Star Wars: The Force Awakens made headlines over the weekend for breaking box office records--actually, pulverizing them into oblivion. As USA Today reports, the seventh installment of the legendary 38-year-old sci-fi franchise raked in 238 million in one weekend alone. The new film debuts a trilogy of new heroes including Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac. One hero in particular won the hearts of moviegoers: an adorable orange and white spherical droid named BB-8.
BB-8 fever has taken over social media with fans turning to Twitter to express their obsession with this enchanting Star Wars robot. People have created ringtones, latte art, sketches, aircrafts, you name it--all to pay homage to the droid we’ve all been looking for. This cute little rolling bot is undoubtedly at the top of everyone's holiday wish list. Grab one for someone special, and get one for yourself while you're at it, just because everyone should own their very own bot.
Do you want to make a crochet version of BB-8? Of course you do. https://t.co/gBbV3so4k0 pic.twitter.com/QROpU7NVZy — Elizabeth (@killsmedead) December 20, 2015
— じょーじ (@george_10g) December 19, 2015
SQUEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! Thank you, @Sphero!!! (And @bonniegrrl, you rock!!) #starwars #BB8 pic.twitter.com/xzHHYjErY5 — Jeri Ryan (@JeriLRyan) December 19, 2015
Amazon is temporarily sold out of the $150 Sphero BB-8 app enabled droid, but you can grab one from Barnes and Noble. Plug your zip code into the site to find out the nearest location near you that has it in stock for for pick up. The Sphero BB-8 is controlled with your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet is and is highly interactive and intuitive.
The little ball bot recognizes and responds to your voice and commands and has autonomous behavior. Described as having a mind of its own, the more you interact with the Sphero BB-8, the more it will evolve. This lovable companion droid features authentic movement as seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens and is built with personality.
For kids, you can get the Hasbro Remote Control BB-8, which is larger than the Sphero version and comes with an actual remote control. You can walk into your nearest Target store and pick one up, as shipping is not available according to the retailer's site. If you're a last minute shopper looking for a great gift for someone special, the adorable BB-8 bot may be the perfect solution.
May the force be with you as you head into stores to do some last minute holiday shopping this week!