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SirSteve
04-07-2013, 01:27 PM
You can view the page at http://www.sirstevesguide.com/content.php/1432-Droid-Factory-at-Once-Upon-a-Toy

Disney's Droid Factory, using the parts from Hasbro's Build A Droid astromechs, plus some new ones, has now landed at the Disney World Once Upon a Toy shop outside the park.

The Droid Factory experience has also expanded into the Star Trader at the original Disneyland in California.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
04-07-2013, 01:37 PM
Nice! The parts should be much easier to obtain this way (still not easy, but easier). I'm only missing a few pieces so now it should take less convincing to get someone to pick them up for me. :p

JediTricks
04-07-2013, 04:42 PM
Now they need to get one here in the California park.

El Chuxter
04-09-2013, 11:08 PM
They've never had any of the BAD stuff here, have they?

Neuroleptic
04-10-2013, 08:53 AM
Build a droid in Florida was a lot of fun. Disney got so much of my money that way during my visit there last year. I'm honestly surprised they havn't done it in california yet, as it was making money hand over fist while I was there.

JediTricks
04-10-2013, 01:47 PM
They've never had any of the BAD stuff here, have they?Not yet, no. I keep checking, hoping. They don't even really have space in the existing Star Trader unless they take out the lightsaber station which would be foolish since it's still making sales.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
04-11-2013, 11:12 AM
Hey, what do you know! (http://www.mousewait.com/disneyland/lands-talk/472456/Live-as-requested-Build-your-own-droid-at) It's at Disneyland now after all! Guess who's going to be asking for some favors? :D

JediTricks
04-11-2013, 02:52 PM
Pretty wild, I'll let you know in a week or so what I see. I bet you that the Fire Marshal makes them move it though, that's a surefire bottleneck location since it's the only exit path in that area. I predict a lot of stolen body parts. :p

El Chuxter
04-11-2013, 03:53 PM
And it's all because I pointed out they haven't done it in Cali before.

You can thank me later, guys. :D

JediTricks
04-13-2013, 04:03 AM
Dropped in tonight for the Iron Man event, that wasn't much of a thing but they did have the droid factory, although it was in the larger star trader outside the exit store, not quite where I thought but a better choice. With my annual pass discount it came to 18 after tax for a two pack. They have roped off the whole thing so that kids don't just tear it apart. Color choices need more investigation.

JediTricks
04-13-2013, 01:42 PM
A few more notes about the experience, there are clearly parts they had more and less of at the time and all-new parts so they warrant discussion.

At Disneyland, the singles are $12 or $13, and the doubles are $19.95.

I didn't even know of the existence of the R9 heads until I got home, that makes the R9 droid factory figure an exclusive figure overall, very frustrating that I didn't know to look for that part.

The domes have been modified to accept the hats, and upon building my R7 droid the first one I had the dome's central core broke off of the dome, leaving it stuck in the droid body. This is obviously less than ideal, and I worry all the domes are eventually going to fail in a similar manner.

The R8 domes are also I guess exclusive to the store, I got one of those.

The legs are pretty rubbery, mine splayed in package immediately.

Using some research and some eyeball time, this is the list I came up with of parts, it's the checklist from my smartphone for my personal list of haves and haven'ts (so I can pick up my pieces over time, the "v" marks are how my phone outputs the checklist):



[ ] Pirate hat
[ ] Yoda hat
[V] Indy hat
[ ] Goofy hat
[ ] Red mickey hat
[V] Blue mickey hat
[ ] Dark blue mickey hat
[ ] Orange mickey hat
[ ] Black mickey hat
[ ] Green mickey hat




[ ] Blue r9 dome
[ ] Green r9 dome
[ ] Red r9 dome




[V] Blue r8 dome
[ ] White w black r8 dome
[ ] White w orange r8 dome




[V] Silver r7 dome
[ ] Black r7 dome
[ ] Orange r7 dome




[ ] Black r6 dome
[ ] White w purple r6 dome
[ ] White w orange r6 dome




[ ] Black r5 dome
[ ] White w red r5 dome
[ ] White w green r5 dome




[ ] Green w white hex r4 dome
[ ] White w purple hex r4 dome
[ ] White w blue hex r4 dome




