We conclude our initial look at Pandora: World of Avatar with what is probably what people are looking forward to the least: merchandise.
But that may actually not be fair as I’ve been impressed with the quality and variety of merchandise available, a lot of which understandably doesn’t focus on the main characters from the movie. Actually, I don’t think you see Jake Sully, Neytiri, Dr. Grace Augustine, or any other major character from the first movie on any piece of merchandise anywhere in Pandora. And yes, I had to look up those character names on IMDB.
Otherwise, Windtraders is located in the back of Pandora behind the Pongu Pongu takeaway bar. That’s in between Satu’li Canteen and the entrance to Flight of Passage.
Everyone exiting the Flight of Passage ride will pass through the store on the way out.
Like the rest of the Land, Windtraders is immersive in its theming and it’s fun to take a few minutes to look around at what’s offered, even without the intention of buying anything.
There are a couple of “experiences” available inside.
Here, for $75, they will make an Avatar action figure to your general likeness.
Seeing “No refunds, exchanges, or returns” always increases confidence in a product.
Considering we don’t know what the people that the figures are made to look like actually look like, it’s difficult to ascertain the quality.
But if it’s terrible, at least you can buy him or her pants and a bow and arrow.
But the figures are quite detailed. I might bring in a picture of Bricker and see if they can produce one based on that. Then I’ll have a higher quality voodoo doll than the one I’m currently using that’s made out of hair.
You’re supposed to be able to make a same-day reservation for the experience, so you won’t have to wait in a long line.
I’m not sure how popular it will be, but we’ll see if arriving early is necessary.
I somewhat doubt it.
The service has not been offered during the Previews, but when it is, you’ll pick your creation up from this vending machine looking thing after it’s done.
“Collectible” is used very loosely here.
The second “experience” “links you” to a plastic toy ikran that sits on your shoulder and is controllable via a hand trigger thing that’s attached.
The experience has proven to be popular during the Previews, particularly because you can go through it, take a picture with the banshee, then decide not to pay the $50 to keep it.
But you’ll see a few people walking around Pandora with a dragon perched on their shoulders.
There’s an option to add a plastic log for it to sit on at home, too.
The “Joe Rohde Hanging Earlobe Accessory Station” is my favorite of the various interactive experiences.
Though for some reason it says you’re creating a necklace?? Strange??
But for $20 you get to pick out a necklace cord and eight beads and a feather or crystal. Extra beads and such run $2 to $7 each.
I felt sort of bad for these guys considering there’s a face on the packaging and these little pots of horror are unlikely to make it home alive.
Flashbacks to Darla, the dentist’s niece, from Finding Nemo.
You can get a lava lamp. Sorry, I mean, “Pandoran Glowing Algae Collectible Science Specimen.”
I’m sure these collectibles will rise in value just as fast as Beanie Babies. According to the Pandora Merchandise Encyclopedia, the lava lamp is worth $35 in 2017, and $65,355 in 2035.
A $95 magnet set.
Sure, that wouldn’t be weird.
The (objectively terrible) Bill & Ted show at Halloween Horror Nights is going to have a field day.
I might actually get that Vein Pod.
These are actually kind of neat. In addition to lighting up, they’re supposed to leave a brief trail of bioluminescence as you walk through the Valley of Mo’ara at night.
The dream of every parent – an opportunity for the children to create even more noise.
Bubbles, the bane of all camera lenses.
This hand sanitizer won’t do much against the Pandoran micro-parasites such as the navileria orberum, pandorica simbiotini, and manducus taurus. No I’m not making any of those names up, though the simbiotini sounds like a cocktail I might be interested in trying.
A much larger version of this Leonoptervyx Skull arrived in the Flight of Passage standby queue a couple of days ago.
It’s actually kind of freaky.
I’m not sure if the whole Native American vibe of a lot of the “artifacts” and merchandise is a bit awkward.
You’ve already got the Pocahontas comparison to the Avatar storyline going on.
But I’m very sensitive to these sorts of things.
But there is some amount of “look at how primitive the Na’vi are here buy a shirt with beads and feathers on them.”
Some more shirts and such:
There’s a lot of stuff.
The toy lineup is pretty solid, I think.
This is the sort of stuff that I pined for as a child.
I wish I had appeared on the back with the quote, “Learning how to say ‘Flight of Passage is a six-hour wait’ was a breeze with this translator. Thanks, ACE!”
$7 for 8 cards makes learning an expensive proposition, but then kids should find out how far education is going to put them in debt from a young age.
That should be a pretty good overview of all the stuff you don’t want to buy, though it might be hard to get kids away from those rocks.
As an aside, there is a face painting kiosk on the left shortly after entering Pandora from Discovery Island.
Looks like it runs $18-$25 depending on style.
And there’s an outdoor merchandise cart out there as well.
Overall, Pandora offers an impressive array of merchandise. There’s 140 pictures here that probably covers about 80% of what’s available. Something may catch your eye. But it probably won’t.