I know I am. Don't get me wrong here, I love me some droids, whether they are Astros, Protocol, or Battle. I think getting a fifth figure after buying four is pretty cool as well, and the obscure droids look awesome. I am, however, pissed off at the way Hasbro is slotting the droid pieces with the figures. I realize that Hasbro is a business, and trying to maximize sales/profits is there ultimate goal. But, they could have made this Droid Factory better for casual collectors and/or kids. Hasbro seems to be slotting the Droid Pieces in poorly just to make some additional completists for the line. Take Wave 1 for example:
Ewok with Wokling
I'm a big fan of aliens/obscure characters from the OT. I'm kinda annoyed that if I want to complete one droid from this wave, I have to buy yet another Darth Vader. I was planning to buy Yarna, Malar, Ak-Rev, and the Ewok. My Droid Factory collection at that point would consist of a headless R7 Droid and an R4 torso. How fun.
Now, I am aware of the idea of swapping pieces with other collectors. However, that might be a bit difficult for kids or casual collectors. They probably don't frequent message boards and such. Hasbro loves to talk about how they 'need' to put main characters in every wave for kids. Yet, they spread the Droid parts between the obscure and main characters. Seems really kid friendly. Even if kids are into the aliens only, parents probably won't be overly enthusiastic about buying another Vader so little Billy can complete his Yellow and Black R2-D2.
This Droid Part issue seems to carry over into Wave 2. From what I've seen, the Droid parts are split between army builders and the main characters. If I wanted only army builders from that wave, I'd end up with a couple of incomplete Droids. I could mix and match the pieces, but unfortunately the right legs for both droids only come with the Jedi figures. The good choice would've been to pack one droid amongst four army builders, and the other droid split between the 'Hero' figures and fifth army builder.
Now, Hasbro has said that some figures will be carried forward into future revision cases with new Droid pieces. This could be a nice alternative for me to fully complete droids, but I feel I shouldn't have to take time to read through every case breakdown on EntertainmentEarth.com to find what figures to buy and when. This Droid Factory thing seems like a planned cash grab on Hasbro's part. Seems to be even worse than the TAC Coins if you ask me.
This year I was planning to purchase about half/two-thirds of the Legacy Collection, a small of Clone Wars figures, and a bunch of vehicles. Until Hasbro fixes the Droid Factory thing, I'm going to support only the things that Hasbro is doing right. That means no Legacy collection for me. Hasbro could have handled the placement of Droid parts a whole lot better, and I hope they fix the situation eventually. I'd hate to pass on all of those rumored ANH figures, but I will if the Droid parts are spread among figures with seemingly no logic applied.