Introduction: BB8 Built With Lego Star Wars Parts... and Yet It Moves at the End of This Tutorial
I watched "A new hope" in 1977 (at that time the movie was called "Star Wars"), at the cinema (my 1st movie), with my father.
Since that year I've become a fan and I'm trying to keep this "tradition" with my son.
Anyway, after watching the VII Episode of Star Wars: "The Force Awakens", my son and I really liked the new droid BB8. My son has such a big collection of Lego Star Wars sets that could make feel envious an owner of a toy shop :-)
So, to cut the long story short, we were staring at the ball/planet that comes with the Series 3 Republic Assault Ship & Coruscant
and we thought: "Why don't we build BB8?"
The other pieces you need for the head, are showed in the picture above...
4586275 - 88293 (white)
I had the same pieces in black, therefore I've painted them.
Considering this version of BB8 has been painted by me, I would consider this Lego model as a fan art.
You need also other "bits" that I put in the next pictures (eye, antennas, etc., etc.).
Step 1: Painting & Making the Templates
Sand the ball with the sandpaper (1200 grit).
Paint it in white.
Attach the eye to the head of BB8
I know that Lego purists are probably against this thing, but not having just 2 knobs on 1 section of the head, has forced me to use some UHU Por. By the way, it did the job perfectly and I don't think it has affected the beauty of this model.
If you don't like to build it this way, you can change the design adding the parts shown in the picture.
Make some paper templates for the orange parts of the ball
You basically have to paint the 6 sides of the ball...
Please use the... patience, instead of the force (at least this time)!
You can find how to draw every single panel of BB8, simply Googling the words: "bb8 panels".
Step 2: Painting, Again!
Showing the patience that just a Jedi can have, start to add the details to BB8.
I used a pencil and after a paintbrush very, very small.
Again, use the... patience and look at as many pictures as possible...
and your BB8 will be perfect.
Step 3: Congratulations!
You now have your BB8...
Step 4: And Yet It Moves... and It Makes Some Noise :-)
The video shows a RC motorized version, just to make Lego Rey figure happier ;-)
If you'd like to check what device power BB8, take a look at this Instructable...
I received a comment that was suggesting to add the sounds, so, here they are.
When I've finished to make the static model, I felt horrible every time I was looking at it...
BB8 has to move... in some way!
Considering the time taken to make the motorized Lego version of BB8 and because I do respect the work of the engineers who have created the original BB-8,
I would strongly recommend to buy the toy made by Sphero.
That Company made an amazing job in putting so many technological features in such a little space.
Well done! As soon as I have a bit of money to splash out, I'll buy one!
May the force bb8 with you.