Shopping is the center of the Galaxy’s Edge experience. Disneyland’s new Star Wars-themed land will only have one ride, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, until Rise of the Resistance opens later this year. The expansion doesn’t have a traditional indoor stage show, and while we enjoyed an interwoven smartphone game, it’s a supplement, not a meal. That leaves a lot of time to buy Star Wars toys, lightsabers, costumes, and even a $25,000 droid.
Obviously, the life-size R2-D2 unit looks more realistic than the smaller, plastic custom droids available in the same shopping area. It would fit comfortably in a Star Wars fan collection, no doubt.
But could any merch be worth this price tag? The average cost of a year of tuition at a public university is about $20,000. Which is to suggest the R2-D2 is meant for two types of people: extremely passionate fans with exceptional budgeting skills and unusual financial priorities, and folks with so much money that they can’t possibly conceptualize a way to spend all of it.
Alongside the R2-D2 on display sits a little placard explaining that guests can not apply discounts to either the product itself or the cost of shipping, along with a few other caveats.
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No discounts apply. This item may not be exchanged or returned. Special shipping rates apply, and this item is excluded from any shipping promotions. Shipping is not available internationally or to Alaska, Hawaii, PO Boxes, or APO/FPO addresses. Please allow 90 days for delivery.
I would love to follow the journey of this replica as it slowly makes its way to its owner. How does shipping work for a huge, heavy droid?
The droid lights up, makes sounds, and comes with a remote control. According to GameSpot, the buyer can customize their droids paint job and choose between a scuffed aesthetic or a droid that looks as if it arrived mint-in-box.
It’s unclear what the process for customizing a $25,000 droid would be like. We stuck with customizing a $100 droid. Our R2-E2 may never be to scale, but the little droid takes up all the space in our hearts.