R2D2 build video

Follow along with [Victor] through the journey of building a life size replica of R2D2. While you may not be able to scrape too many specific details from the video, it is still great to see the project progress from his first cut to the finished product as well as some fun little outings. His R2 looks absolutely impeccable and he deserves dome credit for taking it to places to show kids. We would have probably just found interesting ways for it to bring us beers.

[via Makezine]


  1. Chris says:


    Makes me wanna clean out the garage and start a similar project myself!

  2. monkeyslayer56 says:

    ya i know really lol

  3. shiftybill says:

    lol @ the wedding at the end

  4. Mike Szczys says:

    What’s the deal with the R2D2-themed US Mail drop box 1:49 into the video?

  5. Laminar says:

    lol @ 2:49

    It’s not really a project until it makes you bleed.

  6. Sam says:

    >he deserves dome credit

    He certainly does. Making that perfectly semi-spherical head had to have been a real pain by hand.

    Beautiful project. Expert execution.

  7. sm10sm20 says:

    First thought… why the music? The build itself is great, I have some major problems with the music.

  8. Ian says:

    I have a lot of respect for the fact that he has spent as much time as he has visiting kids, hospitals, and so forth — what an incredible way to brighten up some days. And pictures with George Lucas? AWESOME.

  9. jh says:

    awesome attention to detail.

  10. Ben Wright says:

    Hey guys,
    There is an R2-D2 building club where members do small production runs of domes, skins, lights. Not to bash his efforts at all – but some pieces were bought to finish this build.

  11. taylor says:

    I still want one that can fly.

  12. tyler durden says:

    that is wicked!!!

  13. Jamie P says:

    VERY cool video and awesome visits at the end! ;)

    BaR2D2’s builder

  14. Marty says:

    A – Mazing.

  15. soopergooman says:

    You Sir are a God amongst Mortals! Bravo to your Sir, Bravo. Your video brought tears to my eyes….

    Of Joy!

  16. Sigg3 says:


  17. strider_mt2k says:


    I can’t remember ever having seen the video of the building of a droid before…

  18. blizzarddemon says:

    Very cool, I almost can’t tell the difference between it and the movie prop. Excellent work.

  19. TheAstrogator says:

    It’s funny how George looks in the picture with R2. It’s like he can’t stand being next to the droid. Does George Lucas hate R2-D2?

    On a more practical note, how does this build compare with the actual movie build? anyone have any insights? I can’t imagine this much work going into the original movie prop, considering time and budget and whatnot.

  20. I’ve met Victor and Mike, and have seen a few droids now. They’ve both built outstanding droids (2 each now), and they’re immaculate in details! Hit up Astromech.net and look through the galleries and droid registry! These guys get called BY Lucas to do official appearances, so you know they’re doing it right. I only hope my R5 droids come out as nice (starting my builds next week after much research!)

  21. wosser says:

    The bare metal main cylindrical piece (with the dozens of cut-outs) is an absolute work of art on it’s own. Amazing craftsmanship throughout the build.

    How did he manage to avoid scratching and scuffing the exterior over such a long construction period?

    Tremendous work.

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