Attend any of the various geek conventions, and you’re likely to see any number of interesting sights, from intriguing vendor booths, to breathtaking cosplay, to outbreaks of spontaneous duels. You’re also likely to see an R2D2 or two tooling down the aisles. If you’re at a Kansas City con, that R2 unit probably came out of the Kansas City R2 Builders Club. Interested in building your own droid? Read on for more information about the group!
What is the name of your group?
Kansas City R2 Builders Club
What is your name and what is your role in the group?
Mike Gruhala, Member
How would you describe your group?
We are a local chapter of a worldwide group that builds 1:1 scale replicas of the R2 droids as seen in the movie Star Wars. There are about 8 fully articulated and remote controlled droids in the KC group which you may have seen around town at community events.
When was the group founded?
Our local chapter was founded about 4 years ago.
How long have you been a member, and what made you want to join the group?
I have been a member for about 4 years. The common thread for our members is that we are huge fans of the Star Wars franchise and we enjoy building/creating things.
How big is the group?
There are about 10 local KC members that have completed their R2 or are in the process of construction.
How often do you meet?
5-6 times a year.
Where do you meet?
We typically meet for a build day a couple times a year at a member’s house. Other than that, we participate in many community events such as Comicons, Maker Faire and special appearances.
What do you do at meetings/events?
We mostly help each other out with our builds and troubleshoot any RC, electronic or construction issues that may have come up along the way
What do you love about the group?
Our group seems to grow quite a bit each year. Probably the main reason for its growth is the current members’ willingness to jump in and help new members get started and maintain assistance though our Facebook page.
Tell us about a particularly memorable moment in the group.
I would say that most of us enjoy people’s joyful expressions and their appreciation for the hard work that we have put into our droids.
What future plans lay ahead for the group?
We would like to continue our community involvement and volunteer for more charity work.
Where can someone find more information about your group?
Anything else you’d like to share?
These are the droids you are looking for.
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