If you feel a tremor in the Force, it might be the feeling of throngs of Star Wars fans' wallets getting lighter because of a new merchandise feature at Disney's Hollywood Studios opening in time for Star Wars Weekends.
The new Droid Factory is a build-your-own toy experience within the Tatooine Traders store near the Star Tours ride. For those not familiar with the intracacies of the Star Wars universe, it's basically R2-D2 and his pals. R2-D2 is an astromech droid, and R2 is just one of a slew of said droids.
Disney Parks released a video today showing details of the new feature. In the video, Disney Parks toy designer Brad Schoeneberg said, "One of the problems I had when I was a child was that in my droid playset, I never had enough droids. You need a droid army."
"Now with the Droid Factory, you can actually build and name your very own action figure."
It's similar to the build-your-own light saber or even the build-your-own Mr. Potato Head shopping options found at Disney stores.
According to the Disney Parks blog, the idea for the Droid Factory has been around since 2009. At launch, there are 71 different pieces available from which fans can build literally thousands of permutations of the 3 3/4-inch toys. You can read more details about what's available on their blog. disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/.
The opening coincides with the Disney's Star Wars Weekends at Hollywood Studios, which begins Friday, May 18 and runs weekends through June 10.
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