The marvels of modern manufacturing allow toymakers to add incredible detail to their products. But the reason the BB-8 toy you bought looks almost nothing like the BB-8 seen in The Force Awakens is because you need to add a weathered, worn finish like the film’s prop makers did.

However, you don’t need to be a Hollywood visual effects veteran to make a convincing BB-8 prop replica of your own. YouTube’s Cosplay Chris walks you through the simple steps needed to turn Jakks Pacific’s Deluxe BB-8 toy into a little droid that looks like it’s seen a few space battles in its day.

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