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Battling drones let you dogfight with iconic Star Wars vehicles

Battling drones let you dogfig...
Propel has announced a line of Star Wars drones, including the iconic Millennium Falcon
Propel has announced a line of Star Wars drones, including the iconic Millennium Falcon
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Propel has announced a line of Star Wars drones, including the iconic Millennium Falcon
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Propel has announced a line of Star Wars drones, including the iconic Millennium Falcon
The Millennium Falcon Special Edition box
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The Millennium Falcon Special Edition box
The box features an embossed Millennium Falcon on the front
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The box features an embossed Millennium Falcon on the front
The propellors are designed to be invisible while flying, to maintain the iconic look of the ship
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The propellors are designed to be invisible while flying, to maintain the iconic look of the ship
The included display case features lights and sound, which will make sure it looks as good on a shelf as it does in the air
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The included display case features lights and sound, which will make sure it looks as good on a shelf as it does in the air
The remote for the Millennium Falcon and the X-Wing Starfighter brings to mind the light side of the Force
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The remote for the Millennium Falcon and the X-Wing Starfighter brings to mind the light side of the Force
The box for the Tie Advanced X1 features an embossed image of the ship
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The box for the Tie Advanced X1 features an embossed image of the ship
The Tie Advanced X1 box is a treat to open
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The Tie Advanced X1 box is a treat to open
The Speeder Bike comes complete with a Storm Trooper figure
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The Speeder Bike comes complete with a Storm Trooper figure
The Speeder Bike box features an embossed image of the vehicle
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The Speeder Bike box features an embossed image of the vehicle
"Watch out for that tree!"
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"Watch out for that tree!"
The included display case features lights and sounds, and will make the vehicle look as good on the shelf as it does in the air
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The included display case features lights and sounds, and will make the vehicle look as good on the shelf as it does in the air
The remote for the Tie Advanced X1 and the Speeder Bike puts the power of the Dark Side in your hands
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The remote for the Tie Advanced X1 and the Speeder Bike puts the power of the Dark Side in your hands
You can now fly Darth Vader's own Tie Advanced X1 ship 
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You can now fly Darth Vader's own Tie Advanced X1 ship 
The craft looks imposing from the front
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The craft looks imposing from the front
The box for the Rebels' X-Wing Starfighter
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The box for the Rebels' X-Wing Starfighter
The drones feature lasers, allowing you to dogfight against the Dark Side
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The drones feature lasers, allowing you to dogfight against the Dark Side
The X-Wing drone will serve you well during aerial battles
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The X-Wing drone will serve you well during aerial battles
The "invisible blades" make sure the propellers don't ruin the aesthetic of the X-Wing
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The "invisible blades" make sure the propellers don't ruin the aesthetic of the X-Wing
With its included display case, the X-Wing will take pride of place in any collection
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With its included display case, the X-Wing will take pride of place in any collection
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The Star Wars universe is fertile (and lucrative) ground for toymakers, and in recent years advances in technology have enabled toys that would have been impossible when the first movie was released in 1977. Developments in drone technology has now allowed Propel RC to develop a line of Star Wars "Battling Quad" drones that lets kids young and old take control of iconic Star Wars vehicles in dogfights against other pilots.

The line of drones on show at the Star Wars Celebration over the weekend includes the 74-Z Speeder Bike, Tie Advanced X1, T-65 X-Wing Starfighter and of course, the Millennium Falcon. Each hand-painted and individually-numbered model can get up to 40 km/h (25 mph) and comes equipped with lasers that can be used to battle it out against other drones.

Additionally, the drones feature a new reverse propulsion system that Propel says allows them to hit their top speed in under three seconds – not quite fast enough to make the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs, but pretty good for toy drones like these.

And besides, these drones aren't ones you'll want to race off out of sight. Unlike previous drone offerings, each of Propel's models is a faithful recreation of the iconic vehicles, they're for show more than anything as evidenced by "invisible blades" that are designed to keep the propellers from ruining the visual effect.

Three speed settings run the gamut from beginners to experienced drone pilots, and for further showing off, 360-degree aerial stunts can be pulled off at the push of a button. But the most intriguing feature is those lasers, which enables a laser battle game. This will see opponents paired controllers shaking when receiving a direct hit, while three hits will result in the craft being sent (slowly) to the ground.

With its included display case, the X-Wing will take pride of place in any collection
With its included display case, the X-Wing will take pride of place in any collection

Even just opening the box is apparently an experience in itself, with the display cases sporting flashing lights and playing music and dialogue clips from the movies. Whether in the air or on a shelf, these are sure to take pride of place in fan collections. Propel is currently taking reservations for the first 15,000 "special edition" units of the series, which it expects to ship by the end of September, after which more will be available.

Although no price details have been confirmed as yet, rumours from the Star Wars Celebration show floor suggest they'll run you around £300 (US$397) for the Millennium Falcon, or £250 (US $331) for each of the others. A Collector's Box Set features all four models plus a carry case, at a 10 percent discount. Propel is currently only licensed to sell the drones in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, but is hopeful of securing a deal to make them available in the US.

Source: Propel

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