Finally, C-3PO and R2-D2 will fit in at a comics convention.
In a direct assault on the bank accounts of geeks everywhere, Disney World's gift shop is getting a build-your-own-droid area.
Right after exiting the recently-revamped Star Tours ride, you can stop into the Tatooine Trader's Droid Factory and assemble a custom combination of droid body, dome and legs in various shapes and colors.
As a nod to blister-pack-obsessed collectors, the finished figures even come in their own packaging.
The Droid Factory debuts on May 18 (during Disney World's next Star Wars Weekend) and will be open at least until June 10. Somehow I suspect it will be popular enough to keep running long after that, though.
Instructables user iminthebathroom converted an old Bunn coffee maker into a coffee-making R2 unit that he calls "R2-D2: Dark Roast Edition."
Thanks to an array of custom brass and copper parts, the retired Astromech has been given a second life as a caffeine dispenser. Even in a time of galactic peace, Artoo is always willing to do his part.
If you want your own R2-D2 coffee machine, you can put one together using iminthebathroom's helpful step-by-step instructions.
Lego has unveiled an official 2127-piece R2-D2 set, complete with rotating dome and retractable third leg.
The Lego droid measures around a foot tall, which is just over 1/3rd of his actual height, and his front panel opens to reveal some of the R2-D2 features seen in the Star Wars movies, including a buzzsaw and the universal computer interface arm he uses to open doors.
He's not concealing any projected messages from Leia, but there is a special edition Artoo minifig inside.
The Ultimate Collector Series R2-D2 goes on sale at
the local Jawa camp Lego.com in May, priced at $179.99 for U.S. buyers.