After a brief hiatus, due to a dwindling part count, the Droid Factory attraction at Disney and they have restocked and are offering the new parts (domes & hats) that were not available previously. Let’s hope these hold out through CVI. Thanks to our friends at Endor Express for the tip.
Thanks to an article post from Yakface reader DarthChuckMc, it appears that almost all (except 2) parts for the Disney Droid Factory Astromechs are now available at Star Wars Weekends. Here is what he had to say:
Today they had 56 of the 58 parts available. No silver with blue R2 heads or black R2 bodies. All other pieces currently out were accounted for as of 6pm.
Thanks for the info! Be sure to check out our special report with Dan Curto detailing these highly desirable figures as well.
Marjorie and Arnie are back in the Sithsonian this week with another Star Wars Action News podcast, and they bring tidings from the Pacific Northwest…tidings, and toys that is! Thanks to the Star Wars collectors of SARLACC a number of unique and rare Star Wars items were seen, from Star Wars pinball machines to arcade games, bootleg items, and more, including a tour of Gus Lopez’s impressive array of Star Wars props and prototypes. On this week’s podcast they run down what store no Star Wars fan in the Pacific Northwest should miss!
And from the Pacific Northwest to the Atlantic Southeast, the new Disney World Build-A-Droid exclusives have been the buzz of many collectors since debuting during the first Star Wars Weekend of 2012. Dan Curto has gotten the first batch and joins us to provide a hands-on review in shared coverage of the event!
Finally, on the show you will find details about the Yakface/Star Wars Action News party at Star Wars Celebration VI in Orlando! The third such party at Celebration is a great way to meet other fans and friends to connect with throughout the entire celebration, and Star Wars Action News and Yakface are happy to once again be hosting the event! Listen to this week’s show for details!
With a recap of May the 4th Madness, new items from Gentle Giant, Sideshow, and more, it’s all on this week’s Star Wars Action News podcast!
We’ve teamed up with Dan Curto and several other fan sites to bring your a special report detailing the new Build-A-Droid Astromechs available now at Hollywood Studios Star Wars Weekends. Read Dan’s summary of this unique, and possibly frustrating, collection, check out our exclusive photo gallery and be sure to visit our affiliate sites to see detailed photos of each of the currently available parts.
Star Tours has posted on facebook an awesome shot of the some of the Droid Factory Astromechs available (starting this weekend) in Tatooine Traders at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. As you’ll see, there are some new dome sculpts in here namely the R6, R8 and R9 models.
EDIT: Star Tours posted the original image via facebook earlier this afternooon.
Orlando Attractions Magazine has posted via twitter confimation of the Droid Factory/Build-A-Droid figure concept returning. It is being offering through their Tatooine Trader store at Hollywood Studios. Click on over to check it out!
Thanks to Richardo for the tip.
The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the next addition for the 2012 “Darth Maul” product line. We continue with the Royal Starship Droids Battle Pack (2 of 2) from Walmart’s exclusive “Discover the Force in 3-D” collection.
PROS: Walmart picks up a great exclusive here. Anything astromech related has a huge following in the collecting community as demonstrated by their steady sell through at retail. The deco on all of the droids is great making these the most accurate versions to date. As a bonus, these figures use the B.A.D. sculpt which promotes a ton of customizing options and additional play value. R2-N3 (the green one) gets a debut here and each droid includes their power harness/docking stations – all of which act as a huge accessory set to the Naboo Royal Starship/Playset from 1999.
CONS: Some may not like the Build-A-Droid/Droid Factory play system. Initially difficult to find but the set is now shipping in greater quantity. Since there is only one new figure (by name) in this set collectors might feel obligated to pick this up by that reason alone.
Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure is worth adding to your collection.
Our friends at JediTempleArchives are looking for your feedback for a Droid Factory Swap Meet where you can trade and exchange your extra Build-A-Droid parts to other collectors in order to help out others or finish off B.A.D. for your own collection. Head on over to JTA and log into their forums to weigh in.