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 8:22pm 12/15/14 8:22pm

Let's Take A Deep Look At The Droid In The New Star Wars Trailer

Look, there's no point in trying to act all cool: we're all pretty excited about the new Star Wars trailer. Our pals at iO9 did a great scene-by-scene breakdown of it, but I want to focus on just one bit of important hardware seen in the trailer — that fast little droid with the spherical body. » 11/29/14 11:31am 11/29/14 11:31am

Being a Kitchen Timer Is R2-D2's Latest Side Job

As far as resumes for droids go, the skills and experience section on R2-D2's must be at least 100 holograms long by now. This latest Star Wars tie-in sees Artoo back in the kitchen as a simple $20 timer, counting off anywhere from one to sixty minutes with a quick twist of his rotating dome. When the time's up a… » 7/30/14 5:00pm 7/30/14 5:00pm

You'll Never Mess Up a Recipe When R2-D2 Does Your Measuring

As far as movie sidekicks go, it's hard to find one as invaluable as Star War's R2-D2 was. That little droid was always in the right place, at the right time, with the right tool to save the day. And that now includes your kitchen with this R2-D2 measuring cup set that helps ensure your baking ingredients are always… » 4/17/14 6:40pm 4/17/14 6:40pm

There's No Better Use For Cup Holders Than This R2-D2 USB Charger

Your dream of cruising around your local galaxy with your feisty astromech droid by your side simply isn't going to happen in your lifetime. It will be years before robots can even pick up a wrench and remove a bolt by themselves. But ThinkGeek's got the next best thing. It won't fix your warp drive, but perched in… » 11/26/13 7:00pm 11/26/13 7:00pm

Who Needs AAA When You've Got R2-D2 On Your Car?

If that spunky little astromech droid can help whiny Luke Skywalker lead the Rebellion to defeating the Empire, surely R2-D2 can help you when your radiator's on the fritz, or you've got a flat tire. In fact, who needs to pay for AAA when you've got what is arguably the real hero of the Star Wars films at your… » 10/03/13 10:40am 10/03/13 10:40am

A Hologram-Projecting R2-D2 Birthday Cake Makes Us Insanely Jealous

We've seen a lot of awesome cake designs over the years, but this is the first time we've been genuinely envious over what a six-year-old was served at his birthday party. After all, who wouldn't want an R2-D2 birthday cake that actually projects holograms like the one Marc Freilich made for his son Alexander? » 6/20/13 10:37am 6/20/13 10:37am

Whoever Wears This R2-D2 Bra Won't Enjoy the Interactive Features

If you've been looking for a DIY project that combines your love of Star Wars with your ignorance of fashion trends, why not turn some papier-mâché and a hacked R2-D2 toy into a light-up brassiere complete with artoo sound effects? The hardest part of the build, as demonstrated by the mannequin in this video, is… » 4/01/13 2:20pm 4/01/13 2:20pm

Let's Hope Disney Can Save Star Wars Merchandise Too

The recent acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney, and the announcement that more Star Wars films are in the works, has fans cautiously optimistic about the future of that galaxy far, far away. And while no one wants to get too excited, it might even mean merchandise like this lame R2-D2 pizza cutter might go the way of… » 12/21/12 8:45am 12/21/12 8:45am

This Is the Alarm Clock Droid You're Looking For (At a Price You…

This isn't the first R2-D2-themed alarm clock to grace these pages, but serious collectors (and serious sleepers) might want to take note of this iteration. Made from the highly detailed and accurate moulds used to churn out R2-D2 plastic models, this astromech alarm clock plays a symphony of Star Wars themes and… » 8/27/12 2:00pm 8/27/12 2:00pm