TOY Sphero BB-8/£
Given that Sphero specialises in remote controlled spherical toys, it isn’t surprising to see a BB-8 branded model this Christmas. Mechanically, it’s phenomenally impressive. It runs about like nobody’s business, with the head module scampering about on top trying to stay central, just like in the film. The squeaks and squawks it emits are rather cute too.
As with previous Sphero iterations, though, controlling BB-8 via the free smartphone or tablet app is a skill that’s beyond us. It’s tricky just to tell which way it’s facing. This makes playing with the droid feel like hard work, although there are basic voice commands you can use instead. Beyond that, there’s little else to do other than run around until the battery dies. It’s technically very impressive, but you don’t get much in the way of long-term fun for your £130.