TDmonthly's ToyFair 2006 Preview--Remote Controlled Product Category
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1/36 Micro-Baja RTR
Designed with the same award-winning features as the Micro-T, the Micro-Baja comes in at just under 5 inches long. Packed with a NiMH battery pack, independent suspension, differential-equipped transmission and 27MHz Losi AM radio system, the Micro-Baja has one-of-a-kind style and serious micro performance. Everything needed is included in the box. 10/1/2007 (Price: $79.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
1/18 Raminator Monster Truck RTR
The 1/18 Raminator is detailed to look just like the real thing. It’s built on Losi’s proven mini 4WD chassis, with oil-filled composite shocks to smooth out the rough stuff. Power comes from a Frenzy motor that can be upgraded to a dual motor setup. Twin steering servos ensure sharp handling. A synthesized radio, battery pack and charger are included.
— Gregory Faith, owner of Inside Out Hobbies in Nashua, N.H., told TDmonthly
in a July 2014 survey that RC Monster Trucks are one of their store's top-2 best-selling electronic / battery operated toys. 10/1/2007 (Price: $174.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
1/18 Mini-LST2 Monster Truck RTR
Featuring a dual-deck aluminum chassis, oversized aluminum shocks with threaded adjusters, a four-wheel drive, metal ring and pinion gears, dual high-torque Frenzy-370 motors, Losi Radio System with genuine Spektrum DSM technology, complete ball bearings and more, the Mini-LST2 represents the ultimate mini-truck experience. And there’s a full line of custom parts, upgrades and more available for you to customize. 10/1/2007 (Price: $229.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
USB R/C Mini Cooper
by SOLID ALLIANCE
Japan-based SolidAlliance is known for its USB oddities (such as USBSquid and USB Sushi, for example), and now they’ve combined the computer outlet with a Mini Cooper, made it radio-controlled and added a recharging garage to boot. Individuals can drive it right into the garage and it charges itself in less than 10 minutes. As the company’s Kita Aizawa explained, “It is a very good toy. It goes fast, and I have played with it. Everyone should like it.” 9/25/2007 (Price: $30.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Palm-Z Micro RC Airplane
by SILVERLIT TOYS
The Palm-Z flyer features polyfoam wings and a control pad with throttle and yaw controls, power and charging indicators, a trimmer for alignment, band selection and a charging/on/off switch. The Palm-Z allows users to create their own flight patterns, features a tri-bands system for one to three players, and is designed for use in small, indoor areas. 9/21/2007 (Price: $49.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Thunderwolf Microlite Helicopter
by WESTMINSTER INTERNATIONAL CO.
Small in size but big in fun, this infrared-controlled helicopter is easily piloted with a hand held control unit, making it safe for operating indoors. The helicopter comes with a replacement rear rotor, nose weight for high performance flying and a quick battery charger for rapid power-up. “We have tested and experimented with many different helicopter configurations. Our helicopter by far is the easiest to fly and control,” Brian Thille, brand manager at Westminster International Co., told TDmonthly
. Launch date: June 15, 2007.
— In a November 2013 survey, Joe Berardoni, owner of Pun's Toys
in Bryn Mawr, Pa., told TDmonthly
that Westminster helicopters are a best-selling flying toy in his store. 8/15/2007 (Price: $29.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
BigTime Muscle 1/6th Scale Camaro Concept R/C Vehicle
by JADA TOYS INC.
This car is a replica of the real GM car. Featuring a digital proportional variable speed control and a tri-band transmitter, allowing up to 3 vehicles to race at the same time. At almost 2.5 ft. in length from bumper to bumper, this remote-controlled vehicle comes with a battery pack and charger. The car is available in Candy Red and Candy Silver. Launch date: August 2007. 8/15/2007 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
RC Tuning Boat
The RC Tuning Boar from Ravensburger is ready to hit the waters. It features two channel radio control and comes with a range of 50'. For use in fresh water only, this boat runs on and comes with two AAA and three AA batteries. Power, speed, and range make the Tuning Boat a force on the open sea, or in the local pond.
