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Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon can be yours in drone form

Disney has just released a remote control Millennium Falcon, and although it may not look like much, but it’s got it where it counts. Honestly who wouldn’t want to be the captain of the Millennium Falcon? It may not be able to make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, but it looks like it could certainly be lots of fun to fly around your living room while yelling Star Wars quotes.

The remote controlled was first revealed during the Star Wars: Global Unboxing Livestream during Fan Expo Canada along with scores of other awesome toys from a galaxy far, far away, including the adorable remote controlled BB-8, in preparation for the release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. It comes with working lights and highly sophisticated four fan propulsion system.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like this thing has a working hyperdrive, which kind of makes it a bit more authentic if you think about it. Besides if you could make this thing travel faster than the speed of light you’d probably have a nasty fan related accident and then you’d be left with a scratched Millennium Falcon. You can get car insurance and boat insurance but you might be a bit more hard pressed to find insurance for your modified YT-1300f light freighter.

The Millennium Falcon is currently available at Walmart for $88 and at Toys R’ Us for $109.99, not too steep considering this is the fastest hunk of junk in the toy aisle. Disney is also set to release a remote controlled X-Wing Starfighter, so let the Star Wars recreations commence.

Some of the most impressive new toys revealed as part of Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens “Force Friday” event are in fact centred on the classic trilogy.

That’s the case with Thinkway Toys’ upcoming range, which incorporates animatronic robo-toys, remote control vehicles — oh, and a radio controlled Millennium Falcon drone.

The animatronic figures measure between 16-17 inches tall, and feature around 30 points of articulation. The first wave consists of Darth Vader and a classic Stormtrooper representing the classic movie trilogy, while Kylo Ren and C-3PO with his new red arm feature for The Force Awakens. Chewbacca is also available, branded for the new film but with authentic plush fur making him indistinguishable from the original look.

Each features voice samples, and will react to your own speech. Even better, they can react to each other. Vader and Ren also come holding their lightsabers, with a ridiculous range of movement for you to swing them around in action poses. But in real sci-fi toys territory, they can lightsaber battle each other, clashing blades with appropriate sound effects.

The remote controlled vehicle range also spans new and old Star Wars movies. Some are fairly basic grounded spaceships — X-Wings and TIE Fighters you can drive around your living room floor with simplistic back and forth, left and right controls (though there is a rather nicely detailed R2-D2). The most impressive entry though is the AT-AT Walker. The four-legged titan that stomped around Hoth in Empire Strikes Back now exists as a 10.5″ tall free-walking vehicle.

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