This most definitely is the droid you are looking for.
Needless to say, one of the most alluring and profitable aspects of the Star Wars franchise is the varied and imaginative cast of characters each film introduces, as well as the incredible amounts of marketing that go into promoting each film and, soon enough, their spin-offs.
Given the ever-growing ensemble of human, alien, and droid characters, it isn’t an easy fight to become to the most popular, but time after time, we see certain members of the Star Wars family rise to greater prominence than their peers.
Long before The Force Awakens was released, it was easy to see that the new spherical droid BB-8 was going to be a fan favorite, and now, several months removed from the film’s theatrical release, not much has changed. But does this one BB-8 toy stick out above the rest?
This adorable tech toy is even more interactive than it was before…
The adorable new darling of the Star Wars universe, BB-8 was developed by Disney Research based on original sketches by J. J. Abrams.
Called a “Swiss Army Knife that shouldn’t be trusted” by special effects artist Neil Scanlan, the droid earned the name BB-8 after Abrams decided he look exactly like the number 8 or the letter B. Comedians Bill Hader and Ben Schwartz went on to voice BB-8 in the movie using a talkbox and special sound effects.
If you turned on the TV or left your house this past fall and winter, chances are you remember how omnipresent Star Wars marketing was, and rolling, beeping BB-8 was often at the forefront.
Among his many manifestations of newfound popularity was an especially realistic, 11.4-centimeter tall robot toy designed by Sphero that worked with a special mobile app, which Wired later called “the only truly cutting-edge item” of the new collection. By the end of 2015, Sphero had sold over 1 million of the robots.