BB-8 has a buddy! Sphero unveils the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi robot BB-9E

Christmas might be a way off yet, but it won’t be long until all the kids (in the all-encompassing sense) are hankering after these new Sphero connected toys. The company has just announced its brand-new droids, the R2-D2 App-Enabled Droid and BB-9E App-Enabled Droid, both of which will be joining its lusted-after roster of app-enabled toys.

R2-D2 is an Astromech Droid which can be controlled with a smart device via the corresponding Star Wars App-Enabled Droids by Sphero app (available on iOS and Android devices). The app itself lets users explore holographic simulations from the Star Wars Galaxy in a futuristic new twist. Artoo – as the D roid is known – can conduct authentic movement, differentiating between bipod and tripod stances. The Droid sports authentic LED lights on his front and rear – both of which are fully functional – with dramatic effects.

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Adding another dimension to the interactivity of the device, the droid can interact with other Sphero app-enabled droids, meaning lots of fun for all the family. What’s more, the speaker is integrated within the body of the robot, as opposed to coming from your smart device, meaning the mechanical sounding beeps and bops emanate from the robot itself, clinching the spookily authentic robotic manner.

The second new toy launched by Sphero is the BB-9E, billed as the menacing Astromech Droid of the First Order. As with its more virtuous sibling, the BB-9E is controlled via a smart device on the Star Wars App-Enabled Droids by Sphero app. Use the app to keep the Droid rolling through holographic simulations with the Droid Trainer.

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Like its goodly counterpart, R2-D2, the Droid sports fully functioning LEDs and authentic patrolling movement, but also boasts an ultra-durable shell, making it resilient in any battle. “This is not the Droid you’re looking for,” Sphero protests ominously, “it’s the Droid that’s looking for you.”

We’re going to go out on a limb here and say both of these Droids sound like such intoxicating fun, you’ll find yourself seeking them out regardless.

More information on the Droids can be found on the Sphero website.

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