This is Bluey the budgie and he has been taught a few nifty little tricks by his Star Wars loving owners. Not only does he look like a bird version of R2-D2, he sounds like him, too. They taught him how to make all of the little droid’s chirps and tweets, which likely started off charming and is now driving everyone nuts. That makes him even more like the real thing!

See the video after the break.

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Star Wars Episode VII

Star Wars VII has wrapped principal photography and, in addition to getting a look at R2 at the wrap party thanks to John Boyega’s Instagram, we have pictures from RPF user Edwardowan that give us another great look how R2 is looking these days. Needless to say, the years have taken a toll.

Head after the break to see the pictures.

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This is the carry-on bag every Star Wars fan has been looking for. It’s designed to look like good old R2-D2 but without all the attitude. Features include:

Aluminum, telescoping handle
Two zippers for ease of access during flights
Interior fully-lined with divider (with integrated pocket – 16″ x 7″)
Elastic straps to keep everything in place
Four, 360° wheels for upright rolling in multiple directions
Materials: ABS + PC (good impact and heat resistance), polyester lining
Officially-licensed Star Wars luggage
Total linear inches: 45″
Shell: 14″ x 20″ x 8.5″
Including wheels and top handle: 14″ x 22.5″ x 8.5″
Inside: 19.5″ x 13.5″
Weight: 5.5 lbs.

Who needs boring luggage when you can tuck this guy into the overhead bin?

See more pictures after the break.

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Incorporate the droids everyone is looking for into your backyard with a handy Instructable from doddieszoomer. He transformed an old, empty gas bottle into R2-D2.

Basically, he cut the bottle to modify it and added legs with “5mm box section.” The rest of the astromech’s pieces were welded on and eventually handpainted. And guess what? If you don’t have the Force powers or tools necessary to make your own, you can bid on this one on eBay.

Check out more photos of the burner after the break…

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Everyone knows R2-D2, but once Star Wars Rebels arrives on our television screens, another little droid is going to make a name for himself. Chopper is actually based on some early sketches for R2-D2 and though they may resemble each other a bit, Chopper has even more attitude.

Even though the show hasn’t aired yet, Chopper has already been brought to life by R2 Builder’s Club member Michael McMaster. The amateur astromech builders club has been around for 15 years and has some pretty impressive talent. Two other club members constructed the version of R2-D2 that will be seen in the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII.

Take a behind-the-scenes look at how Chopper came to life, and get a look at a typical day for an astromech hanging out at Lucasfilm.

See the video after the break.

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As far as gizmos go, this Star Wars R2-D2 Virtual Keyboard is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while. Instead of projecting a hologram of Princess Leia, this R2 unit projects a virtual keyboard onto any flat surface. It also boops, beeps and whistles just like R2 when you turn it on, turn it off, crank up the volume or adjust the brightness of the keyboard. It even makes sounds as you type. This little guy will be available this September and if you’d like to see how it works, watch the video after the break…

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r2-d2 figure

Are you ready for the ultimate R2-D2 collectible? Sideshow is releasing a Deluxe Sixth Scale Figure of the peppy astromech, and he looks incredible. They’re just teasing the statue for now so there aren’t any photos or details – just a video. It shows off the fact that this Artoo has several moving parts and light up functions, comes with the drink trays and cups seen in Return of the Jedi, and has Luke’s lightsaber and a little statue of hologram Leia. Yeah, I’m going to need to add this to my growing Star Wars collection.

See a preview of the toy in the video after the break.

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Artist MichaelO has created the droid that every man is looking for but none will find. It was inspired by the R2-D2 bathing suit in the Black Milk Clothing line and it’s the sexiest droid this side of Coruscant.

(Geek Tyrant via Geeks are Sexy)


This officially licensed R2-D2 USB Car Charger fits snugly in your cup holder to keep your gadgets charged while you’re on the move. He even makes happy little droid sounds, his dome spins and he has a projection light that glows blue or red to show the USB port power status. The sassiest droid in the galaxy has two USB charging ports that each put out 2.1 amps which is enough for a smartphone or tablet.

See another picture and video after the break…

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r2-d2 chair

When a chair looks like R2-D2, I don’t need it to be comfortable. This beautiful adirondack chair by Paul Ryan of Xtinct 3D Design in Canada would make any patio extra awesome. It doesn’t have arm rests, but do you really need them? I can’t get over all the details from the dome to the legs. I don’t care what the text on the chair says, it is the chair I’m looking for.

(via Homes and Hues)