R2-D2 is now officially a Tamagotchi digital pet, two decades late

R2-D2 — Star Warsbeloved droid – is now officially a Tamagotchi toys, so you can take a pocket-sized virtual pet version of the iconic astromech anywhere.

The R2-D2 Tamagotchi is available in two colors: a white model that more closely resembles the chassis of R2 and a more retro translucent blue version that dates back two decades to when people bought Tamagotchis.

As far as the actual gameplay experience goes, the R2-D2 version of the digital pet looks almost identical to the same Tamagotchi gameplay loop that’s been around for over 20 years. Using a 24 by 30 pixelated LCD screen and three physical buttons, you can train your R2-D2 pet in 19 different skills, take care of the droid by charging and cleaning it to keep it happy, and play nine different mini-games. games (including Dejarik and a firefighter game).

Technically, the new R2-D2 toy is the first officially Tamagotchi with the popular droid. But all the way back in 1997, Tiger Electronics released a Giga Pet toy starring R2-D2 (along with two other licensed Star Wars models with Yoda and the Rancor).

It’s not clear that the new R2-D2 model is technologically more advanced or materially different from the original Giga Pet version, as virtual pet technology appears to have progressed at an even slower pace than the TI-83 calculators.

Since the virtual pet craze also ended sometime around the turn of the millennium, it’s not immediately obvious either Why there’s a Tamagotchi R2-D2 to be released in 2021, nor why Tamagotchi and Disney felt the need to spend nearly three months teasing the product.

But the new Tamagotchi R2-D2 this time is a real Tamagotchi, complete with the well-known egg-shaped housing. It will also presumably be cheaper than the Giga Pets version, which can cost $35 to $50 on eBay.

Tamagotchi has not yet announced a price for the pocket astromech pet, but the company is currently selling branded Tamagotchi toys for other franchises for around $25, so it’s likely that the Star Wars model will also land somewhere in that price range. Preorders start later today at noon ET, ahead of a November 11 release date.