Gonk Droid Build-Off

Ready to participate in the Gonk Droid Build-off?  I certainly hope so.  We will be having a build-off during DroidCon as part of our after-hours fun.  Gather together a team of five or more builders and start your planning.  To help, we’re providing the dimensions of the droid for your use in preparing.

About the Build-Off

During the four days of DroidCon, teams will be decorating a GONK droid during DroidCon After Hours.  We will provide a fully assembled droid painted black as your canvas.  The dimensions below should help you out.

We need to get the info of your team.  Teams should be a minimum of five builders and we’ll need your team name and the names of all the builders.  To participate, all team members must have purchased their ticket to DroidCon.  The team captain should send an email to with all the information about your team, if you have a logo please include that as well!

There is no cost to participate but teams will need to supply the following parts themselves.

  • Front Panel Insert – (Stainless Steel Pan) –
  • Rear Panel Inserts – (Mini Loaf Pan) –  you will need two of these,  they come in a three pack.


The Gonk droids will be voted on the last day of the convention and the winning team will win an amazing prize!

The finished Gonks will be displayed at the next Celebration.


This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


Droid Front

Here is the front of the droid.  If your team would like to participate, you’ll need to order the following cake pan from amazon.  We’ve sized the upper void for this particular one.


Droid Left

Droid Right

The emblem is pocketed .125″.  It’s tight, but you can fit a neopixel in there, or whatever else you choose.

Droid Rear

On the lower rear portion, those are not holes but it is just pocketed.  I sized this so a 3.5″ piece of PVC should be able to fit in there to extend the backside.  The neopixel rings also surprisingly fit in there too.

Dell EMC Last Jedi Screening Logistics

As we receive additional information around each location we will fill out the information here.

We will be adding some additional information soon – including Movie Start Time, Event Start Time, Pre-Event Arrival Time, Local On-Site Contact and Local on-site Contact Phone Number.

** CANADA Sites now listed – Note they are Dec 20th ***

USA DATE: December 14th
CANADA: December 20th

City Cinema Name DroidBuilders
Denver Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – Sloans Lake
Show: 5-7pm
Setup: 4-5pm
 mansugi – R2-D2
Dublin/East Bay Regal Hacienda Crossings Stadium  20
5000 Dublin Blvd, Dublin, CA 94568
Show: 5-7pm
Setup: 4-5pm
Jay May BB8/BB9E
901 South Coast Drive, Costa Mesa CA  92626
Show: 5-7:30pm
Setup: 4-5pm
aRDyjO  -RD-2D
Phoenix AMC Arizona Center 24
565 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Show: 5-7:30pm
Setup: 4-5pm
Cary Christie – BB8
Chicago AMC Streets of Woodfield Theater
601 N Martingale Rd #105, Schaumburg, IL
Show: 5-7pm
Setup: 4-5pm
Cincinnati Showcase Cinema de Lux Springdale 18
12064 Springfield Pike, Springdale OH
Show: 5-8pm
Setup: 4-5pm

Chris R. – R2-D2

Cleveland AMC Solon 16
6185 Enterprise Pkwy, Solon, OH 44139
Show: 5-7pm
Setup: 4-5pm
 Keith S. – R2-D2
Indianapolis Studio Movie Grill
3535 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46268
Show: 5-7:30pm
Setup: 4-5pm
Pittsburgh Southside Works Cinema
425 Cinema Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Show: 5-7:30pm
Setup: 4-5pm
Minneapolis Emagine Willow Creek
9900 Shelard Pkwy, Plymouth, MN 55441
Show: 5-7pm
Setup: 4-5pm
flamespinner – Static BB8 / B9E
Kansas City B&B Theater                                                                                                8601 W. 135th Street, Overland Park, KS

Show: 6-8pm
Setup: 5-6pm

Louisville AMC STONYBROOK 20
2745 S. Hurstbourne Parkway Louisville, KY 40220
Show: 5-7pm
Setup: 4-5pm
Chip H. – R2-D2
Joe558 – BB8
Charlotte Ayrsley Grand 14 Cinemas
9110 Kings Parade Blvd. Charlotte, NC
Show: 5-8pm
Setup: 4-5pm
 M Cummins – R2-D2
Dallas AMC Stonebriar 24                                                                         2601 Preston Rd #300, Frisco, TX 75034

Show: 5-7pm
Setup: 4-5pm

Jacksonville Cinemark Tinseltown and XD                                                     4535 Southside Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32216

