Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2015: “Star Wars Original Props and Costumes” Discussion Panel


From Luke's yellow ladder A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back to his hero lightsaber from Return of the Jedi, the "Star Wars Original Props and Costumes" discussion panel at Star Wars Celebration 2015 in Anaheim ran the gamut of obscure background props to the best of the best.  Participants included Stephen Lane and Brandon Alinger from Prop Store, Tom Spina from Tom Spina … [Read more...]

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2015: “Secrets of the Cantina” Discussion Panel


The "Secrets of the Cantina" panel at Star Wars Celebration was one of the events that I was most looking forward to, and it did not disappoint.  Featuring co-presenters Pablo Hidalgo from the Lucasfilm Story Group and Tom Spina of Tom Spina Designs, they delved deep into the mythos of one of the most popular scenes from Star Wars: A New Hope, talking exclusively about those … [Read more...]

Star Wars Celebration Preview: Original Movie Props, Costumes, & Artwork Discussion Panels and Events


Star Wars Celebration, the world's only official Star Wars convention, is coming to Anaheim, California from April 16th to 19th.  It is anticipated that 150,000 fans will be in attendance, which rivals San Diego Comic Con numbers.  With much to see and do and a focus on the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, there is still quite a bit to look forward to for … [Read more...]

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


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 … [Read more...]

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


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


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


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


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 … [Read more...]