8 September 2017

NEWS: New Sphero Star Wars robots

BB-8 has a rival.

One of the better toys to come from the first Force Friday two years ago, just before the release of The Force Awakens, was the Sphero BB-8 robot. Following up on the success of that rolling, bleeping smart ball, Sphero have created two new droid toys; an R2D2 and a new roller, BB-9E, a character appearing in The Last Jedi.

BB-9E, we assume, will essentially be the same as the original BB-8, but with a cool black colour scheme and differently shaped head unit. However, the app that accompanies the toy has leaked a few details about the upcoming Star Wars squeal, including the name and look of The First Order's base ship, The Supremacy. You can take your BB-9E on a virtual tour of the huge ship, offering a few glimpses of what will obviously feature quite heavily in the film.

R2D2 also looks fun, but seems just to be a wheeled toy, again controlled by the Sphero app. We're sure it will be a joy to control the wee chap around, compete with trademark bleeps and whistles.

Find out more about them at www.sphero.com/starwars

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