Show: 5-8pm
Setup: 4-5pm

Memphis Malco Cordova Theater
1080 N Germantown Pkwy, Cordova, TN 38018
Show: 5-7:30pm
Setup: 4-5pm
Nashville Regal Opry Mills Stadium 20
570 Opry Mills Dr, Nashville, TN 37214
Show: 5-7pm
Setup: 4-5pm
Raleigh CinéBistro at Waverly Place
525 New Waverly Pl, Cary, NC 27518
Show: 5-9pm
Setup: 4-5pm

Chris S. – BB8

San Antonio Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – Stone Oak
22806 US-281, San Antonio, TX 78258
Show: 5-8pm
Setup: 4-5pm
Hartford Spotlight Theatres Front Street Stadium 4
39 Front St, Hartford, CT 06103
Show: 5-8pm
Setup: 4-5pm
Chuck J.  – R2-D2
Oaks, PA Regal Cinema Oaks 24
180 Mill Rd, Oaks, PA 19456
Show: 5-7pm
Setup: 4-5pm
Long Island AMC STONY BROOK 17
2196 Nesconset Highway, Stony Brook, NY 11790
Show: 5-7pm
Setup: 4-5pm
 Nick T  – R2-D2
John E. – R2-AE
Silver Springs, MD Regal MAJESTIC STADIUM 20 & IMAX
900 Ellsworth Dr, Silver Spring, MD
Show: 5-7:30pm
Setup: 4-5pm
Jersey City/Hoboken, NJ Bow Tie Hoboken Cinemas
409-415 14th Street Hoboken, NJ
Show: 5-7:30pm
Setup: 4-5pm
 Paul G. –  R2-D2


Scotiabank Toronto:

259 Richmond Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3M6

Setup: 2 – 2:30pm
Event Open: open at 2:30
Pre-movie video start at 3:15 (Movie start at 3:30pm)



Scotiabank Montreal:
977 Saint-Catherine Street West, Montreal, Quebec H3B 4W3

Setup: 2 – 2:30pm
Event Open: open at 2:30
Pre-movie video start at 3:15 (Movie start at 3:30pm)


Scotiabank Vancouver:
900 Burrard Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 3G5

Setup: 2 – 2:30pm
Event Open: open at 2:30
Pre-movie video start at 3:15 (Movie start at 3:30pm)


Scotiabank Calgary:         6455 Macleod Trail South West, Calgary, Alberta T2H 0K4

Setup: 2 – 2:30pm
Event Open: open at 2:30
Pre-movie video start at 3:15 (Movie start at 3:30pm)

Kris S. – R2-D2

The Last Jedi – Dell EMC and VMware Private Screening Event

The Last Jedi

On December 14th, 2017 at theaters across the USA and Canada Dell EMC and VMware are holding Private pre-release screenings of Star Wars The Last Jedi. Dell has invited DroidBuilders to come, participate, and join in the fun for the evening.

R2 Builders, BB8 Builders, and Mouse Droid Builders are invited to attend as volunteers with their droids. Our mission for the screenings will be to bring smiles to the fans, pose for pictures, and have a good time. As a thank you and in support of the charitable causes we support through our appearances, the Dell EMC foundation is making a donation in our name to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Signups for DroidBuilder volunteers are underway. A link has been posted on each club’s’ site.  Priority is on first-come-first serve basis. Invitations have also gone out to the local 501st Garrison, Rebel Legions, and Mandalorian Mercs.

Below is a listing of the cities where the screening are being held. For questions reach out DroidBuilder to PaulG71 [at]


Denver, CO
Dublin/East Bay, CA
Orange County, CA/San Diego
Phoenix, AZ
Chicago, IL
Cincinnati, OH
Cleveland, OH
Indianapolis, IN
Pittsburgh, PA
Minneapolis, MN
Kansas City , KS
Louisville, KY
Charlotte, NC
Dallas, TX
San Antonio
Oaks, PA
Long Island
Silver Springs, MD
Jersey City/Hoboken, NJ



Charitable Droid Builds

Charitable Droid Builds

2% funded

A tax-deductible contribution for…droid building? Sounds a little crazy, right?

Stop a second to think about it. A droid to some may just be a movie prop. But to the right person, it might be a far more powerful motivation. There is no comparison between building a droid and fighting for life when you have cancer or any other serious illness. But for those people engaged in the fight of their life, goals become extremely important. Sometimes they willingly surrender long range goals for short term plans. Get to the next birthday. Get to the next holiday. Make it to the family reunion.

