Star Wars: The Force Awakens is hotly anticipated to open on December 18th. The new Star Wars movie comes packed with brand new Droids for us to worship in their battle against evil!
One of these such new Droids in the Star Wars film is BB-8! Naturally, as Star Wars official merchandise would have it, we can now all have a little BB-8 of our own, in our own homes!
But what I wanted to know about about the BB-8 Droid was : Does he warrant the hype?
He is a tiny little robot, which essentially amounts to a ball that is spinning around the room at your control, but there is a personality to BB-8 and it appears that you just can’t help but get a little attached to the little Droid.
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The Sphero BB-8 toy is dinky thing – he really is a small ball, with a little separate mini head on the top, (which occasionally will fall off, with much hilarity). BB-8’s head stays in place, (mostly) through the forces of magnetics and this does seem a wonder in itself, as he crashes into every object in the room with some force.
Sphero BB-8 is super quick to put together and simple enough to figure out how to work, so there will no insane hair pulling tantrums and screams on Christmas morning as you frantically try and make sense of a completely unhelpful instruction manual, with a weeping child at your feet.
You simply download the free App, whether that be on android, your ipad or on iphone, ensure you have bluetooth enabled, hold BB-8 within close proximity so that he connects via wireless and you will be good to go. You can now use the App to set BB-8 rolling a riot around your home.
As you may recall, I did a post recently discussing my search for a toy like Furby and whether a toy with some of the same features of the Furby toy existed on the market today.
Well, the Sphero BB-8 Droid does have a little in common with Furby…
He is certainly not fluffy, (but arguably cute) but there is an interaction aspect to playing with BB-8. BB-8’s attitude does evolve over time as you interact with him and he does have a range of emotions that he exhibits. Like Furby, there is also an autonomous aspect to BB-8, as there is a mode where he can roll off by himself and seemingly have a mind of his own.
Since there has been this Star Wars collaboration with Furby in the creation of Furbacca, I thought it would be worthwhile bringing this little Droid to your attention too — and as it turns out, he’s pretty great.
So, once you get BB-8 connected up, you can begin the task of steering him around the room. Ideally, you will want a flat surface for this – deep carpet is not going to work. It takes a little while to get used to the controls, but once you have it is great fun to use.
Once you have got to grips with the basics, there are several pre-programmed tricks that BB-8 can perform, such as spinning around and around in circles.
You can also record mini videos, which BB-8 seemingly plays back to you via holograms, which is a neat feature. You can also send BB-8 on autopilot to go spinning off by himself.
BB-8 can also respond to a list of voice commands, although the success rate at which he will follow them will seem to vary greatly, depending on where you’re trying to speak to BB-8 and some people claim it not to work at all for them. You can switch this feature off, to avoid randomly making commands to BB-8 without intention.
So, should you buy BB-8?
- He’s a cute ball of fun, your kid will adore him, (and you will grow a soft spot for him too!)
- The augmented reality messages is a cool, unique feature.
- He’s very quick to set up and simple to use.
- He’s a must have toy for any Star Wars fan.
- It’s fun watching BB-8 in autonomous mode, exploring his surroundings by himself!
- At £130 in the Uk, he’s quite a pricey ball of fun!
- You cannot take BB-8 to explore the outside world. (Well, you could, but the results would be bad)
- The voice recognition is not perfect and can be frustrating.
The Star Wars Sphero BB-8 Droid is set to be a Christmas must-have and is sure to be a hit.
You can pick up the Sphero BB-8 droid on Amazon…
If you’d like to see BB-8 in action, check out the video below.
So, what do you think of BB-8? Will you be buying one?
Leave me a comment below!