Shout out to my favorite droid!
I felt a little guilty the day I realized BB-8 was my favorite droid, which in all honesty could’ve been when I saw the first TFA preview ever, way back on Thanksgiving of two years ago. The way he was rolling along Jakku’s surface, a blur of orange on white, made me think, “A soccer ball droid! So cute!”
But everyone loves Artoo! Artoo is the fan favorite and I get it, but for some reason I never connected with him. I think one of the main reasons is that Artoo was familiar to me by cultural context – I knew who he was before knowing who he was. Just like I knew the quotes “I am your father”, Darth Vader, the Force and a few other Star Wars references before seeing the movies or becoming a big fan. So though Artoo was cute, he was, well, Artoo Detoo. Always there.
But BB-8 was a surprise for me. A round droid? How genius! And then when I actually heard him for the first time in TFA, my heart stopped. BB-8: we were meant to be! I want my own BB-8 so badly. I love how he portrays his emotions, especially when he thought Poe had died. When he sees Poe is alive and goes to greet him – aggggghhhh I’m jealous! I want BB-8 to greet me like that. Oh and don’t even get into his flame thumbs up. Melting heart…
I know you are all wondering now if I have the Sphero BB-8…I do not. I’m not sure what I would do with it. Plus, our dog Yogi would probably have a field day with it and BB-8 would quickly become BB-ate.
My husband did get me a BB-8 carry on last year for Christmas even before I saw TFA because I liked the droid so much. I love my carry on! He comes with me on every vacation and I love posting photos on Instagram saying “Come on BB-8!” just like Rey. It’s the small pleasures in life, okay guys?? ARM also had an adorable BB-8 dress (and Darth Amethystos christened her Baby-8) but she’s too big for it now, alas.
Okay. Done effusing about BB-8. But tell me – who’s your favorite droid? Let’s have a droid lovefest.