Okay, so I need to start by warning you – these aren’t regular drones. Yes, they are Star Wars drones – and that’s awesome in itself.
But these are also multi-player battle drones, with built in games that help you get really, really good at T-65 X-Wing Starfighter vs Tie Fighter Advanced X1 vs 74-Z Speeder Bike space battles with your mates at a top speed of 45 kmh and oh gosh this just makes me so happy.
We have a full unboxing on our recent Instagram stories post here.
The standard edition drones are available from November 21, and that’s all well and good – but from today there are 1,977 Limited Edition souvenir boxed drones – to celebrate the year the first Star Wars movie aired on the big screen.
The boxes have a matte black finish, are individually numbered and wax sealed. When the top is lifted, it unveils the drone on a light box and plays Star Wars themed music matched to each of the three fighters.
There are only three of these available per store. I’m thinking by the time you get there they might even be sold out, so ring ahead.
The App is at the heart of everything for this drone – and it teaches you to fly even before turning the drone on. There are 34 specifically-designed training missions to prepare you for your battles, and it tracks every battle you compete in, saving all battle stats to your gamer profile.
The drone also has a training mode that reduces the speed and height of the drone. And apparently it’s super, tough, too – Propel says it is “virtually indestructible” – but if you do manage to break anything or everything, Propel will replace it for free within the first year.
As for the tech involved – the battle drones are the first consumer product globally to utilise “LiFi” capabilities. 100 times faster than Wi-Fi, it tranfers info at “light speed”, Propel says – and this is how you can have a battle with 12 drones at once that is communicated in real-time to your drone and the app.
There is also a brand new “Reverse Propulsion” technology with the propellers placed on the bottom of the drone rather than the top. This means the fighter looks like a fighter, not a drone as we know it. The propellers are also clear so are “virtually invisible” when in flight.
The drones take 4 AA 1.5v alkaline batteries (not included) for the wireless remote control, the charge time is 30-40 minutes on average and the run time is around six to eight minutes- so you might want to keep a backup charging pack at the ready if you’re taking it away from a power source.
Another warning – the battery pack is a right pain to get open, so have a screwdriver handy.
The Collector’s Edition costs $299 – there’s also a a $100 dollar manufacturer rebate during the first 48 hours, so that’s from now until Sunday. The Standard Edition is $199.
You can grab the collectors edition from today, and the standard edition from November 21 at JB HI FI, Harvey Norman, Tech 2 Go, Myer, Apple Stores and Telstra. You can find out more info here.