|Written by Murphy Simmonds|
R2D2 delighted cinema goers with his pint-sized droid antics. Now insanely rich people can own a slice of the magic, thanks to a 1:2 size model which projects movies out of its head.
Rejoice! We have glimpsed the future and seen something beautiful. It's the brainchild of what we imagine to be a committee of the world's greatest science fiction geeks, the world's biggest movie enthusiasts and the world's most misguided electronics company. We'd like to introduce you a slavering fanboy's dream: the R2D2 Projector. That's right - a DVD projector in the shape of R2D2, the funny little Star Wars robot. Honestly, we're not kidding. Behold its majesty. Aaah-aaah-aaahhhh [sound of angels]."You take a sip, and as he turns to face the wall a hatch opens in his face"
Picture the scene. It's a Monday evening, and you're shattered after a hard day fielding complaints from irate customers at the call centre. You stumble in your front door, fling your coat onto the floor and kick off your shoes. "Hello Sir," chimes a camp robotic voice. "Can I fix you a Tom Collins?" Why, its none other than trusty robot butler C3P0, recently installed in your home to make your life that little bit easier. Cheered, you sit yourself down on the sofa while the golden droid prepares a delicious pick-me-up and some nibbles.
Bleep-blob-beep!" What's this? Of course, it's young R2D2 trundling across the parquet flooring with your cocktail perched on his little drinks tray, beside some dry roasted peanuts and a small pot of olives. You take a sip, and as he turns to face the wall a hatch opens in his face. Out beams Star Wars, that iconic writing projected onto the wallpaper, scrolling away into the distance. This is the life, you think, and settle down to watch the second greatest story ever told. In your face, Vader!
This is actually going to happen, and Nikko Home Electronics has taken the first step. This comedy robot projector is 1:2 size (that's 54cm high, ratio fans) and works with DvDs, PS2 and PS3 games and digital images. It also does mp3s and mp4s and features 5.1 in-built speakers, stereo FM sound, flashing lights, a rotating head and a ridiculously impractical Millennium Falcon remote control. The only slight sticking point is the price, which, at £2,000, puts it a little out of the range of your average man on the street. But we don't like him - he's all grubby and his suit needs cleaning.