TOY Sphero BB-8/£

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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.

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