Oh R2, he never ceases to entertain me and the fact that he's become an awesome inflatable RC toy is just the icing on the cake. I mean honestly people, what could be better than having your own radio-controlled R2-D2 to drive around the house? Nothing, you know it to be true.
Apparently, this little droid was at the 2012 London Toy Fair cruising around the Bladez Toyz booth. Some of you may be familiar with Bladez Toyz for their R/C helicopters, but a recent deal struck with Lucasfilm is bringing Star Wars characters to their Pump & Play line. First up is the lovable R2-D2 who, in this form, stands 2 feet, 2 inches tall and gets around in much the same way as an RC car. A foot pump is included to fill him up with air, along with the controller and it looks like they'll cost about $60 when they land later this year.
While R2 will be leading the charge other Star Wars characters, including Darth Vader, Stormtroopers and Yoda, will be added to the line if the toy turns out to be a hit. I'm no expert, but I would bet that any kid who laid eyes on this thing would be adding it to the wish list ASAP. Hopefully things go well, I'd love to see some inflatable Ewoks.
If you want more info, or want to see the Jumbo Pump & Play R2-D2 in action head over to the Bladez Toyz website.