T-65 X-Wing Starfighter Drone Review

The Star Wars movie series’s most famous model is, without doubt, the T-65 X-Wing Starfighter. The X-Wing took part in all sorts of decisive battles in the Star Wars film series and is considered a symbol of the entire rebellion during the Galactic Civil War.

Star Wars fans can now get their money’s worth with the T-65 X-Wing Starfighter Drone from Propel. The T-65 is also represented in the high-quality quadcopter series. Thus, it is launched as a collector’s item in the first place and, on the other hand, as a starfighter in exciting quadcopter battles.

Propel: T-65 X-Wing Starfighter Drone

With the Star Wars Battle Drones, the licensed manufacturer Propel offers a handful of quadrocopter models for Star Wars fans and Star Wars disciples. Like the 74-Z Speeder Bike, the TIE Advanced X1, or the later Millennium Falcon, the T-65 X-Wing Starfighter offers the possibility to get a high-quality collector’s item on the one hand and a great toy on the other hand.

The manufacturer’s non-binding sales price is $74.85. In return, you get a competition drone built in the style of the worldwide popular Star Wars film series with enormously high quality and a great set of functions.

Packaging: Wax sealed and numbered

Like the other Star Wars drones, the T-65 X-Wing Starfighter is delivered in a high-quality deluxe collector’s box with wax seals and a corresponding numbering.

For collectors of Star Wars fan articles and collectors of Star Wars merchandise, this is an excellent opportunity to acquire a great product. Those who do not want to open the packaging and prefer to place the T-65 X-Wing Starfighter Drone in their home display case will miss the unique unboxing experience.

The packaging is equipped with integrated lighting and integrated speakers. When lifting the upper half of the package, you will be surprised by indirect lighting and original, model-specific sound effects from the Star Wars movies.

To ensure that the Star Wars quadrocopter packaging always is fully charged, the packaging can be recharged with the enclosed charging cable. Such a packaging design is rare – and makes the T-65 X-Wing Starfighter from Propel not only interesting for Star Wars fans, but also for quadrocopter pilots in general.

But not only the packaging is better than some other Star Wars drones, but also the drone itself. Striking features of the Star Wars drones from Propel are the material’s high quality and the enormous attention to detail.
The details of the aircraft are surprising:

Whether Speeder Bike or Starfighter:

Each of the hand-painted models not only has LED lights with different colors at different positions but also battle damage and wear marks. The Propel models offer not only the usual flight functions but also the possibility to compete against other Star Wars pilots in exciting competitions.

Of course, it should not be forgotten that the propeller models are considerably more expensive than the Star Wars drones from the manufacturer Air Hogs, for example. Charging the battery takes about 30 to 40 minutes. The flight time of such a Star Wars drone is around six to eight minutes.

Extensive accessories

Inside the elaborate packaging, you will find more boxes, each containing accessories such as a controller, rotors, rotor cage (propeller guard), charger, and an additional battery.

The aircraft itself always has its rotors pointing downwards. This has the advantage that the transparent propellers are less visible in flight, giving the impression that this is actually one of the Star Wars aircraft models. However, the propellers mounted under the drone’s body have one disadvantage – this means that the aircraft should be taken off and landed on a flat surface if possible.

On meadows and uneven surfaces, it is almost impossible to take off the T-65 X-Wing Starfighter. Simultaneously, the drone launch from your hand is more difficult – if you want to avoid injuries from the propellers, you should not launch the Star Wars drones by hand.

Infrared sensors for competitions

Two IR or infrared sensors are mounted on the front of each of the Star Wars drones – including the T-65 X-Wing Starfighter. By using these infrared sensors, the Star Wars drones can hit each other. If the corresponding infrared receiver registers a hit, the Star Wars drone is automatically landed – as in a crash.

According to rumors and some official information, the IR sensors can be upgraded to laser sensors with an upgrade kit. This will make hits even more accurate and the laser shots even more visible – just like in the movie.

While the controller of the Speeder Bike or the TIE Advanced X1 comes in black with red accents, the remote control of the T-65 X-Wing Starfighter comes in matt white. The controller requires a total of four AA batteries (note: not included!). Each controller also features specific and unique sound effects from the original Star Wars movies. The volume can be adjusted if you want.

You can also deactivate the sound effects entirely or play the sound effects via headphones using the controller’s jack connector. Furthermore, the remote control has an integrated smartphone holder.

In the near future, Propel will most likely release a suitable application (app) for iOS and Android phones, so that the pilot can benefit from additional features like high scores or even VR gaming environments. An FPV camera is not on board the Star Wars drones – the manufacturer may also release an upgrade solution.

Training mode

Like the other Star Wars-style propeller models, the T-65 X-Wing Starfighter Drone can be piloted in training mode. Flight altitude, distance, and speed are significantly reduced in the T-mode – making it suitable for pilots who have not yet had any experience in handling a quadcopter.

With three additional modes, the T-65 X-Wing Starfighter offers other flight modes, each of which differs in the maximum speed when flying. The shoulder buttons on the remote control are still used to perform 360-degree stunts and take spectacular cover from the enemy.

The top speed of the propeller drones is 35 mph or about 50 kilometers per hour. Despite the absence of a GPS system or ultrasonic sensors, the T-65 X-Wing Starfighter Quadrocopter flies exceptionally stable – even take-off and landing can be initiated at the touch of a button.

Star Wars Battle Drone: Up to 24 pilots

Up to 24 pilots can participate in the battles between the Star Wars drones of Propel. Suppose a Star Wars spaceship registers a maximum of three hits thanks to infrared sensors. In that case, the quadrocopter automatically initiates a gentle landing process. The Star Wars spaceships’ competition is great fun and turns every man into a small, screaming child.

The remote control vibrates when a hit is scored and therefore provides visual and acoustic and haptic feedback. The interaction between drone, controller, and pilot is unique and cannot be compared to any other quadcopter. However, such a drone battle needs – depending on the number of participating players – a lot of space.

Ideally, the competitions should take place outside. Another positive aspect: Propel’s drones have a comparatively robust design – thanks to softer and harder plastic parts, crashes are no problem. And if the drone should suffer a collision, spare parts can be ordered directly from the manufacturer. They can be replaced by yourself using the tools provided.

Evaluation and conclusion

For Star Wars fans, the Propel drones offer a unique experience – both the material quality (haptic and optical) and the packaging is unique.
Simultaneously, quadcopter pilots and merchandising collectors can look forward to a great range of delivery and functions.

The fact that you have to pay a considerable amount of 74$ for this should hardly bother the die-hard Star Wars fans. The price will always be worth the effort. If you put the unpacked drones in the display case, you will undoubtedly own a coveted collector’s item one day.

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