Movies, Toys

Daisy Ridley and BB-8 Get the Hot Toys Treatment

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Very little has been more brilliant about the Star Wars: The Force Awakens marketing plan than to pack in BB-8 with Rey figures. Any of the toy companies could have packed him in with Poe, whose astromech droid he is, but packing the insanely marketable cute robot with the female protagonist ensures that she will sell well – and in fact, has become impossible to find at retail in any iteration that comes with the sentient double soccer-ball.

Hot Toys knows how to make money from collectors, so they’re picking up both magnetically connected balls and running with it. Their BB-8 has “a newly developed spherical body embedded with self-balancing mechanisms, LED light up eyes, and a specially designed Jakku desert-themed figure base attachable to Rey’s hexagonal figure stand.”

Rey has…stuff. Does it matter after that pitch?

Okay, maybe her stare is a tad nuts compared to Daisy Ridley’s actual facial expressions.

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