The Star Wars at Madame Tussauds London experience welcomed a new character to its epic ranks today when BB-8, set in a Jakku desert scene, was unveiled to fans at a preview. The new attraction opens on Friday March 25.
The figure is an exact replica of the skittish but loyal astromech droid who stars in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and has been created in collaboration with Lucasfilm and Propshop, the creators of the film original. The spherical white and orange droid figure, which talks in BB-8’s unique dialect and lights up like its film counterpart, is the first character from Star Wars: The Force Awakens to feature in the experience. A figure of heroine Rey will be the next this summer.
Nine year old Troy Hood is a huge Star Wars fan and was delighted to get up close to the BB-8 figure this morning. Troy said: “I love Star Wars and think The Force Awakens is the best film I have ever seen. BB-8 is my favourite character; this droid is amazing and talks just like BB-8 – I wish I understood droid-speak!”