R2-D2 may be the most loved character in Star Wars. Some might be a little more tolerant of the cute droid, though, if he becomes irritating in his new form: a Tamagotchi.
Disney and Bandai have joined forces to bring Artoo into the hands of those who are willing to train, clean, and look after a digital version of the droid wherever it is. Two color options will be available for the egg-shaped R2-D2 Tamagotchi. A transparent blue model is available, as well as a white model. You can interact with the Tamagotchi using three buttons, as you would expect from a Tamagotchi.
Artoo can learn 19 skills. He will need to be kept clean and charged. R2-D2's Tamagotchi version is not yet able to poop like other Tamagotchis. Engadget asked Lucasfilm if the Tamagotchi R2-D2 actually poops.
You can play nine mini-games with him, including firefighting or Star Wars staple Dejarik (or Holochess). Jawas may arrive to take the droid away if you fail to keep him happy.
We are far removed from Tamagotchi’s glory days. The digital pet was ubiquitous in the late 1990s and early 2000s, until it fell out of favor with the cultural zeitgeist. Other Tamagotchi crossovers have also been made. An earlier model based upon Neon Genesis Evangelion was released in the US. Star Wars might be a good collaboration, but a model based upon Grogu (aka Baby Yoda from The Mandalorian) would have been better.
Pre-orders for the R2-D2 Tamagotchi are now open at midnight ET on August 3. The toy will be delivered on November 11th.