The release of BB-8 was a shocker to longtime Star Wars fans, the machine is referred to as a "girl" despite robots not having inherent genders. This would have been highlighted even more in the original version of the newest Star Wars trilogy. 


BB-8's original name, even into late production, was "snow girl." Imagine how much more porn we would have had to deal with if they kept it.

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"We work absolutely during the production process with codes for secrecy," creature designer NealScanlan told ​Endor Express"BB-8, for instance, started out as Snow Girl or Globe at one time – there were four or five names for BB-8. BB-8 didn’t come until VERY, very late, and that’s probably for very good reasons as he’s such an important character."


Snow globes were the influence on the droid's design. Strange for a robot that has mainly spent time on deserts, don't you think? Regardless, BB-8 is only one of the many droids and creatures Scanlan and friends have been working on since Disney purchased Lucasfilm. Now with the ​upcoming Solo film and Star Wars Episode 9, BB-8 is the least of their worries, yet it's interesting that the most iconic character of the new trilogy didn't have a name until so late in the process.

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Design and personality first, naming later; that's how the creative team rolls and I'm down with it.