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Sphero BB-8 is the 'Star Wars' toy you're looking for (hands-on) Robotic ball toy Sphero and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" astromech droid BB-8 are a match made in the Netherworld of the Force.
When the " Star Wars: The Force Awakens" trailer dropped last November, one little astromech droid was the talk of the town: BB-8, the adorable spherical robot spotted zipping along the desert landscape.
The robot itself was designed and puppeteered by LucasFilm, but an actual working life-size model for public appearances was created by Colorado-based toy robot company Sphero. It was a perfect fit. Sphero's eponymous robot launched in 2011, a sphere that could be remote-controlled via a smartphone app.
Now that rolling toy has been adapted into a pint-sized BB-8, with an accompanying app that allows you to drive it around and send it on tiny adventures, coming in at a suggested retail price of $150, AU$250 or £130. But can it replace R2-D2 in our hearts?
The Sphero BB-8 is a plastic toy, and it looks like a plastic toy. It's not, like the droid in the film, artfully scuffed and weathered (although if you play with it enough, you might be able to achieve that effect for yourself).
While there really isn't any getting around the plastic construction, there is a pleasant heft when you pick it up, thanks to the electronics inside. Wheels, weights and a gyroscope keep the internals positioned and oriented in the same direction as you drive BB-8 around, and they're also what keep BB-8's head in place.
The internal rig includes a magnet positioned at the top of the ball, with matching magnets inside BB-8's head, which has little wheels underneath. As BB-8 rolls around, the magnets stay at the top of the ball, theoretically holding it in place, with the wheels allowing it to roll freely over the robot's body.
In practise, it doesn't quite work that way. At higher speeds, BB-8's head would slip down to one side, righting itself when the robot slowed or halted. The fact that it did always right itself, though, was impressive, and the head never actually departed from the body, no matter how many times I accidentally bumped into table legs.
BB-8 also comes with a thematically designed wireless charging cradle.
The accompanying app, available on iOS and Android, has three functions. You can free control BB-8 with a digital joystick. This works exactly like the digital joystick in other Sphero apps. A control pad on the right-hand side of your device allows you to point the robot's front in the direction you want it to go, while the left pad allows you to move and steer. Because the software has had four years of user feedback to develop, it's very responsive and easy to use, my personal lack of dual-stick coordination notwithstanding. You can liven up the experience with ramps and other makeshift obstacles, too.
It's a lot of fun, especially because this mode comes equipped with some of BB-8's emotes, so you can make it seem scared or happy or curious, or even emote yes and no, moving its head accordingly.
The app also has built-in voice control, and you can train BB-8 to respond to your voice commands. This was a little unresponsive on the test unit, which may have had something to do with my Australian accent and the fact that the robot was brand new out of the box.
The second function is the ability to send BB-8 exploring. This allows the robot to autonomously roam, occasionally sending up little bleeps of glee or fear as it rolls around. I found it rather adorable, and it served to generate more personality and sympathy than I expected from a robotic ball.
The final feature is really cool, although also really limited. You can record a short video message on your device through the mobile app. Then, when the device is positioned with BB-8 in view of the camera, it uses augmented reality to play the message on your phone's screen beaming out from BB-8's head, like R2-D2's holographic message in "A New Hope".
While this sounds like a great opportunity to send cool messages to friends, that's not possible. The limitation is that you can only view the message on the device on which it was recorded.
Unlike previous Sphero apps, there are no games or challenges. Sphero representative Jim Booth told me that LucasFilm was keeping a lot of content under wraps until the film's release, so there was a limit to how much the team could build into the app that would be consistent with the film experience. To that end, none of the older Sphero apps are compatible with BB-8 at this time.
Booth also added that, after the film is released in cinemas in December and they know more about BB-8, the team will be able to add more content, such as games and a wider range of emotes. In the future, the other apps may also be compatible with BB-8, although that will depend on approval from Disney and LucasFilm.
While it does have its limitations, the Sphero BB-8 shows a lot of promise, and it's a pretty cool little piece of interactive film merchandise, tapping into an existing team and ecosystem. It'll make a good Christmas gift for "Star Wars" fans, or even an opportunity to treat yourself -- especially if Sphero opens up compatibility with its SPRK educational programming apps.
For other uses, see BB8.
