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Sphero's new droids bring a galaxy far, far away a bit closer

The toymakers at Sphero roll out two new remote-controlled droids, R2-D2 and BB-9E.

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Sphero's new droids: R2-D2 and BB-9E

Dramatic photos, sleek packaging, and a mix of gloss and matte give these droids a premium feel before they're even out of the box. 

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BB-9E nested in box

BB-9E comes in a minimalist box. A training dock and charging cradle sit beneath the droid. 

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R2-D2 in box

R2-D2 slumbers. You can wake him with the Spero's app, which connects via Bluetooth.

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Sphero's new Star Wars droids

These ARE the droids you're looking for.

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R2-D2

Ardent fans will find the details on this astromech droid are very satisfying.

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R2-D2 Head

The lines, paint job and decals look strikingly similar to the on-screen version of R2-D2.

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R2-D2 Tread

These durable rubber treads give R2-D2 traction when he moves.

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R2-D2 Box

A familiar friend waits inside.

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R2-D2 back

This astromech droid looks very close to the real deal.

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R2-D2 with box

Everyone's favourite recurring droid.

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BB-9E box

An unfamiliar face. Friend or foe? 

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BB-9E

The First Order: A formidable foe with droids like BB-9E in tow.

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BB-9E front

BB-9E, a glimpse of what the Rebel Alliance is up against.

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BB-9E Charging Cradle

To begin the adventure, power up BB-9E via the charging cradle. 

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BB-9E

BB-9E in the Droid Trainer dock. Place your droid here, open the 'Sphero App-Enabled Droids' app and explore a holographic simulation of the Star Wars galaxy.

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Droids and Packaging

The newly unveiled duo in front of some packaging materials.

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Packaging

The First Order or the Rebel Alliance? Choose your side.

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