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Elite Fleet Vertigo Helicopter - Sea Hawk by KID GALAXY INC.
Elite Fleet Vertigo Helicopter - Sea Hawk by KID GALAXY INC.

Touted as the "world's easiest to fly indoor helicopter," the Vertigo is equipped with a V-Wing for stability and a dual-rotor remote control/charger that delivers gaming-style action. A Sky Shark model is also available. Launch date: February 2009.
― “I tell customers it takes a brain. It's not your typical helicopter and they have to figure it out. Kids love a challenge,” said Kate Tanner, owner of Kidstop in Scottsdale, Ariz., of what makes the Vertigo Helicopter her best seller for tween boys.
― Two of 39 retailers told TDmonthly in October 2009 that their best-selling item for tween boys is a remote-control helicopter.
Per a March 15, 2010, letter from Feldman Law Group, P.C., of New York, N.Y., Interactive Toys claims this product infringes on U.S. Patent 7,204,453. 3/4/2009 (Price: $40.00)

Polaris Rush RC Snowmobile by INTERACTIVE TOY CONCEPTS LTD.

Launching in 2009, the Rush from Polaris features powerful electric motor, signature Polaris aesthetics, a revolutionary exposed working suspension and full track design and comes complete with interchangeable indoor and outdoor skis (runs on snow). Working taillight and headlight and comes with a 9.6 volt Ni-Cd battery 3/2/2009 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Virtual Reality Control (VRC) Helicopter by INTERACTIVE TOY CONCEPTS LTD.
Virtual Reality Control (VRC) Helicopter by INTERACTIVE TOY CONCEPTS LTD.

The VRC Helicopter features a controller that looks like a real helicopter joystick offering flight control simulation using virtual radio control. Pull the trigger to soar, tilt for left and right for direction and tilt down for safe landings. Total digital proportion control. 2 channel operation. The helicopter can fly for 10 minutes on a single charge. 3/2/2009 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Virtual Reality Control (VRC) MicroFighter by INTERACTIVE TOY CONCEPTS LTD.
Virtual Reality Control (VRC) MicroFighter by INTERACTIVE TOY CONCEPTS LTD.

The VRC MicroFighter features a controller that looks like a real cockpit joystick offering flight control simulation using virtual radio control. Pull the trigger to soar, tilt for left and right control. 2 channel operation. The MicroFighter can fly for 10 minutes on a single charge. 3/2/2009 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Duck Hunter by INTERACTIVE TOY CONCEPTS LTD.
Duck Hunter by INTERACTIVE TOY CONCEPTS LTD.

Hunt or be hunted with the Duck Hunter. Launch the duck in the air and try to hunt it down with the toy shooter as it flies freely in the air. The i-Fly Duck Hunter offers an interactive infrared battle between bird and player. Free flights can be up to 30 secords or more with realistic wing flapping. Takes 3 direct hits to bring down the duck. A 10 second charge equates to 30 seconds of free flight. (Watch the Duck Hunter Video Watch Video) 3/2/2009 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Bladerunner Series BlackStorm IR Helicopter by INTERACTIVE TOY CONCEPTS LTD.
Bladerunner Series BlackStorm IR Helicopter by INTERACTIVE TOY CONCEPTS LTD.

This ready to fly indoor RC helicopter offers a stable and precise flight with its patented coaxial design and infrared technology. Ascend, descend, turn left and turn right with a constant forward speed. Charging directly from the transmitter, the lithium polymer battery allows for extended flight times. 3/2/2009 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Traxxas Stampede XL-5 Ready-to-Run by TRAXXAS CORP.
Traxxas Stampede XL-5 Ready-to-Run by TRAXXAS CORP.

The Traxxas Stampede XL-5 Ready-to-Run was named the “best electric monster truck for 2006.” It offers a Titan 12-turn 550 motor that brings it to speeds of over 30 mph. It is a rugged, high-performance truck.
— This ready-to-fly helicopter was on the top 10 best-sellers' list for the HobbyTown USA franchise at the beginning of 2009, according to Director of Media Buying Mary Friesen. 1/29/2009 (Price: $179.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Traxxas Jato 3.3 Ready-to-Run Nitro by TRAXXAS CORP.
Traxxas Jato 3.3 Ready-to-Run Nitro by TRAXXAS CORP.

