May 22, 2015 – Today is the start of the second weekend (out of five) at Disney’s Star Wars Weekends in Orlando. New this year is the amazing Star Wars Droid “Mystery Pin Collection”, which is exclusive to Star Wars Weekends and which contains limited edition chaser pins.
If you find yourself casually browsing the Darth’s Mall store and come across rows and rows of these, think carefully before purchasing, because this may be a trap: Once you start collecting these pins (there are 17 total), you may become hooked.
Each box contains two mystery droid pins, which are sealed in small black plastic baggies so that buyers cannot cheat and peek inside the box. Retail price is $19.95 per box, so each pin is roughly $10.00. Further, the back of the box states “All sales final. No refunds, exchanges or returns.” Again, this prevents fraud from those trying to collect all 17 droid pins.
If you are trying to collect all 17 droid pins, here is what you need to know:
● Limited Release (i.e., once they sell out, you will never see them again at Disney retail)
● Each droid pin is from the Star Wars Universe, so some are from one of the six Star Wars episodes, while others are from Disney’s Star Tours ride
● The style is a pin-on-pin design, meaning that one pin (the droid) is physically attached (glued or soldered?) to a background pin, which is inseparable. For example, the R5-D4 droid stands before a Tatooine hut building in the background; and the Signal Droid hovers in front of the Star Tours triangular logo in the background.
● There are Eight (8) Revealed pins, Eight (8) Chaser pins (Ltd.Ed. 400), and one (1) Super Chaser Pin (Ltd.Ed. 200) in the complete Mystery Pin Set.
● Each Blind Box contains two (2) randomly selected collector pins, so there is a good chance you will end up with doubles or even triples of a common pin after buying several boxes. (You can always trade or sell your duplicate pins.)
● Seventeen pins comprise the full mystery set.
Even if you were incredibly lucky by snagging 17 unique pins after buying only nine boxes (the minimum required), this quest will set you back $180.00 (9 boxes at $19.95 each) plus tax. Then again, no one ever said Star Wars collecting or pin collections were a cheap hobby. But the search can be fun and addicting.
Besides Darth’s Mall at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you can of course find the pins on Ebay. Or try a commercial seller, such as www.yourwdwstore.net (boxes listed at $29.95 each), or a message board such as the one HERE.
Complete pin sets can now be found on Ebay. The rarest is the Mouse Droid (Ltd.Ed. 200) pictured in the top row. The next eight rarest are pictured below in the next two rows (from Signal Droid to R2-MK, all of which are ltd.ed. 400). The most common are in the bottom two rows.