Star Wars is one of the biggest movie franchises in the world, and the people who are fans of it constantly buy toys and other merchandise so that they can show or display in their homes their love for the sci-fi movie series created by George Lucas. Despite having shirts, shorts, pants, and bags where the Star Wars logo is printed on them, the toys are still some of the most popular pieces of merchandise that almost any fan should own.
There are various types of Star Wars toys that you can buy in stores, but the trendiest right now has to be the robots created by different companies like Sphero and Hasbro. Of course, these robots are supposed to imitate the actions and functions of the droids seen in the movies, and they do so well in replicating the droids’ movements that we can even consider them as real-life droids today. Here are a few of the best Star Wars robots that you can own and show off to your friends and loved ones.
R2-D2 is arguably the most popular droid in the Star Wars franchise, and he is properly represented in this R2-D2 App-Enabled Droid by Sphero. This droid can perform the iconic movements of R2-D2, from his bipod and tripod stances, up to his frantic waddles. Besides his movements, the toy droid can also imitate R2-D2’s classic sounds thanks to its integrated speakers. Also, the R2-D2 toy has LED lights at the front and at the back of its head that turns off and on depending on the actions that the droid is doing.
But the most interesting thing about this droid is that you can connect it to the Sphero Edu app to add more features to the toy. Once it is connected to your smartphone, R2-D2 can perform commands specially made for it, and it can also do STEM activities to help your child learn science, math, and technology.
Another feature that the R2-D2 has is that it can watch Star Wars movies with you and react to iconic moments. If you don’t have anyone to go on a Star Wars movie marathon with you, then the R2-D2 can serve as the perfect film viewing companion. If you want to store the R2-D2 droid whenever it is not in use, you can buy the Hermitshell Hard EVA Travel Case so that dust won’t get inside the toy and won’t get damaged.
The newest droid in Star Wars, the D-O Interactive Droid perfectly imitates the movements of the shy but playful robot seen in the Rise of Skywalker movie. Once its power is turned on, the D-O droid can stand on its own because of its self-balancing wheel. In addition, the droid also has a moving head with antennas that can also move on their own. Like the R2-D2 droid, the D-O has LED lights on its head as well as an integrated speaker.
There are four modes of play when you connect it to the Ultimate D-O app via Bluetooth, and these modes are Follow Mode, Chase Mode, Guard Mode, and High-Alert Alarm Mode. The Follow Mode allows the D-O to follow you movement and stick with you until you switch to another mode, the Chase Mode enables the droid to run towards the included ball controller whenever you roll on the floor, the Guard Mode is supposed to let the droid stay in place, and the High-Alert Alarm Mode will make D-O sound a piercing alarm whenever the ball controller is pressed three times.
Along with the ball controller, the interactive droid also comes with a docking station where you can rest the toy to charge its batteries. The docking station has a compartment where you can place the ball controller as well.
Next on the list is another R2-D2 robot in the form of the littleBits Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit. This toy lets the user build his or her own droid by assembling the electronic components that will be utilized for the toy’s movements. Upon opening the box, kids will be greeted with several pieces of the droid that they need to build.
The user would first build the initial circuit that has four to five pieces, and after that is built, you can connect it to the Inventor Kit app, where you can look at further instructions on how to assemble the rest of the droid.
After it is fully assembled, the user can then control the droid using the smartphone as a remote controller. Moreover, there are also missions and challenges that kids can select on the app that can help them get creative in moving the droid and even changing its appearance.
From the most complicated robot, let’s take a look at the simplest toy on the list. The BB-8 Intelligent Remote Control Robot has a multi-directional rolling feature, which allows it to move around in any direction. Plus, its head won’t go down to the bottom because of its unique magnetic mechanics.
Anyone can use the included remote controller to move BB-8 anywhere on the floor, but they can also turn its automatic mode to let the droid play on its own. However, because you can use the said mode, the BB-8 toy must first follow a driving track that you can set up by controlling the droid first.
Similar to most toy droids, the BB-8 Remote Control Robot has sounds coming out of its speakers, and these sounds include sirens, snores, whistles, and even a long talking voice.
Another BB-8 toy, this Sphero toy is considered as the best-selling app-enabled toy droid in the world, and its popularity is justified because of its features and functions that were new at the time that it was released.
Like the PEPO toy, the Sphero BB-8 Droid’s body can roll around in multiple directions without letting its head touch the floor. Furthermore, it is made of sturdy and durable materials that are also waterproof to make it last longer than most toys that children can own. Instead of using a normal remote controller, this BB-8 toy connects to the Sphero Edu app and can be moved using the touchscreen controls. However, the BB-8 droid can also move on its own by selecting the automatic mode on the app. You can also talk to the droid by shouting voice commands, which will make BB-8 perform actions and expressions based on the command it is given.
The BB-8 Droid is compatible with Sphero’s Force Band that enables the user to use force powers on the droid like force push and force pull. In addition, you can also control the droid using the Force Band by moving your hand to the left, right, backward, and forward. If you already own a BB-8 droid, you can buy the Force Band separately, but there is also a special edition bundle that includes the Force Band and an exclusive battle-worn BB-8. You can also buy the Hermitshell EVA Hard Case if you want to protect and store the droid properly.
These are five of the most popular Star Wars robots that you can own and play. Having at least one of these droids will make your collection look better, or it can also provide joy for kids as they will truly have fun playing the unique droid.