Y’know the Imperial Probe Droids from The Empire Strikes Back? I’m convinced they have dialogue. The indistinct bleeping they do during their scans sounds quite a lot to me like they’re saying “You never said that.” Go on, have a close listen next time you’re watching the movie. Or playing Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, I guess.
While we’re on the subject of Imperial Probe Droids, YouTubesman ajw61185 posted a video of one roaming around in his living room. No, he hasn’t been visited by a mechanical menace from a galaxy far, far away. He built the drone himself, which can be seen in the video – set to a synthesizer recreation of the Imperial March and featuring a caemo from ajw61185 as a Rebel riding a Tauntaun – below.
The description reads:
This is a build I’ve had on the back burner for a while, but wanted to finish in time for Halloween. It’s based on the same quad I used for the Falcon 9 build (the Blade Inductrix) and is built entirely from 3mm depron foam. The whole body weighs about 50g, and the drone flies reasonably well indoors. Landing is a bit of a challenge, but I made break away mounts for the legs, in case I miss a hand catch. I’ll be linking build photos and drawings in the comments section shortly.
As with all my builds, this is strictly for fun. I do not intend to sell any sort of kit based on this project, although I will be glad to answer questions about the build, and help anyone who is interested create their own.
Oh, and there’s a shark in his living room. Personally I feel like we’re burying the lede a little by not making that the headline. A shark! Coming out of his wall! Wonders never cease.
This isn’t his only Star Wars drone project, either – last year he built a Speeder Bike Drone, based on the Speeder Bikes seen in Return of the Jedi: