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This new 'Star Wars' robot looks like the greatest toy in the galaxy

This new 'Star Wars' robot looks like the greatest toy in the galaxy
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The new "Star Wars" movie, Episode VII or "The Force Awakens," isn't going to be in theaters until December 18, but the hype is already building fast. To help things along, a whole bunch of toys based on the movie are arriving tomorrow for what is being dubbed "Force Friday."

The most expensive toy, and possibly the coolest, is based off a new droid in the movie that's going to give R2-D2 a run for his money. The droid is called BB-8 and ever since it appeared in the first teaser trailer, it's had fans buzzing thanks to unusual spherical design that looks like a soccer ball with a head.

BB-8 got even more attention when it was revealed that it isn't just a computer-generated effect; it's real.

In fact, the technology to make it work was based on a toy called the Sphero, which let you remotely control a sphere by shifting its center of gravity. The company behind that product, Sphero, has made a working replica of BB-8 that you can buy (assuming you get to it before the hordes of other Star Wars fans).

The BB-8 toy is smaller than the real robot at only three inches in diameter, but it moves around with no problem and the head stays upright. To charge the internal battery, it comes with a clever base station, which also keeps it from rolling away.

Next page: Some of the amazing things it can do, and see it in action
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