Uh, Is That The Pumpkin We've Been Looking For?: R2-P2, The Halloween Jack O' Droid
This is a pumpkin
carving sculpture of R2-D2. What's the difference between a pumpkin carving and a pumpkin sculpture? Pretension. Just kidding, there actually is a difference. I think. Per an interview with sculptor Noel Dickover (remind me to never do business with you!):
How long did it take you to carve R2-D2?
It took somewhere between 10-11 hours. I started at 10:00 on Saturday morning and got done just after 10:00 that night, but taking in account eating and so forth, that's my estimate.
What goes into planning one of your pumpkins?
There's a difference between carving a pattern on a pumpkin, and a pumpkin sculpt. In the case of R2-D2, or the Deathstar, for instance, the pumpkin "is" the object, not just a portrait. So in thinking about carving R2-D2, I absolutely had to have a fairly tall, completely cylindrical looking pumpkin. I found one that weighed in at right around 40 lbs. Without this, there's no way I could have gotten the detail I was looking for.
There's a bunch more pictures of R2-P2 after the jump, along with a link to Noel's website where he's got a TON of other geeky pumpkins, including a 186-pound Death Star and more dragons than you could wave a magic wand at. Well technically you could wave a magic wand at them, there's just far too many to do any significant damage before they burnt you to a crisp. You'd be way better off casting Cloak of Invisibility and running like hell.
Click or do not click, there is no try (kidding, I miss buttons all the time).
Fantasy Pumpkins (with a ton more carving magic)
Geeking Out For Halloween: Behold The R2-D2 Jack-O'-Lantern [npr]
Thanks to twellve, who once carved her name into a park bench and it's still there to this day.