thanks to Mike for joining us this week–find out more about his virtual shows at and his book The New One at

Show and Tell: Jennifer Mann’s LED Space Helmet!

Adam shares a new helmet recently added to his collection of replica space gear–a wonderful light-up space helmet from maker Jennifer Mann. Adam shows off the attention to detail and care Jennifer put into designing this piece, which is fitted with an anticulating visor, LED lights, and fashioned out of an off-the-shelf 14-inch acrylic lighting globe! And the best part is that Jennifer has shared instructions for making your own LED space helmet in her updated Instructables guide:

Adam Savage’s One Day Builds: Hellboy Samaritan Storage Display!

The latest update to Adam’s Hellboy Samaritan replica project harkens back to his very first Tested One Day Build: constructing a bespoke carrying case for this prop and its accessories. Based on research gathered about vintage storage cases of this style, Adam shows his process of mapping out the parts dividers, laying out the individual storage sections, and lining them with beautiful green felt. Plus, the whole thing gets weathered with an airbrush pass at the end. Sit back and enjoy this relaxing build!

Watch the full build of the Samaritan Prop here:

Shot by Adam Savage and edited by Norman Chan
Music by Jinglepunks