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May The Force Be With You! Star Wars R2-D2 #Review


Disclaimer:  I was given the products in this post for the purpose of a review. 
I was not paid in any way to write this review.
All opinions are my own.



Daddy and my brothers are big fans of the Star Wars Franchise. They have seen all of the movies and my brother just loves dressing up as the bad guy Darth Vader. It's fun listening to Kyle say to Mikael, "Mikael I am your father!" in a funny Darth Vader voice. I can't help but laugh because they're so funny. I haven't seen any of the shows and I'm not sure if I would really understand what was happening either. I do know that if you're not a Star Wars fan then you may be missing out on something. That's what daddy says and my brothers agree with him. When Hammacher Schlemmer offered to send us a product for our Holiday Gift Guide, my brother automatically said R2-D2! I would have preferred something that I could use but that wasn't going to happen. Today my brother Kyle is taking over my blog because this is his review. It's another Big Kids review! He received the Voice Activated R2-D2 and he is over the moon.




This motorized replica of the headstrong little "droid" from the iconic Star Wars films responds to voice commands, navigates rooms and hallways, and makes any home feel like it has been transported to a galaxy far, far away. R2 obeys more than 40 voice commands ("Turn around!," "Move forward two units!") and he plays games like tag, using an infrared sensor to search for people in a room. His sensor helps him follow behind you, or it can be set to detect motion, turning R2 into a room sentry that sounds an alarm when a secured area is invaded. R2's lights, swiveling dome top, and distinctive happy and sad sounds faithfully mimic the real thing, right down to his occasional "bad mood." (A simple command of, "R2, behave yourself!" snaps him out of it.) R2 can also replay sounds and dialog from Star Wars movies, answer yes-or-no questions, and dance while playing the famed cantina music. Requires four AA batteries and four D batteries. Minor assembly required.  
$199.95 - Recommended age: 8y+

When we received R2-D2 Kyle couldn't wait to open him but once he did he couldn't use him right away. Why you ask? He needed 4 AA batteries which mommy always have on hand but he also needed 4 D batteries as well. Be sure to have your batteries or you'll have a disappointed someone who can't play with this awesome toy. Mommy took a quick trip to the store and got R2-D2's batteries. Tools required was a screwdriver to install his batteries.


R2-D2 is about 17 inches tall and makes authentic movie sounds. He has a swing down utility arm in a secret compartment which he can also use as a beverage holder. R2-D2 responds to voice commands although we found that he doesn't always understand Kyle and mommy when they talk.


He has 3 interactive mode. Companion, Game and Command modes and responds to over 40 voice commands. In companion mode he responds to simple commands such as "follow me". You can even ask him about members of the Star Wars franchise such as Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. It was fun watching his reaction to his memory of Darth Vader.




In game mode he can act as a guard and even dance. The command mode is the more difficult and Kyle is still trying to master that one. Now the only the only con that Kyle have found with his Voice Activated R2-D2 is that sometimes he does not understand what Kyle is trying to say. From the manual it seems like he may just have to keep playing with him and he'll understand his voice a little better over time. The Voice Activated R2-D2 gets Kyle's Two Big Thumbs Up!


Mommy has put together a little video showing the awesomeness that is Kyle's Voice Activated R2-D2. Check it out!




Now Hammacher Schlemmer the amazing company that sent Kyle his Voice Activated R2-D2 not only has toys for us little and big kids but they also have products for mommies and daddies as well. Shop for Electronics, Apparel, Outdoor, Sports and Leisure and even seasonal Holiday items. They have been offering the best for over 165 years shipping to both Canada and international destinations. So remember Hammacher Schlemmer when looking for the perfect gift for your special someone this holiday season. May the force be with you!



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Disclosure: Growing Up Madison receives products in order to conduct reviews. No monetary compensation was provided unless noted otherwise. All opinions are 100% my own. Some posts may contain affiliate links that I receive commission for payment from in exchange for referrals. In the event of a giveaway, the sponsor is responsible for delivery of the prize, unless otherwise noted in the posting. Giveaways are not sponsored by Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ or any other social media site. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be a good fit for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Annmarie John
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  1. Whoa! This is super cool, thanks Madison for letting Kyle take over for a bit. This is something super cool, and yeah - a Star Wars fan will completely love it. If I had the money, I'd order one for my big sister. She loves R2D2 & this totally takes the cake over any other holiday products I've seen! Kind of a hassle that the machine has to take time to "learn" Kyle's voice, but it will get there!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  2. As a HUGE Star Wars Fan, this is so awesome! I would buy one for myself! So awesome for Kyle to get in on the action too. I like to hear about toys that older kids can play with too simply because that's what I have in my house. Excellent review and super cool toy!

