Okay, this one will be undoubtedly the best-seller toy this upcoming Christmas, and i'm talking about the new BB8 droid just announced by Sphero, the company who helped to design the original BB8 for the filming of Star Wars : The Force Awakens. Though the toy will be a tenth of the size of the original one it looks like the real thing and they did a pretty good job to make it rolling like you saw it in the SW7 trailers as well as adding plenty of extras.
You'll be able to control BB8 thanks to a special App for your smartphone and can learn much more about all the functions HERE.
Here is the official description which goes with the excellent presentation video embedded below: "BB-8 - the app-enabled Droid that's as authentic as it is advanced. BB-8 has something unlike any other robot - an adaptive personality that changes as you play. Based on your interactions, BB-8 will show a range of expressions and even perk up when you give voice commands. Set it to patrol and watch your Droid explore autonomously, make up your own adventure and guide BB-8 yourself, or create and view holographic recordings.
It’s now possible to explore the galaxy with your own trusty Astromech Droid by your side. BB-8 is more than a toy - it’s your companion."
This BB8 Droid will cost you $150 and is not available for order yet but the availability date should be announced very soon, and you can ask on the website to be alert when available. In the meantime don't miss the impressive video demo below! Also read the excellent Gizmodo review about it HERE.
Now, guess what? I just learned that there is ANOTHER BB8 Droid available, and this one is not done by Sphero but by Thinkway and sold by Disney. It won't be as sophisticated as the one above but it is 4 time bigger and it cost only £29.95! ( $45 ) No remote control here but it's powered by four AA batteries, and this BB-8’s head can turn and its body can roll and spin in any direction. It also lights up, has 20 built-in sound effects (Sphero’s version relies on the app for all of its sounds) and comes with two different play modes. One sends it rolling around the room, while the other puts it into a listening mode awaiting voice commands. Here are the details from the page of the Disney Store UK HERE on which it is on sale:
BB-8 action figure
Head turns and body rolls and spins
Lights up and plays more than 20 sound effects
Two modes: Mode 1. Push button to activate and Mode 2. Voice recognition
Inspired by ''Star Wars: The Force Awakens''
Figure measures H29, W18cm approx
Requires 4x AA batteries, included
Suitable for children aged 3 years+
Warning: not suitable under 36 months due to small parts
Created for Disney Store
Pictures and video: copyright Sphero , Lcasfilm