Thought BB-8 couldn't get any more adorable? Think again.
Disney commissioned the redesigns of the plucky rolling droid in a wide variety of new costumes, all with a British theme. The designs were created from concepts by Star Wars actors including Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Fin) and Antony Daniels (C-3PO), as well as other British artists, and celebs such as Jonathan Ross.
The costumed droids are all being auctioned off this week, with proceeds going to Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital. Click through to see the lovable little bots in their new outfits. You can see more in our video here.
In a salute to Queen Elizabeth II on her 90th birthday, actor Warwick Davis -- Wicket the ewok in "Return of the Jedi" -- gave his BB-8 a royal theme. "I could imagine this BB-8 being the Queen's loyal servant for the day," explains Davis in the gallery blurb.
No royal bot would be complete without a crown.
Actor and well-known sci-fi nut Simon Pegg endowed this droid a Fab Four look. "Nothing embodies 'best of British' like the Beatles," Pegg said, "and BB-8 looks surprisingly at home wielding Paul McCartney's Hofner V62 violin bass guitar. Maybe he could play bass in the next cantina band."
Daisy Ridley is responsible for this wonderful BB-8, styled as one of the Queen's guards. "BB-8 wears the colours incredibly well!" Ridley says.
I wonder if the excitable BB-8 would be able to keep as still and composed as the guards famously do.
In a salute to British filmmaking, Luke Skywalker himself (fine, the actor Mark Hamill) dedicated his BB-8 to Pinewood studios, where much of the filming of the series has taken place.
One of my personal favourites, comedian Paddy McGuinness styled his droid after rock legend Freddy Mercury.
Complete with trademark moustache.
Actor Antony Daniels styled his BB-8 after himself. Well, his character C-3PO anyway.
Similarly, John Boyega wanted his droid to look like his character Fin, before he departed the First Order.
The bloodstains will no doubt haunt BB-8 every bit as much as they did Fin.
TV presenter Jonathan Ross's BB-8 was an ode to punk, styled after the Sex Pistol's 1977 album "Never Mind the Bollocks".
Ross has managed to include a wonderful pun and I couldn't be more proud of him.
No salute to Britishness would be complete without a teapot. This may be my favourite teapot ever. And I've seen more than a few.
BB-8 was crying out to be a snowman at some point.
A sandy BB-8, representing the one or two days of sun England gets on its beaches each year.
Elle magazine gave BB-8 "a striking Gucci style." Of course it did.
One of the more elaborate designs.
Wrapping a droid in a knitted sweater is an easy way of removing any feeling of robotic threat.
I can almost hear "Land of Hope and Glory" playing when I look at this design by artist Bethany Grave.
Illustrator Emma Shipley produced this gorgeous and intricate hand-drawn pencil design.
This BB-8 is covered in ceramic discs to mask the underlying shape. Artist Fenella Elms wanted to see if the enlarged style "misleads the interpretation of the form".
It must have been painstaking work applying these discs over.
BB-8 modelled after another British icon, Robin Hood -- more Errol Flynn than Kevin Costner.
BB-8 becomes an English country garden. Adorbs.