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Tomy RC R2-D2 becomes see-through D2

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on July 30th, 2008

Tomy RC R2-D2 becomes see-through D2For some reason Tomy decided to release a new See-through R2-D2 with lightsaber remote. I guess they like their droids looking like ice.

R2 does everything that previous models have done, like move forward or turn on command, rotate his dome as he rolls, beep and whistle, and illuminate his photoreceptor “eye”. All while looking “chill” this time. This version should probably be serving drinks on Hoth. Well, it is a Star Wars item, so you might want to buy one or two less comics this month with your allowance.

Beer Barrel R2-D2 Steampunk sculpture

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on July 3rd, 2008

Beer Barrel R2-D2 Steampunk sculpture
Here’s what you get when a mad scientist from the 19th century creates a droid. The only thing missing is C3PO in a gentleman’s suit and bowler. It was made by Deviant Art user Amoebabloke, who has mad droid modding talent.

It’s got to be one of the cooler steampunk projects I’ve seen. In fact I want this droid to have it’s own show, solving crimes in Victorian London, meeting Jack the Ripper etc. Have my people call your people.

At last, Star Wars USB hubs

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on June 25th, 2008

At last, Star Wars USB hubs
I choose neither the light or the dark side, instead preferring to the subtle arts of the Geek side. Which is why I love these Star Wars USB hubs. Best of all, no Jar-Jar or Ewoks. Just your favorite droid and your favorite Sith Lord. The details are super nice too.

Both feature four full-speed USB ports in front. We think R2′s head moves every 3 minutes and lights up, and both have sound effects from the movies so you can re-inact scenes as often as you like. They’re Japan only for now, but it’s only a matter of time. Oh yes, I will have one.

Make your own paper R2-D2

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on June 9th, 2008

Make your own paper R2-D2
A long time ago in a galaxy far away…someone used the Death Star plans to build a paper droid and messed up the whole rebel plan. And so can you, if you have an ink jet printer, some scissors and glue.

It’s pretty accurate for paper, looks pretty awesome, plus it’s articulated. And if you really want to prove your paper droid making skills, you can use vector-based PDF plans to print and build your own life-sized R2 unit, but don’t let the Empire get a hold of the plans.

R2D2 Wireless Webcam separates geeks from their money

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2008

R2D2 Wireless Webcam separates geeks from their money
Lucas long ago figured out that a geek and his money soon part ways when you make things look like R2-D2. This one is perhaps dorkier then most, because what we have here amounts to a remote control lightsaber, which you use to send your remote webcam wheeling to and fro in order to capture footage of your immediate area. For the price of £299.00 what you get is a basic VGA resolution camera in droids clothing.

The lightsaber has light and sound effects from the films and the stand connects to your USB port so that R2 can be controlled wirelessly. The webcam comes pre-loaded with R2 sound effects as well. For the price you figure they’d at least throw in a restraining bolt. Or some leg rockets…

R2-D2 projector in action

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on May 1st, 2008

R2-D2 projector in action
We told you about the R2-D2 projector awhile back, but we had no idea that watching this droid in action was like watching robot porn. Check out the video here. I can not emphasize enough how awesome it is. It will make you wet your Wookie suit and sit in it for an hour!

This is a motorized, fully-articulated R2-D2 projector with built-in DVD, iPod dock, all kinds of digital media inputs, and Millennium Falcon remote control. It still costs $2,995, so you better scare up some funds if you want one and YOU DO want one.

Life-size R2-D2 & C-3PO replicas

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2008

Life-size R2-D2 & C-3PO replicas
Join the dork side with these life-size R2-D2 & C-3PO replicas from Sideshow collectibles. I get it. It can be lonely being a Star Wars fan. I mean, you’ve got all your merchandise around you. Posters, movies, all those action figures still in the bubble. But life sized friends in your life? Sideshow Collectibles can help. Both of these droids are available for pre-order and they’ll ship sometime in the third quarter of this year.

