Central Texas Droids

About Us

Welcome to the Central Texas Droid Builders club. We proudly serve the Austin, San Antonio, Round Rock, Dripping Springs and surrounding Central Texas towns and cities. Our builders are members of the R2-D2 Builders Club, BB-8 Builders Club, C-3PO Builders Club and Mouse Droid Builders Clubs. These are all international Internet fan based clubs with thousands of members worldwide. Using the web as a common means to gather information and share thoughts and ideas with one common goal... to build our very own life sized replicas of Star Wars doids!

Our Mission

Our mission is to spread joy and excitement by showcasing our Star Wars droids at local charity, education and pop-culture events. Our droids are custom built by our members and can take several years to complete at thousands of dollars in cost. We love to give back to our communities by participating in children's hospital room visits, give educational talks at schools and attend charity and fund raising events.

What is a Star Wars Droid? 

In the movie Star Wars there are many droids. An Astromech droid such as R2-D2 and R5-D4, was a type of droid that served as an automated mechanic, performing a variety of repair duties and often serving as an adjunct or substitute for a nav computer on smaller starships. There are also Protocal doids such as C-3PO who specializes in translation, etiquette and cultural customs, and is typically humanoid in appearance. Other droids such as Mouse Droids carried out cleanup and basic repair duties, and could serve in security and communications fields. 

So, I want to build one, what do I do first?

If you are looking to build an Astromech Droid, we recommend that you join the R2-D2 Builders forum, Astromech.net. If you are looking to build a BB-8 droid, we recommend the BB-8 Builders Forum. And if you are looking to build a Protocal droid, the C-3PO Builders Forum is the place to start. For Mouse droids you can go to the Mouse Droid Builders Forum.  And read, read, read and then re-read. There is a wealth of information on these forums and wiki pages. Don't rush into this project thinking you will have it done in a few days, weeks or even months. Most builders don't complete their droids for years and not without considerable financial investment.

Our Builders

Jamie McShan
My name is Jamie McShan and in May of 1977 at the age of 7, I fell in love with a little droid named R2-D2. I knew that someday, I had to have an R2 of my own. So in 2008, I started the journey of building my very own. Our first public event was a town parade and I was so scared! Since then I have done many many events, so many, I have lost count! I’ve taken him to elementary schools, boy and girl scouts, children’s hospital visits, numerous charity events and was fortunate enough to be on stage with "Weird" Al Yankovic. We were at the Star Wars in Concert 100th show in Austin and got a special photo shoot with Anthony Daniels (C-3P0) and even had a video shoot at NASA in Houston on behalf of LucasFilms. This droid and I have been on some amazing adventures! He is constructed of wood, plastic, aluminum, steel and just about every other material you can think of. He is fully functional and remote control with sounds, lights and action! He weighs around 140 lbs and is powerful enough to haul around his own weight and that of my son or daughter going for a ride on his back. I’m now working on a C-3PO to keep him company and a BB-8!
Droid: R2-D2
Location: Dripping Springs, Texas
Astromech.net: jamiemcshan
Website: www.jamiemcshan.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TexasR2D2
Email: jamie@centraltexasdroids.com
Liz Wrightson
My droid is a mostly yellow pretty beat-up little guy. I'm about 2/3 done and hope to have him finished this summer (just need to finish up his legs and electronics). He's styrene, with an aluminum dome, and many resin and wood bits.
Droid: R2-DZ
Location: Austin, Texas
Astromech.net: jedibith
Website: bithsdroid.blogspot.com
Email: liz@centraltexasdroids.com
Andrew Shaddox

Droid: R2-A6 (Astro McGreen)
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Astromech.net: andrewshaddox

Website: www.facebook.com/AstroMcgreen
Other:
www.facebook.com/ashaddox
www.facebook.com/spacebearprops
Email: andrew@centraltexasdroids.com

James Garcia
I can remember the first time I saw a working R2-D2 and this was at CIV. I remember thinking I had to build one because he was my favorite character in the Star Wars story. Around 2009, I became serious about my cosplaying and creating my own story as a Jedi/X-Wing Pilot and wondering what his droid would be. Then I saw R2-M5 at CV and I knew he was the droid I had to build. He was the little red droid that would follow Ja’es Dagar (my Jedi and Pilot name) all across the galaxy bringing peace and justice. I have received the styrene dome to start my build and I have purchased resin radar eye and holoprojectors made out of resin. I am really excited to bring to life my “Red Dagar” to life and to take him to all the conventions I go too. 

Droid: R2-M5 "Red Dagar"
Astromech.net: jedi_redseven
Location: San Antonio
website: www.facebook.com/RedDagar
Other: www.facebook.com/JediJames
Email: james@centraltexasdroids.com

Jason Davis
My name is Jason Davis and live in San Antonio, Texas. I am a member of the 501st and Rebel Legion. I been fascinated with R2 and the other droids throughout the Star Wars saga and figure its time to build me one. I don't have a particular one I want to build yet, so I will be building a R2D2 droid and figure which designation later.

