Sphero’s BB-8 droid—an app-controlled toy that responds to your voice and gestures and can either roam free or respond to programmed commands—is one of the best toys available today. But, it’s always been a bit on the pricey side.
Now, thrifty Star Wars fans who walked out of The Force Awakens adoring the quirky soccer ball-shaped droid but balked at the original $150 price tag have reason to celebrate.
Sphero has announced a price-drop for its Star Wars toys line today. BB-8 now retails from Sphero for $79, down $20 from $99.
Even better, this BB-8 droid includes a free Force Band, which used to sell for $79 by itself.
But Sphero isn't the only place you'll find a discounted BB-8.
The droid is only $75 on Amazon right now, but you’ll have to buy the Force Band separately for just under $20.
In our review, we found that the Force Band wearable had a steep learning curve to master (just like the Force itself), but that it added a ton of fun to the overall experience that the remote-control app alone doesn’t unlock.
More Star Wars droid deals
If you tend a little more towards the Dark Side, then you may be pleased to know that BB-8's evil counterpart BB-9E is also on sale. You can nab this droid for $99 on Sphero, a hefty savings from its original price tag, plus a free Force Band.
BB-9E’s tech features are nearly identical to BB-8’s, so that extra $20 is mostly cosmetic.
- Get the BB-9E droid with free Force Band from Sphero for $99
- Get the R2-D2 droid with free Force Band from Sphero for $99
This movie-authentic droid has the beeps and whistles you know and love from the films, plus RC controls and an AR mode for exploring the Millennium Falcon.
So, don't worry, these low prices aren't a trap, no matter what Admiral Ackbar says. We think these toys are definitely worth considering for your kids (or yourself) at these prices.
- Want a more coding-heavy Artoo? Try littleBits’ Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit
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Michael Hicks began his freelance writing career with TechRadar in 2016, covering emerging tech like VR and self-driving cars. Nowadays, he works as a staff editor for Android Central, but still writes occasional TR reviews, how-tos and explainers on phones, tablets, smart home devices, and other tech.