Spending $5,950 for a life-size C-3PO, and $5,450 for R2-D2 will make you feel like you are actually part of the saga. Both figures are made from fiberglass and have lights and sounds powered by a set of AA batteries. Plus, they each come with their own display base and magnetically attached restraining bolt to make sure they stay your droid slaves. If you want to pre-order either one you’ll need a $950, non-refundable deposit. That’s probably peanuts compared to the money you’ve spent so far on your collection.

Geeks love robots: R2-D2 home telephone

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on March 16th, 2008

R2-D2 home telephone
Our favorite droid from the Star Wars saga has had more products built in his likeness then there are stars in the solar system. Chalk up another. The R2-D2 home telephone wants to take up space in your geek home and heart.

One of the legs unhooks as a standard handset. Features include head spinning and flashing lights when a call comes in (or at the push of a button if you want to impress your friends), ring selection (which can be standard, animation or R2-D2 noises), last number redial and volume control. It retails for £79.99.

R2-D2 case mod is exactly the droid you’re looking for

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on March 5th, 2008

R2-D2 case mod
This is probably the coolest case mod I’ve ever seen. Surprisingly, it beats the R2-D2 cake for R2 related geek stuff I want. There doesn’t seem to be any real information about how the guy made it or what he used, but I’m assuming he is part Jawa and just scavenged parts as he roamed across the desert, bartering with moisture farmers.

There’s a ton of nice attention to detail and I don’t see any restraining bolt, so maybe this thing can roam around his house. Of course, if you had an R2 unit, you would need to childproof all the electrical outlets, so he isn’t having sex with them while you’re at work. I bet he isn’t even lonely without C-3PO at all. Goldenrod is a prissy droid, with an overactive mouth. Where as R2 is a true geek’s droid companion.

R2-D2 video projector: pre-order yours now

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2008

R2-D2 video projector
Star Wars fans can finally pre-order this highly anticipated R2-D2 Video Projector. The 1/2 scale repro will be a limited edition, with only 4000 units of the DVD reader projector being made. The droid is also iPod compatible, users can play the files on their players or connect the projector to a game console using an integrated dock. It even comes with a Millennium Falcon remote control which seems kind of weird.

The R2 Video Projector will retail for 2799 euros. If you have that kind of dough, you better beat a path through the sand and beat the Jawa Sandcrawlers that are sure to be hunting these out.

R2-D2 cake: There’s always room for droids

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on February 18th, 2008

R2-D2 cake
An R2-D2 cake that barely even looks like a cake? My fingers crave to dig into it’s dome head as I partake of it’s droid goodness by the heaping handful. Pastry chef Mark Randazzo of Mark Joseph Cakes sculpted this amazing treat. Note to George Lucas, let this guy cater any Lucasfilm events from now on.

It is 100% edible. As you can see, there is some amazing detail on this cake. R2 cakes are nothing new of course, but this one is an absolute masterpiece. I just asked my wife why her cakes don’t look like that and I immediately got a wiimote to the balls. Careful with the Wii everyone, seems injuries really can happen.

R2D2 Peppermill combines droids with spice

Posted in Home,Star Wars by Conner Flynn on January 31st, 2008

R2D2 Peppermill
Why on Earth(Or any other planet) would you use a plain old peppermill when you can use a Star Wars droid? You wouldn’t, and I don’t blame you.

After a hard day, when Lando and Han have cleaned you out at the poker table, come home to a nice dinner, knowing that this little guy will spice up your food. Just twist R2’s domed head and delicious freshly ground pepper will fall from his undercarriage. Just try not to think about the fact that you are eating something that fell out of a robot’s butt. Still, if that appeals to you, make like a Jawa and get an R2D2 Peppermill at ThinkGeek for $19.99. Just be careful. You may just end up with a hologram of Princess Leia in your mashed potatoes, telling you that you are her only hope.