If you're excited to get your hands on new Star Wars merchandise, get those galactic credits ready. Galaxy's Edge will offer and array of shops that will make you think you traveled to a unique outdoor market in Mos Eisley or Jedha. Guests will be able to build droids that interact with props within the land itself, take a kyber crystal and construct your very own lightsaber or adopt a cuddly friend to take home with you. On top of the exciting attractions and delicious food, this new land will surely offer some great take-home gifts that are out of this world.
The Droid Depot
This update to the familiar Droid Factory at the exit of Star Tours, takes building droids to a whole new level. Judging off of the concept art, this will be similar to the Adopt-a-Banshee experience at Windtraders in Pandora. It looks like BB-8 will be on display within the Droid Depot and you'll be able to construct your own droid in a very immersive environment. On top of the popular droids, this location will also sell apparel. Guests visiting the factory will be able to...
...pick parts and pieces off a conveyor belt, then build and customize their astromech droids (R-series or BB-series); the droids are capable of interacting with elements in the land, responding to guests’ behaviors. Additional programming chips and accessories can be added to the droids to further customize their abilities. The Droid Depot will also offer guests pre-built droids, including a C-3PO who has quite a bit to say (especially if you “accidentally” take off his head and put it on backwards!) and a Rex who will happily play whatever music you have on your smartphone through an intergalactic Bluetooth connection.
While some may be excited to build their own interactive droids, I can't wait to get my hands on a lightsaber. The land's second, immersive shopping experience will be at Savi's Workshop. Where guests are given the opportunity to draw upon the Force as they build their own elegant lightsaber. At the heart of every saber is a kyber crystal, and during a guided tour, each guest will have four options to choose from: Peace Justice (modeled after Jedi from the Republic era); Power Control (a nod to the Sith); Elemental Nature (harnessing air, earth, fire, and water); and Defense (shrouded in mystery). Will you embrace the light side of the Force, like Luke Skywalker, or the dark side of the Force?
Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities
This will be the shop for those who love collectibles. Especially if can't shake off your distaste of the new films and still want to relish in the stories and films of the original trilogy. Visitors will find a selection of mysterious and rare items for sale representing different eras of the Star Wars galaxy, including ancient Jedi and Sith artifacts, holocrons, lightsabers, and more. As they explore the shop’s nooks and crannies, they will find Dok at his desk, checking his inventory, taking calls, and barking orders at his assistants.
But toys will also clearly be available for the young and the young at heart. Guests who venture to the Creature Stall will find some fascinating and unusual beasts from all across the galaxy, ranging from the friendly (porgs, tauntauns) to the not-so-friendly (rathtars, wampas). Nearby, you’ll find the Toydarian Toymaker stall, offering items crafted by its namesake alien, first seen buzzing around Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. It peddles artisan-style plush characters, wood and tin toys, and instruments.
Finally we have apparel. I know that I am particularly interested in staying at the upcoming Star Wars hotel, where rumor has it you'll be given costumes and role-play while visiting Galaxy's Edge. But it looks like you'll be able to dress from head to toe in character if you purchase some of the detailed apparel items within the land. It doesn't matter if you're on the Dark or Light side, you can strut your stuff in some cool looking fashion.
Resistance Supply is a “makeshift” resource location at the Resistance’s hidden command post, selling badges, hats, pins, and other accessories to help guests feel like part of the cause. On the flip side, First Order Cargo is a temporary storage dock located near the market. Easily identified by a never-before-seen First Order TIE echelon, it gives interstellar tourists a chance to pledge their loyalty to the First Order by purchasing caps, gear, model ships, pins, and more.
Disney appears to be ready to pull out all the stops when it comes to merchandise at Galaxy's Edge. I guess a simple t-shirt supporting the resistance isn't enough anymore. Disney might as well start putting me on a payment plan to get these items, because I foresee wallets being hit hard. Will you be purchasing any of these exciting items? Who's ready to get their own lightsaber?