The Empire strikes back!
From a galaxy far, far away comes the dark and malicious twin of R2-D2, prior to the release of the next part of the sci-fi movie saga.
As part of the marketing actions related to the upcoming new Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie to be released on December 15, this new toy has been added to the list.
Following the success of toys like BB-8 in 2015, R2-D2 and BB-9E last month, Sphero has decided to launch this dark character, a new toy very similar to the famous R2-D2. Sphero introduced the brand-new iPhone-driven droid on October 5 at the New York Comic-Con 2017.
Who is R2-Q5?
An astromech droid, produced by Industrial Automaton and member of the Imperial Intelligence, characteristic of its black color with red panels, which is highly qualified to repair special ships.
This R2-Q5 is a Galactic Imperial analog of R2-D2, with a glossy black finish and a matte finish in gold. Fans witnessed the first appearance of R2-Q5 in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. The droid served on the second Death Star, and after the destruction of the space station in other films, it did not appear again in the saga. The "evil" droid is far away from the popularity of R2-D2, so Sphero decided to limit itself to the release of several thousand sets.
R2-Q5 measures approximately 17 centimeters. Like the R2-D2 droid from Sphero, the R2-Q5 has functional LED lights, a 360-degree rotating dome, a retractable third leg, built-in speakers that play the droid’s classic sounds, and it can be controlled manually via the same Sphero app that controls Star Wars droids. The R2-Q5 droid senses the presence of who controls it. The application has augmented reality functions that host R2-Q5 in the Star Wars universe settings, including the Death Star. You can watch "Star Wars" movies with the droid and react to certain moments in the movie.
Most of Sphero's R2-Q5 black body has a glow that was not out of place in Darth Vader's helmet. The bronze accents only enhance the sinister gaze of the droid. Based on the few pictures we have to compare, it looks exactly like R2-D2's evil twin. There is, however, no blaster cannon tucked under a flap of the dome.
Sphero plans make the R2-Q5 a much more exclusive model than the previous droids, and at the stand of the company at New York Comic-Con were sold only 100 pieces. After that, the droid will make its debut on the Best Buy website and in stores for $199.99. Pre-orders are available now.
R2-Q5 is available exclusively from November 5 at Best Buy and the British chain of stores John Lewis. The price of the new droid is $ 200 and 200 £, respectively. For comparison, R2-D2 will cost $ 180, and Sphero’s BB-8 droid and his sinister brother BB-9E are offered for $ 150. According to Sphero, this is a limited edition and what is on the store shelves will be the end of the R2-Q5 race. When they run out, they are gone forever.