Who Doesn’t Want to Sit in This BB-8 Chair?

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Like a lot of you, I wish I had over $100 to spare to buy a remote control BB-8 droid. What could’ve been an annoying and cloying droid turned out to be an adorable scene-stealer in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Director J.J. Abrams never gives us too much of a good thing, cutting to the character only when necessary. People have fallen head over heels for the spirited droid, including a creative content producer by the name of Steve Czarnecki.

After the jump, check out a BB-8 theater chair created by Czarnecki.

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remote conrolled BB-8

Ever since the little ball droid known as BB-8 was revealed in the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans were hoping that the franchise that has mastered the art of merchandising would be releasing a remote controlled BB-8 toy for fans to play with at home. And their hopes have become realities.

Not one, but two remote controlled BB-8 toys are coming on Force Friday, and we have a good look at the two different options you’ll have to choose between. They’re both relatively pricey for toys, but they just might be worth it, especially the more expensive version, which comes from Sphero, the company that helped create BB-8 in the first place. Read More »

BB-8 Sounds

Even though Star Wars: The Force Awakens isn’t out until December 18th, some fans have already decided that their new favorite character is the adorable little ball droid known as BB-8. The character debuted in the first teaser for the film, rolling across a desert service, its little motor whirring as it moved as quick as it could. However, we’ve yet to here what the little droid actually sounds like.

A new commercial for Star Wars LEGO sets for The Force Awakens features some quick animation specifically one part with the little droid running from Kylo Ren and some First Order Stormtroopers where we get to hear what BB-8 sounds like for the first time. Check it out below! Read More »

The Circle movie cast

The onslaught of Star Wars: The Force Awakens marketing continues today with another magazine cover and a couple of new stills. What sets this particular magazine cover apart, though, is that it focuses on the most adorable new member of the galaxy: rolling ball droid BB-8. See the BB-8 cover and new images after the jump. Read More »

BB-8 effects

Some pretty big names attended Star Wars Celebration this weekend — including Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and J.J. Abrams — but the real belle of the ball (no pun intended) was BB-8. The droid’s surprise appearance at the Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel was all the more surprising because up until this point, many fans had assumed he was a CG creation.

But BB-8 is real, at least in the sense that he is a practical effect rather than a CG one. And better yet, he’s one you can (mostly) replicate at home. Find out how to make your own BB-8 after the jump.  Read More »

bb-8-tech

Everyone fell in love with the droid BB-8 at the Force Awakens panel that opened Star Wars Celebration yesterday. Seeing the droid live on stage was a huge treat, especially as many people had never considered the idea that it might be a practical effect.

We know that part of the work for BB-8 was done by Neal Scanlan, but Kathleen Kennedy also mentioned that Bob Iger of Disney had found the company whose tech made the character possible. Turns out, that company is appropriately called Sphero, based in Colorado. That company’s primary product is a big part of what makes the little guy go. Read More »

BB-8 effects

The most impressive thing at The Force Awakens panel at Star Wars Celebration today was clearly the film’s new teaser trailer. (Watch it here; see a photo breakdown here.) But the next best thing was a demo I don’t think anyone saw coming. The first Force Awakens teaser featured a shot of the rolling droid BB-8, which most everyone assumed to be a CG creation. Surprise! The BB-8 effects are actually practical, as we learned today when the droid rolled onto the Celebration stage. (Mark Hamill had said as much in December, but even then there was the assumption that some of the droid was CG.)

Making things better, that appearance on stage gave us a chance hear a lot more from the droid, and get a sense of the character’s personality. That’s something that both teasers have only hinted at. Check out the BB-8 effects below. Read More »