Sega Toys to launch R2-D2 projector on Sept. 15

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

Capable of showing galaxies far, far away, the R2-D2, the beloved android from “Star Wars,” will be resurrected on Sept. 15 as a new addition to the Homestar planetarium projector series, toymaker Sega Toys Co. said.

In “Star Wars,” the robot is capable of projecting holographic movies. In the Homestar version, the R2-D2-shaped projector can show about 10,000 stars.

And yes, much to the delight of “Star Wars” fans, an image of the Galactic Empire’s Death Star is included among the stars.

It will be priced at 6,825 yen ($88.50).

Gaining widespread popularity across the globe, the Homestar series has spawned many other products including Homestar Spa, a waterproof model that can be used in the tub. The high-end model, Homestar Extra, can show 120,000 stars.

The Homestar R2-D2 is the first character-based model in the series.

The private-use Homestar series was jointly produced by Sega Toys and Takayuki Ohira in August 2005. The planetarium engineer is known for designing the Megastar projector, which was certified by Guinness World Records for displaying the most number of stars.

The Homestar machines are equipped with the same optical projection system used for professional models, marking the first time that home-use projectors have been equipped with an industry-level system.

The “Star Wars” series is gathering momentum in recent years, with the films being re-released on Blu-ray for the first time in September. A 3-D-converted version of “Star Wars: Episode I” is also slated to hit theaters in spring 2012.

Visit an exclusive Facebook page launched on Aug. 17 to promote the Homestar R2-D2 at (http://www.facebook.com/homestar.segatoys).

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