Pilots get ready, the next mission is groundbreaking.  Spin Master Corp. (TSX: TOY), a leading global children’s entertainment company, today announced its award-winning Air Hogs Connect: Mission Drone is now on sale at U.S. retailers, including Barnes & Noble and Amazon, for $149.99 MSRP.

Air Hogs Connect: Mission Drone is the first to deliver an immersive augmented reality (AR) game experience where players fly a physical drone in an interactive 3D digital universe.  Using a BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) enabled smart device and the free Air Hogs Connect: Mission Drone app, now available for download at the App Store and Google Play, players fly the Mission Drone over the customized AR tracking mat, which uses visual and spatial tracking to create an advanced 3D augmented reality world.  

Air Hogs Connect: Mission Drone, based on Spin Master’s award-winning Air Hogs Connect augmented reality gaming platform, pushes the boundaries on RC (remote control) vehicle play by creating an experience where the digital fun of augmented reality and gaming is combined with the physical fun of controlling an actual RC drone.  The result is a fully immersive, mixed reality, interactive gaming experience, where players enjoy flying the Air Hogs drone, while they are challenged to lead and pilot it and a team of heroes through endless search and rescue missions and challenges to save the world from attack by alien forces.

“With Air Hogs, Spin Master created the RC flight category. Our history of disruptive innovation continues with the new Air Hogs Connect platform. It pushes the boundaries of a remote control vehicle by combining it with one of the most talked about technologies today – augmented reality,” said Nick Beliaeff, vice president of production at Spin Master, Inc.  “This is where innovation meets entertainment. As the first product to be introduced to this new AR gaming platform, Mission Drone players will be amazed as they fly the physical drone in their living room, and then watch the room transform into a science fiction universe while they work to command a team of heroes and complete tasks, rescue missions and more in a unique mixed reality experience.”

Air Hogs Connect Mission Drone is already being recognized for its innovation, design and fun gameplay within the toy and technology industries.  Honors include being named “Best Game or Toy” at the 7th annual Auggie Awards at the Augmented World Expo 2016 and winner of a 2016 National Parent Product Award (NAPPA).