“ Brand: Interactive Toy Concepts / Age: 8 Years+ / Radio Controlled „
My brother is a bit of a gadget man, and recently he decided it was time to buy himself a Remote Control Helicopter, as you do. He found a bit of a deal on Ebay for this little one and another that, quite frankly is almost the size of me. Not needing a tiny helicopter of course with his big man one, the little one was passed on to my eldest nephew, who was simply chuffed.
It all started off well, lifting off the ground and zooming around in circles, until we all realised that actually, not one of us could control the darn thing! It wasn't long before it was hitting the cieling, the floor, the walls and our heads. The controls are ridiculous! I understand it's probably more of a 'get used to it' kind of thing, and as I have no hand eye co-ordination I probably never stand a chance of doing more than an unimpressive slight lift off the ground with a spin into my own face. But to me, it just seems a little unnecessarily difficult for a child to control. My nephew's 11 and loves his gadgets, just like his Dad, but it took literally less than a week for this little contraption to be shoved in a box, under the bed, out of the way. His reasoning, it's just too hard.
Now maybe with a little practice he could get the hang of the controls, but to be honest, kids very rarely have the patience, and I get the feeling my nephew would much rather just sit on his xbox then fiddle around with a helicopter, especially as after a few bashes into the walls it barely goes in a straight line anyway.
It's a great little toy for the first five minutes while you laugh at everybody's inability to fly it, but after that, quite frankly, it's just irritating, and the novelty soon wears off.
Last christmas my eldest son wanted a picoz palm r\c plane which santa duly delivered. Himself and everyone else had great fun either flying it or avoiding the darn thing all last Christmas day but after a serious collision with a lamp in my brothers house within 12 hours of opening the darn thing it would fall out of the air as soon as it was launched and was resigned to the bin.
This year he asked for a r\c helicopter hoping it would be a little more stable, we searched online and they all seemed to be made of the same polystyrene as his defunct plane but once we came across this black ghost helicopter we decided to forget the polystyrene look and thought it was perfect. It was about palm sized slightly larger than the tiny picoz helicopter range but what set it apart was the double rotor blades, green searchlight and cool black colour.
The helicopter claimed to be:
Highly manoeuvrable and easy-to-fly with full altitude and directional control. They also claimed it was very stable with an ultra-tough lightweight body (very important after last years one day before breaking) with a range of upto 10 metres and that the controller which takes 6 AA (not supplied) batteries would recharge the helicopter each time for 10 minutes flight time. There was a two channel infra-red frequency control and it was marketed as suitable for indoor use or outdoors on very still days only
When my eldest son opened it on Christmas day he was very pleased. The helicopter looked very cool and was fully assembled and very light to hold, it was small enough to fit in the palm but large enough to look a little sturdier then the previous plane and included adhesive transfers to allow you to decorate it. There was also a new tail rotor and a stabilizer included as spares.
Once the batteries were inserted the green searchlight on the front of the helicopter switched on and looked really cool. I did discover however that when you turned the lights off to get the full beauty of the searchlight that the pilot could no longer see the controls properly and would start accidently attacking people innocently sitting around the living room.
Its powered by a lightweight lithium polymer battery (supplied) and the black infra-red transmitter has altitude and direction controls with a central stick for adjustments.
The claim is that if you do crash, the Ghost's resilient shell means there will be virtually no damage to the helicopter, my son and various others did do a number of rather fast landings on everything from the wooden floor to the dining table with seemingly no major damage inflicted. It actually made it through intense playing for the whole of Christmas day fully working and intact with the same six Duracell batteries still charging away.
Boxing Day - Up we got and the helicopter was soon buzzing away around our heads, tempted though I was I didn't swat it (it cost me good money) but then one crash landing to many and suddenly the little mite couldn't soar to the sky anymore, just kind of left your hand whirred a bit and fell downwards. Hubby who is quite good at this sort of thing tried to glue the offending bit which had came off back on but nothing could save it. The bottom rotor had disconnected from the piece that spun it and when we tried it with only one rotor on it spun out of control unflyable.
On the plus side it looked cooler than the plane, was almost as easy to control, the light was a very nice extra and it lasted twice as long as the remote control picoz plane. On the minus side for £17.99 I expect toys to last for more than two days.
A super remote control lightweight helicopter which it is reasonably easy to control but which breaks far too easily.
The Black Ghost RC Helicopter is an awesomely powerful and controllable flying toy that packs some of the most advanced technology available into a 16cm model to make it the most exciting and fun mini-helicopter available.Supplied fully assembled and ready to go the Black Ghost has a lightweight but hugely tough body that can withstand the occasional bumpy landing and the latest BladeRunner rotor technology, including twin contra-rotating rotors with co-axial rotor heads, mean that this cool and sinister looking combat gunship is ultra-stable and simple to fly. Powered by a lightweight Lithium Polymer battery, the Black Ghost conveniently charges up from its hand-controller for at least ten minutes of flying time per charge. This stylish black infra-red transmitter features full altitude and directional control with a central trim knob for accurate adjustment and can be switched to two different infra-red bands so that two models can be flown together. In addition, the Black Ghost has a bright green LED search light and includes a set of adhesive decals to offer the option of adding extra decoration to the original stylish black and silver design. Two channel infra-red frequency control. Suitable for indoor use or outdoors on very still days only