Sunday 25 September 2016

This life-sized BB-8 will follow you around!

Paul Mallon

Published 18/02/2016 | 10:23

BB-8
BB-8

BB-8 is the best thing about the new Star Wars the Force Awakens movie and you can get a life sized model which follows you around

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BB-8 was undoubtedly the standout star of The Force Awakens - the cute little bot had a huge part in the main plot and also contributed a lot of comedy to some of the best moments in the film.

There have already been a few BB-8 toys released to date, including a marvellous smartphone controlled bot from Sphero. He careens around the place and can even project augmented reality hologram things, but isn't a little bit on the small side. Thankfully, Spin Master has a new BB-8 model in the works, and it's probably the toy of your dreams.

This new version is over 16 inches tall, making it a little bit smaller than the real life version but still a lot bigger than Sphero. It's has a handheld controller with a neat looking joystick that fits into the Star Wars design ethos and all manner of lights and decals to make it look pretty authentic. Albeit made of plastic unlike the metal of the real one. We mean 'real' one.

In addition, you'll be able to use your voice to control this little guy - he'll actually turn his head when you speak and will come when you call his name. Say 'Follow Me' and you'll have a cute robotic companion on your walk. We can't find any video of it in action, which is a real shame, but that might be because its not quite ready yet - as this BB-8 is set to release in autumn 2016. Pricing is set around $180 which you can be sure people will pay if it turns out to be even half as cool as it looks.

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