I just got a brand new spiffy toy helicopter from ThinkGeek. If, like me, you have a long unfulfilled childhood yearning to own a remote control toy helicopter, this guy is really your ticket.
Some nice features it has:
- $40 price tag
- Yes it’s really an actual remote copter, not some dopey thing on a wire
- Easy to teach yourself to fly it, especially hovering (which is really tricky on most other models)
- Can (and really, should) be used indoors
- Solid 15 minutes of flight time per battery charge; charges in about 30 minutes
- Great way to procrastinate more important things
- Cat is fascinated by it (make sure those paws don’t take a swing though!)
- Reasonably robust flexible carbon fiber construction gives you some protection against collisions, boo-boos, navigation errors, and general bone-ups.
- It’s only forty freakin dollars, man. Don’t even try to tell me you can’t afford it. It’s a HELICOPTER that FLIES and it’s $40. You know you’re going to have a birthday soon anyway (it’s less than a year away!)
Not so great features:
- The forward motion is really REALLY slow. I think the rear prop needs to be more powerful
- Any air circulation at all and you will be completely unable to navigate. The copter will float in the direction of air current despite your efforts to control it
- Stay away from vertical surfaces (walls) because the copter will get sucked towards them and collide
- 15 minutes is over too fast and then the 30 minute recharge time is the LONGEST THIRTY MINUTES of your life.