Sphero rolls the Dark Side R2-Q5 into its Star Wars droid line-up

Hot in the track marks of its new R2-D2 and BB-9E droids, Sphero has already rolled another robot out of the Star Wars galaxy and into our living rooms.

Imperial Astromech Droid R2-Q5 is basically R2-D2’s evil twin, and had a fleeting appearance aboard the second Death Star in Return of the Jedi. He even shared a corridor with everyone’s favourite Sith lord, Big DV (to his mates).

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Q5 seems to be essentially a resprayed Artoo, which is no bad thing, since Sphero’s take on that charismatic little rustbucket has been one of our favourite toys of the year. That means remote control – including a rotatable head – via an app, as well as a number of preset actions, and a Draw & Drive programming mode.

He also helps even up the sides, joining Dark Side rollerballer BB-9E in the fight against Sphero’s R2-D2 and BB-8, representing the resistance. All four droids can interact with each other in Patrol mode, making it worth collecting them all.

The Sphero R2-Q5 will be available for pre-order from October 10, and in the UK exclusively at John Lewis from October 27 for £199.99.

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