Sphero’s BB-9E App-Enabled Droid

BB-9E is a droid that will be appearing in the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, when it releases on December 15th, 2017. He will apparently be an evil counterpart to the uber-cute BB-8 droid, serving the First Order rather than the Resistance.

The folks at Sphero, the company behind the popular app-enabled toy versions of BB-8 and R2-D2 you’ve likely seen by now, have done the same for BB-9E. As with the previous droids, you use Sphero’s “Star Wars Droids” app to interact with and control your little companion in various ways:

  • You can move the droid yourself or let it patrol on its own.
  • Through your device’s screen, you can roam holographic environments inspired by the Star Wars films, including the interiors of iconic ships.
  • While charging your droid(s), use the “Watch With Me” feature and put on a Star Wars movie, then marvel as they react to the film by your side.
  • All of Sphero’s droids interact with one another, with respective personalities and all.

Sphero’s BB-9E droid is typically priced at $150, but as of this writing (November 8th, 2017) you can get him for $123 on Amazon. This will be a great Christmas gift for Star Wars nerds in your family.