Talk about big Galaxy’s Edge news coming this week, we’ve hit the mother-load! We just learned about some of the incredible details coming to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge in the last 24 hours. We got an in-depth look at the Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run attractions, plus a full look at the food and dining options coming to Galaxy’s Edge.
Of course guests visiting Black Spire Outpost will want to take a souvenir home with them to remember their trip by, and Galaxy’s Edge has numerous merchandise and shopping experiences waiting for you, including taking home your own lightsaber or droid!
The amazing thing I think about when doing my Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge construction updates each month is looking at Black Spire Outpost and wondering what it will be like just to wander around the streets there and what type of characters and surprises are waiting around each corner.
We recently found out that droids will be a big part of Galaxy’s Edge and that in some locations they will even be helping customers in the shops. We also heard that guests will be able to haggle prices with shop owners, though I’m not sure how logistically feasible that is long term.
Anyway, let’s take a look at some of the shopping and merchandise coming to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge:
Black Spire Outfitters:
Similar to Black Spire Outfitters but for the First Order and their gear.
If you’re a supporter of the Resistance, then you’ve come to the right place. Here you’ll find gear, badges, clothes and more.
First Order Cargo:
Black Spire Outfitters allows you to customize your Star Wars gear in a variety of ways, much like the costumes for the cast members will have.
Here you’ll find a variety of artisan-style plush characters, wood and tin toys and musical instruments. Remember those aliens jamming away in Mos Eisley Cantina in the original Star Wars film? Well you’ll get a chance to play instruments like that, which can be both played manually or with pre-programmed music!
Seeing how immersive and detailed this world is, it wouldn’t surprise me if you could sign up for lessons somewhere in Galaxy’s Edge!
The Creature Stall:
The Creature Stall is the place to go for all your Star Wars plushes with lots of recognizable characters from the films. It’s run by an Amani named Bina who you won’t find as she’s always out looking for more creatures for the shop.
Some creatures you can find here are porgs, tauntauns, rathars, worrts and more. Supposedly all the plushes in the photo are animatronic, with your basic movements and sounds. It looks like an interesting place, though I was expecting a bit more in looks from the plushes, they don’t necessarily have that real “authentic” feel to me and look just like toys. We’ll see.
Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities:
In Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities you’ll find all the rarest artifacts from around the galaxy:
Dok-Ondar you may remember is referenced in Solo: A Star Wars Story, and is a 245-year old collector on the Black Market. You’ll get to see him as he’s in the store as an animatronic figure. He’ll be able to interact with guests and cast members as we told you a while back.
From the concept art this place looks super cool! I especially love the huge 12-foot taxidermied wampa he has standing on the right side of the store. Disney is saying the collection is constantly changing here so we expect it to be a place you can come and find different stuff very often.
Among those will be both Jedi and Sith Artifacts:
Included will be busts of famous figures in the Star Wars universe like Mace Windu, Yoda, Palpatine, etc, or even a fancy boxed lightsaber of an unknown origin.
Big Star Wars fans will recognize the Holocrons which are ancients relics used to give power to both the Jedi and the Sith. They will tell you information and secrets of the galaxy, which then can be combined with cyber crystals to unlock even more secrets.
One of the coolest ideas is being able to build and take home your very own droid! Models include the R-series or BB-series droids.
The Droid Depot is run by a tech-savvy Utai named Mubo who wants to share his knowledge of droid building with his visitors. Of course he’s never in the shop, but his staff is and they are very knowledgeable and can help you choose the right droid for you.
The building process starts by choosing parts from a conveyor belt as they pass by. Next you take them to a building station and follow the instructions to build your droid. Again 2 models of droids are available (BB-series and R-series) each approximately 12-inches tall.
Once you choose, place your parts on the activation system and the droid will then light up and make sounds. They can be guided by remote control and each of the droids that you buy will have interacting capabilities throughout Galaxy’s Edge, interacting with the environments and even other droids.
Now I don’t know how that’s going to work logistically with seemingly millions of people filling the streets of Galaxy’s Edge. Somehow putting your brand new droid down on the ground and risking it getting trampled over doesn’t exactly sound like the best idea in the world to me. But Disney is insisting these droids will be able to take part in your story and add to the experience in Galaxy’s Edge, so we’ll keep an eye on how this develops.
Besides the smaller, normal-sized droids which guests can buy, but also that there could be huge, R2-D2-sized ones too which could cost up into the thousands of $. I don’t know what makes a droid worth that much and just what exactly it will be able to do, but I can’t wait to find out!
You’ll notice the bag the droid is being carried out with. You won’t see any standard Disney-themed bags in Galaxy’s Edge, they are trying to keep everything “in-universe” so expect to find unique bags like if you were really in that world. Disney is also continuing to roll out its reusable and plastic-free bags in Galaxy’s Edge, much like in all the Disney Parks to keep them environmentally friendly.
The droids could be another potential game-breaking piece of merchandise which fans are going to go crazy over like the Banshees in Pandora: The World of Avatar. Let’s hope they make enough of them to keep the people happy!
Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers:
This is every kid’s (and grown-up kid’s) dream…being able to build your own lightsaber!
Savi, who is a Jedi supporter runs this workshop with fragments and parts for lightsabers he gathers from around the galaxy. He wants to keep the Jedi hope alive and so he’s passing on this knowledge of how to build a lightsaber to you!
Building a lightsaber will be a personal experience and a multi-step process, each with different pieces. Up to 14 guests will be able to fit around the workshop bench at a time and customize their own lightsaber.
First you pick which type of story you are going to have for your lightsaber: the Light (a Jedi-inspired lightsaber) or the Dark (a Sith-inspired one), nature-based (nature lightsaber pieces) or ancient (ancient lightsaber pieces). Each side focuses on different elements of the force including peace, justice, control, power, elemental, etc.
Once you choose your story and collect your pieces, you then will choose which type of cyber crystal will power your lightsaber. Choose between red, blue, green, purple and then build your lightsaber.
Each lightsaber will have a “personal connection” to a cyber crystal which is the driving force behind the lightsaber’s power. It will be interesting to see what method Disney has in mind to help make guests feel that connection and choose the right one for them.
As I said before with both the lightsabers and droids, I think we’ll have another Banshee incident on our hands and the merchandise flying off the shelves. It will be interesting to see how many Disney stocks of each item and see if they are able to keep up with demand.
Overall I’m pretty impressed with the merchandise options coming to Galaxy’s Edge and I think there is a lot of potential here. Since this is supposed to be a real marketplace, it would be nice to see Disney continue to create new “artisanal” items from these local merchants.
Don’t forget to check out some of the other big Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge news from the last couple days including the absolutely stunning Hondo Audio-Animatronic figure on the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run attraction. It’s the most realistic fluid AA figure I’ve ever seen!
We also got an inside look into both Galaxy’s Edge attractions, Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance which are completely exceeding expectations on every level! Disney even announced all the interactive games guests can have part in with the Play Disney Parks app, which allows you to learn even more about them and discover new secrets!
Stay tuned here at Ziggy Knows Disney as we’ll be bringing you tons more updates on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and all the details as soon as things come out.
Disney still hasn’t given us an exact date for the opening yet, but they have dropped some clues for us that can help to answer the question: When is Galaxy’s Edge Opening? We know it’s going to be Disneyland in June 2019 and in Hollywood Studios in Fall 2019, and that post goes into more depth in narrowing down the dates.
I want to know what you think about the new Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge merchandise and shopping options…
- What merchandise is your favorite?
- Are you interested in either the Driods or Lightsabers?
Let us know in the comments section below!
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