— Ginger Milligan, owner of Fantasy Island Toys in Fairhope, Ala., told TDmonthly
that remote controlled boats from Ravensburger were a best-selling gift item for boys in her store. 8/7/2007 (Price: $29.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Black Pearl Remote Control Pirate Ship
Based on the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean,” this remote-controlled pirate ship lights up and emits cannon sounds. The ship also houses a secret boat compartment and a compass remote control. One 9-volt and four AA batteries are included. The ship is constructed of plastic, metal and polyester. Launch date: July 2007. 7/25/2007 (Price: $49.95)
by KID GALAXY INC.
These mini muscle cars are controlled by an adjustable “power pad” that can be worn like a watch. Infrared technology enables the wearer to move the cars forward, backward, left and right. Available car models include Hot Rod, Muscle Car and T-Bucket. This product is a 2007 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award winner. 7/19/2007 (Price: $15.00)
Interactive R/C Bump N Chuck Space Bumper Cars
by KID GALAXY INC.
Each futuristic vehicle is controlled by a simple, two-button control. Upon impact, the cars emit a cool sound and eject the matching space-age driver from the vehicle. The cars come in bright, bold color schemes, such as turquoise and silver. 7/19/2007 (Price: $34.99)
RC Mega X Morphibian
by KID GALAXY INC.
This aggressive machine is fully functional with deep-tread tires that dig up dirt while riding across the terrain. Move it onto the lake, pond or stream and watch water spit up from the tires while twin propellers spin for extra power. This product is a 2007 Creative Child Preferred Choice Award winner.
— Radio-controlled vehicles were named as a much-wished-for-holiday toy by boys, according to a 2007 Reuters report.
— “This remote-controlled car goes on land and water and is designed for kids ages 5 and up,” said Joe Berardoni, Sr., owner of Pun’s Toy Store in Bryn Mawr, Pa., in the fall of 2008. “It has been popular for several years now.” 7/19/2007 (Price: $79.99)
FlyZone Micro Ultrix
This ready-to-fly aircraft comes with a radio and charger, and features two micro motors that allow it to fly and turn on command. 7/19/2007 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
FlyZone Micro Ultrix Biplane
This radio control model plane features two powerful micro motors that enable it to fly through the air and turn on command. It comes complete with a radio, charger and two spare props. 7/19/2007 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
This micro radio control submarine RTR is fully assembled and can go deep in pools and aquariums. It features working lights and comes with a three-channel radio and a battery charger. The product requires six C batteries and one 9V battery. 7/19/2007 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
This micro radio control submersible shark comes fully assembled and is just over 6” long. It is ideal pools and aquariums, and has eyes that light up. The product requires six C batteries and one 9V battery, and comes with a three-channel radio and battery charger. The shark can dive, surface, move forward and backward, and turn left and right. 7/19/2007 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
R/C Soccer Stars Game
by ALLIANCE TOYS GROUP
R/C Soccer Stars Game includes two soccer players controlled by two stadium-shaped controllers, two goals and one ball. The player's head is changeable, so that kids can choose their favorite soccer stars. The game is face-to-face competition with real soccer action. “Compared to other R/C soccer games in the market, this game actually controls the real player's figure to compete, which make it more vivid and realistic to play with. The size of the player is quite small so it can be played anywhere — even on the office desk,” Kenny Chen of Alliance Toys Group told TDmonthly
. Launch date: September 1, 2007. 6/25/2007 (Price: $34.99)
Arctic Cat - M7 and Crossfire
by INTERACTIVE TOY CONCEPTS LTD.
Licensed by Arctic Cat, these 18"-long, scale replicas of the M7 and Crossfire feature powerful electric motors with turbo boost that give an extra burst of speed when needed. These snowmobiles are radio controlled and feature a powerful 380 class electric motor with up to 12 minutes of running time on a charge. Like the real thing, they are responsive and nimble with signature aesthetics, working suspension and a full track design for punching through challenging snowscapes. The included two-channel radio control puts you in the saddle with precise control and long-range fun never before available in the winter. Though designed to be used outdoors on snow, the M7 and Crossfire can also be used indoors on carpets just by changing skis. The products comes with a 9.6V NiCad battery and charger, and require a 9V battery for the transmitter. 6/12/2007 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
by INTERACTIVE TOY CONCEPTS LTD.
