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Have you ever wondered what exactly is involved in building a working, radio-controlled R2-D2 robot replica? This vid documents the two-year process of Victor Franco, of Southern California, and his friends building an R2, mainly from scratch-built parts of varying materials, including wood, styrene, resin, and aluminum. He also used some parts provided by members of the R2 Builders Club. Nice work! [Thanks to Chris James and Michelle Iva Cook Hlubinka!]

Victor Franco’s Blog


Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. craig says:

    All those years building, and you only have ONE droid??? He, he, he. Just kidding. Congrats on reaching your goal. How’s it feel at outings finally being like one of us ‘droid wranglers’? Keep an eye on those destructive little kids!

  2. Carnes says:

    Fantastic build!

  3. Alex Dickman says:

    I’m a little verklempt, talk amongst yourselves.

    P.S. I’m SO building jawa costumes for my kids