The Droid and Toys You're Looking For #ForceFriday

Star Wars” fans all over the world were treated to a global unveiling of all new toys and other merchandise from the upcoming “The Force Awakens” film during a rolling “unboxing” event staged in dozens of cities in countries around the world.

The event, and a midnight sneak peeks of the toys, preceded what’s being billed as “Force Friday”: the day when fans can get their hands on the new products.
— ABC News

The new Star Wars film doesn’t come out until December 18,  but today Disney has unveiled it toys for the upcoming film in various store locations around the world to coincide with Force Friday. Unfolding over 18 hours in 15 cities and 12 countries, the event will see highlights from the range of epic merchandise revealed in a rolling New Year's Eve style celebration featuring top digital stars from the Maker Studios network.  The Star Wars YouTube channel, kicked off the event by unboxing products. Starting in Sydney, Australia at 7:45 a.m. local time on Thursday, Sept. 3 (5:45 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, Sept. 2), with the grand finale at Lucasfilm in San Francisco at 8 a.m. PDT (11 a.m. EDT) on Thursday, Sept. 3.   The global unboxing event will incorporate traditional toy unboxers such as the popular EvanTubeHD, channels featuring families such as Bratayley, lifehack specialists such as ExpCaseros, gamers such as AlexBy11 and Star Wars fans from around the world, including Chris Pirillo, bringing with them a broad audience and appeal. The full schedule also is available at StarWars.com.

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“We’re excited to be part of this first-of-its-kind initiative. The unboxing world continues to expand rapidly as audiences around the world connect with digital creators who share their passions. This shared fandom helps attract billions of monthly views and consistently puts the genre at the top of the YouTube charts.”
— Chris M. Williams, Chief Audience Officer, Maker Studios http://tr.im/F6Sc0

Fans can tune in to watch live unboxings at home or on mobile devices, and also enjoy the latest trailers on the upcoming movie, commentary from special guests, fun product videos and demos, and footage from recent Star Wars events. The global celebration culminates at midnight local time, when many retailers around the world will open their doors to fans to purchase Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys, collectibles, books, apparel and more.

One particular item that has caught many people's attention is a remote BB-8 droid that can patrol your house and you can control with your phone.  When the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" trailer dropped last November, one little astromech droid was the talk of the town: BB-8, the adorable spherical robot spotted zipping along the desert landscape.

The robot itself was designed and puppeteered by LucasFilm, but an actual working life-size model for public appearances was created by Colorado-based toy robot company Sphero. It was a perfect fit. Sphero's eponymous robot launched in 2011, a sphere that could be remote-controlled via a smartphone app.

Design

The Sphero BB-8 is a plastic toy, and it looks like a plastic toy (although if you play with it enough, you might be able to achievethe weathered effect for yourself).

While there really isn't any getting around the plastic construction, there is a pleasant heft when you pick it up, thanks to the electronics inside. Wheels, weights and a gyroscope keep the internals positioned and oriented in the same direction as you drive BB-8 around, and they're also what keep BB-8's head in place.

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