Ng Hak Beng’s R2-D2 is the droid you’re looking for

We spoke to the man who built the astromech droid from scratch

One and a half years. That’s how long it took for Ng Hak Beng to build his very own R2-D2, complete with the droid’s sassy beeps.

An IT consultant by day, but a Star Wars fan all-day, Ng is the only builder in Singapore who has his very own R2-D2 to interact with. He admitted that the idea didn’t start out from him. Rather it was a friend who came up with the thought of being a droid builder while they were having drinks. “Are you crazy, it’s going to be a lot of work,” Ng questioned his friend.

Turns out, the conversation led to him becoming the only droid builder in Singapore who completed an R2-D2.