Air Hogs Star Wars Remote Control Ultimate Millennium Falcon Quad
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- Now you can fly the most iconic ship in the Star Wars universe: the Millennium Falcon Quad with iconic LED lights and authentic sounds
- The Millennium Falcon uses 4 rotors concealed in the body of the ship for agile
- space-like flight
- Its 2.4Ghz communication lets you control the Millennium Falcon up to 200' away
- Activates its hyper-drive stunt with the push of a button
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Warning - Choking Hazard - Children Under 3 This toy is not suitable for ages under 3 years. It contains one or more of the following items: marbles small ball or small parts. Bring the Star Wars universe to life with the Air Hogs Star Wars Remote-Control Millennium Falcon. Fly the most iconic ship in the Star Wars universe right in your own home. Four rotors concealed in the hull produce enough lift for agile space-like flight. You can charge your Air Hogs Millennium Falcon straight from the controller. Use the included USB cable to charge from a computer or phone charger to extend your battery life. Thanks to 2.4Ghz communication you can control the falcon from up to 200' away. Relive the movie adventures with authentic sound effects and LED lights. The noise brings the Star Wars Millennium Falcon to life as you fly. Make up your own stunts or use the Hyper-Drive button on the controller for a burst of light and sound that recreate a hyperspace flight. This Air Hogs Star Wars Remote-Control Millennium Falcon makes a great gift for a fan. This Star Wars Millennium Falcon is made of durable impact-resistant foam so you can fly your ship with confidence. The item also comes equipped with foam core ducts to protect the rotors so minor crashes won't keep it grounded. Now Star Wars fans can join the Rebellion with a workable replica of the most iconic ship in the Star Wars universe. Star Wars products are produced by Spin Master under license from Lucasfilm Ltd. With the Air Hogs Star Wars Remote Control Millennium Falcon you can take to the skies and let your imagination soar. 6 x AA batteries required for operation Air Hogs Millennium Falcon is for indoors and outdoors use Includes: 1 Millennium Falcon quad 1 remote control and 1 instruction guide0
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It's definitely a departure from what I usually cover on my Youtube channel but since this is the Video Gadgets Journal and this absolutely qualifies as a gadget I found it hard to resist purchasing one of these.
To give it an official title the Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Air Hogs - Remote Control Ultimate Millennium Falcon Quad is not only every child's dream but every 30-something-male-adult-with-a-large-disposable-income's dream. Children have to wait until Christmas, I waited until my pay day which just so happened to be the Labour Day weekend it was released.
The box is your typical Star Wars affair with plenty of logos and a design that's very familiar to any collectors out there. The back of the box displays the contents with English and, in this case, a French description of the item because I live in Canada these days. Each of the sides, with the exception of the underneath which lists battery information and safety instructions, displays the same design which helps establish that this product is from the new Star Wars films as I have no idea who this evil looking chap is. Maybe it's a spoiler and he kills Han and Chewie and rides off into the tattooine sunset in the Falcon - you heard it here first folks.
And of course the star of this particular show is the Millennium Falcon which must have made toy companies quiver in a fiscal orgy when they heard it was making a return: One of the most iconic and distinctive spaceships in science fiction. And it looks awesome.
Despite it being a drone no comprises have been made to its shape. You expect drones to be symmetrical to help with weight distribution but not in this case. The Millennium Falcon is shaped and detailed exactly as you would expect save for the cutouts for the rotor blades and power switch.
The reason it is able to look like this is because it's made from high destiny foam which feels like polystyrene used to pack washing machines. You can see this in the material around the rotors. This drone weighs next to nothing - the same as a bag of salad. You can crash into pretty much anything because the forces are so low to both the object and drone that neither is likely to get damaged as you will see later.
The controller looks like someone's idea of a really tacky 3rd party Xbox 360 controller but it does serve a few purposes. Obviously it controls the drone and robs your house's entire supply of double A batteries as it needs six of them.
Quite why is a mystery since the drone has its own 450 mah battery. It might have something to do with the authentic yet very poor quality sound effects that you can play using the controller's shoulder buttons.
But as you can see, you can plug the controller into the mains with the supplied usb cable and then a small charging cable comes out of a compartment in the controller to plug into the drone and charge it.
That takes around 75 minutes and that will give you about 6-9 minutes of flying time with the drone. More on that later.
