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Sphero BB-8 Star Wars toy teardown
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens in theaters this December, but you don’t have to wait until then to get up close and personal with one of the movie’s new characters. Thanks to robot maker Sphero, fans can buy their very own version of BB-8, one of the astromech droids from the movie.
I got my hands one of the new BB-8 robots, and after taking it for a test drive I wanted to find what makes it work as well as what makes it different from Sphero’s other rolling robots.
For a complete walkthrough of the teardown, including a video of the process, check out my article, Sphero BB-8 teardown reveals the robot tech inside this rolling ‘Star Wars’ droid.
Cracking Open the Sphero BB-8: Box Contents
Inside the box, is the BB-8 unit (spherical body and detachable head piece), special Star Wars-branded charging station (with cable), and product documentation.
Cracking Open the Sphero BB-8: Dimensions and weight
The BB-8 measures 2.9-inches in diameter, stands 4.5-inches tall and weighs about 7 ounces.
Cracking Open the Sphero BB-8:
Although the BB-8 has a fancy droid paint job and head piece, it’s very similar to the Sphero (shown in white) and Sphero 2 (clear SPRK Edition shown here).
Cracking Open the Sphero BB-8: Sphero SPRK Edition
Sphero SPRK Edition’s clear shell gives us an idea of what’s likely inside the Sphero BB-8’s body. To find out for sure, we’ll need to crack it open.
Cracking Open the Sphero BB-8: Droid and charging stand
Cracking Open the Sphero BB-8: Droid
Cracking Open the Sphero BB-8: Head piece
Cracking Open the Sphero BB-8: Head piece rollers and magnets
Magnets inside the head piece hold it to the body, while the tiny wheels allow it to roll across the spherical body.