I just wanted to say thank you again for all your hard work. You guys do great work and not only that, you are a blast to work with. Everyone LOVED baby Jeff including Jeff, his reaction was priceless, when we showed it to him for the first time, he literally sat down on the floor right in front of it indian style, he was really impressed not only by the idea of it, but also by the craftsmanship. I believe at one point he even said “IT LOOKS JUST LIKE ME, EXCEPT MY ASS ISNT THAT NICE.!” Mentioned how small the fig leaf was, it was great. We also showed him the picture you all signed in scene, he got a real kick out of it.
So again, thanks for all your hard work, I really hope we get to work together down the road. And again, we really appreciate it.
“Good Lord, Jack looks incredible. I hope you’re sending these photos to Rick. The stand looks very sturdy as well. You guys are real geniuses and that’s the truth. Thanks again guys for all your creative work.” – Bob Burns
“Thank you so so much for the beautiful lions! You did such an amazing job! There were so many comments of how beautiful and lifelike they were! The faces were amazing, from the eyes, mouths, teeth, whiskers, air brushing, gorgeous fur…..every detail! Exceptional! Better than expected? Absolutely!
And Tom, you were a delight to work with! Great communication! Loved how you gave us pictures on the progression of the lions as they were being created! Couldn’t be happier with the lions or with the experience of working with you! Hope we have the pleasure of working with you again!”
WOW!!! He looks amazing and I love the base, it works so well and loving the lights.
I honestly can’t thank you and your team enough for all the hard work and effort put into bringing him back to life and giving me the enjoyment of actually owning a grail piece from my favorite film.
Not only have you done an exceptional job but the communication and trust you gave me was above and beyond any company I’ve ever dealt with.
So thank you!
Your company’s work on this project has far exceeded my wildest expectations. And this comes from a guy who’s already lavished superlatives on previous jobs you’ve done for me. I honestly don’t know how to describe how happy I am with Lizzie and a thesaurus isn’t going to help. Suffice to say that Tom Spina Designs has me smiling from ear to ear. I absolutely couldn’t be happier. Thank you so much to everyone! And a special thank you to you and Maria for all of the blood and sweat you put into this project. It was the furthest thing from easy and you guys simply killed it. I am a customer for life. I’ve shown Tom Savini and he said, “Lizzie, like all my creations, is one of my children..and with the help of some dear friends…I’m thrilled to see her come back to life again.”
The helmet and display arrived safely and I’m over the moon! This display elevates the piece totally. No hyperbole, I couldn’t be more thrilled. I knew this piece had the potential (its truly a one-off prop from an incredibly memorable scene) but I was certain it needed a screen accurate replica face flap to properly display… and when I originally reached out, that was all was expecting. I’ve been so excited ever since I realized you were making a dedicated display. This piece needed you and I’m certain the work you did tremendously increased the value of this piece – both in terms of simple enjoyment but also literally in terms of what this piece would sell for if offered (although I have no intention of selling any time soon!). Anyway, I’ll stop gushing. Thank you so much!
“Man, I’m totally speechless!! I’m one happy camper right now… I just don’t even know what to say…you have me so excited with the work…it truly is special to me now and I’m sure it will stay with me for quite sometime…
I really thank you for your hard work and all the time and patience you had with me, as you said about me…i feel you are a top notch guy!! You are very fair, understanding and a great artist. thanks again so much!”
I can’t tell you how happy I am with the crate! Possibly the coolest thing in my room right now and it’s all because of you fine people. To turn a simple pair of contact lenses into this masterpiece….I don’t think there’s anything you guys can’t do. I honestly do not.
Thank you once again for your professionalism and unmatched artistic abilities. I don’t know what I’d do without you all.
“Hey Tom, the expo was awesome, the booth was amazing and man did it stand out!! It arrived with no damage and was a breeze to put together and pack up again with the directions supplied with each crate. You guys did an awesome job of packaging it up and all I can say is thanks for doing such a great job, it just blew me away.”
Updated note from our client in 2016 – “The skull booth has been shipped around the world to different expos in Europe and the U.K. over the last couple of years and is still going strong. We had it re-packaged into some different sized crates for ease of travel a year ago, but the booth is still the same as when we first unpacked it in Vegas almost 4 years ago and gets the same amount of attention at every expo.”
“I cannot stress how amazing this looks… It’s basically a tangible version of the vision I first had when watching this beloved classic. You guys were absolutely amazing in terms of kindness and keeping up with schedule and you truly are a great artist… Thank you and the team so much for making my dream come to life and I look forward to doing business with you in the future!”
