Grant Imahara, former Mythbuster & current host of Netflix’s White Rabbit Project, has created a fully animatronic version of Baby Yoda from Disney’s The Mandalorian! In posts on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, the former LucasFilms intern and special effects expert, explained that he spent three months designing, programming, and creating 3D molds for the Baby Yoda bot. Imahara partnered with prop maker and SCAD sculpture alum Lauren Markland (@Saltiesthime) for body details such as the skin, painting, and hair. He also partnered with Lindsay Hamilton (@misslindsayxoxo), a costume and wardrobe artist, for the bot’s outfit. The robot is currently running on a continuous sequence enabling it to look around, blink its eyes, and open its mouth. Imahara plans to soon incorporate reaction to sound, speech, and the triggering of specific moods and reactions. Grant is scheduled to begin touring the not-for-profit creation at children’s hospitals beginning in April.
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Pleased to present my newest creation: a fully animatronic Baby Yoda. It’s been three months of hard work and countless revisions. He’s a personal project that I started in early December. I did all the mechanical design, programming, and 3D printed the molds. He’s currently running a continuous sequence, but soon I’ll be able to trigger specific moods and reactions, as well as incorporate sound. Special thanks to @saltiesthime for creating the silicone skin, painting and hand-punching the hair, @misslindsayxoxo for the coat and jumpsuit, and Project 842 for the incredible digital model. This is a not-for-profit project. We’ll be touring children’s hospitals and our first visit is scheduled for April!