Robot character set in the Star Wars universe
BB-8 (or Beebee-Ate) is a droid character in the Star Wars franchise, first appearing in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). He later appeared in the other two films of the sequel trilogy, Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019). He also appeared as a major supporting character in the animated series Star Wars Resistance, appearing in the first 17 episodes of season 1. He is a BB astromech droid serving the Resistance, and is owned by Poe Dameron. Spherical with a free-moving domed head, BB-8 is portrayed by both a rod puppet and a remote-controlled robotic unit. The character has been well received by critics and fans, and has become one of the most beloved and recognizable characters of the Star Wars saga in recent years.
Idea and design
BB-8's design was based on a sketch by The Force Awakens director J. J. Abrams. According to special effects artist Neal Scanlan, "It was a very simple sketch, beautiful in its simplicity of a ball with this little dome on top." His design included asymmetrical panels to make it easier for the viewer to track motion, because, Scanlan says, "If you had parallel patterns that ran around the circumference, they would be less informative as to the direction BB-8 was traveling".
Abrams also named the character, saying, "I named him BB-8 because it was almost onomatopoeia. It was sort of how he looked to me, with the 8, obviously, and then the two B's." The name was conceived early on in the film's production and was one of the few to remain unchanged. Before receiving his final name, the droid was nicknamed "Surly" by the pre-production team.
Constraints and realization
In August 2013, The Force Awakens cinematographer Daniel Mindel and Episode VIII director Rian Johnson each stated that Abrams would use little computer-generated imagery (CGI) and more practical, traditional special effects in order to recreate the visual realism and authenticity of the original Star Wars film. To that end, the droid BB-8 was a physical prop developed by Disney Research, created by Neal Scanlan and operated live on set with the actors. Seven BB-8 puppets were constructed for filming. The most prominent was a rod puppet, controlled by puppeteers Dave Chapman and Brian Herring. In addition, there were several radio controlled units and some static prop versions. A fully functioning, self-contained robotic unit was not practical for shooting, so most of the "walking" scenes were achieved by the puppet, with rods removed in post production. Later a self-standing remote controlled unit was constructed and used at promotional events.
BB-8 is a spherical robot with a free-moving domed head. It is white, with orange and silver accents and a black optical lens on its headpiece. BB-8 also possesses multiple panels containing various tools or ports. Scanlan said of the robot's personality, "We always imagined BB-8 as being quite manipulative. I think he knows he's cute. He knows that he can win people over. And he uses that, like children do, to get his own way. In this film, he has a very important mission that he has to accomplish and so he uses his personality, his coyness, and all of those things." Of BB-8's gender he said, "I'm still not sure, dare I say, whether BB-8 is male or female ... BB-8 was female in our eyes. And then he or she became male. And that's all part of the evolution, not only visually, but in the way they move, how they hold themselves."
Calling the robot a "Swiss Army Knife that shouldn't be trusted", he noted that while each of the BB-8's panels has a specific purpose, like a port or tool, not all of them have been absolutely defined to leave options for future films.
The voice of BB-8 was supplied by comedians Bill Hader and Ben Schwartz, both credited as "BB-8 vocal consultants" in the film. The effect was created by Abrams manipulating Hader and Schwartz's voices through a talkbox attached to an iPad running a sound effects app.
The Force Awakens (2015)
BB-8 was first seen in the 88-second The Force Awakensteaser trailer released by Lucasfilm on November 28, 2014. Its name was revealed by Entertainment Weekly in a Lucasfilm-designed Topps-style trading cardmockup in December 2014.
In the film, the robot is the astromech droid of the Resistance X-wing fighter pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac). Poe entrusts it with a map that must be delivered to the Resistance headquarters in order to determine the whereabouts of Jedi KnightLuke Skywalker. While Poe is captured and interrogated by the sinister First Order high-ranking member Kylo Ren, BB-8 flees across the desert of the planet Jakku and finds sanctuary with the plucky scavenger Rey. Eventually Rey, the renegade stormtrooperFinn, Han Solo, and Chewbacca bring BB-8 to Resistance leader Leia Organa, and ultimately reunite him with Poe.
The Last Jedi (2017)
In The Last Jedi, BB-8 fixes Poe's X-wing weapons system by smashing his head into it. In Canto Bight, a drunken gambler repeatedly inserts coins into a slot in BB-8, thinking he is a slot machine. The droid later subdues several guards, allowing Finn and Rose to escape imprisonment. BB-8 then uses the coins to subdue a fourth guard. Later, he operates a First Order AT-ST in order to rescue Finn and Rose after they are captured by the First Order.
