One of the most popular characters cruising the halls of Comic-Con this weekend is R2D2, a full-size working model of the “Star Wars” droid.
The rolling, beeping, top-spinning, illuminated robot was created by Jamul resident Greg Schumsky and his 18-year-old son, Connor.
They built the droid three years ago as a family project. Greg works as a product designer and experience consultant. Connor is a freshman in the mechanical engineering department at Cuyamaca College.
The Schumskys spent $1,500 fabricating the droid from plastic, metal and resin. It weighs about 150 pounds and is remotely controlled by cell phone.
The R2D2 model is so accurate, it has been approved by Disney as an official “Star Wars” droid, for use at conventions and charity events.
They have brought the robot to Comic-Con for three years and wherever it rolls, it draws a crowd, even when Schumsky plugs it into an outlet for a battery charge.
” People really love it,” he said.