In our inaugural case, it was a young lady named Ceel fighting for her life in Belgium. She asked Make-A-Wish for a droid. She didn’t want a trip to Disneyland, or a flight to New York City, or a cruise to the Bahamas. This courageous Star Wars fan wanted her own droid sitting in her own house where she could see and touch the magic of the film saga she loved. And when we agreed to do it, she knew it was under way. It mattered to her that someone, somewhere, not only took up this movie prop dream but that they were enthusiastically racing to get it done in hopes of seeing her get better. It mattered to her that the love of strangers was focused on her wish. It mattered, and because it did, that droid mattered.

In the end, Ceel lost the battle with cancer but won our hearts forever, and for that reason, her droid now sits in her family’s home as a legacy of what dreams can become. She never got to see it before she was gone. Our victory in building was our loss in wish fulfillment. We vowed: Never again. There would not be another battle lost before we made a droid wish come true. We are looking ahead and completing droids to the paint stage so that wishes can be made real. Ceel’s droid in Belgium is being upgraded to help with fund raising locally.

And more than we ever hoped, we had people ask how they can help. Not everyone has the same skill set. We honor contributions both large and small – builders have given time, talent, materials and money. We obtained 501c3 non-profit status in order to make monetary contributions rewarding for everyone. If you care about this mission and feel moved by Ceel’s story, or if perhaps you know of another wish that DroidBuilders might assist, please consider supporting our cause in some small way. Know that each contribution is fully committed to materials and donated droids, never to management or overhead.

Thank you for supporting our cause, and may the Force be with you.  Always.


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Donation Total: $10.00

DroidCon 2018

Calling all DroidBuilders!

It’s time to celebrate with your fellow builders. We invite you to join us in Indianapolis, June 7th – June 10th, 2018 at the Holiday Inn Indianapolis Airport for a time of innovation, collaboration, and informative sessions.

We’re going to call this the year of the GNK and celebrate it with some hands-on building during our DroidCon After Hours and so much more!

We highly recommend reading through this in its entirety, but some don’t so you can order your tickets here.

Tentative Agenda (subject to change)

THURSDAY, June 7th, 2018

  • 09:00 Room Setup
13:00 Registration Opens / Meet and Greet
15:45 Soldering Workshop
  • 17:00 Dinner Break
20:00 DroidCon After Hours – GNK Build Off

FRIDAY, June 8th, 2018

  • 09:00 Room Opens
  • 10:45 PSI (Pounds per Square Innovation) – Brett Bourbin
13:15 What Drives You? – Douglas Bickert
14:30 Styrene Does Not Suck! – Paul Gentile
  • 15:45 How to not Flux up your Droid! (Soldering Skills 101) – Paul Gentile
  • 17:00 Dinner Break
  • 19:00 The Squeaky Wheel – an Evolution of Mouse Droids – (Panel)
  • 20:00 DroidCon After Hours – GNK Build Off

SATURDAY, June 9th, 2018

  • 09:00 Room Opens
10:45 Actuators and Ewoks – Douglas Bickert
  • 13:15 Scratch Building – Ari Stone
  • 14:30 Screen Accurate or Fun – James Marsilia
  • 15:45 Soldering Workshop
  • 17:00 Group Photo & Dinner Break
  • 19:00 BB-8 Without the Printer – Wayne Neumaier
  • 20:00 DroidCon After Hours – GNK Build Off

SUNDAY, June 10th 2018

  • 09:00 Room Opens
10:45 Just CADding: From Club Spec drawings to your own 3D parts – Paul Murphy
  • 14:30 GNK Build Off Judging
  • 15:00 Charity Auction
  • 16:00 Farewells

Event Faqs


I don’t want to read anymore I just want to get my tickets!

We really want you to read through but hey, go for it.

Can I purchase a ticket at the door with cash?

No, we will not be offering tickets at the door. Tickets must be purchased from EventBrite and are on a first come, first served basis. We have limitations on numbers of attendees that we can legally have in the physical space so we have an attendee limit set.

Do I need to bring my printed ticket to check-in?

Yes and no, we will be using a scanner to check attendees in and provide you with your swag bag of goodies. If you have your ticket whether printed or electronically we will be able to check you in faster. We’ll still be able to look you up and check you in, but we’d much prefer you had the barcode!


Can I bring my droid?

Uh, yeah! That’s what this is all about. We’ve set aside an area to display droids so you can show off your creations and let others check out how you’ve made yours.

