Mental Floss

This Guy Turns His Star Wars Toys Into Flying Drones

Andrew LaSane

Star Wars fans race to the store whenever new toys and figures, like the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Black Series from Hasbro, are released. And though many serious toy collectors are content with looking at the collectible objects on shelves or in glass cabinets, one YouTuber and RC model builder decided that his toys needed an upgrade to better reflect the source material. Using the new Hasbro Black Series First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter and an older 12-inch Power of the Force Imperial Speeder Bike figure, ajw61185 created remote-controlled flying drones.

In a separate video posted to YouTube and a photo album shared to Imgur, the builder explains the modifications that he made to the existing TIE Fighter toy to get it to fly, including 3D printing motor mounts, cutting and filing parts of the wings to accommodate the propulsion system, and installing the flight controller into the cockpit. There is no video explaining the Speeder Bike toy mod, but there is a test video as well as a teaser (below) for a drone recreation of the classic chase scene through the forest on Endor from Stars Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983).