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Star Wars - Hero Droid BB-8 - Fully Interactive Droid
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- Hero Droid BB-8 comes to life with an impressive height of over 16 inches (19 inches with antenna), voice and sound responses, and a motion sensor.
- Enjoy full control of your BB-8 with multiple voice commands, 360-degree remote control movement, and unique Follow Me mode which allows Hero Droid BB-8 to roll along beside you just like in the film!
- Hero Droid BB-8 rolls right out of Star Wars: The Last Jedi with authentic lights and sound effects, true to film animations, and a replica design with premium paint application.
- Star Wars Hero Droid BB-8 is for ages 6+. Requires 1 400 mAH and 1 Ni-MH 1800 mAH battery (included), and 3 AAA batteries (not included).
- Includes: 1 BB-8 Droid, 1 Remote Control, 1 Wall Mount Charger for BB-8, 1 USB Charge Cable for head, 1 Small Antenna, 1 Large Antenna, 1 Instruction Guide, 1 Quick Start Guide
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Star Wars - Hero Droid BB-8
Always ready for adventure, BB-8 is the intrepid and loyal astromech droid who helps X-wing pilot Poe Dameron fight for the Resistance in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Now you can have your own sidekick with Hero Droid BB-8! This interactive droid is an amazing way to bring this iconic character from Star Wars: The Last Jedi home with you.
Responds to Voice Commands
This little astromech has big personality! Use voice commands to engage your droid in conversation or request an action. You can set Hero Droid BB-8 in guard mode, sleep mode, and much more! With a loyal hero droid by your side, you’ll be ready to take on the First Order.
Charge the head via included micro USB cable. Once complete, the indicator light will switch from red to green. Charge the body via included wall mount charger cord. Once the red indicator light switches from solid to flashing, BB-8 is charged and ready to roll!
Put BB-8 in Follow Mode
Set BB-8 to Follow Me mode and this droid will loyally roll after you! Simply clip the remote control to your side and Hero Droid BB-8 will move toward you as you walk. Equipped with sophisticated technology and capable of 360-degree RC movement, BB-8 smoothly rolls over even surfaces!
Authentic Replica with Lights and Sounds
Hero Droid BB-8 brings all the wonder of Star Wars into your home! Standing 16 inches tall (19 inches with antenna) this interactive droid lights up and makes sounds – just like in the movie! Hero Droid BB-8 also comes with detailed features and premium paint application!
What’s in the Box/Battery Requirements:
Requires 1 400 mAH and 1 Ni-MH 1800 mAH battery (included), and 3 AAA batteries (not included).
- 1 BB-8 Droid
- 1 Remote Control
- 1 Wall Mount Charger for BB-8
- 1 USB Charge Cable for head
- 1 Small Antenna
- 1 Large Antenna
- 1 Instruction Guide
- 1 Quick Start Guide
Bring home a beloved and iconic Star Wars character with Hero Droid BB-8! This interactive droid stands at a lifelike scale of 16 inches tall (19 inches with antenna). It moves smoothly and is capable of realistic interactions – just like in the film! Set Hero Droid BB-8 to Follow Me mode and it will roll beside you just as loyally as it would follow Rey or Poe! With voice recognition and remote control capabilities, it is fully interactive and ready to spin into action. This Star Wars RC droid has authentic lights and sounds, plus film-accurate aesthetics, making it perfect for fans of all ages. Hero Droid BB-8 brings to life the amazing hero from Star Wars: The Last Jedi! Now you can re-create your favourite scenes from the movie or embark on new exploits with this RC droid by your side! Take home Hero Droid BB-8 from Spin Master and roll into adventure!
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After inspecting and admiring our new BB-8 and his packaging, we set him up to charge. The head and body are two separate pieces, each with its own battery and power port. It is very important to fully charge Ni-MH batteries so they will perform well and for a long time. The spherical body is charged by a Wall Mount plug and the dome head is charged via USB cable. A wall plug adapter for the USB cable is not included, but you can use a USB Phone wall adapter or plug him into any computer USB port for charging. Once he’s fully charged, he’s ready for assembly. It’s a little tricky aligning the magnets to get the head on securely. If half the magnets are misaligned, the head will be less stable when in motion. A handheld RF remote with dual joysticks is provided to manually control and steer your BB-8. The RF signal strength is superior to the Infrared version used by competitors. You don’t need to point the remote directly at the droid or be within very close proximity for it to perform well. The droid’s spherical body travels around by ‘rolling’ just like the cinematic version, with his half-sphere head perched on top leaning towards the direction of movement. Even priced at $229, our expectations were reasonable. I do not expect a smooth, circular, plastic bodied ‘BB-8’ to have the same control and maneuverability as you would get with a 4 wheeled rubber tire vehicle. BB-8 picks up quite a bit of speed on hardwood floors and this has led to many collisions. Occasionally BB-8's magnetically-attached head has bounced off during impact. We found that BB-8 maneuvers and responds most accurately on short pile carpeting. BB-8 Hero is quite a character, his mannerisms are entertaining, just like in the movie. In ‘Voice Command’ Mode when you talk to your BB-8 he will turn his head and track your voice. BB-8 responds when you say his name and several other voice commands. For example, he will beep and chirp with lights flashing in delight when asked “Have you seen Rey?”, but if you say “Kylo Ren” or “Stormtroopers” his mannerism is totally opposite, he starts backing away and trembling in fear. In ‘Follow Me’ Mode you clip the remote on your belt and BB-8 will follow you around doing his best to keep up with your pace, which would be perfect for cosplay enthusiasts or act as the ultimate Halloween accessory. I would definitely limit the amount of time he spends on pavement though, I’d be fearful the paint and molded plastic would get permanently damaged.
