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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Two-sentence insider summary
Not unlike Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers, the Droid Depot allows guests to build an astromech droid from scratch to their personal specifications, including down to its basic personality. The experience unfolds in a highly-themed environment that even has audio-animatronic droids moving around in the background!
Who is Mubo?
Mubo is the Utai proprietor of the Droid Depot (the Utai being the short, stubby aliens introduced in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith). Although we’re not yet certain how, exactly, this will work, Mubo will be folded into the story of his shop in much the same way that Savi is incorporated into Savi’s Workshop.
Before you enter the Droid Depot
If it’s not a particularly busy day (yeah, right), walk-ins will be welcome; at all other times, however, guests will need to make reservations at the Droid Depot, and they will have the ability to bring one family member or friend along to take photos and otherwise admire the handiwork of their robotic wizardry.
The facade of the Droid Depot will include four audio-animatronic droids lined up in a fashion that’s not too dissimilar from how the Jawas arrayed their robots for Owen Lars and Luke Skywalker in Episode IV: A New Hope – the universal sign of droids being up for sale. Although these are, in reality, set dressing as opposed to movable merchandise, guests will still be able to interact with them as they beep, squawk, and swivel, and they’re sure to be one of the most popular photo-ops in the entirety of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Think of this as the perfect scene-setter for the experience that is about to unfold inside for you (and your guest).
How old do I have to be to build a droid at the Droid Depot?
What kind of droids can you build at the Droid Depot?
The little robotic buddy you’ll set out to create will always be an astromech droid, but you get to decide which of two specific sub-models it is: an older R series (which is what R2-D2 is) or the newer BB unit (BB-8). Either way, the finished product will be small (roughly the size of a coffee machine) and will be remote controlled.
How do you make your own droid?
In order to construct your new mechanical counterpart, you’ll first start by telling the clerk which unit you want to build: R- or BB-series. After receiving a basket and blueprint from the cast member, you’ll then proceed to the Parts Station, where you’ll pick out the parts you want to use by snatching them off of a big conveyor belt that runs against the back wall of the shop. There are four different types you’ll need, and they differ depending upon which robot series you’ve selected:
- Dome connection plate
- Body sphere
- Center leg
- Set of side legs
Once you have everything you need, the next stop is the Build Station, where the actual assembly will happen, using simple “placemat” instructions or graphic monitor displays and your trusty mechanical screwdriver. (While there are set instructions to follow for your particular model, each component will still be customizable.)
Next up is the chip station, where all of the “personality-affiliation” circuits are contained – which are, we should note, upcharge items that are not part of the basic droid-building package. As the name might suggest, these premium parts will grant your robot different personalities, and Disney says that changing out the various chips only takes seconds (yes, different personalities will result in [slightly] different outcomes, which we’ll get to in just a moment).
And then, finally, once your droid is complete and ready to go, you’ll bring him over to an activation station, where you’ll plug him in, pair him with a remote control, and turn him on for the very first time. He’ll quickly run a self-diagnostic and then say hello – a process which may include a type of “adoption ceremony” not unlike the one seen over in Pandora: The World of Avatar when a guest buys a banshee puppet.
Unlike with Savi’s Workshop, there is no time limit, so guests are welcome to play and experiment as much as they’d like.
What is Droid Depot’s theming?
Again much like Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers, the interior of the Droid Depot is beautifully themed, including broken-down droids in various states of disrepair that line the walls and, even, pieces of protocol droids that are suspended from the ceiling on moving conveyor hooks.
Speaking of motion, the biggest draw will undoubtedly be the various full-size audio-animatronic robots that populate the entire space, including a mechanical representation from nearly every single one of the Star Wars films. But, we wager, most guests will be captivated by BB-8, R2-D2, and, even, R5-D4 (the astromech with the faulty motivator that Uncle Own almost purchased instead of R2 in A New Hope), who are given prominent positions from which to watch over you as you create another of their kind right in front of their optical sensors.
After you depart
You leave via the back door, apparently, where another little vignette is waiting to play out for you: in a small courtyard filled with stacks of discarded robot components, an oil bath – the holy grail of droids all over the galaxy – is being enjoyed by two more audio-animatronic droids. There just may be interactive opportunity contained here for both you and your newly-constructed robo buddy.
What can you do with your droid?
Your freshly-minted droid will be able to walk around with you throughout the streets of Black Spire Outpost, and this is where two specific components of the Droid Depot process really shine. First up is a basic level of interactivity that comes standard with every robot – he’ll not only respond to your prompts, he’ll also interact with the various full-sized droids that will be found stationed throughout Galaxy’s Edge (along with other, as-yet-unnamed elements, thanks to beaconing technology).
Then there’s that personality chip you outfitted your mechanical friend with – depending upon what type of personality he has, he will react differently to various prompts in the environment (if, for example, your robot is afraid of stormtroopers, he’ll wail whenever you pass one by in the streets).
Does Droid Depot sell anything else?
Yes! There are model kits, various types of “droid-inspired” accessories, and a “cool collection of unique, upcycled objects crafted from scrap parts” (read: new collectibles made from old droid pieces).
But the real star here is the premade droids, which are exactly what they sound like – Star Wars robots that have already been made for you. Some of these, in turn, will fall under the premium category and will consist of such elaborate affairs as a talking C-3PO (whose head can be taken off and put back on backwards, like in Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back) and a DJ R-3X (formerly RX-24, the StarSpeeder 3000 pilot from the original incarnation of Star Tours who now serves as the DJ in Oga’s Cantina) that plays the music from your smart phone.
How much does Droid Depot cost?
A handbuilt droid costs $99.99, plus tax, a price which includes a carrying box and instructions (but which, again, doesn’t include any of the add-ons, such as personality-affiliation chips). It’s been reported that the premium premade droids may go for as much as $2,000 apiece, but this has yet to be confirmed one way or the other.
There are no refunds available for the custom-made robots, it should be noted, nor are they eligible for any discounts (such as from being an annual passholder).
OI fun fact
Let’s circle back to the ill-fated R5-D4 for a moment. For a “character” that only received a few moments of screentime in the original Star Wars movie, he’s since gone on to have something of a big footprint in the wider mythology: after getting a surprisingly substantive tale in the short story collection From a Certain Point of View (seriously – you’ll never look at that infamous Tatooine scene the same way again), he’s now reported to make at least a cameo appearance in the upcoming live-action television series The Mandalorian, which premieres on November 12.
That little droid certainly gets around.
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