Bandai partners with Lucasfilm for an out-of-this-world palm-sized digital pet, the Star Wars R2-D2 Tamagotchi.
Bandai first released its Tamagotchi digital pet series in 1996. The pets required attention from their human owners by demanding food, playtime, and other domestic-type actions required to keep the tiny — and sometimes noisy — overlords content. Since its release, Tamagotchi has become a worldwide phenomenon selling over 82 million units of the egg-shaped devices. In August 2021, Bandai announced its first-ever collaboration with Lucasfilm.
The Star Wars R2-D2 Tamagotchi includes pixel-animated movie clips, seven games, and 19 skills for Artoo to master. The device requires owners to maintain R2-D2’s happiness. Should things go astray, the droid risks being captured by Jawas, the much-dreaded scavengers of the Star Wars universe.
The Star Wars R2-D2 Tamagotchi runs on two LR44 batteries and is recommended for ages eight and older. A small chain allows owners to take the digital toy with them on the go.