If you were one of the people to actually have this, good for you. If you are one of the few to still have this, and with all the pieces – I stand up and applaud you friend. Bravo! There is no other single playset or vehicle in the original line that includes so many small and disparate pieces. Heck, you have even one younger sibling and you can all but guarantee some lost pieces.
The Droid Factory came with many interlinking parts, enabling you to build various droids (duh!). All the parts fit into notches molded into the orange base. A crane could also help you “lift” the various parts. This was released in an SW and ESB box. The British Palitoy version inexplicably had a different molded base and did not have the crane. Why? Who knows? This was also the only way, in the original line, you could get an R2-D2 with a certain third appendage. The base was also re-used later as Jabba’s Dungeon.
Why should you get this playset? Five reasons:
1. First and foremost, the only way you could get an R2-D2 with the middle leg.
2. Despite its questionable canonicity, it was fun to construct droids.
3. The box picture with Jawas streaming all over – funny because they are scavengers, not builders.
4. Robots with treads, with wheels – this was actually kind of weird and different.
5. Probably the closest you’ll get to the droid factories on Geonosis. Oh, don’t remember that? Watch Attack of the Clones. Okay, don’t. No one’s forcing you to.
Not much backstory, since it is just a playset made up for the toys, and no real basis in the Star Wars universe. Of course, one could always argue that a droid factory like this does exist..somewhere…since the SW universe is so vast.
Want more? Wookieepedia article on droid foundrys
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Saturday, January 9, 2010
Posted by Ben at 3:00 AM