A Life-Size Plush BB-8 Is the Next Best Thing To a Real Droid

Sphero’s version of BB-8 rolls and moves just like the movie version does, but at around half-a-foot tall it’s a little disappointing in terms of scale. That’s why we’re tempted to drop $50 on this life-size plush version from ThinkGeek that feels more like a true companion droid. »9/21/15 12:50pm9/21/15 12:50pm


Hasbro's Remote Control BB-8 Doesn't Need a Smartphone or Tablet

We haven’t seen more than a couple teasers, a trailer, and a few TV spots for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but it already seems clear that BB-8 is going to be a fan favorite alongside R2-D2. But if Sphero’s $150 self-balancing BB-8 toy is too rich for your blood, Hasbro’s got you covered. »9/04/15 4:00am9/04/15 4:00am

It Turns Out There's a Much Cheaper Interactive BB-8 That Rolls and Talks Too

Sphero’s BB-8 will undoubtedly be one of the most sought-after toys heading into the holidays, but it turns out it’s not the only company who’s figured out how to bring BB-8 to life. This larger version of the droid isn’t remote control, but it can still roll, talk, and interact with kids through simple voice commands. »9/03/15 9:56pm9/03/15 9:56pm

Sphero BB-8 Review: This Is the Coolest Star Wars Toy Ever

For the past 38 years there hasn’t been a robot more loved by fans than Star Wars’ R2-D2. But that could all soon change when The Force Awakens hits theaters, especially now that anyone can own a tiny working version of the movie’s BB-8 droid that can roll and balance all by itself. »9/03/15 9:02am9/03/15 9:02am

This R2-D2 Figure Is So Articulated It Could Probably Teach Yoga

He can roll around, hobble along on two feet, and apparently even fly at one point in his astromech career, but as far as robots go, R2-D2 never seemed that articulated. At least until the folks at Kaiyodo inducted the droid into their Revoltech line, which is known for having some of the most posable action figures… »12/30/14 3:17pm12/30/14 3:17pm

The cute rolling ball droid in the new Star Wars is a real robot not CGI

Perhaps the best part about the new Star Wars trailer was seeing BB-8, the adorable rolling ball robot in the new Star Wars movie, bounce and roll itself across the screen. It looked so familiar and so cute and so perfect as the new movie's answer to R2-D2. And the best thing about it? BB-8 is a real robot and not CGI. »12/15/14 8:22pm12/15/14 8:22pm

Honda's Groin-Threatening Robo-Legs Demonstrated On Video

Why Honda took a few days to seed a video of their potentially emasculating robotic legs »11/10/08 6:18am11/10/08 6:18am is beyond me, but here it is: a faceless man running the "Walking Assist Device" through its strides (ha, ha). My fears of testicular danger are only partially mitigated, and the fact that the legs have a hilariously feminine gait…

Honda Robo-Legs Help Mobility at the Expense of Fertility

Honda's first foray »11/07/08 7:11am11/07/08 7:11am into robotizing old peoples' haunches looked pretty tame, but this new one, on which geriatrics are supposed to mount like some sort of meat trophy, feels like a glimpse into a horrible, dystopian future where up is down, right is wrong and grandmas and grandpas amble through Sears on mechanized…