Due to its large number of parts, the playset is tough to find in a loose, complete state. The orange tube, metal rods and many white rubber pegs are among the parts most frequently missing. In 1980, the Droid Factory was issued in an Empire Strikes Back box for a brief time. This issue of the toy is, of course, distinguished by its ESB logo. But, interestingly, Kenner also used a different photo for the box front. Whereas the Star Wars box depicted only Jawa figures attending to the various droids, the ESB version adds both Luke and Ben Kenobi to the mix.
Later, the base and crane of the Droid Factory were recycled for the two Jabba's Dungeon playsets, released in 1983 and 1984 as Sears exclusives. The bases of the later sets are distinguished by slight variations in molded detail, as well as by different colors: gray and tan, respectively, as opposed to orange. A playset under the name of Droid Factory was also issued in the U.K. by Palitoy, but it was vastly different from its U.S. counterpart.
First Issued: 1979 (SW packaging)
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