We made a beeline for the Galaxy’s Edge booth the very first hour we arrived on the Show Floor of Star Wars Celebration. What self-respecting Star Wars fan living near a Disney Park wouldn’t?? The Black Spires called to us, and as we stepped inside the booth we saw backdrops, ride vehicles and Dok-Ondar!!
This is the FIRST time we’ve seen a Rise of the Resistance ride vehicle!! It seats 8, and an astromech droid will be your guide through at least part of the ride. Unfortunately Rise of the Resistance will not open with the rest of Galaxy’s Edge on May 31st (Disneyland) and August 29th (Walt Disney World), but the anticipation is real.
Most exciting of all, we learned that each day of the convention this booth would debut new merchandise we will be able to purchase in Galaxy’s Edge. So each day, we made it a point to visit the Galaxy’s Edge booth and take video just for you.
Resistance vs. The First Order Merchandise
Toys, clothing, keychains and more. You will be able to choose your side and wear it! Are you Resistance? Do you side with the First Order? How about a Smuggler? Choose your path:
Marketplace Takeover – Plush & Star Wars Pets
Galaxy’s Edge Plush!!! Need I say more? When I saw the first images of these items, my brain went into overload. Once you see a Kowakian monkey lizard sitting on your shoulder, you really can’t live without it. I need this in my life.
Droid Depot Merchandise
Much like Build-A-Bear, you will be able to build your own droid, kit it out in different colors, stickers and accessories, and the whole thing comes in Build-a-Bear-like packaging. Which means that when you see others walking around with their Droid boxes, you will want one too. Or you can upgrade that biodegradable cardboard box, albeit cool, into a backpack in which your little droid can sit and interact with the land around him/her while you listen. It’s like you are the X-wing and your little astromech is the copilot! The backpack is specially made to have an open but secure back so that your droid’s head can pop out and interact with you. There’s more detail, but let’s let our Galaxy’s Edge hosts describe it for you:
Dok Ondar’s Den of Antiquities – Holocrons and LIGHTSABERS
Lightsabers, kyber crystals, holocrons. These Jedi and Sith artefacts have reached epic proportions in our imagination. Will the Galaxy’s Edge merchandise live up to 40-year-old expectations? From what we saw, I would say yes! Imagineers and merchandise creators have worked hard to make these items as interactive and experiential as possible. Not only will they interact with you, but you will be able to take your holocron to different parts of Galaxy’s Edge and they will interact in different ways with the land. Basically, you’ll never want to leave. Learn more and actually see these lightsabers and holocrons in action:
After seeing this amazing merchandise, the number one question everyone has is how much will this all cost? Unfortunately pricing has either not been determined yet, or they weren’t allowed to tell us, because we did ask every single day. I’m sure it will be a premium, because where else in the world will you be able to Build A Lightsaber in Batuu??
Our YouTube commenters also brought up some very good questions, such as:
“Is there any way to have the droid’s gender defined?”
“Is there a ‘smuggler’ personality chip for droids?”
“Can I get yellow and white cyber crystals?”
We will endeavor to answer these by interviewing an Imagineer or media rep soon. Thank you for your questions, and if you have more, please share them in the comments!
Once again, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens at Disneyland on May 31st and at Walt Disney World on August 29th. See you on Batuu!