Last year’s break out Star Wars toy was, without question, Sphero’s BB-8. It was the perfect synergy of technology and intellectual property, that brilliantly captured The Force Awakens’ break out star droid. In the lead up to Rogue One, there isn’t a single toy running away with the title, but Propel’s drones are a pretty strong contender.
Unveiled via teaser this summer, the devices capture four key vehicles from the original trilogy – a speeder bike, an X-Wing, a Tie Fighter and, naturally, that perpetual fixer-upper, the Millennium Falcon. The drones feature four rotors capable of accelerating from zero to 30MPH in three seconds, with peak speeds of up to 35MPH – however many parsecs that works out to.
Propel showed off the drones’ aerial maneuvers in a San Francisco press event this week, just ahead of the products’ official Friday launch. They’re impressive little toys designed for laser-based dog fights, aiming their beams at one another until the loser suffers a controlled crash to the ground.
With prices however at around $250, the drones aren’t exactly cheap, but, then, wish fulfillment rarely is.