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!]

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.


  • craig

    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!

  • Carnes

    Fantastic build!

  • Alex Dickman

    I’m a little verklempt, talk amongst yourselves.

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