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Questions tagged [bb-8]

BB-8 is a droid in Star Wars, first appearing in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This tag is for questions which are primarily about BB-8.

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Can BB-8 and other similarly round astro-mech droids swim/propel under water?

Recently, while looking at a BB-8 toy online, I read this on their website: BB-8 is made to be water resistant, but we would not recommend taking your droid for a swim if it can be helped. This ...
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If BB-8's head is attached by magnets, how can it be extended away from his body?

According to Star Wars and other questions (In-universe, how is BB-8's head adhered to his body?), BB-8's head is attached magnetically to his body. That's fine and all, but, in Episode VIII, ...
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What is BB-8's power source? [duplicate]

In Episodes VII and VIII we see BB-8, Poe Dameron's droid, be quite active, follow our heroes around, climb stairs, move very quickly in the sand etc, but as far as I remember we never see it (him/her?...
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Was there a reference to this common issue with the Sphero BB-8 in The Last Jedi?

The character BB-8 and its smartphone-enabled remote controlled counterpart manufactured by Sphero has obviously taken the world by storm. The Sphero product, while otherwise excellent, has one ...
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What happens if BB-8 rolls the wrong way?

BB-8 is a spherical droid that rolls around with a stationary head. While an interesting idea, I feel there's a fatal flaw with the design of the character. Given the utility that he as a droid has ...
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Why were the TIE Fighters shooting at BB-8 on Jakku? [duplicate]

Luke Skywalker has vanished. In his absence, the sinister FIRST ORDER has risen from the ashes of the Empire and will not rest until Skywalker, the last Jedi, ...
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Does BB-8 actually have an escape mode?

I have this licensed T-shirt: One of the blueprints here shows a sphere mode of BB-8 called "escape mode". The same detail is used on a variety of BB-8 licensed shirts. I know he doesn't use it in ...
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Does Unkar know the First Order is looking for BB-8?

After the First Order get orders to retrieve BB-8, we see Unkar offer an enormous payout for him. Does he know the First Order is looking for it, or is he just wanting the droid for the sake of having ...
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Is BB-8's name inspired by BB ammunition?

The distinguishing feature of BB-8's design compared to other astromechs is his spherical body, whereas previously seen astromechs generally have a cylindrical body. What the name inspired by BB ...
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Which 'finger' was BB-8 sticking up?

At one point in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Finn and BB-8 are talking. Finn gives BB-8 a thumbs-up. In return, BB-8 extends a little lit welding torch. I've heard two different understandings of BB-...
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Why does Rey treat BB-8 like a sentient being?

Related to What did Rey tell Teedo that caused him to release BB-8? - Rey approaches Teedo and intimidated him as if he captured a sentient being. Are all droids afforded a status that gives them ...
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Is BB-8 based on xkcd 413, “New Pet”?

OK, OK, so that title's a bit provocative, but take a look at xkcd #413, and tell me you don't immediately think "Randall Munroe invented BB-8 before BB-8 was invented!" (Note that this comic is from ...
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How does BB-8 move in the sand without skidding?

Question inspired by Neil deGrasse Tyson's tweet: In @StarWars #TheForceAwakens, BB-8, a smooth rolling metal spherical ball, would have skidded uncontrollably on sand. Is this ever explained in-...
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Why was BB-8 so eager to go with Rey? [duplicate]

In The Force Awakens, Poe gives BB-8 the instruction to go as far away as possible. And BB-8 does. So far, so good. But then BB-8 meets Rey and is instantly attached to her, and she isn't able to ...
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Is there any actual written dialog for the astromech droids?

When R2-D2 and BB-8 converse in The Force Awakens for example, is there any written record of what the two characters were saying to each other? I mean actual dialog, if it exists, and not something ...
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How does BB-8 decelerate?

In The Force Awakens, we see BB-8 stop on each step as he descends a staircase following Rey as she goes to BB-8 literally stops as he lands on each step before starting again to move down to the ...
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Why does BB-8 follow Rey?

Is it because Rey just saved BB-8 from a net, and then the droid just decides to follow her about - or is it for some other reason? Does BB-8 have any idea who Rey is prior to being rescued by her? ...
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How does BB-8 climb stairs?

BB-8 is shown going down stairs at least once in the film but there are a few scenes that cut away right before the little guy would have to go up stairs Is there a canon explanation of how he goes ...
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Is BB-8 female?

I don’t remember where I saw it, but I read somewhere that BB-8 is supposed to be female (s/he has a different “voice” than R2, at least). Is there any evidence supporting either gender for BB-8?