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.


"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.


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