From a young age, I’ve always been an imaginative engineer. But it wasn’t until 15 years ago that I truly embraced my creativity and began building my very first R2 droid. From that moment on, I knew that I wanted to inspire young minds to never stop dreaming and to explore the endless possibilities of creative engineering and technology.
Over the years, I’ve had the honor of visiting people from all walks of life – from children battling cancer to students in classrooms, and even at weddings and Comic-Con events. All with the key goal to inspire. I’ve built numerous droids, including three R2s, a BB8, a K2SO and even a fully functional Wall-e. Most of these were done before the availability of 3d printers. Between 2019 and 2021 my closest friend and I took on the challenge of constructing the Solo movie version of the Millennium Falcon cockpit over a two-year period, designing, constructing and 3d printing every single part. It was an incredible journey that allowed us to bring the Falcon to life. I even designed and scratch built the digital display panels as well as 3d animations.
Throughout the years, I’ve had the opportunity to design parts and accessories for cosplay artists, film productions, and special effects companies. In recent years my main mentor, who was involved with model designing and special effects in the original Star Wars trilogy, inspired me to take my creativity to the next level by making functional devices out of Star Wars props. That’s when I started calling my creations Thomas Nixons – Really2Robots. Fast forward a year later I then created my entry into the SW Andor Challenge Panel and my functional holographic display. So if there’s one thing I want you to take away from my journey, it’s this – never give up on your dreams, no matter how unconventional they may seem. With determination, creativity, and a willingness to think outside the box, anything is possible.
Thomas Ira Nixon is the TSJ Foundation’s Creative Engineer building amazing projects; he is currently building a Two way hologram communication system that will be used in The TSJ education and mobile entertainment programs. Thomas brings the foundation an amazing set of skills, he together with his closet friend built “The Swedish Falcon” and joined forces with “The “Project X1” they are happy to announce that they started a partnership together. The Swedish Falcon’s new home location is in centralized in Germany. This opens up endless possibilities for future events in Europe and other parts of the world with the approval of Disney and LFL. This will also enable them to combine our resources for even greater creations. Together, 2023 is already booked with many exciting happenings.