What droids can I bring?

Any droids are acceptable. We started with astromechs but there are so many amazing droids out there we love to see all the variety.

Table Space

Can I bring my giant collection of stuff and take over a table(s)?

Space is becoming an issue with so many attending so we’re having to limit dedicated table space to accommodate our growth. Please review the ticket options if you need table space. No, this doesn’t mean droids, just the general parts display that inevitably show up. Yes, this was a really hard decision, and we’ll be discussing larger venues at this DroidCon.


Can I bring stuff to sell?

Sure, it’s totally acceptable to bring your droid related items to sell. All we ask is if you’re planning to sell to grab a premium ticket so you have a dedicated space to display your items.


Can I bring my children?

Absolutely! There’s a ticket option for children under the age of 12 available. We love seeing the wonder on their faces, the only thing we ask is that they are supervised at all times.


Is there going to be some cool SWAG available?

Why yes, yes there will be. We’ve partnered with TeeSpring for a T-Shirt option, that’s external from the event itself but we encourage you to pick one up if you like. Otherwise we’ve got patches, lanyards, and challenge coins lined up for attendees.

Additional Patch / Coin

If you would like an additional patch or coin with your order, you can select it during the order process. Please note; you’re getting one of each as part of your ticket price but we know there are collectors who like to order additional.


Is there a code for booking the hotel?

Not really, we have reserved a 50 room block at the Holiday Inn Indianapolis Airport. We recommend you call the hotel directly to book your room at (317) 856-6200. Tell them you are attending DroidCon to receive the room rate negotiated. There are additional hotels nearby should you prefer another location.

Year of the GNK

So what is the Year of the GNK?

We’re planning a GNK build-off challenge for builders to compete to create the most GNKalicious droid ever conceived. We’re recommending you get together a team of six master builders to work together in creating your masterpiece. We will be providing you a life-size shell for you to customize. Basically, we’re providing the box, legs, and feet premade out of wood.

What do you need to provide?

The greeblies! Start planning with your team how you’d like to decorate it and gather your greeblies. We’ll have some hot glue guns to assist in your assembly but the sky is the limit with your imagination.

At the end of DroidCon we’ll be voting on the best GNK in a few different categories.

The winning team will receive an amazing prize!

All the GNKs created will be displayed at the next Star Wars Celebration.

Understanding Bolt Grade Markings

Most people think that a bolt is just a bolt.  It’s just something that’s used to hold two things together and that’s the extent of it.  Fasteners though are incredibly complex pieces of hardware.  They are manufactured using different materials, thread types, lengths, and a plethora of shapes and sizes.  They have different coatings, classes of fit, and what I want to talk about the grades.Read more

Making Holes

So, you’re probably saying to yourself, I just throw in the correct size bit and go to town. Yes, you could do that but there is so much more you should know about the entire class of machining operations to put a hole into a workpiece.

Machining, is a material removal process, it creates features on your parts by cutting away the unwanted material. It requires a machine, a workpiece, typically a fixture, and a cutting tool. You can make holes on a variety of different machines, including a hand held drill, drill press, and even CNC milling or turning machines. Machines like a drill press are what’s considered specialized equipment. They’re designed to ensure you can get a precise angle. The team here at DroidBuilders suggest a drill press as one of your must have shop tools. If you want to expand, consider finding a tapping machine as well but you can do tapping with the drill press.  We’ll do a simple how to on that later.

The operations involved in making holes are usually performed along side many other operations in machining a part. When using a CNC, I tend to mix when I add the holes and if I’m doing it on the drill press it’s usually one of the last operations I perform.

Machined Holes

During the machining process, a hole is a cylindrical feature that is removed from the work-piece by a rotating cutting tool that enters the work-piece axially.  The hole will have the same diameter of the cutting tool and match its geometry.  (that may also include it’s pointy end).  Note, pocketing while similar, is not the same as hole making.  While all machined holes have the same basic form (I mean its a hole right…), they can differ in many ways based on its given application.  There are several features that help determine the hole making operation and the appropriate tool required.

