There are two merchandise locations in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge that are really more like experiences than shops. The first is Savi’s Workshop, where you can build your own lightsaber. The other is the Droid Depot where you can build your own droid. I have a soft spot in my heart for droids so that’s what I decided to do!
Arriving at Droid Depot
We were still visiting Galaxy’s Edge during the reservation period and headed to the droid depot around 10am. We probably waited about half an hour in line before we got to the front. Once there they take your payment ($99.99) and you decide if you want to build a BB unit or an R2. I went with a BB and they gave me a tray which showed the pieces I needed to collect to build him.
Then it was on to the conveyor belt! There are specific parts for your droid that you need to grab as you go, but they come in a bunch of different colors so you can mix and match. Orange is my favorite color so I knew I wanted some orange, but I didn’t want a BB-8 clone so I threw in some of my second favorite color too – purple!
Building your Droid
Once you get all of your pieces from the conveyor belt you are sent to a building station. There are placemats to show you how to put it together. There’s also a button you can press if you need assistance – then a cast member will come over and help you out. However, there were only a handful of cast members and a lot of people who needed help, so you often had to wait quite awhile if you were having issues.
Though the droids are pretty simple to put together, I did have an issue and we probably spent 10-15 minutes trying to get it to work and waiting for a CM. Turns out one of the parts I had was defective and it wouldn’t click in correctly. She went to get a replacement for me but also indicated that this was not the first time this had happened. It seemed like a very stressful job, especially if things weren’t working correctly.
Activating your Droid
But finally my cute little BB was assembled! Then it’s time to activate it. You get a remote control and you can drive your droid around, make it “talk,” and play with it. Then he’s packed up in a cardboard carry case. One downside is that one of his antennae fell out somewhere so now he is missing one.
You can also get all sorts of accessories and “personality chips” for your droids. I didn’t purchase any of these but in the future I might go back and pick something up to give my droid a little bit of an upgrade. They sell a droid backpack too for carrying it around the parks, which might be fun! Especially since they are supposed to interact with the land and other droids. I didn’t notice it specifically but I had him boxed up – he did randomly start vibrating and moving so maybe he sensed other droids. Jason was worried about the battery and made me switch him off!
Bringing your Droid Home
When I got him home I was pretty excited to introduce him to my cats. Sam was interested for a minute or two and then did not care. Janeway was a bit scared and wouldn’t come too close. Both were very excited about the box he came in though.
I really like my BB unit, and for $100 I thought it was a pretty good deal! It was fun to go through the whole experience of building it, he looks good just hanging around as decor, and he’s fun to play with once in awhile too.
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Would you want to build your own droid at Droid Depot? Would you choose a BB or an R2?