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Nano Falcon RC Helicopter review

on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, Reviews

I’m not very big on playing with toys, but when Brando offered the Nano Falcon R/C helicopter by Silverlit, it piqued my curiosity.  It’s billed as the World’s smallest, according to the Guiness Book of World Records.  Having never attempted to fly a remote-controlled helicopter, I went for the new experience. What could go wrong?


PowerUp turns your homemade paper airplane into an smartphone controlled flyer

on Saturday, November 30th, 2013

The PowerUp 3.0 is a newly-launched Kickstarter project that lets you pilot your homemade paper airplane using a smartphone. The PowerUp features a carbon fiber frame with a propeller on one end and a battery powered BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) receiver on the opposite end. The receiver is powered by a lithium polymer battery that provides 10 minutesRead More…


Nano Falcon is the world’s smallest IRC helicopter

on Saturday, October 19th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

When you claim to have the world’s smallest IRC helicopter, you better be able to back up that claim. The Nano Falcon from Brando can do that because it was certified by Guinness World Records in March of this year. The Nano Falcon measures 3.19 inches long by 2.00 inches high and 0.88 inches wideRead More…


ZenWheels Micro Car review

on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Remote control cars are always fun, but the downside of the classic remote control cars is that they are fairly large and require an even larger area to play on.  Then someone invented those micro RC cars that are pocket-friendly, but those RC cars only go one speed, which is super fast and right offRead More…

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RC Robot Could Be Your Robotic Pal

on Monday, May 7th, 2012
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

The RC Toy Robot is a concept toy from designer Jaehong Eric Han.  The robot can be controlled from smart devices or across the internet, and multiple robots will be able to interact with each other. Amongst other capabilities are the ability to be used as a baby monitor, to give you alerts from yourRead More…


Silverlit’s 3D Twister 2.4 GHz RC Racer Review

By: Ken Schoenberg
on Friday, November 25th, 2011

Sivlerlit did well when they named this toy the 3D Twister because my play (err…I mean precise testing methodology) mostly involved watching the car skitter around our home and later our concrete driveway literally flipping, spinning, hopping and jumping around. At full throttle the car looks more like a frenetic animal than a toy car,Read More…


Dexim Announces New AppSpeed iOS-controlled Vehicle

on Thursday, September 8th, 2011

If you love RC cars and iOS devices, how about combining the two with a Dexim Monster Truck that can be controlled by your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Using the included transmitter and the free AppSpeed app, move the truck either by using the on-screen touch controls or use the device’s accelerometer. The carRead More…


Swann Emergency Strike Remote Controlled Helicopter Review

on Thursday, July 14th, 2011
Posted in: Geek Toys, Reviews

I’ve seen these little toy helicopters for a while now, but as much as I like toys, I never bought one.  Why?  Well for one thing, I was always afraid I’d “shoot my eye out” or it just wouldn’t work.  I mean, how well could something so TINY work after all? Enter the Swann seriesRead More…

DSC_0133 RC Spy Car Review

on Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Growing up, my favorite toys were my collection of remote control cars.  I’d look forward to the weekends when I could spend the day racing them around the street or, in the case of my prized hovercraft, the pool with my dad.  I haven’t played with one in about twenty years, and was curious whatRead More…


Zibits Mini R/C Robots Review

on Saturday, March 13th, 2010
Posted in: Geek Toys, Reviews

Today I have something for robot and remote control toy enthusiasts. It’s the Zibits Mini R/C Robot from Senario. Zibits are cute 2 inch tall collectible robots that can rotate 360 degrees and are equipped with lights and sounds.

Brando Tiny USB Rechargeable RC Helicopter Review

on Wednesday, September 16th, 2009
Posted in: Geek Toys

Remote control cars are so 80s and are being replaced by those remote control helicopters that we see everywhere in mall kiosks.  Most of the ones out there are built with foam or thin plastic bodies to keep them light.  And we all know how they always end up with inexperienced “pilots”.  Those light foamRead More…


USB rechargeable mini RC helicopter

on Tuesday, July 21st, 2009
Posted in: Geek Toys

Yay! Finally a mini radio controlled helicopter that doesn’t require you to use AA or AAA batteries to charge it. This Tiny USB Rechargeable RC Helicopter from Brando includes a chargeing cable that plugs into a regular USB port on your computer. Another advantage of this particular copter is that it has a metal body.Read More…


Takara Micro Slot Car Basic Set Review

on Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
Posted in: Geek Toys

When I was in the 2nd grade (back in the 70’s),  my Dad would race miniature slot cars at a local hobby shop. I remember wanting to play with these cars and not being allowed to do so. My Dad kept his collection of track and cars in a spare bedroom in the house andRead More…


Tiny RC fighter plane from Plantraco

on Thursday, April 23rd, 2009
Posted in: Geek Toys

Last month Plantraco introduced a micro spitfire RC plane. This month, they bring us a 1/72nd scale Messerschmitt Fighter. I have no idea what a Messerschmitt Fighter really is, but it looks pretty darn cool. Now you can buy both and go head to head in aerial combat. On second thought, that’s probably a reallyRead More…


Spotlight Gadget – World’s Smallest Warbird

on Thursday, March 5th, 2009
Posted in: Geek Toys

Remember the tiny Carbon Butterfly R/C plane from Plantraco that I reviewed two years ago? Now they are offering a 1:72nd scale Spitfire radio controlled airplane that has a wingspan of only 6 inches. Too cool!