  • Hole Diameter: Holes can be machined in a huge variety of diameters.  The cutting tools used for this are available in standard sizes that be incredibly small to huge.  I think the largest hole I’ve cut was around 10″ on the drill press.
  • Hole Tolerance: The precision of your holes can be affected by many factors.  The sharpness of the cutting tool, vibration, build up of material, and even heat in some cases.  No matter, the specified tolerance of the hole will determine the method you need to use.
  • Hole Depth: You can drill completely through your workpiece (referred to as a through hole) or perhaps you only need a certain depth (blind hole).  If you’re doing a blind hole, make sure you know if the depth listed includes the tip or not. Otherwise you will need to do some drill point calculations to ensure you get the proper depth.  It isn’t hard, but… apologies to my trig teacher, it turns out you were right and I did need to know how to calculate and use Tangent.
  • Recessed Top: This is a very common feature to add while machining holes.  This is usually done to accomodate the head of the fastener and allow it to sit flush with the workpiece surface.  There are two different types of recessed holes to know about.  There’s the counterbore which has a cylindrical recess, and the countersink, which has a cone shaped recess.   The type usually depends on your fastener and the look you want to achieve.
  • Threads: Allows you to use a threaded fastener with your spiffy new hole.  They are specified by the outer diameter and pitch.  Pitch is a fancy way of saying what the measure of the spacing between threads, its commonly know as the Threads per Inch (TPI) in English standard, or its the distance in millimeters (mm) between the threads in metric.


Okay, if you are still reading I am impressed.  Most people would have been bored out of there skull by this point.  🙂  So lets talk about the various operations you can do to actually created the awesome hole you need.  Each of these uses a different type of cutting tool.

Drilling - A drill bit enters acially and cuts a bling or through hole with a diameter equal to that of the tool. A drill bit is a multi-point tool and typically has a pointed end. The most common is a twist drill (you probably have lots), but there are also other types such as a center drill, spot drill, or tap drill.
Boring - A boring tool enters the workpiece axially and cuts along the internal surface of an existing hole to enlarge the diameter or to ensure of the precise dimensions. Boring tools are single point cutting and you set the desired diameter using the adjustable boring head. Have a couple, never used them in production. If you ever needed to do a tapered hole though, these do the ticket.
Counterboring - A counterbore tool enters the workpiece and cust along the internal surface of an existing hole to enlarge the top portion. It's typically done after drilling to add the extra space for the head of the fastener, such as a bolt, to sit flush with the work piece surface. Counterbore tools have a pilot on the end to assist guiding the tool straight into the existing hole.
Countersinking - Tools like the coutersink enter the workpiece axially and enlarge the top of an existing hole to a cone-shaped opening. Countersinking is performed after drilling to provide the space for the head of the fastener, like a screw, to sit flush with the workpiece surface. The common angles for countersink hols include 60, 82, 90, 100, 118, 120 degrees. The most common of these is the 82° and 90°.
Reaming - Reamers are used to enlarge an existing hole to the desired diameter. A reamer is a multi-point tool with many flutes. Reaming is used to remove a minimal amount of material from previously drilled holes to provide more accurate diameters and a smoother finish. Personally, I have one reamer that I've only used to clean up foot drive plates to make the holes for the bearings as precise as possible.
Tapping - A tap cuts internal threads into an existing hole. The existing hole should be drilled to the required tap drill size that will accommodate the desired tap. The tap size is selected based on the diameter and pitch of the hole required. There are multiple types of taps available for bottom tap or through tap. Go figure right, make sure you have the right one for the job at hand.


Drill Point Calculations

I alluded to this above but starting out as a hobby machinist there was so much I didn’t even know that I didn’t know about.  If you know me, you know I use a CNC a lot.  One of the things I’ve always hated was if I set my drill depth to the thickness of the material I wouldn’t go all the way through.  Or, just ham handling it I would just put in some ‘extra’ depth to clear it.  That would needlessly mark up my spoil board.  Okay, I get its called a spoil board meaning its replaced, but it is expensive to replace a 10′ x 6′ piece of 3/4″ MDF very frequently.

The drill point is that wee little part between the pointy end of the drill and the full size diameter.  See ‘P’ below:

To start, there are a couple of ways to calculate this number.  You will need to have two pieces of input to do this;

  • Diameter of the drill bit
  • Angle of the drill bit

From what I’ve noticed, if you buy some drill bits, they are almost always 118 degree bits.  Those are basically the standard ones at the local home improvement store.  Nothing wrong with them at all, they work great for 99% of the usual jobs.

Couple of things to note, use the complicated method if you plan to do counterboring and really want it to be accurate.  I don’t make anything that a life is on the line, so I resort to method 2 since it takes so little time.

The ridiculously complicated but really accurate method of calculation
  1. Divide the tip angle in half
  2. Subtract that from 90
  3. Get the tangent of that result and
  4. Divide that in half.
  5. Multiply by the diameter of the bit.

