Christmas comes early for Star Wars fans this year but it’s not just the imminent release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that should have Jedis everywhere salivating.
With the festive season bringing plenty in the way of Star Wars related merchandising, one new range of products is threatening to be a real game changer for drones, intergalactic warfare and perhaps even life as we know it: Star Wars Battling Drones.
Created by drone specials Propel, these magic flying machines give fans of the franchise the chance to fly miniature versions of their favourite Star Wars spaceships and compete in special laser battles with their friends and fellow “pilots.”
Now, if that doesn’t sound awesome enough already, just wait until you see which spacecraft are set to hit the shelves.
Not only do fans get the option to fly the iconic T-65 X-wing Starfighter and Darth Vader’s TIE Advanced X1 but there’s also a model based on the 74-Z Speeder Bike from Return of the Jedi.
Capable of flying to speeds of over 35mph in less than three seconds, the drones also boast a complex control algorithm that allows the user to mimic some of the most memorable mid-air manoeuvres from the films like forward moving corkscrew rolls.
Heck, at this rate, this baby could probably make the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs.
More significantly, the drones benefit from an innovative reverse propulsion system that means they fly in the most lifelike way possible.
For Propel CEO Darren Matloff, it feels like a dream come true.
“For almost 40 years, countless Star Wars fans new and old have dreamed about piloting their very own starfighter and with the new reverse propulsion drone technology from Propel they’re finally here,” he said.
“We have developed twelve new patent pending technologies in an effort to create a truly immersive user experience with the drone that can manoeuvre through the skies untethered in a highly accurate representation of how these Star Wars craft are supposed to fly”.
The main talking point of the entire endeavour though remains the potential for exciting multiplayer aerial laser battles, something which has been dubbed “Drone Gaming.”
Benefitting from built-in intelligent awareness technology, fans can not only compete with each other but also share their experience and advice via an official Facebook page though Admiral Ackbar is unfortunately absent from proceedings.
There they will receive additional training content, tips and the opportunity to organise and co-ordinate battles with other gamers.
Retailing at around £229.99, and available at branches of Maplin, Currys, Argos, Disney Store and Hamleys this December, Star Wars Battling Drones could be a game-changer for fans both old and new. Now how about a Millennium Falcon drone…