Wait wait wait. E-bay is selling these for A COUPLE HUNDERED DOLLARS?! Huh. I should think about selling a few of the ones I got then.
Really, I don't think they are worth that much, and certanly not worth the expense of a trip just to get them. I mean, if you are there? Get em. But if you're not, wait for the prices to come down on E-bay. I'm preaty sure after the "gotta have em first" crowd gets them, they'll come down in price.
Many of the legs have no metalic detail (out of the parts I bought only the green and white, and yellow and white legs did, And I built something like 11 droids), parts are often difficult to find well painted. Nearly all of the heads do not fit compleatly flush, because the inner peg is expanded mid way up to allow for the hat peg to come in from the top so it can be attached to the head. It's not terrible, but it is noticable.
Then, there are the issues with actualy getting your droid built in the first place.
They seem to run out of some parts rather quickly. I was only able to find clear heads once out of the 4 times I was there even after an employee went and looked in the back, and two of the clear R3 heads I got are somewhat scruffed up due to how they are in a bin that is rummaged through, and they seem to run out of purple detailed and blue detailed (apparently, kids LOVE to build R2-D2 . . . I saw about 10 kids in front of me building him when we went during star wars weekends) parts.
AND the R7, 8, and 9 heads as well as all the hats but the mickey mouse ears (and they ran out of black hats the final time I went through) are unavalable currently. And when they DO have the parts you are looking for, due to the way they are sorted it can be difficult to find the part you are looking for. They are sorted by heads in one bin, left legs in one bin, Right legs in one bin (though the legs are often mixed together by gremlins) Bodies in one bin, center feet in one bin, and hats in one bin. Due to the colors, different types of droids, and parts being put in the wrong bins by gremlins, it can be frustrating to actualy build one droid some times, especialy if you have a kid with you.
For example, It took me nearly 20 minutes to find all the parts to build my pruple R3 unit because I couldn't find the left leg, and the head was apparently the last one in inventory, which I found out when one of the staff went and looked in the back while I was trying to find the head. They let me take it off a display model that wasn't behind glass.
That being said, they do seem to be either getting new inventory in quickly as while they where ALWAYS out of a different thing when I went, I could usually find what I was looking for if I missed it the previous time the next time I went. So, if they are out of a part you really want . . . come back tomorow and they'll probably have it.
It was a LOT of fun though, so I'd still recomend it to collectors who go their. I was unfortunately not able to get pictures of the set up due to the crowds, having my daughter with me and trying to get done with the droids we where working on and getting out of the way (The line is somewhat lengthy at times depending on how long it is taking the people in front of you to build their droids). I have seen a few pictures of the display since then on line though, so if you're interested it shouldn't be hard to find. But I will try to get pictures of the droids I built when we are unpacked as well as comparisons with other build a droids I own to show the difference in quality. Any recomendations on where to post the pictures on the site when I get them taken?
Seriously folks . . . don't spend hundereds on these guys. Not yet anyway. They are a fun little sovenier, and a great way to get unique droids for a fairly decent price if you are at the park, and really aren't ment to be more than that. They aren't that high of quality, and with the number of people I saw buying 3 to 20 at a time, certanly won't be as rare or worth the price of vintage figures. Heck, some of the combinations can be made with current build a droid parts (I'm looking at two astromechs I own that are build a droids right now that I can easily make with just the parts I happened to buy). The price on these guys will almost certanly come down once more people get them and they start showing up on e-bay. 15-20? maybe. 200? Heck. No.
Also, this is something they plan to have for some time. They won't be getting the R7 through R9 heads or the new hats in for a few months. With how popular this was when I was at the park, I would not be surprised if this continued for many many years.
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