Optional 6; pull hair out wondering what you did wrong when it’s off.

The what I do method cause reasons…

Turns out you can just use simple multiplication based on the drill bit angle.

  • 60° Angle: Drill Diameter multiplied by 0.866
  • 82° Angle: Drill Diameter multiplied by 0.575
  • 90° Angle: Drill Diameter multiplied by 0.500
  • 118° Angle: Drill Diameter multiplied by 0.300 (Most Common)
  • 120° Angle: Drill Diameter multiplied by 0.288
  • 135° Angle: Drill Diameter multiplied by 0.207


And just because I wanted to create a calculator;



Customer Service? But we have droids!

When I think of great customer service, a couple of companies really come to mind. First, and foremost is Disney. If there is any company that I would rate as number one it’s them. So why, you may wonder what does this has to do with taking your droid to an event. Well, not much really… except perhaps in doing events you are selling yourself, or you’re representing a club. If that’s the case then your personal brand is important and you definitely want to look good. Hopefully some of these tips will help you along your journey.

It’s inevitable but sometimes you are going to have to deal with an unhappy person. So what to do with an unhappy person..

Bad things happen, it’s a fact and we can’t change it. What you can change is how you deal with the situation. If there is anything I could tell you was the most important. It’s the L.A.S.T. thing. If you’re not familar with or just forgot, here’s what it stands for:

  • Listen
  • Apologize
  • Solve
  • Thank

Listen to the complaint and listen attentively. Nothing is more frustrating than trying to explain an issue and feeling that you aren’t being listened to. Trust me, if you look inattentive or like you don’t care, you can just watch the anger escalate. Stephen Covery wrote “Most people do not listen with intent to understand. Most people listen with the intent to reply.” So.. Listen to what they have to say, don’t try to second guess. Don’t interrupt, and don’t be in any hurry to make an excuse.

Apologize for what happened, and be specific. Let them know you heard the problem. Don’t take it personally. More often than not, all anyone wants to hear is that someone recognizes what happened and to take responsibility. It costs you nothing to say “I am so sorry, this should never have happened.” but could cost you everything if you don’t.

Now that you understand the issue, it’s time to solve it. How? My short answer on this is Make it RIGHT. Be fair but do what is in your power to turn around the situation. You may not be able to provide everything that they want, but you can give them the best alternative in your power. Remember your tone and posture during your responses.

Now, this may blow your mind, but most of the time the person only wants… wait for it… to be heard and apologized to. Just listen attentively and apologize sincerely. Did you catch the sincerely part? If you didn’t its important. I’m from the southern United States and apologies are important and never given falsely. If you apologize and get a ‘bless your heart’ in return all I can say is I’m very sorry. We can smell a fake one a mile away. So no excuses. If you’ve gotten that far, and it’s not hard. Go that extra mile whenever you possibly can.

Really? Thank them? Absolutely. So frequently (and I admit I am one of those people) if I have a bad experience, I don’t say anything else after my initial complaint, I just never come back. So remember, if someone brings something negative to you, this could be the only opportunity to make things right. Take this as an opportunity to improve so thank them for it. This is where you have the opportunity to turn a frustrated customer into a lifelong fan. Someone who will tell what a great experience they had.

Turning around a negative situation is one of the most important skills you need to have in your skill set. I’m a simple guy and like simple strategies so I hope this helps you in your journey as a DroidBuilder should you ever encounter an unfortunate situation.

Do you have a strategy that works for you?  Let us know in the comments.

Darga Mionne Droid Race Classic

Welcome to the Darga Mionne Droid Race Classic

Ladies and gentlemen, start your…astromechs? No, not the Boonta Eve podraces – come to the Intergalactic Indy 500 of astromech races! Cheer on your favorite R2 unit as they swoop through the turns! Marvel in amazement at the skill of the builders and their exquisite control over these 200-pound droids. Will R5-D4 finally have a good motivator? Will R2-Q5 use the power of the Dark Side to get there first? Or will R2-D2 save the day again and bring home the astromech trophy?  Don’t miss the Darga Mionne Droid Race Classic – an exciting spectacle of high speed technology – at the Droid Builders Raceway!

We’re pretty excited for the droid races this year.  The signups have been moving along slow and sure and the prizes we’ve lined up are over the top!  If you haven’t already signed up, I highly encourage you do so before the event.

You can view the signup information on the R2 Builders Club Forum.