Remote Controlled Sub-Sonic XP Submarine Review

on Monday, October 27th, 2008
Posted in: Geek Toys

Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to play with all sorts of R/C (remote controlled) cars,planes and helicopters. I’ve even flown an
R/C UFO. But until now, I’d never controlled
an R/C submarine. But now I can say that I have, because Trend Times Toys sent me the Sub-Sonic XP R/C Submarine to review.

Remote Controlled Intelli UFO Review

on Monday, October 27th, 2008
Posted in: Geek Toys

There are all kinds of small RC flying toys on the market these days. We’ve reviewed our share of them here on the Gadgeteer. They are fun to play with, but I really am not very good at flying them. If I take one outdoors, it ends up on the roof. If I fly indoors, I tend to crash them into walls, people’s heads, etc. Some people can fly RC toys and some can’t. If you find yourself in the same group as me, then you’ll love the Intelli UFO from Trend Times Toys. Anyone can fly this one!

The Gadgeteer Kid’s Video Quick Look at the Mini R/C Ferrari FXX Enzo Set from Brando

By: Gadgeteer Kid
on Tuesday, October 14th, 2008
Posted in: Geek Toys, Reviews

This week’s video quick look review comes from the Gadgeteer Kid. He takes a look at the Rechargeable Desktop Mini R/C Ferrari FXX Enzo car from Brando’s Toy Shop.

HobbyTron Hornet 3 Series Mini RC Helicopter

on Tuesday, December 4th, 2007
Posted in: Geek Toys

Last year at this time, I reviewed my very first RC helicopter. It was the PicooZ from HobbyTron. I guess it’s only fitting that almost one year later, that I review a step up from the PiccoZ; today I’m going tell you about the Hornet 3.

Takara Tomy Aero Soarer RC Airplane

on Monday, October 29th, 2007
Posted in: Geek Toys

Here’s another indoor remote controlled airplane for those of you that have problems controlling RC helicopters. This is the Aero Soarer from Takara Tomy. Brando sent one over for me to tear up. I mean play with. :o)

Silverlit Palm-Z Mini RC Indoor Airplane

on Monday, October 29th, 2007
Posted in: Geek Toys

In the past 12 months, HobbyTron has
sent me several RC helicopters to review, but today I’m going to tell you about
something a little different. HobbyTron has a new offering; the Silverlit Palm-Z
RC airplane. Silverlit is the same
company that created the tiny PicooZ helicopter.

Bladerunner II RC Helicopter

on Monday, October 29th, 2007
Posted in: Geek Toys

HobbyTron sells a lot of really cool RC flying and driving toys. They recently sent me the BladeRunner II. I was really surprised that they would trust me with another RC helicopter as I had totally destroyed the AH-64 Apache helicopter that they had sent me earlier in the year. After I had tried it, I was convinced that RC copters were just too hard to control. I’m happy to report that this is not the case with the Bladerunner II.

Takara Tomy Q-Steer RC Race Car

on Monday, October 29th, 2007
Posted in: Geek Toys

If you’re a fan of tiny RC (remote controlled) race cars, you’ll have a blast with the Q-Steer from Takara Tomy. Brando sent me the Mazda RX-8 version. He carries several car types including a Hummer, Subaru, Nissan and Toyota.

Plantraco Carbon Butterfly R/C Airplane

on Tuesday, April 24th, 2007
Posted in: Geek Toys

Do you remember my review of the highly popular PicooZ RC Helicopter? The PicooZ is a really small radio controlled indoor flying toy with a price tag of less than $40. I had a lot of fun with that review, so I decided to go completely nuts and try out the $300 Carbon Butterfly indoor RC airplane from Plantraco.

PicooZ RC Helicopter

on Monday, December 11th, 2006
Posted in: Geek Toys

Every year, there are a handful of toys that end up on the holiday gift wish lists of kids all over the country. I can remember 5 years ago when it was the Bit Char-G / Microsizer tiny remote controlled cars. Even my Dad stood in line at Radio Shack to get one (for himself!). This year one of the popular toys is again a remote controlled device. But this time it is not a car… it’s a tiny helicopter called the PicooZ.