Let’s have some fun building one of the most unique model kits we’ve ever encountered! Bandai makes a 1/1 (officially licensed!) replica of the iconic Cup Noodles instant ramen meal, complete with the plastic representations of the dehydrated instant noodles inside! Sean and Norm put this snap-fit kit together with some modifications as well, using Lacquer-Stiks to bring out the lettering and a paint wash for the noodles. A far cry from Gundam or Star Wars kits, but Bandai’s injection molding prowess is on full display here!
Bandai Cup Noodles kit, God Hand nipper, Mini Vortex Mixer, Gold Lacquer-Stik, Red Lacquer-Stik, Mission Models hobby paints. Disclaimer: Tested may earn an affiliate commission when you buy through the links here.
We can barely contain our excitement as we get up close with some original hand props and a gorgeous model miniature used in various 90s-era Star Trek series and films! From the iconic phaser and medical tricorder of The Next Generation to LCARS panels from Star Trek: Generations, this collection from Prop Store’s upcoming Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction is bringing out our Star Trek fandom.
Check out the props and costumes from Prop Store’s upcoming auction!
We catch up with concept sculptor Simon Lee to check out his latest showpiece revealed at this year’s Monsterpalooza! We discuss how he approaches creating a pose and performance in his creatures and the iterative process of concept sculpting that helps directors visualize their films and stories. We’re stunned by how long this piece took him to sculpt!
Find more of Simon Lee’s work at https://www.bigbluetree.com/ and www.instagram.com/spiderzero!
After three long years, we’re back at Monsterpalooza in Pasadena to meet sculptors, make-up artists, and effects artists whose work we adore. Chris Hamburger–aka Burgerstrings–is a traditional clay sculptor who makes incredible robot masks and helmets and paints them to perfection. We chat with Chris about his process and tips for painting his character castings to look like industrial machines.
Find more of Chris’s work at Burgerstrings.com and instagram.com/burgerstrings!
We check out the prototype for Hasbro Pulse’s new HasLab Star Wars FX Elite Lightsaber from Obi-Wan Kenobi! Product Designer Manager Chris Reiff walks us through the features and construction of Reva’s double-bladed lightsaber and the effects his team is able to incorporate into its design. Plus, we geek out about the other Star Wars projects he’s been able to work on, including the Razor Crest model we’re currently modding!
HasLab The Black Series Reva FX Elite Lightsaber
At Star Wars Celebration 2022, we meet up with Regal Robot’s Tom Spina and take a look at the new Star Wars Archive Collection of character maquette replicas from the production of the original Star Wars. Tom explains the lineage of figures like a set of four Taun Taun concept sculpts, which Phil Tippet original sculpted to explore the design of the creature to present to George Lucas. Here’s how the artists at Regal Robot digitally scan and recreate these artifacts from the making of Star Wars!
Regal Robot’s Star Wars art
Elegoo just announced the successor to our favorite Saturn resin printer, and we’ve been testing the new Saturn 2 for about a week. Here are our impressions and test prints in this first look preview, showing the fine 28-micron detail afforded by the 8K mono LCD panel. High detail across a large print volume on a machine with a reasonable footprint makes the Saturn 2 very compelling, but we also share some misprints we’ve countered as well. What would you like to see us test print for the full review?
Elegoo Saturn 2, Lord of the Print, Nikita Lebedev character designs. Disclosure: This device was provided by the manufacturer for purposes of review.
Miniature sign maker Chris Raley–aka Route 9 Signs–brings a selection of his beautiful sign replicas to the studio to walk us through his build processes and journey as a miniaturist and artist. We take a close-up look at two new San Francisco-inspired signs Chris made this month, and discuss the various ways he replicates vintage neon and the mid-century roadside aesthetic at small scale!
Follow Chris’s miniature sign builds at https://www.instagram.com/route9signs/ and https://twitter.com/route9signs.
This week’s LEGO build takes the newly released Star Wars Death Star Trench Run set and converts it into a piece of automata by remixing it with the LEGO Pursuit of Flight set. The result is a miniature scene with Vader’s TIE Fighter in animated pursuit of Luke’s X-Wing, against a backdrop of LEGO greeblie paneling. We also add LED lights to the diorama and the finished piece looks amazing!
LEGO Star Wars Death Star Trench Run Diorama, Light My Bricks lighting kit.
This cozy miniature representation of a Japanese steamed bun shop and apartment is our first exposure to CaDA bricks. The LEGO-alternative bricks company works with MoC designers like ExeSandbox and JK Brickworks to produce sets of their original designs, and we get a feel for how these bricks and the building experience compares with the LEGO sets we’re so used to assembling. It’s a delightful set, and the included warm LED light strip makes it extra cozy!
CaDA Japanese Steamed Bun Shop, exeSandBox. Disclosure: This device was provided by the manufacturer for purposes of review.