‘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!
The helpful ball who's loved by all!
The bouncy orb that's totes adorbs!
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.