[ ] Orange clear r3 dome
[ ] Purple clear r3 dome




[ ] Red r2 dome
[ ] Silver w green r2 dome
[ ] Silver w orange r2 dome
[ ] Silver w red r2 dome
[ ] Silver w blue r2 dome




[ ] Black mid leg
[V] Green mid leg
[ ] Dark blue mid leg
[V] Blue mid leg
[ ] White mid leg
[ ] Red mid leg




[ ] Red leg pairs
[V] Blue leg pairs
[ ] Dark blue leg pairs
[ ] Black leg pairs
[ ] White w red leg pairs
[ ] White w purple leg pairs
[ ] White w black leg pairs
[ ] White w blue leg pairs
[ ] White w orange leg pairs
[ ] White w green leg pairs
[V] Green leg pairs




[V] Blue w white r7 body
[ ] White w black r7 body
[ ] White w orange r7 body




[V] Green r2 body
[ ] Dark blue r2 body
[ ] Black r2 body
[ ] Blue r2 body
[ ] Red r2 body
[ ] White w purple r2 body
[ ] White w blue r2 body
[ ] White w green r2 body
[ ] White w Black r2 body
[ ] White w orange r2 body
[ ] White w red r2 body


Here's the pair I made, note that I put an R2 body on the R7 head, that was because there are no green R7 bodies and I wanted it to be a color that worked with the Indy hat best.

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Hey, what do you know! (http://www.mousewait.com/disneyland/lands-talk/472456/Live-as-requested-Build-your-own-droid-at) It's at Disneyland now after all! Guess who's going to be asking for some favors? :DOk, I'm going back again in 2 weeks, so consider what you intend to be interested in, and the sooner the better because I won't be able to front you the funds if it's a lot.

My annual pass discount was $4 off the $20, after tax that came to $17.24 for a 2-pack.

figrin bran
04-14-2013, 11:28 PM
Thanks for that checklist JT! I guess I'll be getting R9 heads.

mtriv73
04-15-2013, 10:23 AM
I wonder if they've changed the plastic they're using. I got a total of 4 at D-world last August. 2 of them my sons have been playing with non-stop. Taking them apart, putting them back together, smooshing them in ways only a 5 and 2 year old can do and nothing has broken or warped at all. I really wish they'd just sell these as multipacks online as well.

JediTricks
04-15-2013, 03:04 PM
Thanks for that checklist JT! I guess I'll be getting R9 heads.Yeah, makes it difficult not to, right? I'm going back in a week or so, but I may have to make a separate trip up there just for droiding. :D


I wonder if they've changed the plastic they're using. I got a total of 4 at D-world last August. 2 of them my sons have been playing with non-stop. Taking them apart, putting them back together, smooshing them in ways only a 5 and 2 year old can do and nothing has broken or warped at all. I really wish they'd just sell these as multipacks online as well.I think the dome that broke might have just been poorly glued, hopefully they keep holding up and your kids keep having fun with them.

JediTricks
04-19-2013, 02:08 PM
Picked up an R9 blue head, put it on a blue R2 body with white & blue legs and a Yoda cap. Paired him with an R4 white with purple dome & legs on a white & orange R2 body and a Goofy hat. The Goofy hat fits the R4 awesomely, the ears dangle where they fit snugly on the R9.

My checklist is growing stronger, and I saw no evidence of "blue vs dark blue" parts, so it's possible the list I found was incorrect about those.

The R9 head is nice, a different look but not as alien as the R8 head. The R9 has a lot of the same elements as the R2 head, but with the "teeth" in a cutaway low on the dome. The R9 is a bit shorter than a normal astromech dome as well.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
04-20-2013, 11:43 AM
There's actually no "dark blue" pieces, but there are pieces that are more predominantly blue than white. Here's a scan of the poster, which is accurate, though some of the colors vary slightly from reality due to the quality of the scan.

