STAR WARS DROID FACTORY (DISNEY PARKS)
“Whether they are merchandise to the Jawas of Tatooine, servants of the Evil Galactic Empire or friends of the Rebel Alliance, droids of all different types populate the Star Wars galaxy. From Astromechs, to Protocol or even Assassin Droids, there are many different colors and styles of each droid class. Each droid is different and has their own unique personality. at the Star Wars Droid Factory, Guests can build and name a star Wars droid that is uniquely their own. May the Force be with You… and your Droids!”
I haven’t been to a Disney park in a decade, but one of my favorite things the last time I was there was the Star Wars-based “Star Tours” and all of the cool Star Wars-themed stuff around it. Over the years, Disney has commissioned a handful of exclusive action figures (some from usual Star Wars toy-producers Hasbro, and some from Disney’s in-house companies) to sell in the ride’s gift shop. My timing always seems to be particularly bad when it comes to these items; both times I’ve been to Disney World, it was in between figure releases. In 2012, they introduced a line of build-your-own figures, under the trappings of a “droid factory,” which is a pretty fun concept. I’ve finally gotten my hands on one, so I’ll be taking a look at him today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
R1-T2 (named by me, of course; if your curious, it’s R1-T2 as in “puttin’ on a…”) was part of the 2015 assortment of Star Wars Droid Factory, which was the second main assortment of pieces. The line is available exclusively through Disney Parks. The figure stands about 3 1/4 inches tall (counting the top hat) and he has 5 points of articulation and actual rolling wheels on the bottom of each foot. R1 is built from six different pieces: a dome, trunk, three legs, and a hat. This droid sticks largely to the R2 style of build, albeit with a slightly modified trunk, which is a little bit more sleek in design. The general quality of the figure’s sculpt is pretty solid; it’s about on par with one of the more articulated astromech’s from Hasbro. The plastic’s perhaps the slightest bit softer than I’d like, but not horribly so, and at least the level of detail hasn’t been negatively affected. One thing I really appreciate is the extra detailing at the top of the trunk, under the dome. It’s not going to be seen under normal circumstances, but it’s still there, and it looks really cool. There are ten different possible hats available for the Droid Factory droids; R1 is sporting the top hat, which looks ever so fly. It attaches to the top of the dome via a peg, and it stays nice and tightly in place, but can be removed if you so desire. There are a number of different paint schemes available for each Droid Factory piece; R1 sticks with the basics, being largely white with color accents in the three primary colors and a bit of black (which matches up really well with the top hat, creating a tuxedo sort of effect). All of the application is pretty clean; there’s a bit of slop here and there, but nothing outrageous. R1 has no accessories, but he does come with a cool resealable package, which even has a sheet of stickers so that you can put his name on the backer!
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
So, if I haven’t been to a Disney Park since 2007, how did I get an item that was released in 2015? Nepotism. I mean, sort of. See, my brother Christian went to Disney World with his school’s music department, and he made a point of assembling me one of these guys to bring home, and put a lot of care into putting together the pieces he thought I’d like the most. I’m really happy with this little guy, and also really happy to have finally gotten *something* from the Star Tours gift shop.
Also, I’d like to give an extra special shout-out to Christian, who is graduating from high school today. Way to go bro!