Looking for a handy R/C vehicle for holiday gift giving? How about this Boeing AH-61A Apache helicopter that you can control with your Adroid or iOS device? The IR dongle goes into your 3.5 mm jack and the app lets you control its movement. Gyros help it stay level as you control its movements and special tricks like pitching and rolling. Both vehicle and remote can be charged via USB and copter carries a $39.90 price.
The holidays have snuck in upon us when we weren't looking so we have decided to scout around for some Gift Picks and here is our first suggestion:
If your ZhuZhu Pets are getting dusty or hanging out in the closet these days, there is a new group in town hoping to become as popular. XiaXia (pronounced 'sha-sha') are 4 small hermit crabs that toddle around when their claws are pressed. And with habitats and removable shells, we expect these plastic crustaceans to make quite an impact this year. Choose between
If they are the big hit that the company expects, there will not only be more of them in the future, there will probably be more accessories to go with them. We wonder what would happen if they started hanging out with hexbugs?
Their commercial may talk down to the average human, but it seems that
UNO has almost become high tech with its Roboto Game. Each player's name is recorded and players can include customized "house rules." The bot picks a name to begin. As soon as you think you are getting somewhere, the bot calls out a random rule or comment and changes your play. A deck of 108 cards and 3 AAA batteries are also included.
Plan Toys feels it can help your 3 year old learn about emotions while building tactile skills with its Planpreschool Build A Robot. The 7.9" toy is made with chemical free, recycled rubber and wood in non-toxic coloring. It has 4 interchangeable heads and arms and legs are movable.
Recommended for children over 5, the 11" tall Alex Build and Roll Kit comes with 7 heavy duty cardboard pieces, 8 bolts, 4 wheels, 2 eyes, 6 markers, 30 stickers and plastic screwdrivers.
You would think that there would finally be an end to the ways R2-D2 can be exploited licensed, but at the Christmas Toy Fair 2011 in London, Sega introduced the 3.9 x 8.3 x 3.5" Home Star R2-D2 Planetarium. It will project about 10,000 stars out of his head and onto your wall or ceiling. Four AA batteries are needed to light up the LED (not included) and look for a price of $104.00.
That didn't take long. There is already an authorized Real Steel WRB Built For Battle Set. It includes a 12 x 12" Ring, Atom, Zeus, light up controls and sound effects from the film. Recommended for those over 6 years old. A Rock 'em Sock 'em by any other name...
You know that the holidays will soon be upon us when new toys start to appear, including the latest Let's Rock Elmo. The Sesame St. muppet certainly has evolved and now comes with a microphone, tambourine and drum set, and sings 6 different songs. This will be one of the hot toys this season, so shop early.
Note that Hasbro also wants your kids to play along with separately sold Let's Rock Guitar, Keyboard and Mic , but you can save those for birthdays.
Rezwan Fredaus, a 26 year-old physics graduate, was arrested last week in Ashland, MA for his connection with a plot to damage the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol with the aid of remote control airplanes. He supposedly planned to equip 3 of them with C-4 plastic explosives and guide them by GPS from the East Potomac Park. A model of an F-86 Sabre fighter jet was found in a storage facility there that had been rented under a false name. A Federal Grand Jury indicted Fredaus last week.
Considering how easily these model planes and how to instructions for C4 can be found online, this possible crime was thankfully averted.
Last week, General Hospital brought back James Franco to reprise his roll as the sinister villain of the same last name. Not only did he ham it up with an obnoxious monkey, he featured an assortment of Kikkerland wind-ups like the MxyKikker shown here that were supposedly embedded with cameras. Yeah, we always knew they were toys to die for!
Take Jaws to a literally higher level with this IR remote controlled indoor Air Swimmer. Once the 57" long nylon Shark is filled with helium it can go 360º and move up, down, left and right from up to 40 feet away. It can remain aloft for about 2 weeks at a time, long enough to freak out your friends. The air swimmer also comes disguised as a Clownfish. Both will bounce off walls but remember to turn off your ceiling fan before use. Each requires 7 AAA batteries (not included.)