A little over twelve years ago I realized the impossible dream of acquiring the one and only Enik costume, screen-used on the Sid and Marty Krofft tv show Land Of The Lost. That was the good news. The bad news was that the hands, feet, tunic, and accessories were missing and, to make matters worse, the latex & neoprene suit was crusty and crumbly. After over a decade of storage, I decided to locate someone to perform the much needed restoration. As fate (and luck) would have it, a cursory internet search turned up Tom Spina Designs. The web site appeared impressive and after a few phone conversations I was convinced they were the perfect shop for the job. The scope of the work involved specialized sculpting, repair, paint matching, sealing, and display mounting to exacting standards…..everything had to be authentic and matching period reference material of the costume.
Recently, the work was completed and I had the distinct pleasure of picking up the finished display. Upon viewing the newly restored and rejuvenated Enik, I was speechless! Even my most lofty expectations were exceeded! The level of craftsmanship and dedication to detail is phenomenal, placing Tom and his fellow wizards at the pinnacle of their art. Needless to say, every step of the process was handled with the utmost in professionalism and pride in their work. I am so pleased with every facet of this transaction and would highly recommend Tom Spina Designs to anyone contemplating prop restoration of any type. They truly brought Enik back to life!
“Brilliant! Really pleased with the way this turned out. Getting it to look more “right” was exactly what I had in mind, but I couldn’t picture exactly how to do it…what you’ve come up with is perfect… you’ve added serious value to it. Good work! Appreciate your speediness too…” – Brandon www.PropStore.com
“Tom & Don, The Brian puppet arrived yesterday and we had a chance to put him on his stand – we are very impressed with the sculpture! You’ve exceeded our expectations and recreated a nearly perfect copy of the original animatronic puppet. The craftsmanship on the sculpture is impeccable, and it wasn’t until seeing it in person that we were able to truly appreciate the work that your team did. Thank you again for all of your hard work!”
“It was an incredible experience to be a part of, and working with Tom’s team was probably the best experience we’ve ever had collaborating with another company. They kept us up to date on the project constantly, they easily understood what our goals were, and they really valued our input and implemented it into the design”
For Adam’s full review, please visit his website and read today!
I’m almost speechless! Never in my wildest dreams did I think it would turn out THAT well. Incredible! Please pass my sincere thanks to each and every one of you who worked on the mask. It will take pride of place in my movie room. Kind regards, Matt.
I picked up Spock during my lunch break earlier today, and it took everything in me not to take the rest of the day off to spend with him!
My goodness, what a transformation! I think just the right amount of restoration was done, and the paint matching is nothing short of brilliant. The stand is also a beautiful touch. This piece could not have possibly gone to a better team for this project.
Thank you to everyone who had a hand in this restoration. I am so happy!
“Tom Spina designs, both Tom himself and his team constantly kept in touch and sent plenty of photos showing any and all progress made, This Klown piece was in extremely rough shape and turned out to be a beauty. If/when I need preservation/restoration services I know where to go!”
“I was very impressed with the photographs that you sent me of the finished bust, BUT… when I opened the box/parcel containing the Dracula Bust I was speechless, in a good way. The bust looks even better up close, ultra realistic & an exceptional true to life [and] image… of Christopher Lee as Count Dracula.” – Paul
“The work needs to be seen to be believed, simply outstanding work. I could not be happier with this piece and would highly recommend him to anyone without any hesitation!! again thank you Tom, you are a true artist…keep up the good work! Cheers from Florida, Christine”
“Amazing! Better than we could have hoped for…wow people are going to have a case of the wet pants when that sucker comes out…definitely glad I bought the superior sound package for it. The whole thing is going to be awesome, very theme park like. Looking forward to getting more pieces from you guys in the future… Mike”
“I’ve had this dream of a cave room for years. Tom Spina Designs managed to take my idea far beyond what I’d envisioned. It was an honor to have Tom and Rich help make this dream come true. It was a wonderful experience to work with the artists during the design phase and to watch things come together as they were built. They are top-notch guys and if anyone needs any displays, restoration or theming, Tom Spina Designs is the place to go!” Want to see more of his collection and theme rooms? Visit Wesley’s site: www.WickedProps.com
“IT IS ALIVE!! He just got here, its absolutely fantastic just freaking everybody out at the moment. It travelled really well no problems with it, thanks again for the great service and product, am proud to be the first owner of a Tom Spina “New Moon” [ life size werewolf bust ] in Australia.
“Hey Tom, We shot the tree scenes today and it was simply great! We used the closed eye-lids, and they were very effective. The director said the tree was really nice and he hoped they would use it in other episodes. Everyone was very impressed, myself included. Anyway, thanks for all your help and doing a great job. I look forward to working with you again soon.
Tom, I took one of your Ewok build ups down to “The Freebs” [make up legends Stuart and Kay Freeborn, creators of Chewbacca, Yoda and the Ewoks for Star Wars] last night. He was VERY impressed with your work. He said he thought it was one of his! I thought you would like to know that you now have the official Freeborn seal of approval!