As for right now let's get into the Millennium Falcon as a quadcopter drone. As a relatively small drone you can fly this indoors as long as you have around 15 square feet of space and if you have experience flying drones it's moderately responsive.
In this shot I've synced two cameras together to show you drone flying and me controlling it.
The left stick controls the throttle and the direction of the Falcon while the right stick moves the drone forwards, backwards, right and left (very much like a videogame first person shooter). The throttle can be a little temperamental; usually it requires feather touches but occasionally demands a serious amount of power when changing direction or sometimes completely randomly.
It does advertise itself as having an onboard Gyro-stabilizer meaning that it should stay perfectly still and float if you control the power correctly but as you're flying time goes on you will find it more and more difficult to control. In reality it's impossible to keep it exactly in one place as I tried various times in my filming. But on the whole, after a learning curve of about an hour you should be able to fly the drone with some confidence and feel pretty cool doing so.
The drone has two distinct sounds, which you can hear as high pitch whirring but if you listen closely you can almost persuade yourself of a constant engine noise that does actually sound like the Falcon itself, or maybe I'm just being nostalgic.
Here's another synced camera shot of me following the drone around the office with a camera attached to my head. You can get a sense of scale and speed here. The drone is small and fairly slow, especially when reversing. But such speeds do allow you to attempt delicate manoeuvres such as trying to fly under this table which I almost succeeded in doing….
On the plus side this failure this does highlight the durability of the drone, as do all these other flying mishaps and crashes.
Also because the rotors are tiny and enclosed it's completely safe and highly entertaining to launch the Falcon from your hand and indeed catch it, almost like a Frisbee - just be careful with the throttle if you decide to do the latter.
When I took the Falcon outside things did get a little more tricky. Remember that lightweight design? Well that ruins the handling of this drone even if there is a whisper of wind. If you consider that most people will be receiving these as Christmas present they might not get them outside the house until spring time. What makes things particularly difficult is when air disturbs the drone enough to make it change direction. That can really confuse your handling especially if it turns 180 degrees as that reverses the controls and if you're not expecting that it won't be long before you crash it.
Obviously in daylight you can see the Falcon in all its glory, but at night the blue lights in the engines and the bright white headlights add another special authentic Star Wars feel. No matter which way you approach this drone and attempt to review it objectively a fan can always fall back to that crucial element - it's a Millennium Falcon drone and it looks amazing.
What's not so amazing are the sound effects...
Couple that with the buttons that don't work most of the time and you have some poor build quality.
To summarise the Millennium Falcon drone as a package it's lightweight and durable, you can fly it indoors which is a great advantage for the holiday season and the controls are decent once you get the hang on it.
On the flipside there's quite a lot wrong with it. It struggles outdoors both with wind and signal. It claims to have an 80ft range but controls are unpredictable at half that distance. You can fly it around the garden which is good, but if you fly it around the park it won't go very far or very quickly.
Battery life is mediocre at around 10 minutes max if you're going flat out. What makes it worse is that the battery is completely enclosed within the drone so you can't replace it with a spare battery. And remember there's a 75 minute wait to recharge.
And let's not forget the price. Wherever you are in the world it's in the triple digit region. This is not a $100 or £100 drone.
But it is Star Wars and it is a Millennium Falcon and it is the spaceship you've always wanted to fly and that carries an irresistible draw. This is the toy equivalent of the dark side of the force. Give in to your temptations!
But really, this is a great product. It may not appear to be very durable at first inspection, but I have crashed this thing over 20 times on pavement with no damage. Both my dog and cat have swat it out of the air and caused several crashes indoors with no damage, either.
There is a bit of a learning curve if you are new to flying quad-copters. I'd say give yourself a good hour of flying before you have any hopes of precise control.
Speaking of flying, I was able to go for an hour before I decided to charge the battery. I'm not sure how long the battery lasts but can say for certain that it takes ~45 minutes to fully charge.
This is my first time ever flying a quadrocopter like device, so I can't really compare it to anything. By the end of my 10 minute period, I was able to at least not crash as much, will take a few more rounds before I feel comfortable with it. I tried taking it outdoors for less crashing, but the wind (barely a breeze) was just too much, I was afraid it would end up in the neighbors yard.
Is it the best quality 'copter out there? No. But, if you're a star wars fan like me, I think it will be worth the money. If nothing else, just to buzz it around the faces of my other star wars friends who don't have one :)