May 22, 2024

BB-9E is the evil BB-8 we never imagined

So round, so active, so absolutely evil. BB-9E is the literal dark side version of the lovable BB-8 droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

It’s not cute. It’s not happy. This astromech makes angry sounds and has a utterly mysterious story line and purpose, which makes it 10 times more evil.

News of the brand new drone dropped on the eve of Force Friday II, the Star Wars merchandizing-palooza that’s hitting September 1 to celebrate the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in December.

Visually and technically, BB-9E works just like BB-8. There’s a large ball body and a small dome-ish head that moves independently of the body. We got our first glimpse of the new evil droid thanks to Sphero, which introduced a new BB-9E App-enabled Droid on Thursday,

We know it’s evil because:

1) The robot is all black and gray, not a cute, inviting, white and orange.

2) The head is not a curved done, but has menacing edges.

3) It has an evil, glowing red eye…a RED EYE!

4) When you control Sphero’s BB-9E droid with the app, all the art turns black and red and the audio switches to the more malevolent March of the Resistance from the Force Awakens.

5) Every sound BB-9E makes (at least our toy robot) sounds scary or at least annoyed.

Sphero knew nothing about what BB-9E is doing in The Last Jedi, but for all we know, it’s Kylo Ren’s sidekick. And wouldn’t that be perfect? Rey gets the adorable, sweet BB-8 and Kylo gets the murderous BB-9E.

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