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  3. GASP! I am a HUGE Star Wars fan and so are my kids. I had no idea this was out, but you can bet we'll be getting one.

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  4. Awwwww! I want that for myself. I'm a huge Star Wars fan myself. I LOL about that "Mikael I am your father". I think that is one of the most famous quotes. I love how Kyle was in this review as well. We very rarely see Kyle, we do see a lot of Mikael and of course lovely little you. May the force be with you as well. :)

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  5. Nice review. He really seems like a toy for any star wars lover. I think there might be many adults into it as well. Thank you so much of the honest review and the video.

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  6. Now that is a cool toy! I'd love a little R2D2 for myself *giggle* Great for any Star Wars fan :)

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  7. I know several grown men that would love to have this. I have never even seen the movie and yet still love this little guy!

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  8. I don't know any Star Wars fans, but really, that R2D2 is super cool! I kinda want one for myself!

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  9. R2 D2 is my favorite in the Star Wars saga! Yes I love Star Wars and have seen every one of them at least twice. Kyle is one lucky boy to have this robotic marvel!

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  10. That is so amazing. I did watch the films and it is exactly like that. No ways, even brings you a cooldrink! lol!

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  11. It's a really good-sized robot, much bigger than I thought it was going to be. I hope he picks up your voices a little better over time too.

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  12. I am a closet "Star Wars" fan and my daughter laughs that I love watching the movies over and over. Now I want this toy :)

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  13. This is something that I am sure my boys would absolutely love to have.

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  14. Even with the recommended age of 8+, Scarlet would love this! She loves R2D2. And Star Wars is the reason I met my husband! He worked for George Lucas out in California and I sold computer supplies in New Jersey. Lucky me to have the Star Wars enterprise as my client!

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  15. Oh wow that sounds so cool - I think my other half would love this, gosh we are such big kids at heart :) X

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  16. That is a big big toy. Fun for everyone even if not a fan of the Star Wars series!

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  17. that is so cool you got to review R2! My hubby and kids are big star wars fans so we already have one and they all love it. I gotta admit, he's pretty cool...except when he gets a little attitude. We will ask him to do something and he shakes his head "no!"

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  18. How fun is that toy? The list of things that I want grows each time I come to this blog. How do you get such cool things to try? Can you tell that I'm a little jealous?

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  19. I am so jelly! What a cool gift to have, I mean give!

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  20. Now, thats a neat toy to review! My ex was a star wars fan, and he would love that.

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  21. I'm sure my husband would love this! He is such a fan! My kids would love this later. I'm sure this would make a great gift.

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  22. This looks really cute, however I clicked onto their site and got lost in all of the great products they have and took care of a few people on my list. I almost forgot to come back and comment. Thanks!

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  23. Wow, that is amazing. Seeing R2D2 is such a blast from the past and reminds me of watching the Star Wars movies when I was a kid. It's so great that they have made a life size robot for kids.

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  24. What a cool toy. I know lots of Star Wars fans that would love this, and not only kids!

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  25. my husband and son would love this. They are huge Star Wars fans

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  26. WOW! This is a great Star Wars accessory! I would almost not want to play with it!

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  27. Holy cow that's a lot of battery power! I always enjoyed R2D2 as I was growing up! Glad to see kids c are still enjoying the him!

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  28. Whoa, this is the coolest thing ever. I have to get my husband one now! Thanks for sharing!

    By the way, check out my blog! http://mammamahem.blogspot.com/
    I am just starting off, but I am a mother and I share baby and beauty tips!

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  29. Your son looks like he is enjoying the toy. My nephew would love it.

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  30. My daughter would love this! She is crazy about those robot type toys and has loved R2D2 since she was little!

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  31. Oh No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just finished all my Christmas Shopping! My Grandson would love love love this ! Lucky his Birthday is in February <3 Lucky for me that is! I get to see his excited face opening something this fun!

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  32. My son would flip out!! We ae huge star wars fan so this would be perfect for our family.

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  33. How cool the force is with you!! My whole family would have fun with this R2 unit. Thanks for sharing.

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  34. My kids would LOVE this! Natalie would probably want to dress it up in a bow or something.

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  35. Our daughter would absolutely love this! We are a huge Star Wars lovin' family! :)

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  36. That's a good size for the robot to be! And he looks so fun to play with!

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  37. What a super cool gift. My teenage nephew would love this toy. His whole family of star wars addicts would love this. I would love to see his reaction to Darth Vader

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  38. I think that would be a great gift for any Star Wars fan! R2D2 was always one of my faves. :) Have fun, Kyle!

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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  39. That is sooooooo cool! My husband and son love Star Wars so much! They would love to have this!

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  40. Congrats to Kyle! This is the best toy I've seen yet!

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