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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R2-D2 is a hero of the Rebellion. He's survived several generations of Skywalkers. He's the galaxy's sassiest astromech droid (say that three times fast). And now, an auction house has sold him to an anonymous buyer for $4 million. That's a lot of credits.
Eating sushi is as much an art as making the Japanese delicacy. When it comes to enhancing the flavour of sashimi or nigiri you're not supposed to just drown your sushi in soy sauce. A light dip is all you need, and these wonderful Star Wars soy sauce dishes will make it easy to know when you've portioned out the perfect amount.
I mean, it doesn't even bring you chilled drinks like the last crazily-priced Astromech.
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.
iRobot's Roomba vacuum cleaners are about the closest thing you can get to having a real Star Wars droid at home. In fact, many Roomba owners are happy to pretend their robovac is just a shorter version of R2-D2 while it works away, and this decal set will help make that even more believable.
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.
If you lack the patience for assembling something as simple as a jigsaw puzzle, you'll want to move along. Metal Earth's intricate models, which assemble from flat, pre-cut sheets of metal, could frustrate even a brain surgeon. Which is unfortunate, because these new colour models are so very tempting.
Does the shape of a Rubik's Cube affect how hard it is to solve? At first glance you'd assume the irregularly-shaped pieces of this R2-D2 rotating puzzle would make it easy to put back together, but before you know it, you could have a real mess of droid parts on your hands.
Did you hear that? That's the sound of thousands of disappointed Star Wars fans who just realised that a life-size remote control R2-D2 refrigerator that can deliver them drinks will never be theirs. Unless they can find a way to justify spending $11,500+ on a tiny fridge that can only chill six cans.
With a new Star Wars movie on the horizon, the Disney/Lucasfilm marketing machine is finally fully operational. How do we know? Because in addition to toys, video games, and other random crap, you can now buy Star Wars showerheads to spice up your morning routine.
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.