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I'm also going to finally PM you my list in a second.

JediTricks
04-20-2013, 03:15 PM
Revised list (mine are the checks)

[ ] Pirate hat
[V] Yoda hat
[V] Indy hat
[V] Goofy hat
[V] Blue mickey hat
[ ] Red-orangey mickey hat
[ ] Black mickey hat
[ ] Green mickey hat

[V] Blue r9 dome
[ ] Green r9 dome
[ ] Red r9 dome

[V] Blue r8 dome
[ ] White w black r8 dome
[ ] White w orange r8 dome

[V] Silver r7 dome
[ ] Black r7 dome
[ ] Orange r7 dome

[ ] Black r6 dome
[V] White w purple r6 dome
[ ] White w orange r6 dome

[ ] Black r5 dome
[ ] White w red r5 dome
[ ] White w green r5 dome

[ ] Green w white hex r4 dome
[V] White w purple hex r4 dome
[ ] White w blue hex r4 dome

[ ] Orange clear r3 dome
[ ] Purple clear r3 dome

[ ] Red r2 dome
[ ] Silver w green r2 dome
[ ] Silver w orange r2 dome
[ ] Silver w red r2 dome
[ ] Silver w blue r2 dome

[ ] Black mid leg
[V] Green mid leg
[V] Blue mid leg
[V] White mid leg
[ ] Red mid leg

[V] Green leg
[ ] Red leg
[V] Blue leg
[ ] Black leg
[ ] White w red-orangey leg
[V] White w purple leg
[ ] White w black leg
[V] White w blue leg
[ ] White w orange leg
[ ] White w green leg

[V] Blue w white r7 body
[ ] White w black r7 body
[ ] White w red-orangey r7 body

[V] Green r2 body
[ ] Black r2 body
[V] Blue r2 body
[ ] Red r2 body
[ ] White w purple r2 body
[ ] White w blue r2 body
[ ] White w green r2 body
[ ] White w Black r2 body
[ ] White w orange r2 body
[V] White w red-orangey r2 body


There's actually no "dark blue" pieces, but there are pieces that are more predominantly blue than white. Here's a scan of the poster, which is accurate, though some of the colors vary slightly from reality due to the quality of the scan.

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I'm also going to finally PM you my list in a second.Excellent, I didn't know there was a catalog like that, I was going based on the findings of others and my own sightings with my original list.

I'm a little concerned that the terminology I have been using for "red" and "orange" is really not working, I thought I had a white with orange body because it's slightly more orange than Hasbro's R5-D4 figure, and I thought the red mickey hat was orange, but clearly the orange on the sheet is lighter and closer to yellow than this, making the ones I have red. Kind of annoying.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
04-21-2013, 01:35 PM
I'm a little concerned that the terminology I have been using for "red" and "orange" is really not working, I thought I had a white with orange body because it's slightly more orange than Hasbro's R5-D4 figure, and I thought the red mickey hat was orange, but clearly the orange on the sheet is lighter and closer to yellow than this, making the ones I have red. Kind of annoying.

On my original list, I referred to them as "yellow" and "red." Both are a little on the orange side - and the poster makes the red parts look full-on orange, which isn't how they look in person - but I think this terminology is enough to separate them. Your list complicates the issue a little bit by using the "orange" label interchangeably. If you wanted to get technical, you could say "yellow-orange" or "red-orange," but yellow and red work for me.

Here's a photo that I believe was posted on Rebelscum early on to show the parts, and its colors are more true-to-life than the ones in the poster scan.
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Thankfully the various colors have been in only one hue each so far - meaning every blue part matches the others, every yellow part matches the others, etc. - but if/when they introduce more parts, it might get more complicated. For example, early photos (including the photo on the back of the card insert) show light-blue parts that don't exist.

This is the list I used when I went last year, which was correct. Instead of "white and green," I'd just say "green," and when white wasn't the main color, I'd say "all green."

