• Droid Factory at Once Upon a Toy

      Attractions Magazine has posted a photo of the new Droid Factory that is now located at Once Upon a Toy in Orlando, FL.


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      1. Maradona's Avatar
        Maradona -
        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.
      1. JediTricks's Avatar
        JediTricks -
        Quote Originally Posted by Maradona View Post
        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.
      1. Maradona's Avatar
        Maradona -
        Quote Originally Posted by JediTricks View Post
        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.
      1. JediTricks's Avatar
        JediTricks -
        Quote Originally Posted by Maradona View Post
        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.
      1. Maradona's Avatar
        Maradona -
        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.
      1. JediTricks's Avatar
        JediTricks -
        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.
      1. Maradona's Avatar
        Maradona -
        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.
      1. JediTricks's Avatar
        JediTricks -
        Well, I didn't get an annual pass so I could NOT go.
      1. JediTricks's Avatar
        JediTricks -
        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.
      1. mtriv73's Avatar
        mtriv73 -
        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.
      1. Mr. JabbaJohnL's Avatar
        Mr. JabbaJohnL -
        Quote Originally Posted by JediTricks View Post
        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. 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.
      1. JediTricks's Avatar
        JediTricks -
        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?
      1. JediTricks's Avatar
        JediTricks -
        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.
      1. Mr. JabbaJohnL's Avatar
        Mr. JabbaJohnL -
        That actually sounds fairly cool. About how big is it?
      1. JediTricks's Avatar
        JediTricks -
        Quote Originally Posted by Mr. JabbaJohnL View Post
        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.
      1. Mr. JabbaJohnL's Avatar
        Mr. JabbaJohnL -
        Quote Originally Posted by JediTricks View Post
        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.
      1. JediTricks's Avatar
        JediTricks -
        Quote Originally Posted by Mr. JabbaJohnL View Post
        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.
      1. sith_killer_99's Avatar
        sith_killer_99 -
        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!
      1. Mr. JabbaJohnL's Avatar
        Mr. JabbaJohnL -
        Quote Originally Posted by sith_killer_99 View Post
        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!
        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.
      1. sith_killer_99's Avatar
        sith_killer_99 -
        Quote Originally Posted by Mr. JabbaJohnL View Post
        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.
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