The Star Wars at Madame Tussauds London experience welcomed a new character to its epic ranks today when BB-8, set in a Jakku desert scene, was unveiled to fans at a preview. The new attraction opens on Friday March 25th and good news for fans – anyone turning up dressed as a Star Wars character over Easter weekend will receive a free BB-8 gift!

The figure is an exact replica of the skittish but loyal astromech droid who stars in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Young fans are delighted to meet the cheerful little droid
Young fans are delighted to meet the cheerful little droid

and has been created in collaboration with Lucasfilm and Propshop, the creators of the film original. The spherical white and orange droid figure, which talks in BB-8’s unique language and lights up like its film counterpart, is the first character from Star Wars: The Force Awakens to feature in the experience. A figure of heroine Rey will be the next this summer.

Nine year old Troy Hood is a huge Star Wars fan and was delighted to get up close to the BB-8 figure this morning. Xx said: “I love Star Wars and think The Force Awakens is the best film I have ever seen. BB-8 is my favourite character; this droid is amazing and talks just like BB-8 – I wish I understood droid-speak!”

General Manager of the world famous attraction, Edward Fuller, commented: “It’s fantastic to see the reaction of Star Wars fans of all ages here today; we worked together with Lucasfilm and Propshop to get the details just right and it seems we have got it spot on. Since we opened the Star Wars experience last May, we’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response and it’s exciting to now be expanding to include Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

The new Star Wars: The Force Awakens scene joins 11 existing ones featuring 16 characters in Madame Tussauds’ immersive Star Wars experience, which recreates some of the most powerful moments from the Star Wars universe.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available to own by digital download from April 11, 2016 and on Blu-ray™ and DVD from April 18, 2016.