R2 domes
*all red
*green
*blue
*red
*yellow

R3 domes
*red
*purple

R4 domes
*all green
*blue
*purple

R5 domes
*red
*green
*all black

R6 domes
*yellow
*purple
*all black

R7 domes
*yellow
*silver and blue
*black

R8 domes
*black
*yellow
*all blue

R9 domes
*all red
*all green
*all blue

R2/R3/R4/R5/R6/R9 bodies
*red
*yellow
*purple
*green
*blue
*black
*all blue
*all red
*all green
*all black

R7/R8 bodies
*blue
*black
*yellow

Left legs
*blue
*green
*red
*black
*purple
*yellow
*all green
*all red
*all black
*all blue

Right legs
*blue
*green
*red
*black
*purple
*yellow
*all green
*all red
*all black
*all blue

*Middle legs
*white
*green
*red
*black
*blue

Hats
*black Mickey
*red Mickey
*green Mickey
*blue Mickey
*Yoda
*Indiana Jones
*Goofy
*pirate

JediTricks
04-24-2013, 03:09 AM
On my original list, I referred to them as "yellow" and "red." Both are a little on the orange side - and the poster makes the red parts look full-on orange, which isn't how they look in person - but I think this terminology is enough to separate them. Your list complicates the issue a little bit by using the "orange" label interchangeably. If you wanted to get technical, you could say "yellow-orange" or "red-orange," but yellow and red work for me.

Here's a photo that I believe was posted on Rebelscum early on to show the parts, and its colors are more true-to-life than the ones in the poster scan.
27352

Thankfully the various colors have been in only one hue each so far - meaning every blue part matches the others, every yellow part matches the others, etc. - but if/when they introduce more parts, it might get more complicated. For example, early photos (including the photo on the back of the card insert) show light-blue parts that don't exist.Yeah, I guess that makes sense with the naming. Seeing in person, I definitely thought red was orange and orange was a DIFFERENT orange, which was a problem. The pic there, the red mickey hat definitely looks more orangey to me in person than in that shot whereas the red body and legs don't.


This is the list I used when I went last year, which was correct. Instead of "white and green," I'd just say "green," and when white wasn't the main color, I'd say "all green."

R2 domes
*all red
*green
*blue
*red
*yellowI definitely don't like that, it's confusing, especially if they add more colors. When I look at them, I want to know the key feature first - base color - and if necessary the accent color second.

Maradona
04-26-2013, 10:59 PM
This is an extremely helpful thread. I will consult it prior to visiting the park in June for Grad-Nite. I hope the promotion lasts until then.

JediTricks
05-03-2013, 03:58 PM
I talked to the girl at the kiosk in Disneyland the other day for a while, she says that there are barrels upon barrels of parts in the back, it seemed to her like it wasn't going anywhere. She also showed me that the tops of the kiosk displays open up to put parts back in, which made mining for my parts way easier.

Maradona
05-05-2013, 05:20 PM
I will be all over this kiosk on June 14 when I chaperone Grad Nite (which is really more Grad-Day, since it begins at 9AM). I'm excited.

JediTricks
05-05-2013, 06:40 PM
I will be all over this kiosk on June 14 when I chaperone Grad Nite (which is really more Grad-Day, since it begins at 9AM). I'm excited.Killer! If I can, I'll try to jump down there and get you the annual pass 20% discount.

Maradona
05-05-2013, 10:36 PM
Killer! If I can, I'll try to jump down there and get you the annual pass 20% discount. You are a gentleman, good sir. I'll be there until 3AM that night and then a school bus ride back to LA. I hope to be in bed by 5AM, but that might be too generous.

JediTricks
05-06-2013, 08:39 PM
You are a gentleman, good sir. I'll be there until 3AM that night and then a school bus ride back to LA. I hope to be in bed by 5AM, but that might be too generous.JEEEEEEZ that sounds awful being there all night with them kids until 3am. What time are they expecting to get you guys there, really at 9am? I've noticed on prior visits that some classes do an organizing staging early in the day and regroup every few hours, while others just run willy-nilly all day until the park closes and they kick out us regular folk.

