We flew Star Wars battle drones, and they made us cry tears of joy

Not counting the day we got broadband, this is the happiest day of our lives

We've done some pretty exciting things this year. We've chatted to AI speakers in our living room, tried some extremely risqué virtual reality, and even took a spin in a self-driving car without getting ourselves killed. But none of that compares to being a pilot in a Star Wars drone dogfight.

Propel's new Star Wars Battle Quads, to give them their full name, are every single Star Wars fan's dream. Hell, you don't even have to like Star Wars to appreciate them. Five minutes whizzing around the air and shooting at a rival drone is all it'll take to make you fall in love.

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Fly like an eagle

The drones have similar flight characteristics to each other, so it’s just a case of choosing your favourite model, or picking an allegiance. 

You won’t have an advantage by having the ‘best’ ship in the fleet, which makes for a nice level playing field. This isn’t Mario Kart, and it’s certainly not like dusting crops.

What’s it like to fly, though? In short - it’s wizard, Ani!

The controls are responsive, and the drones are super zippy. If you’re new to flying, Propel has made the learning curve really simple. Multiple speed settings, from a sedate training mode to a super-fast 35mph in 3 seconds, the Battle Quads will work for pretty much anyone.

 

 

Initial Verdict: Absolutely Awesome

Just another bit of expensive licensed movie tat, then? Well, you’re half right. These toys aren’t cheap, coming in at £230 (S$415) each, but they’re definitely 100% not tat.

They're beautifully crafted models worthy of any collector's shelf, and the fact that they're incredible drones capable of fighting one another with frikkin' laser beams, is just icing on an already delicious cake, making that price tag seem rather reasonable, if you ask us.

Out in early December (we'll update this feature once they hit shelves properly), you can reserve them from Propel.

As they say, if you can afford it, get two.

Hands-on with the Star Wars Battle Quad drones