Droid: R2-D2
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Astromech.net: grimlock
Email: jason@centraltexasdroids.com

Jose Medina
I grew up with Star Wars and have been a fan for almost 35 years. It all started when I saw the Empire Strikes Back on the big screen for the first time in 1980… I was hooked! Playing with the toys and video games as a child and then later collecting Star Wars memorabilia with the release of the Special Editions in 1997. And it was at Star Wars Celebration where I saw a full scale R2-D2 and I knew that someday, I would have one of my very own. A few years later in 2008 with the help of the R2-D2 Builders Club, I began the incredible journey that is to actually build an Astromech Droid. I had little to almost no experience in building something like this, but 2 years later with the help of the amazing people in the club I fulfilled my childhood dream to have my very own R2-D2. But, with R2 the building is never finished, so I continue adding new features to my droid to make him even more fun to interact with.

Droid: R2-D2
Location: San Antonio
Email: Jose@CentralTexasDroids.com 

Gustavo Canalas
Hi, my name is Gustavo (Gus) and I'm from Nuevo Laredo Mexico. I have been a Star Wars fan since I was 6 years old when I first saw Return of the Jedi. Growing up in a border town you get to see the best of both worlds and I was lucky to be so close to this Club. I Love Vader as much as I love Droids, so I am also part of the 501st Legion. My droid's name is R4-Y0 and in Mexico we call him RAYO or Bolt. It's a thing in Mexico as we call R2D2: Arturito. I started on December 2014, and with help from Jamie McShan and Jose Medina R4-Y0 became operational in June 2016.

Droid: R4-Y0
Location: Nuevo Laredo, Mexico
Email: Gus@CentralTexasDroids.com

Patrick Jones
My name is Patrick Jones. In addition to being a droid builder, I’m also a member of the 501st Legion and Rebel Legion. I’ve loved Star Wars for as long as I can remember. In 2016 I started down the path of Droid building. I started small, getting my feet wet with a Mouse Droid. I have such a blast driving that one around conventions, I decided to take the next step and build an Astromech. Being Darth Vader for the 501st, I, of course, had to chose to build an Imperial Droid! My droid of choice? C2-B5. While only on screen during the Battle of Scarif for a short amount of time, he caught my attention. Originally he was described as R2’s evil twin, however, script re-writes changed his purpose and screen time. Still, that didn’t deter my desire to build him. And he's not a featherweight; built from aluminum and steel he weighs in just shy of 250 pounds.

Droid: C2-B5
Location: Cibolo, Texas
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TK9157
Email: Patrick@centraltexasdroids.com

Carlos J. Ramos Moll and Carlos Ramossanchez
Father and son building their first R2-D2. Both from Puerto Rico living in San Antonio and have been fans of the star wars universe from the beginning. Together, our goal is to complete a functioning R2. Since we are both members of the 501st we plan to bring the R2 to events and share with the fans.

Droid: R2-D2
Astromech.net: jedilos
Location: San Antonio
Instagram: tk10567
Email: CarlosR@centraltexasdroids.com

Carlos Orosco
My hometown is San Antonio, Texas and I joined the Droid Builders Club in September 2016 as part of the Central Texas Droids. My love of Star Wars and building things with my hands led me to the construction of R5-D4. I have been part of the 501st for 6 years and built over two dozen costumes ranging from Stormtroopers to Optimus Prime! R5 and I look forward to bringing smiles to everyone we meet and keeping R5 motivated!

Droid: R5-D4
Location: San Antonio
Email: Carlos@CentralTexasDroids.com

Jorge Blanquet
My name is Jorge Blanquet. I grew up in Mexico City and I moved to Texas when I turned 16. I am a member of the 501st and Rebel Legion. It was because of conventions that I met fellow builders who are now helping me build my own Astromech. I am hoping to have it ready by the end of 2017. My R2 unit will have a different color scheme and I am planning on matching my Rebel pilot helmet to it.

Droid: R2-C4
Location: San Antonio 
Website: jorgeblanquet.com
Email: Jorge@CentralTexasDroids.com

Eric Beeks
Star Wars has been a part of my life since my parents took me to see it in 1977. I have been hooked ever since, collecting toys and watching the movies over and over. Then, in 2009, I put my skills to the test (and picked up many new ones along the way) to build my very own R2-D2. I started with the R2-D2 Builders Club. A club dedicated to building R2-D2 and other Astromech droids from the films. The club has detailed blueprints, access to parts, and a wealth of knowledge to help any builder with the process of building a droid. It took nearly two years from the day the first part arrived; to the point he was rolling on his own three feet. My droid is a made of different materials: wood, aluminum, styrene, and resin.

Droid: R2-D2, MSE-6
Location: Allen, Tx 
Email: Eric@CentralTexasDroids.com

Contact

Where can I see your Droids in person or request an Appearance? 

FacebookThe best place to find out our next event or to contact us for an upcoming event is our Facebook page.  www.facebook.com/CentralTexasDroids There you can see what events we have planned, past event photos and to contact us if you have an event that you think we might be interested in attending.  You can also email us at info@centraltexasdroids.com.