The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
BB-8 appeared in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker where, in mission with Rey, Finn, Poe, Chewie and C-3PO on Pasaana eventually befriended a droid named D-O. Later followed them on Kef Bir and Exegol in the last war against Emperor Palpatine and the Sith Eternal. After celebrating the victory of the Resistance on Ajan Kloss, BB-8 followed Rey on Tatooine where she buried Luke and Leia's lightsabers in the Lars homestead and, in the end, the droid watched the binary sunrise along with her.
Forces of Destiny (2017–18)
BB-8 makes several appearances in Star Wars Forces of Destiny. In "Sands of Jakku" and "BB-8 Bandits", both of which take place shortly after Rey finds him in The Force Awakens, Rey helps the droid evade a Nightwatcher worm and several bandits. In "Tracker Trouble", the droid, Rey, Finn, and Han help to get a tracker off the Millennium Falcon shortly after leaving Jakku. In "Shuttle Shock", which takes place during the journey to Canto Bight in The Last Jedi, BB-8 is overloaded by electrical shocks from a jellyfish monster, forcing Finn and Rose to try and fix it.
Star Wars Resistance (2018–2020)
BB-8 is a supporting character in the 2018 animated TV series Star Wars Resistance.
BB-8 is a point of view character in both the 2015 novelization of The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster, and the 2017 novelization of The Last Jedi by Jason Fry. The droid also appears in the comic book series Star Wars: Poe Dameron, published by Marvel Comics in April 2016.
The official September 4, 2015 launch of all merchandise for The Force Awakens included an 11.4-centimeter-tall (4.5-inch) mobile app-enabled BB-8 robot toy developed by Sphero. Sphero had participated in a Disney-run startup accelerator program in July 2014, during which Disney CEO Bob Iger showed Sphero executives on-set photos and imagery of BB-8 before anyone outside of the production team knew of the robot's existence. Sphero acquired the license in November 2014, completing the development and production of the toy in time for its September 2015 release.Wired called the BB-8 toy "the only truly cutting-edge item" in the Force Awakens collection. In 2015, Sphero sold over 1 million of the robots.
Other BB-8 merchandising includes household items, luggage and bags, a life-size plush, a Lego Star Wars playset called Poe's X-wing Fighter,Hasbro's Star Wars: The Force Awakens Takodana Encounter set, and other action figures and other toys. The Lego versions of Poe and BB-8 have also appeared in the 2016 short form animated series Lego Star Wars: The Resistance Rises, and the short Poe Dameron vs the First Order Snowspeeder.
Anthony Breznican of Entertainment Weekly wrote of BB-8 in November 2015, "He bowled us over immediately. From the moment Star Wars fans laid eyes on the droid with the roly-poly body and the babyface, it was love." The droid has been called a breakout character of the film, and of 2015.Time's Alex Fitzpatrick wrote in September 2015, "As a movie character, BB-8 feels destined to become a fan favorite. Some Star Wars fans have already tattooed likenesses of the droid on various parts of their body, and the movie isn't even out until December."Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times noted that "the hype for The Force Awakens has been so insane and the marketing so intense, we knew about BB-8 as a pricey and cool toy well before BB-8 ever made his big-screen debut. According to Tor.com:
We haven't even seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens but we (as in: humanity) don't need to in order to know that BB-8 is the break-out star. This soccer ball that thinks it is a robot is a masterpiece of evocative design that instantly evokes a galaxy far, far away. You see BB-8, even if only in silhouette, and you immediately think Star Wars. Rey and Finn and Poe's little pal is a hint of the continuing universe that will unfold with The Force Awakens, and a promise to fans that the filmmakers of the new films have a deep understanding of what makes Star Wars fun and mythic.
