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Sphero reportedly will not make BB-8, R2-D2 and other Disney robots anymore



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Chin up BB-8, Sphero will support your app for another few years at least.


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Star Wars fans tempted by Sphero's BB-8 better hurry, since the company is reportedly no longer making them.

The maker of toy robots is emptying its inventory or licensed Disney products and won ' t be producing more, CEO Paul Berberian told The Verge on Monday.

So that's it for BB-8, evil twin BB-9E R2-D2 and chatty spider-man .

Sphero's three-year partnership with Disney is coming to an end as the company has found the licensed-toy business too resource-intensive. Berberian said sales of the robots were brisk in the immediate aftermath of the movies they were tied to, like The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi but their popularity ebbed greatly as the movies left The pop culture limelight.

The report is backed up by the toys' listings on Sphero's site. "This is a legacy product and no longer in production," reads the note attached to all its licensed Disney robots.


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Sphero will keep supporting the apps linked to its licensed products for two years or more, Berberian noted. .

The Boulder, Colorado, company will continue to roll toward education since products

Sphero did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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