When Lucasfilm announce that a new Star Wars Movie is to be released, legions of Star Wars fanatics were beside themselves with excitement and anticipation but it is the toy manufacturers and retailers of this world who will be celebrating the most.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, is due for release on the 18 December 2015 in the UK and will be the ‘must see movie’ this Christmas but before the film is even released the Star Wars merchandising machine will be rolling out the new range of Star Wars toys, games, books, and apparel to rabid buyers and collectors everywhere.
The official launch date of this spending frenzy will be September 4, 2015, “Force Friday”, the timing of which will almost guarantee that some sort of Star Wars merchandise will appear in just about everyone’s Xmas stocking this year.
The undisputed star of the show will of course be the newest and cutest Star Wars robot, the rolling, spinning, bleeping BB-8, who has already captured the hearts and imaginations of sci-fi fans everywhere following a brief appearance in the first Force Awakens trailer teaser.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser
The most staggering thing about this innovative little droid is the fact that it is a real robot, yes you read that right, no CGI and not powered by a tiny person sitting inside, like we saw with R2D2, but a fully functional remote controlled robot.
What amazes everyone the first time they see it, is how does the gravity defying head stay in place while the spherical body moves freely underneath?
The only people who know for sure are Lucasfilm and Orbotix, the company who created the app controlled Sphero the original robot ball.
The boffins behind Sphero, one of the worlds best selling robot toys, worked closely with Lucasfilm in order to bring BB-8 to the silver screen and now have the unenviable task of re-creating this magical robot in toy form and hopefully before the holiday season gets into full swing.
The BB-8 robot toy is expected to retail for around £100 ($150) and is destined to be one of the best selling and most sought after robot toys this Christmas.
Possible BB-8 Mechanism
BB-8 Live on stage at the Star Wars Celebration 2015
BB-8 recently took centre stage at the annual Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, CA, where he was rolled out to an enthusiastic and adoring audience.
The newest Star Wars robot droid, managed to upstage Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) and even one of the most famous robots in Star Wars history R2D2, as he mesmerised the crowd with his on-stage antics.
Where can I buy a BB-8 Toy?
The Star Wars BB-8 toy is now available to buy but is selling out fast.
Brought to life in toy form by the same people who brought you Sphero the worlds first robotic ball, check out the reviews below but don’t delay, this is going to be one of the best selling toys this Christmas so get yours early.
BB-8 App-Enabled Droid | Official Sphero Video