Sphero, a company that, uh, makes app-controlled rolling spheres, partnered up with Disney to make some seriously cool Star Wars droids. Lucasfilm revealed R2-D2, BB-8, and the newly revealed First Order droid BB-9E Sphero ‘bots for Force Friday II. And while these little dudes are ridiculously cute, we’re much more interested in what the app that controls them has to reveal.
An augmented reality part of the Sphero app gives a first look at the Supremacy, Supreme Leader Snoke’s aptly-named command ship. And while that’s pretty neat, Star Wars fans who were paying attention to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story might also notice the ship that BB-8 is attached to: the Raddus.
This is, of course, a direct reference to Admiral Raddus, the Mon Calamari Rebellion admiral who commanded his personal MC75 cruiser, the Profundity, during the Battle of Scarif. The Rebel flagship was boarded by Darth Vader after Jyn Erso and the Rogue One crew retrieved the Death Star plans, but Raddus made it out alive (as far as we know).
Rogue One creature effects supervisor Neal Scanlan revealed that Raddus was modeled off of British war hero and prime minister Winston Churchill. So, it’s only fitting that Raddus have a ship named after him by the time Last Jedi rolls around.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi premieres in theaters on December 15.