R2-D2, R2-Q5, Wall-E, BB-8
Hi I’m Thomas Nixon. I’m an American that met a Swedish nanny while serving in the USAF stationed in England in the 80’s. Later we then moved to Sweden to start our family almost 20 years ago.
A long time ago…about 35 years ago as a teenager I actually made a lifesize rc R2 out of cardboard, sweat and a lot of tape. It was far from screen accurate, but made it through one scifi convention before I had to mothball it because of rain the very next day. Star Wars as a genre has really a deep rooted place in my life and heart. It was the first and only film my dad and I saw together in the cinema, which later guided my carrier choices.
About 8 years ago after a long thought process and after visiting so many conventions (such as the Star Wars Celebration III and IV) and meeting the R2 Builders Club I decided it was time to put my heart into this REAL build. I love a challenge, I’ve loved the entire astromech concept as well as Star Wars (of course) and face it R2’s the real hero in Star Wars. Unknowingly at that time no one had ever made a life-size working R2 in Sweden, let alone Scandinavia! The R2 Builders in the US were the invaluable resource of info and tips that helped me along my building process. A year later, at the end of 2008 I finally finished my first R2 which worked great kicking off a whole new lifestyle that has literally changed the quality of my life beyond my dreams. In all I’ve built 3 R2’s and have done so many events thru the years. Most of the events were charity events but also many birthdays, weddings, grand openings, surprises visits to children etc. It’s a very long list but with numerous life-fulfilling and life-changing moments. The looks in everyone’s eyes are always “child-like wonderment” and heartwarming awe.
As just mentioned I’ve built 3 artoos over the years and it’s been a fun challenge every time. Besides my Artoo builds my latest building challenge has been a life-sized remote controlled Wall-E with equally great success. The next build in my pipeline is, you guessed it BB-8. That will be a different kind of challenge but I have all the internal workings already figured out. This build I’ll be starting in the summer 2015 and will be hopefully finished by December for obvious reasons.