December 2006 | Vol. V - No. 12
Command Force Micro Chopper Patrol by JASMAN TOYS
Children of all ages are mesmerized by the aerial acrobatics of planes, helicopters and aerial rescue crews. With the Command Force Micro Chopper Patrol, they can engage in rescue missions of their own. The tethered chopper rests on its helipad along a 12” base. Separate flight control levers for throttle and pitch allow precision flight movements up, down, forward and backward 360°. The Command Force Micro Chopper Patrol comes with two supply crates that a skilled pilot can pick up with the helicopter’s retractable grappling hook and return to the helipad to complete the rescue. “We’ve taken a classic toy concept and updated it with realistic details and features for a new generation of kids,” said Jasman Toys Vice President Brian Bonnett. “Our licensed Chopper Patrols use actual sounds from real helicopters — the Super Cobra makes a thumping rotor sound, and the Apache makes the more whiny engine sound of the real-life version. 7/24/2006 (MSRP: $12.99; Age: 5 and Up)
Helicopter Kite by ADVENTURE PRODUCTS
This totally wind-powered kite that looks and flies like a real helicopter is a mainstay product in the "kite" category and thrills and excites aviation lovers of all ages with its science-oriented, fun-to-fly, simply fascinating flight. Using only the wind as a power source, the rotors create the lift that carries the helicopter into the air. The copter will hover or do touch-and-go landings, and can perform 360-degree spins and barrel rolls once the pilot has a few hours of practice. 4/4/2005 (MSRP: $19.95; Age: 8 and Up)
Jolly Roger Classic 6ft. Diamond Kite by GO FLY A KITE INC.
This giant single-line design is beautifully rendered in durable rip-stop nylon with super-strong, interlocking stitching. The kite includes two 25' rip-stop nylon tails in complementing colors. With a strong fiberglass frame, it also comes with a plastic flying handle and 80-pound line, the whole thing packaged in a reusable vinyl case. 10/4/2006 (MSRP: $49.99; Age: 12 and Up)
Blast Pad Advanced Missile Launch by MARKY SPARKY TOYS
The Blast Pad Advanced Missile Launch System comes with telescoping technology that expands to almost 3'. The carrying case holds up to six soft-tipped missiles and the Flex Launch tube can’t kink to restrict airflow. Mark Rappaport, founder of Marky Sparky, invented his first toy when he was 9, according to his website. The Blast Pad was the winner of the 2003 Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award.
— “We sold more than 500 during Christmas  alone,” said Lee Ann Stern, general manager for the 11-year-old Village Toy Shop in Easton, Mass. Amanda Toupes, manager of Magic Box in New Orleans, added, “Some of [the missiles] get 200' in the air.”
— This toy is "sans pareil," according to Michael Ziegenhagen, owner of four Playmatters stores in Cleveland. "It has broad appeal as an outdoor boy toy" and has been one of his best sellers for four years.
— “These have sold well for us from day one,” Co-owner Jude Larene of Izilla Toys in Seattle told TDmonthly in mid-2007. “It's a kid magnet at the park.” 9/1/2004 (MSRP: $23.95)