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Star Wars BB-8 Toy - How Did They Do That?

When I was a kid, on more than one occasion I would take apart a toy to see how it worked. They seldom worked after that, but it was a learning experience. So called "tear downs" seem to have become a thing in this YouTube age, along with "unboxing", although I think the former is much more satisfying in most cases.

Since the new Star Wars droid BB-8 showed up at Comic Con and we realized it was indeed also a practical effect and not just CG all the time, I think a lot of folk like me were curious to see how that worked. Magnets, gyroscopes - yeah, probably, but how, exactly?

The good folks at UbreakiFix did the work for us, and while this is the toy version, I think we can assume the bigger movie version operates on similar lines. For the record, I think both the movie BB-8 and the toy are very cute and a worthy companion (successor?) to R2-D2 - which I think has a place in all geeky hearts.


R2-D2, BB-8 and some pesky humans

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  1. Since the new Star Wars droid BB-8 showed up at Comic Con and we realized it was indeed also a practical effect and not just CG all the time, I think a lot of folk like me were curious to see how that worked. Magnets, gyroscopes - yeah, probably, but how, exactly? www.buybb8droid.com

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  2. I just love the bb-8! Such a awesome toy.

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