Peter Travers of Rolling Stone wrote that "no one can steal a scene from BB-8".The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy explained that the droid "serves as a welcome robot reboot from the sidelined (but hardly vanquished) R2-D2", and Emmet Asher-Perrin of Tor.com described BB-8 as "the perfect hybrid of R2-D2 and WALL-E".Entertainment Weekly's Chris Nashawaty called BB-8 "that rolling gyroscopic weeble that, if possible, may out-cute R2-D2".Ann Hornaday wrote in The Washington Post that "BB-8, a roly-poly little Wall-E of a creature, rolls, beeps and blinks with such puppy-ish charisma that R2-D2 and C-3PO might want to call their agents to make sure they're in the next installment.Stephanie Zacharek of Time also praised BB-8:
Abrams and his team of designers and technicians introduce a new star ... A roly-poly cueball with a surprisingly expressive half-dome for a head—and a vocabulary of squeaks and squiggles that are more eloquent than mere words—BB-8 is both modernist and old-fashioned at once, a marvelous creation that could have sprung from the imagination of Jules Verne.
BB-8 appeared with several other Force Awakens characters on the December 2015 cover of Rolling Stone, and alone on the cover of the December 18, 2015 issue of The Hollywood Reporter. The droid was also featured alone on one of two alternate covers of the December 14, 2015, issue of Time (the other cover featuring R2-D2). This was the first time the magazine has offered two covers for editions worldwide. The Time cover photographer, Marco Grob, said, "The moment you meet BB-8, you almost build some form of weird human connection. It has this really cute way of looking at you."
The Force Awakens received seven Visual Effects Society Award nominations, including one for Outstanding Models in a Photoreal or Animated Project for BB-8.
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The 45th Annual Christmas Wish season is in full swing and we need your help to ensure that every child in the tri-state gets a visit from Santa. These are the most asked-for items that kids are obsessing over this season. Now is the best time to shop to get the best deals in town!
It's been a very difficult year for many of our neighbors and that's why we want to help bring the Christmas spirit into your home. There are so many ways that you can help in the mission. We have over 900 wish letters in the system (11/25/2021), so we have a pretty good idea of what items are the hottest of the season. If you're out shopping today or tomorrow, keep an eye out for sales on these items that children are asking for the most this holiday season.
Below are the Top 30 toys that have been requested so far. Because we know what we've purchased throughout the year, I've added a note to let you know which items that we are super low on, and need the most. Last year we handed out over 30,000 toys, hundreds of winter jackets, gloves/mittens, along with hundreds of diapers, to put it all in perspective.
Please note where it says Extra High Alert, which means we only have a few in stock and we have a hard time finding them on the store shelves. There are 281 baby dolls requested already by little girls, for example, and all we have on our shelves are little dolls.
Note where it says High Alert, which means that we have quite a few on our shelves in the Christmas Wish office, but not nearly enough to fill the demand, which is why we need more.
Everything else on the list has many requests, but because of demand, we could use more of them. Cocomelon, Pop-its, Roblox, and Gaming Headphones are new to the list this season. We have 90 children asking for Cocomelon and only have 5 in stock. We have 80 children asking for Pop-its and have 10 in stock. Roblox has requests from 52 children and we have 6 in stock. Between Gaming Headphones and regular headphones, we have 68 requests and have 11 in stock to fill Wish Letters.
Thank you in advance for helping these children have the best Christmas of their lives!
2021 MOST ASKED FOR & MOST WANTED
1 BABY DOLL & ACCESSORIES (LARGER DOLLS) - EXTRA HIGH ALERT
2 ARTS & CRAFTS
3 BIKES - HIGH ALERT
4 COATS OF ALL SIZES - EXTRA HIGH ALERT
6 LOL SURPRISE
7 PAW PATROL
8 POP-ITS - EXTRA HIGH ALERT
9 COCOMELON - EXTRA HIGH ALERT
11 AXE SETS/ADIDAS SETS FOR TEENS - EXTRA HIGH ALERT
12 BASKETBALL - HIGH ALERT
13 DINOSAURS - HIGH ALERT
14 LEARNING TOYS - HIGH ALERT
15 HEADPHONES & GAMING HEADPHONES - EXTRA HIGH ALERT
16 MUSIC CD'S FOR TEENS
17 NERF GUNS
18 FORTNITE - HIGH ALERT
19 FOOTBALL - HIGH ALERT
20 MINECRAFT - EXTRA HIGH ALERT
21 REMOTE CONTROL CARS OR TRUCKS - HIGH ALERT
22 PJ MASK
24 EARBUDS - HIGH ALERT
25 HOT WHEELS
26 BABY SHARK
27 ROBLOX - EXTRA HIGH ALERT
29 POKEMON - HIGH ALERT
30 TOYS TO HELP BABIES WALK - HIGH ALERT
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