“This is a new day, a new beginning.” Ahsoka Tano probably didn’t imagine someone borrowing her famous dialogue, in a galaxy far, far away. However, it suits the spirit of the occasion as a quartet of ships modelled after various transports from Star Wars, are finally taking to the air.
Yes folks, Remote Controlled toy manufacturer Propel is launching a quartet of drones owning one of which is guaranteed to make your friends turn green with envy. Based upon some of the most popular fliers from the iconic series –including, Fighter, X-Wing, Return of the Jedi speeder bike and last but definitely not the least, the Millennium Falcon — the drones are expected to launch later this year.
According to Propel,
Bring the magic of flight to a whole new dimension with our Star Wars high performance laser battling Quads. Pilot your favorite Star Wars ships at speeds above 35 MPH and engage friends and family in exciting multiplayer laser battles. Each Propel Star Wars battle Quad is extremely detailed, hand painted to model quality finish, certified, numbered and packed in a collectable display box.
In case the laser battle part made you sit up and take notice — it had that effect on me as well — well, no particulars are available at the moment. However, reading between the lines, the drones may have a system that allows users to mock battle with each other. We are assuming that the drones won’t blow up when shot with the lasers Propel has mentioned but beyond that, very little is known at this point. Although, the company did add that you can ” Laser battle with up to 24 pilots simultaneously.”
The drones feature a brand new patent pending reverse propulsion system with invisible blades, that is capable of creating a realistic fight experience besides allowing you to execute classic airborne maneuvers. The drones also come with multiple speed setting for pilots with different levels of capabilities and guess what? The fliers are capable of zipping between 35 to 50 miles per hour.
The drones are also being said to be exceptionally beautiful and detailed. Propel has gone so far so as to have them hand painted.
While speaking to Wired, Propel CEO Darren Matloff said,
You have the combination of something that’s really detailed and collectible, which really appeals to the true Star Wars fan, but it also performs. That’s never happened before.
The fliers are expected to cost around $200-$300 –and definitely look to be worth it — and will be shipped later this year, although there is still a question mark hanging over their availability in North America.
If only NASA was this proactive, we would have colonized Mars in no time at all. Meanwhile, you can know more about the topic, or even reserve your very own Star Wars inspired drone — with no compulsion to buy, should you change your mind and go over to the dark before delivery starts — by visiting Propel’s official page for the drones.
May the Force be with you!