Some of the most interesting bits of world-building introduced in the most recent Star Wars spinoffs have come from the films’ droid characters. Sure, droids have always been a part of Star Wars’ mythos, but what’s been so surprising about Rogue One and Solo is how they gave us a glimpse at the inner lives of…
Star Wars might take place a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away—but for one NASA research engineer, it’s also a sign of things to come. A new article in Science Robotics argues that NASA should look to Star Wars droids like BB-8 and R2-D2 as models for the future of American robotics.
Man, I feel so guilty for recycling my old books of construction paper. I could’ve been using them to make art. Just kidding, I’d have to actually be an artist to accomplish these feats of shadowed wonder.
The next time you find yourself fleeing an oppressive regime across the galaxy, or to just another country, you won’t have to worry about whether or not you’ll be able to plug your lightsaber into some unfamiliar socket. This immobile version of R2-D2 from Brando hides an entire stack of power adapters for 40…
Rushed out the door to meet the tremendous and unexpected demand for Star Wars toys, Kenner’s original R2-D2 action figure, which bore only a passing resemblance to the droid, looks downright archaic by today’s toy standards. But that’s also made it incredibly popular among collectors, and to capitalize on all that…
The droids of the Star Wars galaxy do not fuck around—they might look cute, but they will mess you up if the need arises. There are some truly, petrifyingly badass droids out there, but R2-D2 is really the most badass of them all, as this week’s Star Wars comic is here to remind you in no uncertain terms.
Like millions of other kids around the world, after seeing the original trilogy, R2-D2 instantly became my favorite Star Wars character. He seemed like the perfect sidekick, but the real Artoo was from a galaxy far, far away from mine, and the toy versions of the little droid were always lifeless clones of the…
R2-D2 is a hero of the Rebellion. He’s survived several generations of Skywalkers. He’s the galaxy’s sassiest astromech droid (say that three times fast). And now, an auction house has sold him to an anonymous buyer for $2.76 million. That’s a lot of credits.
When Rey leaves Leia and the Resistance to go find Luke Skywalker, she brings two friends with her: Chewbacca and R2-D2. However, that wasn’t originally the case.
Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's roundup of the sweet toys and merchandise we’ve seen this week. We’ve got a magical Doctor Strange figure, a rather large Homecoming Spider-Man, and a miserable way to treat your favorite astromech unit. Also: Legend of Zelda Clue. No, really!
After the passing of Kenny Baker last year, you’d be forgiven for assuming that Lucasfilm and Disney would go the all-robot (or part-robot-part-CGI) route for the rest of R2-D2’s movies appearances. Instead, the role has gone to Jimmy Vee (Doctor Who).
Eating sushi is as much an art as making the Japanese delicacy. When it comes to enhancing the flavor of sashimi or nigiri you’re not supposed to just drown your sushi in soy sauce. A light dip is all you need, and these wonderful Star Wars soy sauce dishes will make it easy to know when you’ve portioned out the…
Aside from Hello Kitty, it’s hard to think of a character whose image has been slapped onto more products than Star Wars’ R2-D2. Everything from oven mitts to coffee makers bear the little droid’s likeness, and now you might even see him pop up on construction sites as an officially-licensed tape measure.
It won’t be long before Rogue One: A Star Wars Story officially hits theaters, which means it’s just about time for another onslaught of Star Wars merchandise. Most of it is stuff you’ve seen before—toys, figures, re-re-releases of previous films—but an R2-D2 coffee press? That’ll get us to perk up and pay attention,…
After seeing Star Wars for the first time you undoubtedly wanted an astromech droid to call your own. But building your own fully-functional prop required skills you don’t have, and a tiny two-inch action figure leaves something to be desired. But an Artoo figure as large as the real thing? Now we’re talking.
Kenny Baker, the man who played R2-D2 in the Star Wars films has died at the age of 81, after battling a long illness. (Updated with reactions from Star Wars community)
Garden gnomes were never exactly a trendy addition to any home, but if you must fill your garden with tiny ceramic characters, at least go with this 17-inch-tall R2-D2 statue instead of a bunch of creepy trolls.
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.
As the weather gets nicer, it’s time to finally pause The Force Awakens and head outside for some fresh air and sunshine. That doesn’t mean you have to abandon Star Wars altogether. Not when ThinkGeek’s just revealed a wonderful kite collection full of X-Wings, Death Stars, and Droids.