The Traxxas Jato 3.3 Ready-to-Run Nitro is described as “brutally fast.” Its top speed is over 65 mph, and it goes from 0 to 60 in 4.5 seconds. It is meant for expert drivers. It has aggressive new body graphics, and also includes an integrated wheelie bar.
— This super-fast vehicle sells at super speeds, according to Mary Friesen, director of media buying for HobbyTown USA, who told TDmonthly in January 2009 that it’s one of the franchise’s top-10 best-selling products.
— Ray Lamarre, owner of Hobbytown USA in Manchester, N.H., told TDmonthly in a March 2013 survey that Traxxas RC cars are his best selling outdoor toys. They sell 5-10 each month. 1/29/2009 (Price: $399.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Traxxas Nitro Stadium Maxx 2WD by TRAXXAS CORP.
Traxxas Nitro Stadium Maxx 2WD by TRAXXAS CORP.

The Traxxas Nitro Stadium Maxx 2WD offers a sleek fastback body, SportTraxx racing tires, and lightweight chrome wheels. It is autoshifting, and delivers high revving acceleration to 40+ mph.
— Mary Friesen, director of media buying for HobbyTown USA, told TDmonthly in January 2009 that this product is among the top sellers at the company’s franchise stores. 1/29/2009 (Price: $354.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Traxxas Revo 3.3 4WD Nitro Monster Truck by TRAXXAS CORP.
Traxxas Revo 3.3 4WD Nitro Monster Truck by TRAXXAS CORP.

The Traxxas Revo 3.3 4WD Nitro Monster Truck is the winner of six national championship titles. It offers high revving power and a two-speed transmission that is great for acceleration and top speeds of 45 mph and more.
— Director of Media Buying Mary Friesen of HobbyTown USA told TDmonthly in early 2009 that these trucks are popular sellers at the company’s franchise stores. 1/29/2009 (Price: $499.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Infrared Control Flying Saucer by MASTER TOYS AND NOVELTIES, INC.

This wide-range, infrared-control flying saucer is made from unique material to withstand crashes. It lights up while flying and has a two-channel remote control. The saucer comes in six assorted color combinations and features bright diode lights with twin-rotor propulsion and ultralite micro components. Launch date: 2008. 12/12/2008 (Price: $24.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Air Hogs Zero Gravity Micro by SPIN MASTER TOYS
Air Hogs Zero Gravity Micro by SPIN MASTER TOYS

Complete with two power settings and four different frequencies for racing, this small car can move along walls and even upside down in suction mode. It's available in several colors. 12/1/2008 (Price: $30.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Jumbo the Jet Shape Sorter Remote Control Airplane by THE LEARNING JOURNEY INTERNATIONAL
Jumbo the Jet Shape Sorter Remote Control Airplane by THE LEARNING JOURNEY INTERNATIONAL

This interactive plane guides a child through learning colors and shapes while having tons of fun. It has two play modes: Learn the Color and Shape and Find It! Kids play simply by inserting the plastic shapes into their slots. The infrared remote control, which works up to 12' away, can be used to bring the plane in for a landing. The plane vibrates, moves forward and backward, and plays melodies as it moves along. It also has red lights that blink randomly. The shape pieces and remote can be stored in the handy storage compartment in the nose of the plane. Jumbo Jet also has an automatic shut off. This product received a 2008 Seal of Excellence award from Creative Child Magazine. Launch date: March 2008. 11/13/2008 (Price: $29.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Micro-Tiger Indoor R/C Helicopter by ESTES INDUSTRIES
Micro-Tiger Indoor R/C Helicopter by ESTES INDUSTRIES

The MICRO-TIGER indoor, digital proportional IR helicopter features a micro size fun with macro-scale performance. The MICRO-TIGER's blue LED light illuminates the cockpit for cool nighttime flying. The product is capable of precise and accurate control using the new digital proportional patent-pending Motion Auto Sensing Control (M.A.S.C.) Controller. A simple tilt of the wrist turns the helicopter in that direction. Beginners and experienced pilots will both enjoy the thrill and command of steering like a real pilot. The MICRO-TIGER comes fully assembled and ready to fly. It requires five AA alkaline batteries (not included). Launch date: June 2008. 10/29/2008 (Price: $49.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Viper by ESTES INDUSTRIES
Viper by ESTES INDUSTRIES

