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Star Wars Propel Battle Drones

One of the holiday season's most popular gifts still has plenty of force behind it

by Evan Orensten
on 06 January 2017

It's safe to say that the last few weeks have been very good for "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" and, entirely unrelated, drone sales. Images of and from the latter filled up social media post-holidays as new owners tested out what can be called a toy for all ages. For anyone who hasn't already acquired a high-flier, a recently released three-product range combines both of the aforementioned wonders—though references the original Star Wars trilogy and not the newest release. The Star Wars Propel battle drones travel at speeds up to 35mph and go from 0-30 in three seconds. And with a patent-pending reverse propulsion system, each of these hand-painted quadcopters delivers an almost invisible blade flying experience.

Whereas we are often drawn to drones with photo and video capturing implements, these Propel pieces offer something quite different. Up to 24 pilots (according to the official site, though most publications have reported the game works for only 12) can bring their drones together and battle in air, launching "lasers" at one another. Each drone has three lives, and upon being struck the third and final time, it crashes to the ground (safely). Drone-maker Propel took inspiration from Darth Vader's Tie Advanced X1, an Endor moon Speeder Bike and the Rebel Alliance X wing. All three versions have been accented with incredible detail and arrive in collectible boxes (something Star Wars fans know the true value of). Drones frequently occupy only one person's attention—or a group focusing on the activity of one device. Here, drone flying become a collaborative game.

The three Star Wars Propel battle drones retail for $199 each and can be purchased online for global shipping.

Images courtesy of Disney

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