iPhone Controlled BB-8 Force Awakens Toys Will Be out by Christmas


This is interesting: you probably know by now that BB-8 was a practical effect on set, but it turns out he was puppeteered. The fully functioning, remote-controlled BB-8 that came out onstage at Star Wars Celebration was far beyond what the original prop had been, technologically, thanks to Disney’s Bob Iger becoming obsessed with another ball-shaped toy called Sphero.

And now Sphero will be making the official remote-controlled BB-8, but they’re keeping it a secret for now exactly how the head stays on the body. Sadly, it won’t be full-sized, but about the size of a large apple.

Show of hands, please: how long after it goes on sale is someone going to try to turn the poor ball-droid into a sex toy?