Maradona
05-07-2013, 12:54 AM
We are in the "willy-nilly" camp. The kids are asked to be at school at 7:30AM to board the buses. I'll be there between 7:00-7:30, so my day is pretty long that day. Grad Nite days used to be longer for me. For years, I'd finish the Thursday of work at around 6:00PM, so home to shower and change and come back to work for the kids to start mustering for the overnight trip to Disney. We'd get back to school at around 7AM and I'd work the whole day on no sleep, since going to Grad Nite (unpaid, I might add) was not an excuse to miss work. That Friday would usually be graduation, so after work, I'd go to the ceremony until late in the evening. I'm typically the designated driver for the post-graduation teacher dinner/drinking session afterwards, so I'd go quite a while without meaningful sleep.

JediTricks
05-07-2013, 04:53 PM
Ugh, how did they expect you guys to cope with that??? 7:30am to 5am the next day seems brutal, at least you're not trying to do some crazy organizing thing.

My schedule is going to be tight, there's a chance I won't be able to make it, the day before is my dad's birthday, the day after is my cousin's wedding (which is, I kid you not, 2 miles up the street from Disneyland), and Sunday is Father's Day, so I'll try to make time to get down there but I can't be sure until we get closer to the date. It'd be cool to hang and do a few rides though.

Maradona
05-07-2013, 06:27 PM
No worries, JT. Your offer is very generous, but Disneyland is not exactly around the corner from you. I would feel selfish making you drive all that way.

JediTricks
05-08-2013, 02:12 PM
Well, I didn't get an annual pass so I could NOT go. ;)

JediTricks
05-19-2013, 10:24 PM
Picked up some more droids, got 8 now, which means I have all the hats. Malibu Stacy? Yes.

Anway, I noticed an odd thing about the white with purple R2 bodies, the long thin doors running down the sides have a thin painted outline but only on the top half (both sides, evenly), That's obviously not supposed to be that way, the catalog shows the outline painted all the way as it should be, but I've seen other collectors' figures that have the same defect, so I'm wondering if that's a line-wide thing, I bet it is.

mtriv73
05-23-2013, 09:43 AM
Since I live more than a thousand miles away from the closest Disnay Park, I broke down and just bought a set of 25 on Ebay. The pictures (and the seller) show all the different parts so the kids and I will have a lot of fun putting together our own astromech army. I know $20 each is too much, but it's cheaper than going to Orlando, getting a hotel, getting into the park, and then spending hours trying to put them all together.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
06-03-2013, 06:39 PM
Picked up some more droids, got 8 now, which means I have all the hats. Malibu Stacy? Yes.

Anway, I noticed an odd thing about the white with purple R2 bodies, the long thin doors running down the sides have a thin painted outline but only on the top half (both sides, evenly), That's obviously not supposed to be that way, the catalog shows the outline painted all the way as it should be, but I've seen other collectors' figures that have the same defect, so I'm wondering if that's a line-wide thing, I bet it is.
No, it is supposed to be that way. The white-and-black droid body and legs have the same design scheme as the purple counterparts, and has been seen on a few previous droids - the only one I can think of off the top of my head is R4-P44 (http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/R4-P44). In that droid's case, it looks like the digital model was left incomplete in its lower section since it wouldn't be seen outside of the ARC-170s, but the figures from Hasbro and Lego both recreate this so I guess that's officially how it's supposed to be.

Thanks to JT, I now have at least one of every part offered - I do still have some trade bait and need some other parts, so if anyone wants to trade, let me know.

JediTricks
06-04-2013, 02:04 PM
Oh, how weird, thanks for the info. Kind of annoying that they recreated that.

Glad to help on that.

Has anybody worked out the optimal body color parts that are needed for each dome?

JediTricks
06-24-2013, 08:13 PM
Didn't have time to put together droids yesterday at Disneyland, but I did pick up the Thermal Detonator Hot Potato Game item. The packaging is alright, windows front, sides, and top, with a mirrored back wall; dress is standard Disney SW packaging, and sports a nice ROTJ 30 sticker on the window; the back has a cartoonish drawing of 3PO and Boba playing hot potato with it and blurb text with game instructions, the bottom has technical instructions and a battery swap drawing; the interior has a top and bottom clear tray, the top tray taped to the thermal detonator.

