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BB-8 is the lovable roly-poly Star Wars android who made its debut in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. BB-8 is “the spherical, loyal Astromech Droid of the Resistance pilot Poe Dameron,” according to the official Star Wars website. (The site further defines astromech droids as “versatile utility robots generally used for the maintenance and repair of starships and related technology.” BB-8 has a dome or “head” similar to that of its more famous astromech droid predecessor, R2-D2. Its body is completely different: a round sphere that rolls along freely while the dome seems to float on top. In the early Star Wars trailers, BB=8 is shown rolling along the sand next to Rey, the character played by Daisy Ridley.
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