We’ve known for a while now that guests will be able to build and customize their very own droids when they visit the Droid Depot on the planet Batuu, but thanks to a recent article from Polygon, we now have loads of new details and images to provide you with further details.
Guests will be able to build either an R2- or a BB-series droid. Each droid stands roughly 18 inches tall and are remote controlled. The control functionality offers standard forward, backward, left and right inputs. However, controllers can also trigger accessories which can be added on to droids, like blasters and mock tools. They’re so customizable that they’ll even be able to react to elements of the land. Droids will be powered by AA and AAA batteries.
Customization options include swapping out panels, stickers, and leg pieces, making it possible for guests to create colorful droids with a lot of personality. Each droid has a slot where guests can insert a card known as a “personality chip.” Upon initially purchasing a droid it will either sound like R2-D2 or BB-8, but by swapping out the personality chip guests can change the sounds their droid makes. When the land opens there will be the following three chips available: a Resistance chip, Smuggler chip, and a one for the First Order.
The reason why these various chips based on factions are significant is because once installed, the droids will be able to react to the land differently, depending on its affiliation with a chosen faction via personality chip. For example, a droid with a Resistance personality chip will be happy in areas of the land occupied by Resistance forces, and that same droid might behave a little scared or on guard when in areas held down by First Order troops.
Other accessories will also be available, such as a drink tray (paying homage to when R2-D2 carries a tray around in Jabba’s sail barge in Return of the Jedi). A kid-sized backpack for lugging your droid around will also be available, and there’s a small flap at the top that will allow for your droid to peek out and beep directly to you as you continue venturing through Galaxy’s Edge.
There are, however, a few smaller droids available for purchase that will not be customizable. One of which is a small BB-9E that has fewer features but does contain hidden toy missiles.
Of course, classic Star Tours fans have been eagerly awaiting the availability of a DJ R3X droid. Since Captian Rex is now the DJ over at Oga’s Cantina, the figure variant will feature a Bluetooth speaker for guests to play their music from. Of course, Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge will also be selling a limited edition DJ R3X Funko! Pop.
A C-3PO figure will also be available at the Droid Depot in Galaxy’s Edge. This C-3PO droid will have removable limbs and a button on his torso that, when pressed, makes him recite the whole Star Wars saga in Ewokese, like in Return of the Jedi.
Unfortunately, we still do not have any information on pricing for the many droids that Droid Depot will be offering at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Looking for more droid action? It looks like guests won’t be able to interact with roaming droid walk-around characters when the land first opens, due to high traffic.