The detonator comes with a silver plastic circle stand that says "Star Wars", and the main unit sits in the stand nicely.

The thermal detonator sculpt reminds me of something we'd see from Hasbro, it's got the lines and look basically right, without being so sharp in design as to scrape kids hands. The whole thing is in dull silver plastic and sports a a few airbrushed bronze spots, it's an understated deco but adequate. The underside has a speaker grille, removable battery hatch, and glued-in panels covering what I'd assume are screw holes. The front has the 3 LEDs. The back has the mode switch that is clearly labeled in molded plastic - game, off, movie. The top has the sliding activation switch, and it's painted black in its center detailing; sliding the switch back reveals a red lens.

In movie mode, sliding the activation switch back turns on a red LED revealed by the switch moving back, the front trio of bright white LEDs start pulsing while cycling on and off in a varied succession, there's an activation sound followed by the main movie sound progression. This runs at a steady pace, very slowly increasing over 5 minutes, until it finally makes an explosion sound and the LEDs shut down. If you slide the switch forward before time runs out, a deactivation sound is triggered and the unit shuts down.

In game mode, sliding the activation switch starts the same way, however instead of 5 minutes it's a varied amount of time (45 seconds to a minute or so) as it quickly ramps up the pace until the boom sound effect of detonation, followed by a movie character's line from the films - 3PO, Jabba, Dooku, Grievious, or Maul. The activation sliding switch has enough purchase that it doesn't seem like it'll get easily dislodged while being caught.

The thermal detonator only weighs 3 ounces, light enough to be easily tossed and caught by children. The unit is hard plastic that I wouldn't expect them to use for a piece meant to be tossed around a room, I haven't broken it but nor would I expect it to survive many falls.

I like this as a rough prop replica, and the idea that it could be a fun game too has some potential. At $25, this feels like an oddity, it's not a bad piece since it's a rare but notable weapon from the movies as well as a fun game piece and an ok prop replica complete with effects and sounds, but I feel at mass retail this would be more like $15, so even for a theme park item it's not the most frugal of collectibles, yet it does have charm and appeal.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
06-25-2013, 11:50 AM
That actually sounds fairly cool. About how big is it?

JediTricks
06-25-2013, 01:13 PM
That actually sounds fairly cool. About how big is it?It's about the size of an apple, which is consistent with the movie prop. It fits nicely in a single hand.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
06-25-2013, 02:43 PM
It's about the size of an apple, which is consistent with the movie prop. It fits nicely in a single hand.
Okay, cool. For some reason in the promo pics I thought it was going to be much larger, like soccer ball-sized or so. I'm glad to hear it's close to what it should be.

JediTricks
06-26-2013, 02:55 PM
Okay, cool. For some reason in the promo pics I thought it was going to be much larger, like soccer ball-sized or so. I'm glad to hear it's close to what it should be.I hear ya. I would say it's beyond close, it's size-accurate in my book.

sith_killer_99
07-06-2013, 12:08 PM
I had a Droid Factory when I was a kid. I would love to get this but I suspect it would be too expensive. Plus, where would I put it, that thing is huge? Sure you can have hours of fun building droids, but really, who wants to put it all back when you are done playing? It would be worse than LEGOs! lol

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-06-2013, 01:03 PM
I had a Droid Factory when I was a kid. I would love to get this but I suspect it would be too expensive. Plus, where would I put it, that thing is huge? Sure you can have hours of fun building droids, but really, who wants to put it all back when you are done playing? It would be worse than LEGOs! lol

I can't tell if you're joking or not - you don't buy anything aside from the droid parts here. The containers are permanently in the stores.

sith_killer_99
07-06-2013, 01:43 PM
I can't tell if you're joking or not - you don't buy anything aside from the droid parts here. The containers are permanently in the stores.

Indeed, I was kidding. lol