Since the dawn of time, in a galaxy far far away, Star Wars fanatics and nerds alike have traveled far and wide from all ends of the universe to be in attendance of, what is foreseen as the greatest and geekiest event in existence, Comic Con. Losers from around the world like to think of this as their Superbowl or World Cup Final. It’s basically the crème de la crème of geek events. My boss forced me to attend this event and despite my skepticism, I actually had a great time. Comic Con is essentially made up of middle-aged men dressed as their favourite character from World of Warcraft congregating in a stadium-sized area disputing whether the Ewoks were cute and cuddly or vicious carnivores? I mean, sure, they may have assisted when fighting against the Empire and stuff, but they also tried to roast Chewbacca. Amidst the flood of trailers, posters, and panels, Comic Con plays host to all the latest toys and action figures, some of which are actually pretty sweet. Here are a few that caught my eye from the Star Wars section:
Propel Star Wars T-65 X Wing Battle Drone
Retailing at around £200 this Wing Battle Drone ain’t cheap. (Although, I did find a few on Amazon for just over the £120 mark). Despite its seeming expensive price tag, this drone does not disappoint. This detailed replica is equipped with a remote control for accurate movements as well as being equipped for multiple laser battles. That’s right, it shoots lasers. You can buy a few of them and have intense space battles. It even blasts the Star Wars music for when you’re nerding it up with the boys.
Build R2-D2 | 1:2 Scale
Not quite as impressive but still really cool is this 1:2 Scale model of R2-D2. I think this one stood out for me as R2-D2 was always my favourite character growing up. This model is an ‘advanced autonomous droid with interactive intelligence’, which is pretty awesome. At retail this will cost you around £80 although we managed to find it for just $64.99 from Model-Space.com.
R2 gets a lot of love, but he’s not the only droid in town. The Sphero BB-9E currently retails for around £150 but again we found a link on amazon for as low as £89.99. This advanced piece of tech can be controlled by an app on your phone which we found really cool. We had a lot of fun in the office with this as you can imagine. BB-9E can also shoot LED lasers from his head. Although its winning feature by a long way is its ability to interact with the user via VR. The user, once wearing a VR headset can engage with BB-9E and can even see the holographic images projected by the drone just like in the movies. Incredible.