Remember that incredibly neat soccer-ball lookin’ robot from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer? The fans started debating about it pretty much immediately, as they tend to do. How the hell did it work? It had to be CGI, right?
Its name is BB-8, and it’s totally real.
Well, “real” in the sense that there’s some dude off-camera puppeteering it — but still! Actual, physical hardware — not CGI. No strings, no wires, no Kenny Baker hiding inside — just damned beautiful engineering and design work.
The Force Unleashed crew rolled BB-8 out on stage today during a panel at the Star Wars Celebration event.
“Neil Scanlan and his incredible team… built and puppeteered BB-8 in the movie, and did an extraordinary job.” noted director J.J. Abrams ” It was better for the actors, better for the film itself — you’ll see their work. It was amazing.”
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