Star Wars fans were eager to learn more about Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens during the 2015 Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, CA – and they weren’t disappointed. If nothing else, the new Star Wars 7 teaser trailer is setting the Internet on fire, with that kind of electric buzz that only Star Wars can create.

But the Star Wars celebration was about more than just one trailer. Getting to know new characters like Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Finn (John Boyega) and Rey (Daisy) was interesting; having original cast members like Luke (Mark Hamill), Leia (Carrie Fisher), Chewie (Peter Mayhew) and C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) back was just icing on the cake. And never ones to miss a chance for merchandising fun, Disney/LucasFilm had a pair of droids for the crowd to see, as well.

By now the sight of Star Wars icon R2-D2 is commonplace – but the new droid character BB-8 hasn’t exactly had the warmest welcome since the first Star Wars 7 teaser trailer hit. That’s ironic, considering that BB-8 has two things going for it that Star Wars fans should appreciate:

  1. BB-8 reflects the original design ideas for R2-D2, as imagined by iconic Star Wars design artist, Ralph McQuarrie.
  2. As was pointed out during the Celebration event by Hamill, BB-8 is more of a “live prop,” in the tradition of R2; both droids have real bodies with animatronic and puppet function for movement. This is not just another CGI creation.

Star Wars Celebration R2D2 BB8 Star Wars Droids R2 D2 & BB 8 Take Stage at Celebration Event

Star Wars 7 BB8 and Rey Star Wars Droids R2 D2 & BB 8 Take Stage at Celebration Event

As you can see, R2-D2 and BB-8 met onstage like Mayweather and Pacquiao! That’s a total exaggeration of course – the two droids played nice – but there is something undeniably fun and special about seeing the old and new generation of Star Wars droids standing side by side.

For more Star Wars 7 character images – go HERE.

More: Star Wars 7 Trailer #2

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is directed by J.J. Abrams and stars Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong’o, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen and Max von Sydow alongside original stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters December 18, 2015.

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