Propel’s holy grail of current awesome toy drones comes of age a year after its summer launch. Propel has, as a result of this, better prepared to meet the huge demand after its initial bumpy launch of these Star Wars Battle Drones.
‘Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi’ launches later this year, perfect timing for this three ship set to be launch alongside. The Speeder, The X-Wing, and the TIE x1 Advanced.
Every one of them comes with infrared beams and sensors so you can play aerial laser tag with them! There are even plans to provide an upgrade module with Li-Fi lasers later in the year, which are much more accurate.
The Star Wars battle drones fly well, are small enough to fit in your hand and come in a gorgeous display box. Expect classic Star Wars music to greet you upon unveiling your box (fantastic on the first opening… less enchanting on the twentieth). You can even recharge the box itself over USB… or just let it wear itself out…
The drones come with a physical twin-stick remote control which works by wifi.
While the drones don’t have cameras or sonar sensors they do have a built in gyroscope and altimeter. There definitely is some drift while hovering but they fly well with only mild need for adjustments.
Set up is a little fiddly as you will need to insert the rechargeable drone battery yourself. Remember to also pick up four AA’s for the remote (batteries are not included).
Learning To Fly Star Wars Battle Drones
The drones come with a great staggered learning process too. Initially you can pair your remote to your phone and fly in a virtual drone game to pick up the basics with the 38 virtual missions. Then you can advance to a built in beginner mode that limits the height it will go below or above. Allowing you to ensure the optimal safe flight height window. This, combined with the plastic cage, should keep your rotors safe during the early stumbling flights and inevitable beginner’s crashes.
Crushing Your Foes
These drones really come into their own for dogfights with your buddies. One on one battles have a great ending feature where after a set number of hits a drone will go into an automatic death spiral (but landing lightly on the floor). There is also functionality for mass drone battles allowing 12 or more to fight at once and the variety of games can include a straight most points based battle as well as ‘last man standing’ and ‘capture the death star plans’ (where one of each team becomes the target of the other team while they must protect their own chosen target drone).
These Star Wars battle drones are a little pricey at £199 but if you’ve got the readies then this is well worth it for some real life team battling. You can find the collection on Propels offical site or on Amazon.
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