New & Notable Toys: Aircraft
Check out these new and noteworthy toys.
Sky Scrapers by AEROMAX INC.
Sky Scrapers soar over 100 ft. Includes: 3 Orange disks and Sky Scraper launcher.
— Paula Bolte, owner of Imaginations Toy & Furniture Co. in Blacksburg, Va., told TDmonthly in a November 2014 survey that Sky Scrapers from Aeromax is one of their store's best-selling flying toys.
Awards: 2014 TDmonthly Magazine Top Toy Award 11/24/2014 (Price: $9.95; Age: 9 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Light-Up Air Power Soccer Disk by CAN YOU IMAGINE
Air Powered Light Up Soccer Disc by Can You Imagine
Can You Imagine presents the Light-Up Air Power Soccer Disk, the amazing new disk that turns nearly any smooth surface into a sport court, indoors or outdoors. Use it on low-pile carpeting, wood floors, sidewalks and driveways there's just no end to the ways you can play.
— Helen Santosuosso, owner of Village Toy Shop in North Easton, Mass., told TDmonthly in a November 2014 survey that the Light-Up Air Power Soccer Disk is one of their store's top-2 best-selling flying toys. 11/24/2014 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Vectosphere Uncrashable Drone Plane by WESTMINSTER INTERNATIONAL CO.
A flying toy that you can control by remote! Coated in a durable, light-weight flight cage to protect against collision. 4-way directional flight leaves the sky as the only limit.
— Helen Santosuosso, owner of Village Toy Shop in North Easton, Mass., told TDmonthly in a November 2014 survey that the Vectosphere from Westminster Toys is one of their store's top-2 best-selling flying toys. 11/24/2014 (Price: $39.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Blade Helicopter 120 SR RTF by HORIZON HOBBY
Sub-micro size. 100% factory-assembled, test-flown and ready-to-fly right from the box. Unique rotor head designed specifically to provide inherent stability of a coaxial helicopter, but provide the agile control of a single-rotor helicopter. Factory-installed 5-in-1 control unit with Spektrum™ 2.4GHz DSM2®-compatible receiver, main motor ESCs, mixer, gyro and fully-proportional servos. This model is one of the many available for the Phoenix RC Flight Simulator.
— Diane Gervais from Amato's Toy & Hobby in Middletown, Conn., told TDmonthly in a November 2014 survey that Horizon Hobby is their store's best-selling brand of flying toys. 11/24/2014 (Price: $169.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Elite Fleet Sky Screamer by KID GALAXY INC.
Powerful rubberband launcher. Plane whistles during flight. Adjustable wing flaps. Made of rip-stop material. Flies up to 35 feet. Set includes launcher and plane. 5/6/2014 (Age: 5 and up)
Ultralight Airplanes by THAMES & KOSMOS
Product Description: Ready to learn about how airplanes work by building awesome flying gliders? With this kit, you can build five different glider models and test them to learn how they fly. You can try all sorts of wing positions and angles. You can even design your own gliders! You’ll learn how wings generate lift and how the wing’s shape and the configuration of the wings affect the plane’s flying performance. (16-page manual, 44 building pieces). Ages 8 and up.
