Tested in 2021: Sean’s Favorite Things!

Sean brings in some of his favorite new tools from his home workshop to share, including a robust rotary tool system that outclasses your typical hobby tools, a useful handheld vise, and a few blasts from the past. We also can’t get enough of Weta Workshop’s Mini Epics vinyl figures!

Foredom Rotary Tool, Foredom Drill Press, Foredom Tool Holder, Grobet Rotary Tool, Hand Vise, Weta Mini Epics, ZOIDS, Wintergreen Opticore Holiday Lights. Disclaimer: Tested may earn an affiliate commission when you buy through the links here.

Playing Chess in Quest 2 Mixed Reality — Awesome Unity Slices Demo!

We go hands-on with the upcoming Unity Slices: Table, a mixed reality demo from Unity Labs that makes use of the Quest 2’s new passthrough video API as well as Presence Platform developer tools. Not only does it let us interact with a chessboard perfectly aligned to a real-world table for passive haptics, but this is a social app that allows users to either be connected remotely using a rendered avatar or be in the same room as each other using passthrough video. It’s a trippy and impressive demonstration of passthrough mixed reality!

Unity Slices. Thanks to Eric Provencher and Greg Madison from Unity Labs for giving us this demo!

Tested in 2021: Jen’s Favorite Things!

Jen’s favorite things from this year include shop tools to help with soldering and laser-cutting projects, an awesome starter pack of different CA glues, her favorite woodworking saw, and miniatures terrain for modelmaking. Plus, an inspirational and useful book published by the local maker space Girls Garage. What have been your essential home workshop materials and tools this year?

KOTTO Suction Hose Fume Smoke Absorber, HEPA filter for KOTTO fume extractor, Weeding Scrap Collector Ring, Tabletop Weeding Scrap Collector, Starbond Cyanoacrylate Adhesive Super Glues, SUIZAN Japanese Flush Cut Trim Hand Saw, Artificial Moss Mat Fake Grass Turf, Girls Garage. Disclaimer: Tested may earn an affiliate commission when you buy through the links here.

Tested in 2021: Norm’s Favorite Things!

It’s that time of year already! As we get close to the end of 2021 and kick off the holiday season, the Tested team look back at some of the tools, technologies, toys, and gear they’ve loved using this past year. Norm kicks things off with 3D printing recommendations, a roundup of novel LED lights, production gear upgrades, and even a holographic picture frame! What are some of your favorite things you’ve picked up this year?

Elegoo Saturn MSLA Resin 3D Printer, Johnny Fraser-Allen 3D print designs, DSPIAE modelmaking vise, USB power supply, Flexible Neon LED Strip Light, Silicone End Cap for LED Tube, USB Soldering Iron, COB LED strips, 30cm Flexible LED Filaments, iFootage Shark Slider Nano, Smoke Genie portable fog machine, Lumecube 30″ light stand, Looking Glass Portrait. Disclaimer: Tested may earn an affiliate commission when you buy through the links here.

Adam Reviews Thor’s Stormbreaker Replica

Adam is on kick of late picking up readymade replicas of some of his favorite movie props, from the Dune Crysknife to the Ghostbusters Neutrona Wand. His latest purchase is Hasbro’s Stormbreaker axe prop from Avengers: Endgame, a ripe-for-weathering replica with built-in lights and sound effects. Adam compares this 1:1 prop with another Stormbreaker in his collection that gives a different kind of cosplaying experience.

Avengers Marvel Endgame Marvel Legends Stormbreaker. Disclaimer: Tested may earn an affiliate commission when you buy through the links here.

Thanksgiving Break – This is Only a Test 626 – 11/25/21

The crew are break this week for the Thanksgiving holiday, but Norm gives an update of what to expect on the channel in the coming week and we rebroadcast a recent livestream q&a for those of you who may have missed it! Thanks to all our listeners and channel members for supporting the show and we’ll see you next week!

Adam’s One Day Builds: EPIC Spacesuit! (Part 2)

Work continues apace on Adam’s pair of xEMU-inspired spacesuits to celebrate the relaunch of the gaming network G4. One distinguishing feature of these suits are how you enter them–through a hinged backpack door. Adam spends this episode creating that backpack, which will also house the suit’s ventilation and electrical systems, and builds the all-important spacesuit stand that will allow him to get in and out of the suit during test fittings!

Learn more about G4’s relaunch here. Adam Savage’s One Day Builds: EPIC Spacesuit! (Part 1). Watch “The Beacon” short film featuring these spacesuits here.

Machinist Brett Foxwell. Designer Christine Knobel.

Adam Savage and Jason Reitman Talk Ghostbusters: Afterlife!

Adam visits the headquarters of Ghost Corps, the home of all things Ghostbusters on the Sony Pictures studio lot, to chat with Ghostbusters: Afterlife director and co-writer Jason Reitman about the making of the new movie! The two geek out about the long history of Ghostbusters fandom, Jason’s experience directing Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and Adam’s connection to the film. Plus, Jason shows us a few treasured artifacts from the production of the original Ghostbusters! Warning, light spoilers for Ghostbusters: Afterlife discussed in this conversation!

You can also explore the next chapter in the Ghostbusters universe by downloading the official app now. Get access to exclusive content & news, check out the upgrades to the iconic Ecto-1 and gear, share Ghostbusters gifs & stickers, and more! Subscribe to Ghostbusters’ channel for more exclusive content.

Adam Inspects Hasbro’s Ghostbusters Proton Pack!

Adam gets an exclusive hands-on with the prototype of Hasbro’s HasLab Ghostbusters Plasma Series Proton Pack! Hasbro Design Director John Warden visits the cave and brings this prototype for Adam to put on, inspect, and compare with Adam’s own obsessive research. We get up close to the details that have been replicated from scans of a hero Proton Pack used in the new movie, including the electronics and interior of the pack’s cyclotron!


Hasbro HasLab Ghostbusters Plasma Series Spengler’s Proton Pack. Hasbro would like us to remind you that what’s shown here is a prototype and that the final product may vary.

Adam’s review of the Hasbro Neutrona Wand.

Adam Reviews Dune Crysknife Replica Prop!

Adam unboxes and reviews the officially licensed Dune Crysknife prop replica from United Cutlery, in preparation for his own replica prop and costumes inspired by the new film. A little bit Dune-obsessed at the moment, Adam scrutinizes and appreciates this polyresin replica, down to the translucency and sculptural detail of the handle. It really is a faithful replica of a beautiful design!

Officially Licensed Dune Crysknife. Disclaimer: Tested may earn an affiliate commission when you buy through the links here.