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Product Type: Toys
Age: Late Elementary School Years
Categories: Vehicles

 


2010 Award
Disney Tron Legacy Zero Gravity RC
(Spinmaster $24.99 Score:)

Hands down one of those super cool toys that everyone wants a turn trying.  The new DISNEY TRON movie will launch December 17th and while we haven't seen the movie, we can tell you that the toys are fun.  The Tron Legacy Zero Gravity RC will drive all over your walls AND upside down. To add to the fun, it lights up as it goes leaving a light trail.   The vehicle is controlled by  a wireless remote control and can go both backwards and forwards pretty quickly.  The sound is a tad too loud (so that if you're supposed to be asleep you're parents will know you're still playing with this great vehicle). 

Age: Later School Years, Tweens, Teens. Award Year: 2010.

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2010 Award
Air Hogs Hawk Eye R/C Video Camera Helicopter
(Spinmaster $64.99 Score:)

Wow! was pretty much the universal review of the new remote-controlled helicopter from Spinmaster with a built in video camera.  "It really works" noted one of our senior toy testers. The age range is appropriately marked 12 & up. The on-board video camera can capture five minutes of video and is meant to be used indoors exclusively (of course our toy testers enjoyed bending the rules on this one).  Our testers also thought the video was decent- (320 x 240 pixels at full color).  It can also capture photos at 640 x 480.  Comes with its own USB cable so that you can download the files on your computer. The company has also added a video eiditing platform at www.airhogs.com.  Takes 3AAA batteries but you can charge the heli through your computer. The batteries are for the controller.

Our testers also really loved the control they had over the new Missile Launching Helicopter--but even our tween and teen testers thought the actual missiles (hard plastic projectiles) were not particularly a safe bet.  They did think that it was the most sensitive heli they had played with and were able to land it on particular pieces of furniture (and cross beams!) in their house.  We love when kids tell us that we should tell the company to replace the missles with foam or just get rid of them altogether! 

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens, Teens. Award Year: 2010.

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AirHog Titan
(Spinmaster $9.99 Score:)

If you grew up throwing little gliders, you'll want to try this new steroidal version from Air Hogs. Its wing span is an impressive 4 feet.  We tested it over several days, and it does as the packaging indiates soar 45 feet if you get a good throw.  Our sample broke apart several times but did not break.  At $9.99 this seems like a reasonable novelty toy that will be enjoyed by many--and there will be no serious tears if it ends up stuck in a tree! A gentle wind or long broom will get it down. We also liked the "no batteries needed" - a welcome departure for the Air Hogs brand.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens, Teens. Award Year: 2010.

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2003 Award
K'nex Burn Out
(KNEX $49.99 Score:) You can build three different models of racing cars with this 246-piece set that also comes with a remote control. Our 12-year old Knex builder constructed the first model in under an hour. For less advanced builders, some assistance will probably be needed but this is a manageable kit. Available with two frequencies so that you can race a friend's car, too. One model is 3' long-very neat. 9 & up. (800) 543-5639.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2005 Award
Mgears Remote Control Racers
(Learning Resources $29.95 Score:) Our testers liked the speed they got with this 213 piece Grand Prix Racer. The base comes with the wheels already on (last year we had trouble getting the wheels on!). "The directions sometimes have too many steps in them—they should be more like Lego's." "It really works, the gears move when you make the car go." "Much better than last year’s tethered remote control; it goes much faster too." 7 & up. (888) 800-7893.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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Shell Shocker Radio Control
(Mattel $69.99 Score:) By remote control you can have the shell shocker roll up into a ball or open it up into what the company calls a "cyberbeast". The vehicle is also designed to stand up to play action in the dirt. As the toy opens up a cyber extention flaps down hard and helps propel the shell shocker. While it is relatively easy to get the shell shocker to turn, our testers found it difficult to have it move forward. Our testers also felt this was the most unfriendly remote they had ever tried. You certainly "wouldn't want to get to close to it!" reported one tester. It does have an alien/predator feel to it that might appeal to older boys. You also should buy the Tyco Pro Fexpak Battery and Charger for an additional $29.99.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2008 Award
Air Hogs Havoc Heli
(Spinmaster $39.99 Score:)

The Air Hogs Havoc Heli is our favorite novelty toy of the season. Amazingly lightweight and small, these less-than-6 1⁄2" helicopters hover, flit, and speed about a room operated by a hand held transmitter that "pilots" can operate with ease indoors. Infrared remote control maneuvers the copters up and down, and right or left (and look really really cool with the lights off). They fly for about 5-7 minutes before needing a recharge (takes 15 minutes). OK, they are not for a room with serious art treasures, but they are fun! Buy them singly or, better yet, as a pair for racing and piloting games. Comes with spare tail propellers (smart). 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
DRV Rescue SUV and Plane
(Kid Galaxy $45 Score:) Here's one of the coolest combinations. Two remote control vehicles to play with at the same time. The remote control works both the sturdy truck and the plane that sits on top of the truck. Charges just like their stand alone planes—you hold the charger down for 10 seconds.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2009.

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2003 Award
Kart Maniax Stunt Pit
(Mattel $19.99 Score:) Of all the new track sets from Hot Wheels our testers gave the highest marks to the Kart Maniax Stunt Pit. However, they all thought the set should come with two karts ($9.99 for each additional kart). We agree! Our testers also liked the Octoblast ($39.99 ) - the marquee racing set of the year. The cars travel quickly and it is more stable than most of its predecessors. Like most of these closed sets it will likely have short-term appeal.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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Air Hogs Hydro Launcher
(Spinmaster $99.99 Score:) Promises to take flight from the water! Marked appropriately 14 & up (the propellers have a potential to really hurt). Equally neat looking, Air Hogs Helix Helicopter ($69.99)—a small-scale copter designed for indoor use. If this works, it will be great. No assembly required. 8 & up. Neither ready for testing. (800) 622-8339.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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