Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge offers many opportunities for visitors to personalize their journeys on Batuu. From the Play Disney Parks app that allows guests to interact with the land to carrying the burden (or glory!) of your Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run results everywhere you go, Black Spire Outpost has tons to offer. One such exciting opportunity is found at Droid Depot where you can Build Your Own Droid!
We’ve got the step-by-step details on how YOU can make a Droid just for you. Roger, roger!
Droid Depot’s build area (which is separate from its shop (where you can buy lots of droid-related merch!) is a collection of droid parts everywhere you look — even in the ceiling! You’ll also notice other industrial details, like exposed ceilings and pipes, dangling wires, and the such. (This is the aesthetic all over Batuu, where things seem to be pieced together by necessity rather than by design.)
Build-Your-Own-Droid examples are arranged along the walls, too, should you need a bit of inspiration.
Before you begin selecting parts, though, you’ll need to purchase your Astromech Droid. The cost to Build Your Own Droid is $99.99 +tax, and it comes with a carry case and remote. (You’ll see these in a bit!)
You can make either a BB-Series Droid or an R-Series Droid. When you pay for your droid, you’ll select one or the other and be given a basket with a handy diagram of all the parts you’ll need to collect.
We went with an R-Series Droid. These droids require a body, a dome, two side legs, and one center leg.
When you’ve got your basket, head to the conveyor belt, which is loaded with a collection of droid parts. You can literally choose anything that goes by, assuming it’s necessary for your droid. You will see many of the same parts repeated, so if you miss that perfect BB-Series body, keep watch until it comes by again.
We posted up with our basket in front of another diagram for the R-Series Droid. These visual instructions are super easy to follow, and in no time, we had collected all the parts we needed.
You can see clearly here just how many options — colors, shapes, sizes, details — there are.
Once you’ve got your droid parts, head to one of the Builder Stations. There are 7 stations in the Builder area, so there are restrictions about how many people can build at a time. (Seven Builders are allowed in the build area, plus one additional person per Builder. At least one of the duo must be at least 14 years old.)
The Builder Stations have placement instructions that walk you through the assembly of your droid. But if you get stuck, flag down a cast member.
When you’re done, you’ll have your very own droid sidekick. And we have to confess: we thought this was going to be a throwaway experience — just another money-maker for Disney — but when w finally took the plunge, we were smitten immediately. These droids really come to life — and we haven’t even activated it yet!
A cast member will help you activate and pair your droid. You’ll put it in this machine, which progresses through steps for Initializing, Assigning, Formatting, Preparing, and Priming your droid. This is really fun — and if it’s fun for me, a skeptical adult, it will be EPIC for your kids. Your little droid activates and talks to you for the first time! At the end of the process, you’ll be given a remote that will operate your droid and a carry case so you can bring it everywhere you go. 😉
Here’s a glimpse of the carry case so you can plan on how to get it home with you. You can see the remote is very user-friendly, with large buttons that clearly indicate what you can do with your droid.
Note that the Astromech Droids that guests build use bluetooth technology to interact with one another in Galaxy’s Edge, and with “objects on Batuu and at Disney Parks and Resorts.” In our experience, we saw droids interacting with each other, reacting to some of the animals in the creature stall in the marketplace, and reacting when entering certain areas of Black Spire Outpost.
And if you feel so inclined, Droid Depot also offers some accessories for your brand new droid friend! Buy a Personality Chip (or two!) to give your droid that little extra attitude (and some new sounds!).
There are also attachments for the two droid series to accessorize your droid.
And finally, if you want to add a little color to your droid, pick up some decals!
Building our own droid was super fun and super easy. Droid Depot really surprised us with this with this one! After my first visit to Galaxy’s Edge I thought this was truly a money-grab from Disney. But…I’m being totally honest here…I really enjoyed making and meeting my droid. That said, you know yourself and your kids best. If your newest little friend is soon going to be gathering dust in a closet somewhere, think hard before shelling out the hundred smackers.
Will you build a droid at Droid Depot? Let us know: are you an R-Series or a BB-Series? Share in the comments!