Build your own full-sized BB-8 from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Rey, Finn, and Poe were all great, but the real breakout star of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (opens in new tab) was clearly BB-8. He's also the only one you can own a life-sized replica of without disturbing houseguests. Yeah, you could drop $150 on a miniature version (opens in new tab) of the adorable orb droid, or you could spend about $120 on supplies and make your own rolling robot friend… assuming you have the skillset of a 17-year-old YouTuber.

If you're at all familiar with 17-year-old YouTubers, you know that's actually a pretty high bar. But even if you've never laid hands on a power sander or a soldering iron, you can still appreciate the craft that goes into making this homemade BB-8.

The only thing missing is a little blow torch for giving a thumbs up, but I'm sure you could rig one up with a few extra Arduino servos. Then again, sticking a firestarter inside a great big ball made of wood and papier mache may not be the best idea.

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