Disney and Bandai have teamed up to bring Artoo to the pockets of fans who don't mind training, cleaning and looking after a needy, digital version of the droid wherever they are. The egg-shaped R2-D2 Tamagotchi will be available in two color schemes. There's a mostly white model that looks like the droid, and a transparent blue model. As you might expect from a Tamagotchi, you'll interact with the toy using three physical buttons.
There are 19 skills for Artoo to learn. You'll need to keep him charged and clean. Unlike with other Tamagotchis, you won't have to clear up any poop from R2-D2 (he's a droid, after all). A Lucasfilm spokesperson told Engadget that if R2-D2 sits for too long, he'll accumulate dust. You can clean that away with the press of a button.
There are nine mini-games you can play with him, including firefighting and Star Wars staple Dejarik (or holochess). If you don't keep the droid happy, some Jawas might arrive to take him away.
We're long removed from Tamagotchi's heyday. The digital pet was everywhere in the late '90s and early 2000s until it plummeted out of the cultural zeitgeist. There have been other Tamagotchi crossovers. A model based on Neon Genesis Evangelion hit the US earlier this year. A Star Wars collaboration might help revive the brand, but surely a model based on Grogu (aka Baby Yoda) from The Mandalorian would have been a better fit.
Pre-orders open for the R2-D2 Tamagotchi at midnight ET on August 3rd. The toy will arrive on November 11th.
Update 8/2 5:30PM ET: Added confirmation from Lucasfilm that R2-D2 does not poop and instead accumulates dust.