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How to Turn a BB-8 Toy Into an Authentic-Looking Movie Prop

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.

[YouTube via Nerd Approved]

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I don’t even need to watch the video. All you need to do is follow these steps. It worked for me!

1. Buy Sphero BB-8, charge according to instructions.

2. Install smartphone software for Sphero BB-8.

3. Allow your children to play with Sphero BB-8.

4. Rescue Sphero BB-8 from under radiators, bookcases, couches and other household furniture or appliances.

Follow these 4 steps and your Sphero BB-8 with look weathered in no time!