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During the midnight Star Wars toy bonanza on Force Friday, a few lucky fans were able to get their hands on the adorable BB-8 droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. At $150, the app-controlled robot (manufactured by Sphero, who developed the technology behind the actual prop) sold out within minutes, leaving thousands of Jedi aficionados sadly droid-less. Fortunately, some of the folks who did score a robot are sharing the wealth via YouTube. Here, the five best BB-8 toy videos to debut so far, with special appearances by puppies, babies, and Ariel the mermaid.
Star Wars fans flocked to retailers Thursday night to be among the first to get their hands on the initial wave of The Force Awakens toys, and by far the most in-demand piece of merchandise was the smart phone-controlled BB-8 droid made by Sphero. The app’s screen also offers an “enhanced reality” that makes it appear as though the droid is projecting a hologram message similar to the one R2-D2 presented to Obi-Wan Kenobi in A New Hope. Sphero CEO Paul Berberian was at the Disney Store in New York’s Times Square on Thursday night to attend Force Friday ceremonies, and told Yahoo Movies that the toy — which is based in part on the company’s original robotic ball toy — will have a lot more in store for fans over the coming months.
Kylo Ren, the villain of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, hasn’t spoken a word in either of the movie’s teaser trailers — but thanks to the talking action figure released on Force Friday, we can finally hear the new voice of the Dark Side.
Sinjir Rath Velus is the unlikeliest hero in Chuck Wendig’s new Star Wars novel Aftermath: An Imperial loyalty officer who faked his death, deserted his fellow fighters following the Rebel victory on Endor, and is now resigned to drink away his days in the scuzziest Outer Rim watering holes. Sinjir is a reluctant member of the motley band at the center of Aftermath, which takes place after Return of the Jedi and finds the New Republic (né the Rebel Alliance) tracking down the still-formidable remnants of the Empire.
All the excitement over the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys (including the app-controlled BB8 robot, the cannon-equipped Millennium Falcon, and these awesome Dark Side toys) is taking us back to our childhoods. Specifically, we’re remembering those ads for the original Kenner Star Wars action figures and playlets, in which boys with bowl cuts enthusiastically acted out scenes from the films. High-quality commercials from the ‘70s and ‘80s can be hard to find (those VHS tracking lines are merciless), but lucky for us, a YouTube user named 12BACK has posted remastered versions of over 100 vintage commercials for toys based on Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi.
Earlier today, as the grand finale of their live global toy unboxing event, Lucasfilm and Hasbro revealed their new Battle Action Millennium Falcon. Special-edition figures of Chewbacca, the droid BB-8, and Finn (played by John Boyega in the film) are included with the ship, which looks like it can run circles around the original Millennium Falcon toy fans may remember from their childhoods. Here are five improvements to the new Falcon toy — which might also offer some hints about the ship’s revamped appearance in The Force Awakens.
Star Wars fans have been waiting like eager children on Christmas Eve for what has been dubbed Force Friday — the magical date upon which Lucasfilm releases its first round of toys tied to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The new @starwars app controlled #BB8 is as cool as it gets. The toy, which measures about 3 inches in diameter, is made by Sphero, the robotics company that built the actual BB-8 — the hyperactive droid who’s already won the hearts and minds of fans via the film’s early teaser-trailers.
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens opening in theaters this December, a new generation of fans (and their nostalgic parents) will get to experience the joy of unboxing a brand new Stormtrooper toy, playing with a model X-Wing, and immediately losing a tiny lightsaber. “Force Friday,” when the new line of Star Wars toys will be revealed live on the Star Wars YouTube channel in a global “unboxing” event. The whole thing culminates at midnight, when select Star Wars toy and merchandise retailers will open their doors, and fans can open their wallets.