With the VIPER Radio Control Airplane with a patent-pending M.A.S.C. Controller, the user can tilt his wrist to the right or left and the plane follows the hand and turns the appropriate direction. M.A.S.C. puts the user in the pilot's seat. The throttle is controlled by squeezing the variable speed trigger for more altitude. The powerful twin motors and aerodynamic design add to the fun of M.A.S.C. as VIPER climbs and dives across the sky. The Estes VIPER is easy and intuitive for a beginner pilot to learn to fly and also delivers better maneuvers and is more fun for an advanced pilot. It requires six AA alkaline batteries (not included). Launch date: June 2008. 10/29/2008 (Price: $49.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

XENOX by ESTES INDUSTRIES
XENOX by ESTES INDUSTRIES

Estes introduces the revolutionary XENOX Radio Control Airplane with the new Patent Pending M.A.S.C. Controller - a breakthrough in R/C technology. The user just tilts his wrist to the right and the plane follows the hand and turns right. Tilt wrist to the left and the plane turns left. M.A.S.C. puts the user in the pilot's seat. The throttle is controlled by squeezing the variable speed trigger for more altitude. XENOX R/C twin motors and aerodynamic wings add to the fun of flying with M.A.S.C. The XENOX Airplane is easy and intuitive for a beginner pilot to learn to fly and cruise the sky; plus it also delivers lots of fun for an experienced pilot. It requires 6 AA alkaline batteries (not included). Launch date: June 2008. 10/29/2008 (Price: $39.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Evolution Classic Memories Slot Car Racing System by CARRERA
Evolution Classic Memories Slot Car Racing System by CARRERA

Featuring the famed ’57 Chevrolet® Bel Air Coupe and legendary 1960 Plymouth® Fury in original form and detail on a 1:32 scale, Carrera’s Classic Memories Set captures the nostalgia of “the happy days” and transports drivers, race fans and collectors alike back to the time when both classics could be found dragging the strip and speeding to the local sock hop. “General Motors’ ’57 Chevy® and ’60 Plymouth® Fury were innovative in their day,” said Alan Hess, president of Carrera America. “Both models’ body styling, revolutionary suspensions and transmissions make them a natural addition to Carrera Evolution’s high performance, original-licensed offerings. With this new set, we’re reviving and refreshing timeless classics in a fun, exciting way.” Launch date: November 2008. 10/27/2008 (Price: $170.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Interceptor Jet by MEGATECH INTL. INC.
Interceptor Jet by MEGATECH INTL. INC.

This R/C model features a 9" wingspan and excellent flight performance, flight duration and overall durability. The Interceptor's twin motors supply so much thrust that it will do a complete loop with no problem. With the twin-stick transmitter, the operators has complete control over climbing, diving and left/right turning. The Interceptor utilizes the best and latest Lithium Polymer rechargeable battery technology for power and long flights. The plane recharges directly from the built-in charger in the transmitter for the convenience of being able to charge it anywhere, anytime. The plane features "unbreakable new material," VP David Deans of Megatech International told TDmonthly. Launch date: October 2008. 10/27/2008 (Price: $59.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

HEXBUG Inchworm by INNOVATION FIRST LABS, INC.
HEXBUG Inchworm by INNOVATION FIRST LABS, INC.

The HEXBUG Inchworm is the first Micro Robotic Creature in the HEXBUG line to feature a full-function IR remote control. Users drive the Inchworm forward, back, left and right. A and B control bands allow users to control two Inchworms at once or multiple Inchworms on the same band. The product features a unique crawling and pirouette motion around its center pod foot. "This unique HEXBUG Micro Robotic impulse item is offered in a five-pack impulse counter display with five-color variety assortment," Joel Carter, VP of marketing for Innovation First, told TDmonthly. Launch date: October 15, 2008.
— The Inchworm has been a top seller at Pufferbellies in Staunton, Va., for at least a year, according to co-owner Susan Blanton in fall 2009.
— The Hexbug Inchworm is a popular item at the Toy Shop of Concord in Concord, Mass., Owner David Hesel told TDmonthly in late 2009. (Watch the HEXBUG Inchworm Video Watch Video) 10/2/2008 (Price: $19.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

U-Command WALL-E by THINKWAY
U-Command WALL-E by THINKWAY

This remote-controlled version of Disney-Pixar's WALL-E features realistic expressions, sound effects and movie voice, eyes that light up, and real tread motion, plus dance moves. The wireless remote is programmable, and there are more than 1,000 possible action combinations. Ten specific buttons are designed to control voice, expression, motion, dancing and more. 9/24/2008 (Price: $59.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

WowWee FlyTech Bladestar by WOWWEE GROUP LTD.
WowWee FlyTech Bladestar by WOWWEE GROUP LTD.