— In a May 2014 survey Mary Porter Green, owner of Curiosity Zone in Broadlands, Va., told TDmonthly that Thames & Kosmos makes her store's best-selling activity kits. They sell dozens of toys from the brand each month. 4/29/2014 (Age: 8 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
DIY Eagle Paint and Fly Glider by J-Color by VERTICAL PARTNERS WEST, LLC
Let your child's inner Picasso come alive as they create a flying masterpiece with the Paint and Fly glider DIY paint kit! Created with durable foam, this glider can handle even the most enthusiastic of fliers and is an engaging project for creative minds. The fun does not stop when you are done flying! The special paint provided in the kit dries fast and when the paint job is not so new anymore, it is easily removed by soaking the glider in water. Now your budding artist has a fresh canvas to work with for their next great design. Excellent for school art projects, clubs, birthday parties, or anytime there is a need for a creative way to get loved ones away from the television doing something as constructive as it is fun. Buy your child a smile today! 1/23/2014 (Price: $19.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
GYRO Nano Hercules 3.5CH Electric RTF RC Helicopter by HOBBYTRON/WORLD TECH TOYS
Introducing the GYRO Nano Hercules 3.5CH Electric RTF RC Helicopter! The Nano Hercules Body can hold someone stepping on it! This RC helicopter has super strong polymer frame which lets it hold up to 200 pounds of force! This awesome Helicopter comes with the greatest advancement in Helicopter Technology, a Gyro! No more crashing, no more replacing parts, the GYRO has changed the Helicopter industry completely, making this RC Helicopter super easy to fly. Great for people of all skill levels, this bad boy features a coaxial rotor a single rear rotor for precise movement and a GYRO for increased stability whether flying or hovering. Controlling the Hercules is a breeze. It can go forward, backward, up, down, left, right and hover. What really makes the GYRO Hercules stand out is the built in gyroscope making it automatically stabilize allowing you to focus on flying instead of trying not to make it crash. This product is ready to fly, there is no assembly required. Just put in 6 AA batteries into the transmitter and charge the helicopter's rechargeable battery with the integrated charging cable on the transmitter or use the included USB Port Charger and you are good to go! Be the coolest kid on the block by getting the GYRO Nano Hercules 3.5CH Electric RTF RC Helicopter! 1/13/2014 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
RC Micro Helicopter by CARRERA
Rotor diameter approx.: 8,5 cm. Running time: up to 5 minutes. Short recharging time: 15 minutes. Ready to Fly: Helicopter with built-in 3.7 V - 65 mAH LI-PO BATTERY, USB adapter, control set, 4 AA mignon batteries and a lanyard. INFRAROT TRI-BAND Technique (A/B/C): 3 frequencies available for uninterrupted gaming enjoyment. 3 Channel Controller. LED-Lights. Helicopter has rump parts made of ALUMINIUM. GYRO System
— In a November 2013 survey, Richard Gibson, owner of Learning Express of Newton in Newton, Mass., told TDmonthly that all types of Carerra helicopters are the best-selling aircraft toys in the store. 11/29/2013 (Age: 14 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
PowerUp(TM) - Electric Paper Airplane Converstion Kit by TAILOR TOYS LLC
PowerUp - Electric Power Module will convert origami homemade paper airplanes from a glider into a soaring free flight airplane. Make a paper airplane from any 8.5x11 or A4 copier paper and clip on to it the PowerUp electric module. Quick charge and toss the airplane into the air. 3x1.5V AA alkaline Batteries and paper for the airplane are not included. This product is great for science classes and after school activities. It is lots of fun and challenging for both kids geeks adults and seniors. It could be used in science fairs and aerospace competitions. Launch date: July 2011.
Awards: 2012 ATA Best Toy Hobby of the Year Award 1/18/2013 (Price: $16.99; Age: 8 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Air Swimmers Extreme Turbo Radio Control Inflatable Flying Angry Birds by WILLIAM MARK CORP
Using advanced, patented Air Swimmers technology, kids can bring the magic of Angry Birds to life. Air Swimmers Turbo glide through the air and fly over an hour on a single charge for long-lasting remote control indoor fun, even in the smallest rooms. The convenient Auto Swim mode makes it easy for anyone to fly and with no limit on how many can fly at once, friends and family can fly too. Angry Birds Air Swimmers Turbo need 4 AA batteries and helium (not included) to fly. Simply fill the balloon with helium at any store that sells balloons or buy a small helium tank and fill it at home. The body is made from a high quality, durable material that will stay inflated for weeks and can be refilled again and again.
— As of 12/11/2012 this product had 4.6 out of 5 stars from 5 reviews on Amazon.com. Pros: Easy to assemble; can be refilled grocery stores/gift stores that sell balloons; Can be set to automatically glide, or can be remote controlled. 12/11/2012 (Price: $49.99; Age: 8 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
LiteHawk RC Helicopter by BORGFELDT CANADA LIMITED
The rotors allow for flex, so should there be a crash (an R/C heli nightmare), LitehHawk is tough enough to stand up to impacts that others simply cannot. Gyro stabilization allows LiteHawk to fly effortlessly, no "twitch", no headaches...just stable flight. The 2 in 1 Remote Control is a charger for the LiteHawk too. Simply plug the Remote into the helicopter and the on-board Lithium batteries take care of the rest.
— Marc Holcomb, owner of Toys & Co. in Greensboro, N.C., told TDmonthly in a Fall 2012 survey that they sell about 12 of these helicopters each month, making them a best selling aircraft/flying toy in the store.
— In a July 2013 survey Dean Smith, owner of JaZams in Princeton, N.J., told TDmonthly that LightHawk Helicopters are his store's best-selling electronic or battery-operated toy. "I'm selling about 12 a month," he said. 11/5/2012 (Price: $49.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Sky Racer by AG INDUSTRIES
A collection of 6 colorful foam gliders that assemble in minutes without glue or scissors. With the catapult launchers, there beauties fly up to 150 feet.
