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Spotlight News and Updates

14
Sep

Gremlins Stop Motion Puppet Conservation

Our conservation of a Gremlins stop motion puppet, preserving this piece of Hollywood history for the future. Even before a movie prop arrives in our New York studio, we take a great deal of time to discuss each project with our clients. This very ra...
14
Sep

Gremlins 2 Puppet Movie Prop Restoration from The New Batch

This Gremlins 2 puppet came to our New York studio for restoration and a custom display. This brown foam latex and polyfoam Gremlins 2 puppet prop was screen used in the 1990 movie, The New Batch, the sequel to the original horror-comedy classic. E...
10
Sep

Lady Deathstrike Costume Display and Themed Base

An original Kelly Hu Lady Deathstrike costume custom mannequin with a themed display base. Our client asked us to create a custom mannequin and display for this screen used Lady Deathstrike costume from X Men 2, X Men United. This costume was worn by...
24
Aug

Star Wars Celebration VI – 2012

Star Wars Celebration VI – 2012 Tom was a special guest at this year’s “Star Wars Celebration”, where he participated in a pair of panels, one with Jon Berg, Pablo Hidalgo and Nick Maley which was in-depth and behind the scen...
15
Aug

Life Sized Boba Fett helmet for Star Wars Charity

Boba Fett helmet charity project. We were honored to be asked to be a part of the Dented Helmet’s “As You Wish Project”, an art show and auction which raised over $135,000 for the Make a Wish Foundation!  The project gave severa...
3
Aug

Jumanji Life Sized Lion Movie Costume Conservation

Restoring the original, life sized lion movie costume from the Robin Williams classic, Jumanji! This gallery features a life sized lion movie costume from the 90’s film Jumanji, which we refurbished for a private movie prop collector.  Origin...
23
Jul

Iron Man 2 Hammer Drones Display

A customized display for one of the destroyed Iron Man 2 hammer drones. Since these Iron Man 2 Hammer Drones were such large pieces and were no longer “attached” in one piece we had to come up with a cohesive design. The client opted not to rebui...
18
Jul

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes Display

Our Conquest of the Planet of the Apes display for a screen used Caesar style chimp movie costume. One of our clients reached out to us looking for a custom display statue.  They had an original Chimp jumpsuit from the production of the 1972 movie...
12
Jul

Priest Vampire Movie Costume Mannequin

 An custom statue created with an original Priest vampire movie costume. We turned this screen used Priest vampire movie costume from the 2011 film into a life sized statue for our client, who was a collector or original movie props and wardrobe. Pr...
5
Jul

Gremlins Hand Puppet Movie Prop Restoration

Our restoration of an extremely rare Gremlins hand puppet from the original 1984 film. This Gremlins hand puppet originally came from the film’s director, Joe Dante via a movie prop auction. While a large number of puppets from the sequel are i...
22
Jun

Dark Crystal Movie Props Custom Acrylic Display Case

A custom acrylic display case for a trio of rare The Dark Crystal movie props. It’s rare to find movie props from any of Jim Henson’s films and any time we are able to work on one of these we are thrilled. Since Jim Henson is one of our favorite...
12
Jun

Planet of the Apes Chimp Costume Display

An original Planet of the Apes Chimp costume display. This display of an original Planet of the Apes chimp costume from the 1968 sci-fi adventure film. Our client had an original chimpanzee bib (or collar) and decorative arm bands and was looking f...
12
Jun

A Few New Online Articles About Us!

A few new online articles about us! A few new stories about us and some of our pieces including the King Kong Home Theater set, Avengers Desk and the Han Solo in carbonite from the web… http://www.superpunch.net/2012/06/king-kong-themed-home-th...
28
May

Toy Prototype Sculpting Zombie Halloween Prop

Toy Prototype Sculpting – Zombie Statue Parts These mid-scale Zombie parts were created by hand as part of our toy prototype sculpting for a small business making animated Halloween decor and collectible figures.  The zombie heads, hands, fee...
20
May

Hollow Man Mask Display Bust

A custom created bust made to display Kevin Bacon’s signature silicone Hollow Man mask. We created a custom display head to support this iconic silicone Hollow Man mask worn by Kevin Bacon in the 2000 reimagining of the classic invisible man ...
17
May

Video Interview from Sideshow Collectibles

Video Interview from Sideshow Collectibles Want to learn more about exactly what we do here at Tom Spina Designs?  Or about our approach to restoration or displays? Or if you want to hear more about our favorite projects from the man himself. Then c...
1
May

Interview with Creature Cantina.com

Interview with Creature Cantina.com Over the years our company founder,Tom, has become known as one of the foremost experts on all things cantina and our studio has helped recreate the scene for numerous commercial, videos and events. It has been the...
26
Apr

The Mummy Movie Costume Mannequin

An original The Mummy movie costume display mannequin with carved foam faux stone base. A custom display created for an original The Mummy movie costume from the 1999 film starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. Our client had a original foam latex...
16
Apr

Monsterpalooza Trade Show and Convention 2012

Monsterpalooza Convention Photo Gallery Monsterpalooza 2012 was another amazing event… a tremendous tribute to the art of practical movie effects.  Our Jabba the Hutt lifesize movie prop display was showcased as part of Prop Store’s disp...
22
Mar

Gremlins Prop Puppet Restoration & Museum Display

Our restoration of an original, screen used Gremlins prop puppet from Gremlins 2, the New Batch. When this wonderful green Gremlins prop puppet arrived in our New York studio his condition presented a number of challengers.  Not the least of which,...
22
Mar

Interview with Galactic Binder.com

Interview with Galactic Binder.com GalacticBinder.com , the largest Star Wars directory on the web, recently chose Tom for one of their featured interviews. They chatted about Tom’s love of the Star Wars films, as well as how some of our piece...
9
Mar

Roman Bronze Sculpture – Statue of a Brother Centurion

A roman bronze sculpture made as a tribute to a client’s brother. We created this roman bronze sculpture from photos.  The life sized bronze statue was hand sculpted in clay by sculptor Tom Spina and then molded in a flexible silicone mater...
28
Feb

Hellboy Costume & Ivan Puppet Custom Display

Custom themed display for an original, movie-worn Rob Perlman Hellboy costume and Ivan puppet. We were contacted by our client to create a custom display for their screen used Hellboy costume and life sized animatronic Ivan puppet. They were looking ...
7
Feb

Star Wars Cantina Commercial – Costumes for Super Bowl Ad

Helping fill the bar at a Star Wars Cantina commercial for the Super Bowl! Our alien masks and costumes help a return to the Mos Eisley cantina!  When Volkswagen followed up their wildly successful “Vader kid” commercial, they did it by...
22
Jan

Frozen Ice Cave Custom Dog Bed for Chubbs the Wampug

A frozen ice themed custom dog bed! Last Halloween, our friends Art and Kristin made a fabulous Star Wars costume for their pet pug, Chubbs.  They turned the pug into a Wampa from the frozen wastelands of Hoth!  They put a brief video up on Youtu...
2
Jan

Several Articles About Our Custom Avenger’s Desk

Several articles about our custom created Avenger’s desk We were very excited to get a chance to work again with  Grammy winning recording artist, Mark Hall to create another custom desk. We created our now infamous Han Solo in carbonite desk ...
22
Dec

Texas Chainsaw Massacre Leatherface Mask Restoration

Texas Chainsaw Massacre Leatherface mask restoration, an original prop from TCM 3. This Texas Chainsaw Massacre Leatherface mask restoration project was actually a bit more of a conservation than a restoration. Our work was focused on repairs rather ...
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