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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.

Ian Knighton
Ian Knighton is CNET's video producer and photographer for the Australian team, based in Sydney. When he's not creating multimedia he can be found binging stand up comedy or playing guitar in his hard rock band.
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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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