This Guy Turns His Star Wars Toys Into Flying Drones

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).

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Speedy Delivery: Mister Rogers Will Get His Own Stamp in 2018
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USPS 2018 Mister Rogers stamp
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After weeks of mailing out this year’s holiday cards, postage might be the last thing you want to think about. But the U.S. Postal Service has just given us a sneak peek at the many iconic people, places, and things that will be commemorated with their own stamps in 2018, and one in particular has us excited to send out a few birthday cards: Mister Rogers.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred Rogers’s groundbreaking PBS series that the USPS says “inspired and educated young viewers with warmth, sensitivity, and honesty,” the mail service shared a mockup of what the final stamp may look like. On it, Rogers—decked out in one of his trademark colorful cardigans (all of which were hand-knitted by his mom, by the way)—smiles for the camera alongside King Friday XIII, ruler of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Though no official release date for Fred’s forever stamp has been given, Mister Rogers is just one of many legendary figures whose visages will grace a piece of postage in 2018. Singer/activist Lena Horne will be the 41st figure to appear as part of the USPS’s Black Heritage series, while former Beatle John Lennon will be the face of the newest Music Icons collection. Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, will also be honored.

Can You Spot the Christmas Pudding?

Whether it’s a sheep hanging out with Santa Claus or a panda bear hiding among some snowmen, regular Mental Floss readers know that hidden picture brainteasers are one of our favorite things. And the optical experts at have released a delicious one, just in time for Christmas. Somewhere in the midst of all these holiday-themed goodies above, there’s a holiday pudding just waiting to be discovered. Can you spot it? Your time starts … now.

If you give up, or are the kind of person who reads the last page of a book before the first one and just wants to know the answer, scroll down to see where it’s hiding.



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