West Lafayette man builds R2-D2 replica

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – In anticipation of the big “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” premiere this Friday, a homemade R2-D2 made a public appearance in Lafayette Monday.

The 45-pound robotic character is made out of VEX IQ, a plastic building kit made for kids. The R2-D2 took 45 days to build, with 40,000 pieces valued at $1,500. The replica can even move in several ways.

Creator Steve Hassenplug has been teaching robotics for about 15 years. He said one of the hardest parts about creating R2-D2 surprisingly wasn’t the robotics.

“One of the hardest parts about this was trying to figure out how to take the square parts and make a nice round shape out of it and get all the round angles so the round body and the shoulders and things like that,” said Hassenplug.

R2-D2 was on display Monday at The Game Preserve at the Pavillions. A crowd was there, playing Star Wars-themed games in preparation for this weekend.

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