BLAST POINTS PRESENTS – A Conversation With Tom Spina And Ken Ralston!

In this new edition of BLAST POINTS PRESENTS, we are happy to share the audio version of a recent conversation “our friend and frequent guest”  Tom Spina from Tom Spina Designs and Regal Robot had with multi-Oscar winning Vis. FX Supervisor Ken Ralston!  They’re talking about Ken’s incredible career, his visionary creature contributions to RETURN OF THE JEDI and more!  We all know and love the maquettes from From Star Wars To Jedi and Classic Creatures and Ken sculpted a handful of those AND now Regal Robot has just released their replica of the Weequay maquette that Ken created.  So check out this awesome chat with Tom and Ken!  

get your own Weequay here : https://regalrobot.com/shop/star-wars/starwars-busts-statues-collectibles/weequay-concept-maquette-replica/

watch the original video here : https://youtu.be/KWuSrbUeC0Q

and here : https://youtu.be/JHJaRMV1wnk

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Episode 329 – Designing Galaxy’s Edge with ERIC BAKER (featuring TOM SPINA)

When we finally got to visit Galaxy’s Edge last May, our minds were blown and we had to know one thing – who in the world was responsible for the little amazing details all over Batuu?  Join us as along with Tom Spina,  we get all the answers with former creative director with Walt Disney Imagineering, Eric Baker.  Eric and his crew were in charge of all beautiful, detailed props and set dressings for both Galaxy’s Edge locations and the story on how it came to be and how it was pulled off is INSANE.  Plus: talk of that certain Star Wars aesthetic AND what does a special edition musical instrument have to do with an old Kenner mail away figure backpack?   

Episode 328 – ANDOR first 3 Episodes Freakout

Andor is here, we getting up at 4am to watch it and are possibly delirious here talking about all the finer points of the brilliant first three episodes!  It has it all : little frog people, serious drama, a binocular POV shot, an intriguing plot and of course,  A WALL OF GLOVES!   So pour some Caf, listen today and celebrate the love!  

VAN HALEN 1984 SERIES 2 – JUMP

Our outrageous VAN HALEN 1984 side series continues as with Tom “Regal Robot” Spina we dissect each song on the album for 19 minutes and 84 seconds! It’s the second episode so it’s about the second song, the all-time classic JUMP! We’re talking the amazing video, the synths, the guitar, the lyrics, why it’s such a classic and much, much more. LISTEN TODAY ANYWHERE PODCASTS ARE!!

Episode 327 – The D23 News Jamboree

The D23 Expo descended upon California last weekend and the big Lucasfilm panel did not disappoint!  Join us as we look at the big hitters of the panel and come to the conclusion that we are DOOMED!  We’re talking INDY 5, Andor, Willow, Bad Batch, Tales of the Jedi, Mando, Ahsoka and MORE!  What gave us goose bumps and what made us want ice cream?  It’s a warning that we are about to cross over into a STAR WARS MADNESS zone and we’re kinda pumped about it!  So, splash some bleach water on your face, celebrate the love and listen today!  

Episode 326 – The Light And Magic Of ROSE DUIGNAN

It’s a very special episode as this week we’re thrilled to be talking to ILM legend and LIGHT AND MAGIC superstar, ROSE DUIGNAN!  Join us as we discuss her career in the VFX industry,  working on Star Wars, Return of the Jedi, the magic of “Light and Magic”, her career, passion, life past the documentary and of course, The Ewok Adventure!

So,  celebrate the love and listen today!

Episode 325 – Rogue Wonder Years – A Rogue One Celebration

Our beloved Rogue One is playing again in selected IMAX theaters and for us it’s another reason to sing the praises of one of our favorite Star Wars movies!   Join us as reflect on why this one has transcended into a now classic status and why this Rogue One means so much to us and the show.  AND what about our screenings??  What stood out?  How was the crowd?  and what about that ANDOR footage?!  

PLUS – we asked YOU the listeners for YOUR Rogue One theater reactions and reasons why you love and we got some GREAT ones.   Listen as some incredible folks from across the country bask in that Rogue One love and possibly sing their hearts out for this movie!!  

So, call up a Hammerhead Corvette, listen today and celebrate the love!

Episode 324 – The 1977 NPR Splendibulous Star Wars Review

In the summer of 1977, when the world had serious Star Wars Fever, noted film critic Tom Shales snuck out one of the most fascinating reviews of the original film on NPR.  With just one viewing, he was able to make amazing observations about the film that people are still just catching up to almost 45 years later.   Join us as we look at this wild and magical time and thoroughly analyze Tom’s review line by line.   What’s spot on?  What do we not quite agree with it?  How does it make us look at the 77 Star Wars in new ways? PLUS – IS Star Wars the stoned movie you don’t have to be stoned for?  Listen today!

VAN HALEN 1984 SERIES 1 – TITLE TRACK

It’s the start of a new outrageous side series as along with Tom “Regal Robot” Spina, we dissect each song on VAN HALEN’s 1984 album for 19 minutes and 84 seconds!  It’s a concept so insane only Blast Points & Spina could pull it off!   Join us in this kickoff episode talking all about the instrumental first title track, giant beach balls, synthesizers, MTV and much more!  LISTEN TODAY ANYWHERE PODCASTS ARE!  

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Episode 323 – The Creatures Of Jabba’s Palace With TOM SPINA

On Sunday, May 29th 2022, Blast Points with Tom Spina, Amy Ratcliffe and Kirk Thatcher (and his captain’s hat) changed the world at Star Wars Celebration with the legendary Creatures of Return of the Jedi panel.   Now for all of you that weren’t there, we’ve teamed up with Tom once again to deliver a special super expanded version of everything we talked about in Anaheim and so much more!   Join us as we talk the “dare to be weird” creatures of Jabba’s Palace by going over EVERY ONE OF THEM!!  And we even go over some that were NOT in the film!  Did someone say LIGHTMAN?!?  

So, get out your book of hair, listen today and celebrate the love!  

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