The Empire is apparently alive and well. Today, a pair of Storm Troopers and R2D2 accompanied White House spokesman Josh Earnest on stage at the White House Press Briefing Room.
Ever since Star Wars first hit theaters back in 1977, fans have been asking themselves: “when are we going to get a remote control R2-D2 mini fridge with a built-in hi-def video projector?” The answer to that question, it turns out, is at the Consumer Electronics Show next month in Vegas.
There’s a little droid that’s appeared in Star Wars in the last couple of years, R2-KT. She’s an astromech with a special purpose: memorializing a little girl who passed away in 2005. Now, it looks like she’ll appear in bigger things.
Did you hear that? That’s the sound of thousands of disappointed Star Wars fans who just realized that a life-size remote control R2-D2 refrigerator that can deliver them drinks will never be theirs. Unless they can find a way to justify spending $8,000+ on a tiny fridge that can only chill six cans.
Jabba the Hutt realized that R2-D2 was better suited to serving drinks on his sail barge than being a sassy sidekick to C-3PO, and apparently Haier Asia’s AQUA brand agrees because come 2016 you’ll actually be able to buy this rechargeable remote control R2-D2 mini fridge that comes to you.
What goes into making R2-D2? In the Star Wars universe, it’s a bunch of fictional technological bits and bobs. In ours, it’s usually a bit of electronics and Kenny Baker. But if you’re making an R/C R2? it takes a hell of a lot of technical wizardry, as this video about the R2-D2 Builders Club shows.
The Force Awakens may not be out for another 9 months, but I think we might have reached peak 'weird Star Wars' tie-in merch: This tiny little R2 sits in your fridge and furiously beeps at you if you leave the door open too long. It's also meant to single people feel less lonely, too!
Etsy, the site chock-filled with wonderful and useful and cool things you never knew you needed (but now know you really do need), has done it again. Witness this incredible bag, crafted of felt in the very image of R2-D2. Well-done, artisans of Moscow-based Krukrustudio.
Projected Keyboards have been around for a very long time, and yet they still have the 'It's the fuuutuuuure' vibe for me even though I realise they're probably not the most practical solution. The practical side of my brain shuts off when it's R2-D2 projecting the keyboard though!
It's hard to do much with an R2-D2 figure at this point - I mean, after all, it's not like you've got much to go on outside of making it really detailed and pretty. But Kaiyodo have managed to one-up every other toy R2 by making one that can POP DROID WHEELIES LIKE A BADASS.
This isn't the first time R2 has been turned into a cup, but this new stein certainly might just be the coolest version. Who doesn't want their own beverage-filled Astromech?
My younger son and I have ongoing and endless discussions about Star Wars, the principal folktale in which he finds meaning. When his brother was around the same age, he demanded that I tell him and re-tell him the story of the Three Little Pigs. This one waits for a pause in the dinner conversation every day, then…
Look, there's no point in trying to act all cool: we're all pretty excited about the new Star Wars trailer. Our pals at iO9 did a great scene-by-scene breakdown of it, but I want to focus on just one bit of important hardware seen in the trailer — that fast little droid with the spherical body.
Star Wars droid R2-D2 made a cameo in the 2009 Star Trek movie, which left some fans wondering if the little guy made it into Star Trek Into Darkness. Now that the film is out on home media, R2-D2 has been spotted. Hi there!
Yes, we're still disappointed that we didn't get a World War Z mockumentary. After all, science fiction and horror lend themselves quite well to the faux-documentary format. So we're kicking back with 15 speculative mockumentaries, from a silly Star Wars lark to an earnest look at Britain on the eve of nuclear war.
This incredible — and edible — version of everybody's favorite Astromech droid can actually project Princess Leia's holographic message to Obi-Wan. I just hope whoever received the cake didn't accidentally eat the Death Star Plans hidden inside, because otherwise the Rebellion is gonna be screwed.
Move over, Pokébra, there's a new nerdy way to keep those mammaries contained! Behold the R2-DD2 bra, created by Seamster over at Instructables. Not only does it lift and separate, it contains authentic astromech lights and sounds! Click the video to see the bra in action (so to speak).
We've seen all manner of geeky engagement rings, from Starfleet insignias to companion cubes to TARDISes. But what sort of ring do you get for the Star Wars devotee in your life? One man designed an R2-D2-inspired engagement ring sure to send his girlfriend into happy beeps and whistles.