Thus far, this has been one heck of a Star Wars filled holiday weekend. Ever since the first teaser trailer for The Force Awakens was released this past Friday, all we’ve wanted to do is break down every frame of the new trailer, and dissect every last morsel we could until the next one is released at some point in the hopefully not too distant future. However, there’s one element of the new teaser that has managed to strike a chord, arguably, more than any other: the ball droid.
It doesn’t have a name, it doesn’t have a friend and it doesn’t appear to presently have a mission, but we can all agree that it’s the most adorable droid to ever droid this side of the galaxy far, far away. However, new information is coming to light that, internally, this little baby ball robot has been floating around the Lucasfilm archives for a long time, and is apparently based on original R2-D2 designs once developed by Ralph McQuarrie himself:
Thanks to Nerdist’s resident Star Wars expert, Amy Ratcliffe, who did some due diligence upon seeing the quote, we can tell you this statement comes from the July 2012, #135 issue of Star Wars Insider. However, while published in 2012, the interview was actually conducted by Thomas G. Smith with McQuarrie in 1984 while Smith was researching a book. So, yes, we are indeed to believe this new, currently unnamed droid was the original R2-D2, which is something that certainly puts a spin on this tweet sent out by the ball-droid’s unofficially official twitter account:
Of course, the ball droid hasn’t stopped there as fans have been quick to turn him/her/it into the face of the new teaser with artwork that’s just begging to be framed and hung on all our walls:
So, basically, it’s hard to argue against the fact ball droid won the weekend and all our force filled hearts over the last 72 hours, and to wrap this up, allow us to extend a Jedi high five to one J.J. Abrams and the entire team that made our new must have toy a reality.
BRING IT TO COMIC-CON, J.J.!
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