This indoor flying machine features an Autopilot Mode with sensor-based navigation that allows it to avoid ceilings and other obstacles while gliding. It also comes with a three-channel digital IR remote controller, plush a Dogfight accessory for use when pitting two Bladestars against one another. The crash-resistant Bladestar boasts lightweight "high-flex" materials and is for indoor use only. It has a 12" wingspan, and 20 minutes of charge time results in about five minutes of flight. It requires 6 AA batteries (not included). The product received a CES 2008 Popular Mechanics Editor’s Choice Award. 9/23/2008 (Price: $49.99)

Morphibian Stingray by KID GALAXY INC.
Morphibian Stingray by KID GALAXY INC.

Kid Galaxy’s Morphibians unite a wide variety of play types as they are safe not only for land, but also for water. Battery-operated and remote-controlled, a Morphibian is an all-terrain vehicle, going from driveway to living room to bathtub easily. Simple controls and aggressive styling make this chunky, four-wheel-drive vehicle appealing to a wide range of ages. Morphibians are available in two frequencies to allow two cars to be driven at once without interfering with one another’s signal.
— “For RC toys, we turn to Kid Galaxy for dependable electronics and age-appropriate play value,” said Sallie Kashiwa, manager of Timbuk Toys in Denver, who noted the Morphibian as a best seller for older boys.
— Ten percent of 68 retailers named the Morphibian as a best-selling hobby toy in October 2008, citing average sales of eight to 10 per month. 9/19/2008 (Price: $25.00)

KG Racer Black by KID GALAXY INC.
KG Racer Black by KID GALAXY INC.

Fast, compact and lightweight, the KG Racer is a hardy, easy-to-use remote-control car. Requiring no charging, the Racer is powered by batteries that stay safely in secure compartments in the car and the kid-friendly, two-button controller. Several styles of car are available with color schemes to suit boys and girls, and the cars are available in two frequencies to allow for two vehicles to be run at the same time without interfering with one another’s signal.
— Amy Barrett of Lasso the Moon Wonderful Toys in Helena, Mont., named KG Racers as her best-selling remote control toy in October 2008.
— Almost half of 68 retailers surveyed listed Kid Galaxy as their top-selling brand of RC and flying toys. (Watch the KG Racer Black Video Watch Video) 9/19/2008 (Price: $15.99)

Elite Fleet Field Flyer - Black by KID GALAXY INC.
Elite Fleet Field Flyer - Black by KID GALAXY INC.

A more full-featured remote-controlled aircraft than some of Kid Galaxy’s simpler models, Field Flyers are more than just launch-and-fly gliders.  The combination launcher and charger allows even beginner pilots to guide the airplane after launching. With a 20-minute charge, the Field Flyer will fly for about four minutes with a range of 100’.
— “Kid Galaxy Field Flyers, [the] remote planes you fly,” said Patti Tepper-Rasmussen, owner of Learning Tree Toys in Oklahoma City, Okla., when asked about best-selling aircraft in October 2008.
— “They’re very popular and easy to use,” Carol Knight, owner of The Toy Store in Ketchum, Idaho, told TDmonthly. 9/19/2008 (Price: $39.99)

HAWS 3CH Mini Air Wolf Helicopter by AZ TRADING AND IMPORT

This helicopter features full-function, three-channel digital proportional radio control (left/right, forward/backward, hover and land), and real-life helicopter styling. It flies over 100 meters high, has two powerful 180 main motors plus an N20 tail motor, and boasts a newly designed super-strong crashworthy propeller. There is altitude and rotor speed control, as well as a flight stabilizing system and a brake for easy landing. The helicopter has a lightweight airframe and measures 7.8" L x 3.46" W x 6.61" H. Charge time is 20 minutes for 10 minues of play time, and the radius control range goes up to 60 meters (200'). Launch date: June 2008. 8/27/2008 (Price: $69.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

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