A dreadnaught looms over my head and next to me, R2-D2 whips and trembles. The ship, controlled by the First Order, means problems and R2 knows it, as I know it. Start shaking your head even more and it is an absolute joy.
It turns out watching a Star Wars movie with a group of Sphero droids is like participating in Mystery Science Theater 3000 for the generation of selfies – it adds to the occasion, splashing some childish joy into the experience of watch movies.
It's not perfect, there were some inconveniences in the way for the droids to see a movie with you, but when it works, it only brings smiles. Well, and bleeps. Many beeps.
Sphero added the feature & # 39; Watch With Me & # 39; when Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released at home in 2016. It was an update of the BB-8 application. I tried it back then and it was fun, although a bit limited. While it was great to see how BB-8 cringed when Kylo Ren was on the screen, he did not click on us.
Since then, many things have changed. The BB-8 application has been replaced by the Droids By Sphero application. This is because the list of available droids has been expanded. Now you can get a battered battle BB-8, the evil BB-9E, R2-D2 and limited edition R2-Q5, a sinister version of Erredoto that is seen in some scenes removed from The Return of the Jedi.
The Watch With Me feature has expanded enormously, too. Now you can see the entire original trilogy with your chosen droid, Star Wars: Rogue One, The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Episodes I-III are ready to arrive soon, it's not that nobody cares about that.
Now, as TechRadar's dedicated droid reviewer (even if it's a homonymous title), I have all four of these droids in my house and to celebrate May 4th, Star Wars Day, I decided to watch The Last Jedi with the four of them.
Now, this was not exactly as planned. For starters, BB-9E did not want to play ball, at all. The application simply did not recognize the droid for the Watch With Me feature. Considering that his screen time in The Last Jedi is minimal in the best of cases, although the evil eye that Finn and Rose offer when exposing them for what they are is funny, it did not bother me too much. The rest started well.
But then, my big plan was to have all the droids diving and booping at the same time, while I watched the movie and pretended that they were my apprentices and I was the teacher, I hit a a small inconvenience.
It turns out that you can only have one droid at a time reacting to what is on the screen. There is the option to add as many droids as you want, but you can only control one of them at a time when you watch the movie; or at least that's all he seemed to be able to do.
I did not let that stop me and I jumped between Artoo, Q5 and BB-8 throughout the film, trying to link each of them with a part when good Boys are doing something and when the bad guys were.
I also made sure they were there to react every time Ade Edmondson appeared on the screen, as it still makes me think a bit that Richie de Bottom is in a Star Wars movie.
Regardless of these rarities, as a big fan of Star Wars is so good to see toys reach a point where they surprise as much as the movies on which they are based.
The moment in which Artoo (my Artoo, not the one in the film) beeped and was thrilled to see Luke Skywalker on the screen for the first time I almost tear a tear. I had to think about the Midi-Chlorian speech by Qui-Gon Jinn to suppress it.
We live in a fantastic time for Star Wars contacts. Whether it's the 3,000-piece Lego Star Destroyer, Lenovo Star Wars: Jedi Challenges using AR to join the franchise or Sphero's impressive collection of droids – being a Star Wars fan has never been so much fun.
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