Congratulations to Tom Spina Designs on ‘The Dog Strikes Back’ 2012 Volkswagen Game Day Commercial (Star Wars Mos Eisley Cantina Creatures)

February 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

I just wanted to give a public congratulations to my friend Tom Spina and all his cohorts over at Tom Spina Designs for their outstanding work on the new Star Wars themed commercial produced for the Superbowl this month.  The ad, “The Dog Strikes Back: 2012 Volkswagen Game Day Commercial” features a cut to a stunning recreation of the A New Hope Mos Eisley Cantina, with creature masks, prosthetics, and some costumes made by the Tom Spina Designs team (10 aliens in total).  Incredible. Read more

The Latest Tom Spina Designs Restoration & Custom Display Project – ALIEN Costume Elements

January 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Tom Spina and Mike Thomas of Tom Spina Designs have worked their special restoration magic again, this time with some costume elements from the Ridley Scott sci-fi classic, ALIEN (1979).  The arm and chest pieces were carefully restored and built onto a custom display. Read more

Tom Spina Designs “Stay Puft Marshmellow Man” Ghostbusters Prop Display Fuses Innovation and Style

October 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Tom Spina Designs has added a new page to their website which showcases one of their latest impressive display pieces, designed to showcase an original animatronic piece from Ghosbusters as well an create a compelling and unique way to make it recognizable while still revealing the inner workings of the puppet.  Read more

Tom Spina Designs Video Features Bob Burns and ‘American Werewolf in London’ Restoration

September 23, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Tom Spina and his amazing restoration of an original American Werewolf in London piece created by Academy Award-winning special effects master Rick Baker and owned by Bob Burns, as covered back in 2008, is now the focus of a new video feature published by Tom Spina Designs on YouTube. Read more

Prop Talk Podcast #001 – Tom Spina, Tom Spina Designs | Interview by The Original Prop Blog with Jason DeBord

May 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Tom Spina, Tom Spina Designs, special guest.  As announced on the official Original Prop Blog Facebook page yesterday, the ‘Prop Talk’ podcast is a new regular feature for the Original Prop Blog that has been in the works in recent months (as alluded to early last month – see “Original Prop Blog: Three Year Anniversary”).  This is an effort to use old and new technology to bring a richer and more informative and entertaining experience to readers of the site – and perhaps turn them into listeners.

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Monsterpalooza Convention & Event May 29-31 in Burbank, CA

May 28, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 


“Monsterpalooza – The Art of Monsters” will be held at the Burbank Airport Marritt Hotel & Convention Center May 29-21, 2009.  This 3-day event is “dedicated to the art of monsters and the artists that create them”. Read more

Restoring The American Werewolf in London (Tom Spina Designs)

September 2, 2008 by · 3 Comments 

Tom Spina of Tom Spina Designs has recently completed the restoration of the original werewolf from “American Werewolf in London“, a piece for which Rick Baker received his first Academy Award.  Read more

Tom Spina Featured in This Month’s “Star Wars Insider”

June 14, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

The July/August issue of Star Wars Insider magazine (#102) has a feature written by good friend Tom Spina as well as related articles of interest to original prop collectors. Read more

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Costume Restoration

March 20, 2008 by · 8 Comments 

This is another fantastic restoration by Tom Spina of Tom Spina Designs. This is Tom’s accounting of his work and process in restoring and creating a custom display for a Leonardo costume from the film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Read more

Tom Spina Designs Adds New Display Products

October 1, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Tom Spina Designs has added a variety of new display products to their online store. Read more

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