If you missed out on the original LEGO UCS R2-D2, good news. The Star Wars droid has come out of retirement. LEGO set #75308 ups the part count to 2314, and includes a retractable mid-leg, a rotating head, opening front hatches, a periscope, and a hidden lightsaber compartment. It also includes a mini R2-D2 figure.
R2-D2 was always the most versatile droid in the Star Wars universe. Beyond his computer hacking, hologram projecting, X-wing piloting, and drink serving skills, he can also pop popcorn. This air-popper droid features a removable dome head that doubles as a serving bowl.
While so much of the focus has been on BB-8 in recent years, R2-D2 is still our favorite droid. Now you can build your own 12″ tall R2 unit using this DIY kit which includes all the parts you need, and stickers for customizing your bot. Great for kids or kids at heart.
Sphero follows up its neat BB-8 droid with R2-D2 and BB-9E (a new character that will appear in Star Wars: The Last Jedi). The R2-D2 toy has a built-in speaker for its trademark bleeps and bloops, while the BB-9E toy has the same fascinating spherical body as BB-8.
During Star Wars Celebration, a veritable army of robot builders got together in one room to let their R2-D2s, BB-8s, and other assorted droids meet each other. It’s like a dog park for droids, and it should be open every day of the year. Kudos to Michael McMaster for the video.
BB-8 might be adorable and all, but R2-D2 is still way more versatile from what we’ve seen. For example, he can keep your drinks cool in this tabletop fridge which can hold up to 16 cans of your favorite drink. Measures 24-1/2″ tall x 12″ diameter. Motivator unit sold separately.
The best part of waking up is caffeine in your cup. Thanks to the fine folks at ThinkGeek, your favorite droid can be part of your morning ritual. This R2-D2 coffee press holds up to 32 ounces of liquid, and is ready to be of service just in time for holiday gift giving.