— Dean Smith, owner of Jazams in Princeton, N.J. told TDmonthly in a Fall 2012 survey that they sell about 24 of these each month, making them a best selling aircraft/flying toy. 11/5/2012 (Price: $27.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
AFO Flash Flyer by DAYDREAM TOY
The Flash Flyer is truly the modern boomerang. The flexible round disc is capable of flying a whopping 40 feet and returning exactly from where it is launched. It is easy to launch and can stay aloft for long periods of time. Makes for a fun game of flying catch. The Alien Flyer can even spin and hang on a ceiling or wall. Plus, it lights up. The Flash Flyer has smart-sensor technology that automatically turns on super-bright LED lights when launched, creating a rainbow of color in the dark.
Awards: 2011 Good Housekeeping’s Best Toy Award
— Deborah Smith from Toys That Teach in Richmond, Va. told TDmonthly in a Fall 2012 survey that AFO Flash Flyers were one of her top-2 best selling aircraft/flying toys. 11/5/2012 (Price: $19.99; Age: 7 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
iStrike Shuttle by DREAM CHEEKY
Take office warfare into the sky with the Dream Cheeky iStrike Shuttle. This 3-channel Helicopter is wirelessly controlled by the iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad through Bluetooth®. With the free and fully equipped iStrike Controller app users can make the iStrike Shuttle go where no Dream Cheeky gadget has gone before. Make it hover above the unsuspecting heads of targets and drop an iStrike Bomb at the exact right moment. Its unique design and flying pattern give the iStrike Shuttle an almost human character. Yet it’s surprisingly easy to control. It even comes with an attachable bright orange training wheel that makes landing easier. Launch date: November 2012. 10/5/2012 (Price: $129.99; Age: 8 and up)
Marble Copter by SKULLDUGGERY
Marble Copter is a brand new outdoor light up helicopter toy. Fling the Marble Copter up to 50 feet in the air using the launching wand, and watch as the copter lights up, glows in the dark, the light reflects off the hologram wings, and helicopters to the ground. Great nighttime fun for kids 8 and up. Launch date: May 2012. 4/24/2012 (Price: $6.99; Age: 8 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
e-copter by HAPE
The Hape e-copter is ready for take off. The e-copter takes to the skies in style with its bamboo body and vibrant graphics. 11/17/2011 (Price: $24.95; Age: 3 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Johnny Jungle Plane by RAVENSBURGER
Johnny is an airplane with friction-powered, rotating propellers, and a cargo hold with 3 secret compartments.
— Gladys Griffin, owner of Main Street Toy Shop in Columbus, Ga., told TDmonthly in a November 2011 survey that the Johnny Jungle Plane is her best selling aircraft/flying toy. 11/9/2011 (Price: $29.99; Age: 2 to 5) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Toysmith 5000 Guillow's Balsa Sky Streak Glider by TOYSMITH
Made of genuine balsa wood. Rubber band powered. Easy to fly.
— Mary Porter Green, owner of The Curiosity Zone in Ashburn, Va., told TDmonthly in a November 2011 that Balsa airplanes are among her best selling flying toys.
— Geoff Pendexter, owner of Whirlygigs in Brentwood, N.H., told TDmonthly in a Fall 2012 survey that they sell about 15 of these planes each month, making them a best selling aircraft toy in the store.
— Gregory Faith, owner of Hobby Town USA in Nashua, N.H., told TDmonthly in a February 2013 survey that these gliders were their best selling wooden toy. 11/9/2011 (Price: $4.80) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Rubber Band Powered Flying Machines by KLUTZ
Everything kids need to fly like a pro, indoors or out. Our three only-from-Klutz, rubber band powered airplanes have been carefully engineered for coolness, from the extra-large Firebird (an impressive 19-inch wingspan), to the acrobatic Lightning Looper (it really loops), to the Shooting Star (which makes such tight turns kids can fly it in the living room). Simple directions explain how to assemble the planes from the included parts and, just as importantly, how to fly them for maximum performance. And by experimenting with the variations in the book, junior aviators will learn basic principles of aerodynamics and physics.
— Mary Porter Green, owner of The Curiosity Zone in Ashburn, Va., told TDmonthly in a November 2011 survey that Klutz flying books are her best selling flying toy.
