Growing up, I loved playing with toys (Who didn’t?). Besides Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, my other favorites belonged to the Star Wars universe. I can’t even tell you how many action figures I had from a galaxy far, far away. I had several versions of Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Han Solo, and so on. And no matter how careful I tried to be with them, I always seemed to lose at least one of their weapons. There was just something inherently awesome about playing with Star Wars toys; I even owned some of the vehicles from the films, including the tie fighter. And while it was neat and had exploding wings, I had to do all of the flying by myself, obviously, since it couldn’t really fly on its own.
Star Wars is home to tons of exciting vehicles, including the landspeeder and the Millennium Falcon – but one of the most standout vehicles has got to be the speeder bike. You remember them from the Endor scene in Return of the Jedi, right? (Hint: It’s the scene where Luke, Leia, and the stormtrooper just about hit every tree in the forest). Fans have long dreamed of owning a real-life speeder bike, but have been slightly out of luck – until now, that is.
A man by the name of Adam Wordsworth has created a fully functioning speeder bike, except it’s slightly on the small scale because it’s made out of a drone. Actually, it’s a Star Wars toy combined with a quadcopter drone, and the end result is nothing short of spectacular. He’s mounted a stormtrooper to the seat and put a camera on him so he could film his own “Endor” scenes. He also of course posted some of the flight tests to his Youtube page. You can check out one of the videos below:
Is that not the greatest use of a drone you’ve seen? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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