R2-D2 Droid 2 launch

As Sept. 30 creeps up on us, it comes as no surprise that Motorola Droid 2 R2-D2 edition launch kits are showing up in some Verizon stores.  Word has it that these are non-functional dummy units, so don't expect to get to play with any of the geeky Star Wars customizations even if you are able to get your hands on one early. 

But, wait, there's more. Select stories nationwide will open at midnight on Sept. 30 -- and parties are planned throughout the day. Here's what the manager of one Verizon store has told us:

  • His store's gotten three outdoor tents for its event. The event actually will start around 9:30 p.m. 
  • This store will get about 200 of the special-edition phones. There will be a two-phone-per-person limit.
  • Look for contests at the stores. You could win a free phone.
  • Pricing isn't known yet.
  • You'll get the R2-D2 edition multimedia dock with the phone.

Where will special events be taking place? Cities we know of include:

  • Sugar House Salt Lake City; Lone Tree, Colo.; Corte Madera, Calif.; Mountain View, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; Seattle downtown; San Dieo Sports Arena; Santa Monica, Calif.; Tempe (Ariz.) Marketplace; Boca Park Las Vegas [Verizon Insider via Droid Life]

That's just a partial list, though. Miami Herald blogger Bridget Carey reported Florida stores will include Colonial Orlando, Hialeah, Orange Park and St. Petersburg. And that matches what we've heard. (Update: Add Lewisville, Texas (outside Dallas) to the list, per BGR.)

I'd be lying if I didn't admit that I'm a bit jealous that I won't be getting one of these, so anyone who gets an early peek at the in store promotional materials and dummy units, holler at me.  And may the force be with you. [BGR, Engadget]

R2-D2 launch kit

 
There are 11 comments

unseenme#WN says:

wish they would make a Darth Vader version of the X...and release it Oct 15th so I could use my upgrade for that dammit...lol

Happyslap says:

i like the way you think lol

Happyslap says:

but, going with a droid theme. an ig-88 droid x would rock and still go along with the ESB celebration.

meccariello says:

This would have been cool in 1977...
In 2010 its kinda lame
Its a white phone that looks like a cheap sticker was put on it

Agree, kinda Corny and dumb all in one. Now if it had functional light saber, I'm in.

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coolkatz321 says:

I actually think this is going to backfire on Verizon. The Droid 2 is, at best, a mediocre phone, and to put out a random R2-D2 version? Not even Star Wars geeks are going to get behind this.

revwill says:

Hook me up with a Boba Fett Droid X.

remixfa says:

retro love! :)

ChrisX#AC says:

I would trade my droid x for this in a heartbeat. Seriously.