First revealed at the European Star Wars Celebration back in July, Propel’s fleet of remote control Star Wars drones is finally available for pre-order. UK-based sites like Firebox are finally listing the drones as available for $US300 ($394) a piece.
Why so expensive? The drones, available in Speeder Bike, X-Wing, and TIE Advanced X1 fighter (Vader’s ship) designs only measure in at about a foot long. But they’re impressively detailed, thanks to having their invisible clear plastic propellers located on their underside so that the flying toys don’t need to be full of holes to facilitate airflow.
They push off the ground when they take flight, instead of being sucked up into the air.
The packaging that Propel has created for the Star Wars drones is as impressive as the quadcopters themselves, which each include a physical remote control so that you don’t have to resort to fussy smartphone touchscreen controls via an app. Given these drones can hit a top speed of 56km/h, you’re going to want to make sure you’re in complete control when you’re really pushing them to the limit.
As demonstrated at the European Star Wars Celebration, Propel’s drones don’t just look amazing. They can also be customised for your flying skills, be you an amateur or an expert, and allow for aerial dogfights using built-in lasers that cause your opponent’s controller to shake every time you successfully hit their craft. After three direct hits, their drone will (safely) fall out of the sky.
Propel also demonstrated a Millennium Falcon, but for some reason Firebox doesn’t list it as available for pre-order on its site. The other three, however, should start shipping starting on November 24.