This is a giant drivable R2-D2 model made to carry 7-year old Matthew Grammer as part of his Make-A-Wish Foundation request. Matthew was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in 2009, but has responded well to treatment and his family hopes his last chemotherapy treatment could come as early as March. *fingers crossed* The droid was made by Little Mountain Productions, who you may recall made this amazing Millennium Falcon play-fort as part of another Make-A-Wish project. *gets choked up, tries to play it off like it's Vader*
R2D2 was a fun challenge to build. R2 was fabricated with a simple joystick with massive on/off buttons inside. We also placed a large (kill it) button on the outside for parents. The computer is powered by 2 rechargeable gel batteries and guided by our proprietary software that is enclosed under the cushioned driver's seat.
After test-driving R2, popping wheelies and leaving tire marks in our shop, we decided it would be best if we slowed down the oversized torquey electric motors.
Good lookin', guys. And best wishes to you, Matthew. Maybe one day in your teens you'll turn into a Geekologie Reader and stumble across this article. And on that day, my little friend, I want you to write me so we can get together and terrorize the neighborhood in your motorized droid. Get well soon.
Hit the jump for several more pictures and a video of Matthew cruising around in the thing at a pep rally.
Star Wars R2D2 Build and reveal [littlemountainproductions]
Boy Gets 'Star Wars'-themed wish granted by Oklahoma's Make-A Wish-Foundation [tulsaworld]
Thanks to Brandon, who, as part of Little Mountain Productions, really did help make a wish come true. *rubbing lamp* I COULD USE A LITTLE HELP OVER HERE.