star wars
Why Don’t We Know More About Star Wars’ Droids?

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 droids—which inadvertently highlighted how much we don’t know about them. Read More >>

star wars
Sphero’s Launching Some New Droids in Time for Star Wars Episode 8

By far the coolest toy to come out of the The Force Awakens marketing blitz from a few years ago was, by far, Sphero's remote control miniature BB-8. The company might have branched out a bit with very different products, but now, with The Last Jedi on the way, it's revealed some new droids you should be looking for. Read More >>

star wars
The 7 Most Terrifying (Yet Weirdly Loveable) Droids in the Star Wars Galaxy

Most Star Wars droids are designed to be adorable companions to the brave heroes. And yet, we can’t help but love when these cutesy robotic pals also turn out to be alarmingly efficient at killing people. It’s a legacy that’s been explored everywhere from the expanded universe to even Rogue One—and these are our favourites. Read More >>

star wars
Sphero’s BB-8 Controlling Force Band Now Lets You Wield an Imaginary Lightsaber Too

Sphero’s Force Band accessory has come a long way since it was first revealed at CES back in January. But now that the design and feature list has been finalised, calling it an accessory doesn’t do the wearable justice. It can do a lot more than just control the Sphero BB-8 toy, even if you don’t have a tiny droid. Read More >>

star wars
Disneyland is Testing New Interactive Droids That Will Roam Its Expanded Star Wars Lands

If you thought Disney’s only reason for buying Lucasfilm was to make more Star Wars movies, you’re way off. The company is also currently in the process of converting parts of Disneyland and Walt Disney World into sprawling Star Wars-themed lands, and it’s already testing some of the new characters it’s designed to interact with guests. Read More >>

star wars
BB-8 Would Sound Incredibly Annoying if He Ran on Windows XP

The Star Wars sound effects team does a brilliant job at breathing life into droids like BB-8 and R2-D2 using nothing but bloops and beeps. But what if BB-8 ran an operating system created by Microsoft? As Brian Elder discovered, BB-8 would be far less adorable and much more annoying if he spoke using Windows XP’s notification sounds. [YouTube via Laughing Squid] Read More >>

star wars
R2-D2 Can Get You Out of Yet Another Hot Mess

Who knew that a rolling, beeping rubbish 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. Read More >>

star wars
This Lamp Is the Offspring of R2-D2 and Pixar’s Luxo Jr.

Could a relationship between an astromech droid and an anthropomorphised articulated desk lamp ever really work? Debatable. But it’s worth a shot, because if it did, their offspring would be this fantastic R2-D2 Architectural Desk Lamp that ThinkGeek is now selling for $60. That's about £43, before you factor in shipping to the UK. Read More >>

star wars
The Best BB-8 Yet Recognises Voice Commands and Comes When it’s Called

Last September Sphero set the bar impossibly high when it comes to BB-8 toys, but at the 2016 New York Toy Fair this weekend, Spin Master might actually have the last word. Not only does its new remote control BB-8 stand an impressive 40 centimetres tall, it’s the first to respond to voice commands. Read More >>

star wars
Mood Lighting is This Life-Size BB-8 Floor Lamp’s Only Skill

Now that almost everyone on the planet has seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it’s officially time for BB-8 to finally take the merchandising torch from R2-D2. We’ll definitely miss Artoo, but how could we ever say no to products like this life-size BB-8 floor lamp? Read More >>

star wars
A New Wearable Lets You Control Sphero’s BB-8 Using the Force

So how do you make the coolest Star Wars toy ever even cooler? Having finally given everyone an interactive droid they can call their own, later this year Sphero will also be giving Star Wars fans the ability to control BB-8 using the Force — or at least motion-tracked gestures that will make you feel like a Jedi. Read More >>

star wars
Putting This Rubik’s Cube R2-D2 Back Together Is Harder Than Fixing a Real Droid

Does the shape of a Rubik’s Cube affect how hard it is to solve? At first glance you’d assume the irregularly-shaped pieces of this R2-D2 rotating puzzle would make it easy to put back together, but before you know it, you could have a real mess of droid parts on your hands. Read More >>

star wars
The Inevitable BB-8 Ice Sphere Mould Is Finally Here

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is finally in cinemas and toppling box office records day to day, but that’s not going to stop Disney from squeezing even more money from fans on the merchandising side. Besides, BB-8 seems tailor-made to be turned into an ice sphere. Read More >>

star wars
An Exhaustive Guide to Building Your Own Rolling Star Wars BB-8 Droid

Robot and prop-builder extraordinaire James Burton from XRobots.co.uk has just posted the final episode of an exhaustive four-part tutorial series detailing how he designed and built his own remote control self-balancing replica of Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ BB-8 droid. Read More >>