The Ewok has stayed with Stuart and now stands next to the Yoda statue that he kept. We thought it would be handy for him to have when he is interviewed or photographed in the future. – Tim – www.PropStore.com
“Hi Tom, Finally back home. Just opened the brown Gremlin and I am soooo impressed! Thank you for packing everything really well! When we unwrapped the cloth covering the Gremlin it was reminiscent to brining Frankenstein’s monster to life. Well, sort of! Very exciting and very happy! Thank You Tom Spina Designs!”
The Eagle has landed. The Fat Lady has sung. I did receive the packages yesterday, and I did have a chance to put the Predator together. I LOVE IT!!! It is sitting in my family room in all its full glory!!! Thank you so much. It was worth every penny to see my wife’s look of wonder, awe, and total disgust!!! Truly PRICELESS. Regards and Thanks, John
The display has arrived safe and sound and I finally got a chance to unpack it last night. Firstly your packing job was fantastic, everything was in pristine condition and totally protected so thank you for that. Once I actually got it all unwrapped and assembled it looked amazing, and even more striking in person than in the great photos you sent me.
I can only say that you have done an astounding job all round Tom. Thank you for taking my vague ideas on with such enthusiasm, developing and improving on them and taking them right through to such a perfect execution. I’m already looking forward to the next one! All the best, Adam
She made it home safely! I want to thank you for another top notch experience, and dazzling work of art! I am beyond thrilled with this piece, it is simply stunning. She was packed so well in that crate, it is times like these, I wish I had a power drill. I can barely feel my red blistered hands! Thanks so much again! I hope to do business again soon!
Well, the alien made a landing back at my house. He looks absolutely fantastic! The display works beautifully and the work looks amazing. Everything came well packaged and tightly wrapped. Thanks again for a great experience. I hope to do business with you again down the road! Best regards, Matt
She’s back home!
Had I not been involved in the process, I could never have believed that this…. [image from before our work] Is now this..[image of the finished product]. Once again (and I truly hope I don’t sound like a broken record here) you guys have completely outdone yourselves. She looks fantastic. She turned out better than I could have ever imagined.
I wanted to let you know that the boot arrived safely yesterday. Thank you for packing it so thoroughly… Everything you guys did looks excellent in person and I am extremely happy with all of the work you did on it! Thank you again for working with me on this project and I look forward to working with you guys again in the future!
Tom Spina and his group just completed my Ru’afo hero uniform project. As you can see they did a fantastic job. The bust they sculpted and painted of F. Murray Abraham (Ru’afo) is an excellent likeness. He accurately depicted all the folds and distortions in his face and highlighted them in the coloring. The eyes are also hauntingly lifelike. You clearly can see F. Murray Abraham. I would highly recommend Tom and his staff if you have one of these costumes or any other costume you want to give special treatment to.
CLIENT – Shannon and Jennifer, Private Collectors
We can’t tell you how pleased we are with the way this whole project went. You are all very professional and we can’t wait to deal with you again. Sounds like you have a great group of people working there. Tell everyone involved “Thank You”. Have a good evening, Shannon and Jennifer
CLIENT – Jeff K – Private collector of busts and statues
Hi Tom, B-I-G!….is the word that comes to mind. A magnificent sculpt done by Richie. Great details. He did a great job and I really appreciate the time and effort that he put into this sculpt. The details in the face are incredible… it’s those “little” details and that’s what keeps ya lookin’ at it. Thanks Tom. Thanks Richie for a magnificent sculpt. This past year you’ve helped me add some spectacular pieces to my collection and I’m happy with each one.
Truly amazing work! Truly amazing artists! Take Care. – Jeff
CLIENT – Tom L – Private Collector, Home Theater owner
3 massive crates showed up yesterday and everything made it intact and undamaged. Rich did an incredible job packing the characters for their long trip. It took a few hours to unpack them, but they are all now in my theater and look INCREDIBLE! Even my wife loves them, which speaks volumes.
In closing, I would like to thank you and Rich for being completely professional throughout this very enjoyable experience. Sending large checks to someone I’ve never met or dealt with before was a bit scary, especially since you’re on the opposite side of the country. You made me feel comfortable and confident from the start, and your communication, collaboration, and flexibility was uncommonly good. I would be very happy to serve as a reference for you. Thanks Tom & Rich!
CLIENT – Chris Georgoulias – Private movie prop collector
Hi Tom! The displays arrived today and they are perfect! The quality is top-notch and they help bring out the absolute best in my pieces. The flocking on the head looks fabulous and the acrylic base really gives it a nice, solid platform. The adjustable stand honestly looks as if it was custom made for my helmet. I scoured ebay and store display sites and didn’t find what I was looking for until I stumbled across your display page. Lo and behold I ended up finding *exactly* what I was looking for and it came from a fellow collector and artist that I actually know and respect. Thanks again! Chris Georgoulias