I could tell you all kinds of specs about these Star Wars drones from Propel, but first I have to encourage you to take a good long look at them. Take your time! Because yes, that is a speeder bike, and an X-Wing, and the Millennium Falcon, and a Tie fighter. And yes, they really do fly.
OK, all done? Its okay, you can sneak one more peek after you get through the words part. Propel’s four Star Wars quadcopter models features a clever propeller placement—theyre underneath and clear, instead of above and opaque—that helps them disappear when in flight. Speaking of, they can hit speeds of nearly 40mph. Oh, except for the Millennium Falcon, which can hit 50mph. Thats not quite DJI Phantom zip, but its pretty close. And a DJI Phantom never made the Kessel Run.
There are other promised features, like push-button aerial 360 stunts, three speed settings to help novice pilots man their rebel vessels, and a laser-based fighting mechanics that let up to 24 quadcopters battle simultaneously mid-air. The beauty of these wee drones, though, is that all the extras really are just that. If youre getting one of these, its because theyre the most artistically realized Star Wars flying machines this side of Corellia.
“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,” says Propel CEO Darren Matloff. “That’s never happened before.”
The collection ships this fall, with each quadcopter expected to cost between $200 and $300. The catch? They’re currently not available in North America, although they are pretty much everywhere else, and there’s still a few months to patch that distribution hole. You can reserve one now, with no obligation to buy. Before you decide whether its worth it, maybe take peruse them one more time. With this many options, its no easy task to figure out exactly which drone youre looking for.