The BB-8 droid by Sphero is the undisputed coolest new Star Wars toy. The high-tech toy is on sale now and still in stock. This can change anytime soon.
Sphero unveiled yesterday the BB-8 Astromech droid toy. The BB-8 droid is already a fan favorite from the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie. Sphero did a great job bringing the cute droid to life in the form of a small connected toy complete with attitude.
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The app controlled BB-8 has his own evolving personality. The little droid zips around in the same fashion like in the movie. His head floats on the spinning larger sphere. Features of the little high-tech toy include Bluetooth with 30m range, gyroscopic propulsion, 60min. battery life and inductive charging.
Sphero mixed a bit of Furby into the BB-8. The droid develops over time a unique attitude. It reacts to the owner's voice and even perks when addressed.
The BB-8 can also record, send and view holographic messages. This works through augmented reality feature in the Sphero app. The Sphero has no built-in camera. A camera with live video streaming capability would have taken the BB-8 toy droid to the top. The Sphero BB-8 comes with a charging stand for easy recharging.
The BB-8 by Sphero is on sale on the Sphero store for $149.99 with free shipping in the United States. Sphero is also shipping the BB-8 internationally.
At this point it is unclear how many BB-8 droids Sphero has in stock. We expect though that they will sell out rather quickly. Worst case, the company might not be able to satisfy demand by Christmas. Resellers on Amazon are anticipating that the BB-8 will sell out and set prices already today to $229 and higher. On eBay the BB-8 by Sphero is offered for over $300.
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We definitely do not expect that the BB-8 by Sphero will be on sale on Black Friday or in other Holiday sales. To purchase the BB-8 at $149.99 has to be considered a deal.