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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 >>

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Cut & Shut R2-D2 Sells For £2.1m

An authentic R2-D2, built over the course of seven years of parts salvaged from props used in four of the Star Wars films, has netted its anonymous British creator a staggering £2.1m at auction. Read More >>

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The Life-Size R2-D2 Figure You’ve Always Wanted Is Almost Here

After seeing Star Wars for the first time you undoubtedly wanted an astromech droid to call your own. But building your own fully-functional prop required skills you don’t have, and a tiny two-inch action figure leaves something to be desired. But an Artoo figure as large as the real thing? Now we’re talking. Read More >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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Turn Your Roomba Into the Star Wars Droid You Already Pretend It Is

iRobot’s Roomba vacuum cleaners are about the closest thing you can get to having a real Star Wars droid at home. In fact, many Roomba owners are happy to pretend their robovac is just a shorter version of R2-D2 while it works away, and this decal set will help make that even more believable. Read More >>

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Tony Dyson, the Man Who Built the Original R2-D2, Has Died

Professor Tony Dyson, who created the original R2-D2 back in 1977, has reportedly died at his home in Gozo, Malta. He was found on Thursday morning, after concerned neighbours informed police that his front door had been left open. Read More >>

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You Can Make These Star Wars Helmets For Talking Like R2-D2

Sure, you can probably do a good R2-D2 impression without building yourself a fancy helmet, with just a few whistles and clicks. But what if you could have a helmet that “translated” your own voice into Droidspeak, and what if the helmet also “translated” Droidspeak back into English? Read More >>

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Those Incredibly Intricate Metal Origami Models Are Now Available in Colour

If you lack the patience for assembling something as simple as a jigsaw puzzle, you’ll want to move along. Metal Earth’s intricate models, which assemble from flat, pre-cut sheets of metal, could frustrate even a brain surgeon. Which is unfortunate, because these new colour models are so very tempting. Read More >>

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R2-D2 Is Just As Heroic As His Non-Robot Counterparts

The human — well, organic — heroes of Star Wars are the ones we remember doing the valiant deeds and while no one can forget the likes of little R2-D2, we may not be entire cognisant of all the times the portable droid has saved the day. Warning, spoilers ahead! Read More >>

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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 >>

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The Wait For a Remote Control R2-D2 Hi-Def Projector Refrigerator Is Almost Over

Ever since Star Wars first hit cinemas back in 1977, fans have been asking themselves: “when are we going to get a remote control R2-D2 mini fridge with a built-in hi-def video projector?” The answer to that question, it turns out, is at the Consumer Electronics Show next month in Vegas. Read More >>

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Washing Duty Is Probably Not How R2-D2 Pictured His Retirement

He helped the Rebels defeat an evil empire, but little did R2-D2 know his glory years were behind him, and ahead lay a lifetime of menial chores including gobbling up your washing so that it doesn’t end up as a dirty pile on the floor. Read More >>

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This Desk Vac Proves R2-D2’s an Awesome Sidekick Even When He Sucks

There’s no reason to feel upset when you see R2-D2 forced to do menial jobs—that’s exactly what droids were built for. Believe it or not, he will thoroughly enjoy his latest role as a tiny $24/£15 vacuum for your desk, and happily suck up your toast and Dorito crumbs.This Desk Vac Proves R2-D2's an Awesome Sidekick Even When He Sucks Read More >>

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An R2-D2 Bluetooth Speaker is Obviously the Best Bluetooth Speaker

Does it really matter how this R2-D2 dome Bluetooth speaker sounds? Or how good its battery life is, or how easy it is to pair with your mobile device? If you’re a diehard Star Wars fan you’ve already decided this is the wireless speaker for you. If you want it, here's where you can order one. Read More >>