Micro Indoor flight at its smallest! The Nano is cutting edge technology in the palm of your hand! It has excellent control capability; left, right, up, down, and a constant slow forward speed. Charge the Nano using the built in charge port on the transmitter. 6/12/2007 (Price: $49.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
by WOWWEE GROUP LTD.
This four-legged intelligent life form is equipped with multi-directional movement capabilities and advanced sensory awareness, including an infrared beam vision system that permits him to spot movement up to 13” away and sound sensor technology that allows reaction to possible intruders. Roboquad features multicolored flashing lights and funky sound effects, and his remote control has an eight-way directional pad. He can function either by remote or autonomously. Launch date: Fall 2007. 6/8/2007 (Price: $99.00)
Scoop 'n' Shoot R/C Basketball
by KID GALAXY INC.
This set includes two basketball shoe vehicles that, with the help of the two basketball-styled radio-controllers, drive in all directions: forward, reverse, left and right. The front of the sneaker scoops up the basketball and then players must push the shoot button on the controller to launch the ball toward the basket. It also includes two backboards with nets and three basketballs. The set requires eight AAA batteries and two 9V batteries (not included). "This is the only game on the market to combine remote control interaction with basketball fun," a representative of Kid Galaxy told TDmonthly
. This product is a 2007 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award and 2007 Dr. Toy 100 Best Children's Products Award winner. Launch date: June 2007. 6/5/2007 (Price: $40.00)
Dickie R/C Radio Control Porsche Cayman
The Porsche Cayman is a fully loaded, top of the line remote-control toy vehicle. It has a five-speed "tiptronic" transmission for one-touch gear shifting, working breaks, lights, horn, signals, and so much more — all initiated with a simple press of the button. Just take it out of the box, charge the included batteries, and you're ready to go. Simba products are distributed in the US by Ravensburger.
— Fred Rosenberg, owner of On The Park in Kingwood, Texas, cited "Simba....a Ravensburger product," as a popular line with customers in his store. 5/24/2007 (Price: $79.99)
Erector Tuning Radio Control Light and Music System Car
This set allows children to construct three different car models that feature orange metallic paint, flaming stickers, racing tires and chrome-plated rims. It has light and sound effects as well as a full-function controller. The set includes 368 parts, including a power tool. Previously distributed by Nikko America.
— As of 8.03.2010, this product had 4 out of 5 stars from 5 reviews on Amazon.com and was No. 23 in the top 100 best-selling toys and games. PROS
: Appeals to boys and holds interest. CONS
: Electronics might not last as long as the model does. Can be difficult to assemble. 5/15/2007 (Price: $99.00)
X: The Digital System Basic Set
This set includes three cars, three electronic hand throttles, one central unit power line, one 360 mm terminal track, straights, changeover tracks, curves, one electronic transformer and borders with barriers. The digital technology system features a chip in each car that allows users to give instruction to the vehicles, link the cars to a controller for competition, personalize each car by setting braking power and fuel load, and send information to the Control Unit in order to view times, positions and fuel consumption. 4/6/2007 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
by HUAIXING PLASTIC TOYS FACTORY
This radio-controlled airplane/kite that runs 10 to 15 minutes on a rechargeable battery with a four-function controller has 14 LED lights for night soaring and receives the birthday-boy seal of approval. HuaiXing is known for its lightweight, cutting-edge RC aircraft, and the Air Kite is no exception. Salesperson Darlene Serville at the Memphis, Tenn., Toys “R” Us thinks this would be a big seller: “We have a lot of guys who like the radio-controlled airplanes, but sometimes they’re too complicated for the kids.” 3/29/2007 (Price: $74.99)
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