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With its real-life debut at Star Wars Celebration last week, BB-8 is already bound to be among the top-selling Star Wars toys when The Force Awakens is released later this year. While a startup made the robot come alive, tech-savvy fans are already creating their own versions of the instantly lovable new droid.
Industrial designer Christian Poulsen wanted his own BB-8, and instead of laboring over the project for weeks, he completed it in about a day. Taking a leaf out of Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger’s book, Poulsen looked to Sphero, a company that makes a robotic ball controlled by smartphone, for the largest chunk of his model.
Using a Sphero 1.0, polyurethane foam with spackle, and neodymium magnets, he photographed the step-by-step process, and it’s only a matter of splitting the ball, inserting the proper magnets, and putting it back together again. From there, it’s mainly in the painting detail.
And look at it go!
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H/T Make | Illustration by Max Fleishman
Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and the resident Game of Thrones expert at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has brought her knowledge to conventions like Con of Thrones. She is based in New Jersey.