While Star Wars: The Force Awakens has resulted in an utterly galactic assortment of licensed toys and collectibles, the Sphero BB-8 App-Enabled Droid remains one of the true standout pieces that fans of the unequivocal blockbuster should be certain to get their hands on. From the orbicular Astromech’s first appearance in the Episode VII trailers to its on-screen exploits in the film, BB-8 has been an icon of Star Wars’ exciting new era. Now, courtesy of the masterminds at Sphero, fans can enjoy the companionship of the little orange, white, and silver automaton in a toy that delivers in both movie inspired form and function.
What makes the Sphero’s BB-8 so wildly craveable? For starters, the 4.5-inch bot combines an aesthetic that’s close to the film with a variety of technologies that bring it to life. With the downloadable mobile app, users can take direct control of BB-8’s movements with their iOS or Android devices as they twirl the head and drive it around (at varying speeds) as in the film. With the option “patrol” mode, users can turn BB-8 lose to negotiates the floor, desk, or other smooth flat surface that it’s placed on while monitoring its status via the app. BB-8 comes with a matching USB powered base station (and cord) that charges the little droid’s internal lithium battery when placed on it.
The Sphero BB-8 App-Enabled Droid boasts other remarkable features beyond its impressive range of actions. In addition to emitting a variety of authentic electronic sound effects and colors, the tiny bot chirps and beeps as it responds to user voice prompts. The accompanying app also has an augmented reality mode that allows users to simulate the projection of saved “virtual” holograms (of R2-D2, C-3PO, and a First Order Stormtrooper) or record and view their own. The combined result of all of these features is a masterfully engineered collectible that’s as fun to look at as it is to play with.
One of Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ most popular and feature-packed toys, the Sphero BB-8 App-Enabled Droid, released in September 2015 at the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $149.99 USD.