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This delightful new 'Star Wars' toy has just rolled into the UK

By
Guy Parsons
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The Force Awakens’ may not reach cinemas until December 18, but to hell with it – Disney's campaign for global merchandise domination starts today!

And it starts with a frankly irresistible version of the sequel's R2-D2-like droid, BB-8, guaranteed to separate geeks from their money faster than a high school bully.

He's the sphere that knows no fear!

BB8 Droid Toy, Sphero, UK

The helpful ball who's loved by all!

Star Wars Christmas Toy: BB 8 remote control toy

The bouncy orb that's totes adorbs!

The Force Awakes R2D2-like droid: BB-8 Star Wars Toy

You can control the little dude using your smartphone or tablet, or just put him into self-driving mode and he'll amiably explore his surroundings. (Frankly, we're hoping for a YouTube video wherein a cat falls in love with its BB-8 and cuddles up with it like they're best friends. We give it a week.)

For now, here's an advert, starring a child who inexplicably lives alone in a giant, soulless mansion with only his fancy gadget for company.

The price? A mere £129.99, my good man, and the toy is available in the UK from all good e-tailers.

There's also a stupider, football-sized and much cheaper (£30!) version that just seems to roll around and beep a bit – still more than enough to befuddle your feline foe, we reckon.

Where will BB-8 end up in our list of the 50 greatest Star Wars characters? Only time will tell...

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