Star Wars’ droids are usually meant to be a little bit too cute for their own good—just look at BB-8! But we also love when that cuteness is subverted with a violent streak, like with Knights of the Old Republic’s HK-47, Rebels’ Chopper, or the Darth Vader comic’s Triple Zero and BT. Or, case in point, this astromech…
If you thought Disney’s only reason for buying Lucasfilm was to make more Star Wars movies, you’re way off. The company is also currently in the process of converting parts of Disneyland and Walt Disney World into sprawling Star Wars-themed lands, and it’s already testing some of the new characters it’s designed to…
The Star Wars sound effects team does a brilliant job at breathing life into droids like BB-8 and R2-D2 using nothing but bloops and beeps. But what if BB-8 ran an operating system created by Microsoft? As Brian Elder discovered, BB-8 would be far less adorable and much more annoying if he spoke using Windows XP’s…
Who knew that a rolling, beeping garbage can would one day be one of the greatest marketing tools man has ever known? There are more products based on R2-D2 that galaxies far, far away, and now that he’s an oven mitt, the plucky little droid can help you get out of yet another hot mess.
Could a relationship between an astromech droid and an anthropomorphised articulated desk lamp ever really work? Debatable. But it’s worth a shot, because if it did, their offspring would be this fantastic R2-D2 Architectural Desk Lamp that ThinkGeek is now selling for $60.
So how do you make the coolest Star Wars toy ever even cooler? Having finally given everyone an interactive droid they can call their own, later this year Sphero will also be giving Star Wars fans the ability to control BB-8 using the Force—or at least motion-tracked gestures that will make you feel like a Jedi.
Ice is not safe! Did we learn nothing from the photographer who watched $1500 in fancy equipment splash into freezing cold Icelandic waters? Evidently not.
Does the shape of a Rubik’s Cube affect how hard it is to solve? At first glance you’d assume the irregularly-shaped pieces of this R2-D2 rotating puzzle would make it easy to put back together, but before you know it, you could have a real mess of droid parts on your hands.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is finally in theaters and toppling box office records day to day, but that’s not going to stop Disney from squeezing even more money from fans on the merchandising side. Besides, BB-8 seems tailor-made to be turned into an ice sphere.
There’s a little droid that’s appeared in Star Wars in the last couple of years, R2-KT. She’s an astromech with a special purpose: memorializing a little girl who passed away in 2005. Now, it looks like she’ll appear in bigger things.
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.
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.
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.
From the moment we saw it rolling across the sand in the first teaser trailer, we’ve all been fascinated by BB-8. The new droid who’ll be palling around with the characters in Star Wars The Force Awakens is unique, adorable, and now we know its story.
After bravely supporting the rebellion through battle after battle, R2-D2 has earned his place on the side of a Japan All Nippon Airways airliner. But besides appearing in a couple of teaser trailers and at a handful of public events, has the rolling BB-8 droid earned the same honor?
As one of the most popular characters in the Star Wars universe, R2-D2 owes at least some of his fame to a forgotten droid named R5-D4. If you remember, after being sold to Uncle Owen by the Jawas it broke down with a bad motivator, allowing Artoo to steal the spotlight. It’s a tragic tale with a happy ending now that …