We absolutely, 100% recommend the SpinMaster BB-8 Hero for any Star Wars fan looking for a realistic BB-8 with Collector level quality!
All things considered, this thing is great. It perfectly conveys that feeling of having a cute 'lil BB8 rolling around your house and for the price, it's a steal. For $150, its almost worth it just to have as a static display! It moves around fairly decently, and looks pretty good while doing it. The trained eye will certainly see room for improvement, but its not a bad place to start. It certainly has some quirks, but the thing that you need to understand is that unlike R2-D2, there is no single perfect working BB8 in existence. The BB8 shown on the big screen has been a combination of semi-functional robots, static puppets enhanced with CGI, and pure CGI. So, what should you expect out of a compromise solution in bringing BB8 to life? Keep reading.
One of the first observations, and my primary observation when purchasing is that this is about 75% scale, instead of full scale. Some might ask, well why bother with a Big BB8 if its not even full scale? I was of that mindset until I saw it in person for the first time. The truth is that the spinmaster BB8 adequately conveys the feeling of having a full BB8 come to life right in front of you, while saving your wallet the brunt of the pain. Enthusiasts who build their own full scale BB8s frequently see their drive system (controllers, motors, sensors, batteries, etc) come to around $1000. That's not even counting the body! The fact is that since a 25% increase in height would result in a probable 200% increase in weight, they're saving you a boatload of money by making it smaller. It's true that mass production in China would certainly make it cheaper, but I don't think you'd see a mass production, full scale BB8 come to less than $750 MSRP. Although the scale isn't that much smaller, it is definitely saving you a boatload of money, and its not that much of a compromise anyway.
I was impressed with the design overall. Perhaps the magnets could have been a tad bit stronger to keep the head on, but the drive system seems pretty robust, and I found that having a smaller lateral weight on a track instead of trying to pendulum a single massive weight simultaneously on two axes was an elegant solution. The head stays on about as well as you'd expect, and there's certainly tangible power behind its movements.
I found the looks of the BB8 to be impressive. I can't remember the last time I saw a Star Wars toy weathered and panel-lined, so this was a surprise, but a welcome one to be sure. My only real complaint would be that it still has that fake shiny plastic sheen to the finish. I took it upon myself to do an additional panel wash with some waterbase acrylics, and gave the whole thing a spray with some Lowe's brand flat clear coat (after masking off all of the mic holes, LEDs, lenses, etc.), and I am currently very happy with how it looks.
The robot has 3 control modes, R/C, Voice, and Follow Me. I'll talk about "Follow Me" later. The R/C mode works pretty well, but not much more, and the Voice command works a lot better than I expected. I wish you could have some control over the "random animation" that the center button does, but that's just peanuts. The robot itself is to some degree aware of its environment, and will typically correct itself so it is facing head up, which i found to be nice. I will say that the voice command "come here" frequently works better than the follow me command.
-The elephant in the room, the "follow me" command:
Let’s face it. It really doesn’t work. But why? To understand this, we have to understand how it works. From what I can tell, The Robot has two IR intensity sensors at the front of the head. The remote has a series of IR LEDs placed around it. My guess is that much like a Nintendo Wii, the Two sensors are designed to triangulate the source of the brightest IR source apparent, and steer the robot to follow it. However, this system is easily broken. The sensors frequently lock on to reflections and light sources, and thus the robot will either run itself into walls, lose tracking altogether, or just stop and look at your brightest lamp. The fact is that IR light is omnipresent and replicated easily. If you’ve ever turned your TV on by pointing the remote at the wall behind you, you’ll know what I mean. So what went wrong? My guess is that whoever built and tested this system did so in a very controlled environment devoid of light obstacles. But when you take a step back and understand what they tried to accomplish, you realize that this is the most reasonable way to try and do this. The next best option would have been to use a camera, ToF sensor, and QR barcode, but that could have easily run the pricetag up another $100 dollars. Even then, robot following and tracking is still an issue that we’re learning the basics about. Just think about how much money is being put into developing self driving cars, and we still have almost nothing to show for it. The fact is, that for a “consumer toy” pricetag, there is simply no way to implement reliable tracking and following at our current level of technology. I’m currently working on improving the tracking, and suspect that it will work better in open environments like atriums and outdoors. I’ll report back if I find anything.
In short, while this is far from a perfect BB8, I hope understanding the challenges of making BB8 will help some buyers understand why some of the engineering tradeoffs were made, and how those tradeoffs saved you, the customer, money. I also hope that this review helps to manage expectations, particularly in reference to the "follow me" command.