Tagged With r2-d2

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Like millions of other kids around the world, after seeing the original trilogy, R2-D2 instantly became my favourite Star Wars character. He seemed like the perfect sidekick, but the real Artoo was from a galaxy far, far away from mine, and the toy versions of the little droid were always lifeless clones of the character I adored. Thirty years later there's still part of me that wants an R2-D2 to call my own, and I think I've finally found him.

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Welcome back to Toy Aisle, our roundup of the sweet toys and merchandise we've seen this week. We have a magical Doctor Strange figure, a rather large Homecoming Spider-Man, and a miserable way to treat your favourite astromech unit. Also: Legend of Zelda Clue. No, really!

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After seeing Star Wars for the first time you undoubtedly wanted an astromech droid to call your own. But building your own fully-functional prop required skills you don't have, and a tiny 5cm action figure leaves something to be desired. But an Artoo figure as large as the real thing? Now we're talking.

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One of the most iconic non-human characters in movie history, R2-D2, was the handiwork of many people. Beloved concept artist Ralph McQuarrie designed him, Kenny Baker helped bring him to life — but it was Tony Dyson, who passed away today at the age of 68, who had the daunting task of building Artoo as a real life droid.

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Sure, you can probably do a good R2-D2 impression without building yourself a fancy helmet, with just a few whistles and clicks. But what if you could have a helmet that "translated" your own voice into Droidspeak, and what if the helmet also "translated" Droidspeak back into English?

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If he can repair an intergalactic spaceship while it's blasting through the cosmos, it only makes sense that turning water into steam would be child's play for the world's most multi-talented astromech droid. Although, if cartoons have taught us anything, steam blasting out of his head means that R2-D2 could also be absolutely furious at something; probably C-3PO again.