I have this licensed T-shirt:

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One of the blueprints here shows a sphere mode of BB-8 called "escape mode".

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The same detail is used on a variety of BB-8 licensed shirts.

I know he doesn't use it in the movie. However, do we ever see this mode mentioned anywhere else? Blu-Ray extras? The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary? The Art of The Force Awakens? Anything?

Or, even a mention about how the early concept was changed to not have in. I've seen several early BB-8 designs, but I never thought to look for this.

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Probably not

The only other picture I can find comes from this website, which has a BB-8 schematic showing its escape mode:

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However, the schematic here appears identical to that on the shirt, and the source is uncertain.

More relevant, though, is this: If this is BB-8's "escape" mode, why does the droid not use it during The Force Awakens when it needs to, well, escape?

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This, I think, renders the possibility that this is BB-8's escape mode somewhat unlikely. Note that the T-shirt appeared significantly in advance of the movie, and thus BB-8's actions in the movie were still uncertain.

  • That's a fan site and the same images as on the T-shirts. I don't know if it was based on early marketing concepts, or if BB is meant to have it in his final design.
    – user31178
    May 3, 2016 at 5:17
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    Wasn't me. It happens.
    – user31178
    May 3, 2016 at 5:45
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    "Work in progress" answers are frowned upon. You shouldn't hit the Post button if you're not ready typing. Note I didn't downvote, but I would if I saw answers that basically said "Stand by..."
    – Mr Lister
    May 3, 2016 at 7:59
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    Wasn't the MacGuffin in BB-8's body? That would explain why she never used a theoretical escape mode (and she was keeping up just fine). Out-of-universe, much of BB-8 and R2-D2's charm is being small and a bit awkward and seeing how they deal with that. If she had the ability to fly that would take away from that charm like R2-D2's reviled flying scenes from the prequels.
    – Schwern
    May 6, 2016 at 22:05

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