— In a November 2013 survey, Mary Porter Green, owner of Curiosity Zone in Ashburn, Va., told TDmonthly that they sell several of these books each month.
— In a December 2013 survey three out of 10 retailers said that Klutz made their best-selling books. 11/9/2011 (Price: $19.95; Age: 8 and up)
Hot Wingz by ZING
For high flying fun. Super flight performance with 7” wingspan. Soft foam with weighted nose for long glides. Hand or rubber band launched.
— Kim Emigh, manager of e-commerce at Growing Tree Toys in State College, Pa., told TDmonthly in a November 2011 survey that Hot Wingz are one of her top-2 best selling flying toys. 11/9/2011 (Price: $5.59; Age: 5 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Hand-Launch Glider "Extreme Team" by PLAYMOBIL INC.
Throw, glide, and catch. The red and yellow Hand-Launch Glider "Extreme Team" provides an opportunity to have fun while being active outdoors. Made with an ultra-light material, this stable glider can even be used to play catch. The Hand-Launch Glider also comes with a Playmobil pilot. Dimensions: 18.1 x 19.7 inches (L x Wingspan). Recommended for ages six to ten. Suggested Retail Price: $19.99. Warning. Choking Hazard. Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
— In a November 2013 survey, two out of 10 retailers told TDmonthly that Playmobil Gliders are a best-selling flying toy. 1/21/2011 (Price: $19.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
T-33A Shooting Star 1:72 Die Cast Model by FALCON COLLECTIBLE MINIATURES
Replicating a T-33A Shooting Star — the two-seat trainer version of the USAF’s first combat-capable jet fighter stationed in 1953 Korea — this 1:72 scale die cast airplane features engraved panel lines and simulated rivets, a detailed cockpit with an opening canopy, prototypical wingtip fuel tanks and wing-mounted bombs, optional-position landing gear, and authentic markings, including "The Red Devil" painted on the front wheel well doors. Its wingspan measures 6.25". 6/25/2010 (Price: $42.95; Age: 14 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
P-51D Mustang 1/48 Die Cast Model: Lt. Col. Glenn Eagleston, 354th Fighter Group, 1945 by Hobby Master
Replicating "Feeble Eagle," the P-51D Mustang flown by 18½-victory ace Lt. Col. Glenn Eagleston, has the following features: engraved panel lines; a detailed cockpit with a sliding canopy and a removable pilot figure; a rotating propeller; movable wing flaps and an opening radiator coolant scoop; two styles of removable drop tanks; optional-position landing gear; and authentic markings, including Eagleston's trademark eagle on the fuselage and victory symbols. It has a 9.25" wingspan and includes a display stand. "[The] 1/48 scale Mustangs reach a whole new level of accuracy with this limited edition release from Hobby Master," Sarah Broadwater, Marketing, Historic Sales, told TDmonthly. 5/14/2010 (Price: $62.95; Age: 14 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Little Sky Riders by DANO2 Designer Toys
This line of modern toy airplanes is compatible with most wooden train systems and is proudly made in the USA with FDA-compliant materials that are PVC, BPA, lead and phthalate free. Parents can visit the Little Sky Riders website to experience how these planes can help teach children the alphabet. "Little Sky Riders' personalities set them apart from all other toy airplanes on the market. Add in that they are made in the USA and have an online educational component and you have a modern classic," Daniel Monahan, President, DANO2, told TDmonthly. Launch date: July 4, 2010. Watch Little Sky Riders: Top-5 Video, Toy Fair 2010 2/4/2010 (Price: $10; Age: 2 to 6)
nubyplane™ US Airways Kids Back Pack by IDT JETS
Let your kids be the envy of all their friends with their very own nübyplane™ US Airways Back Pack. This beautifully tailored back pack features 2 storage compartments with a secret mini storage pouch, cool see through windows, adjustable shoulder straps, logo embroidery, and airline zipper pulls. Available in US Airways, jetBlue, and WestJet markings. Upcoming designs include American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Continental, AirTran, and Southwest markings. Constructed of durable material with mesh backing, the backpack features two storage compartments wtih soft zipper tags, adjustable shoulder straps, and is 15" tall. 1/21/2010 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Push Along Flyer by NOVA NATURAL TOYS & CRAFTS
This solidly constructed wooden plane can serve as a push toy for small children, if the peg people are removed. Put them back in and older kids have a great pretend play vehicle to fly around the house. It's made of hardwood in Poland and measures 4¼" tall x 11" wide. ( Watch Video) 12/10/2009 (Price: $50.00; Age: 2 to 7) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
SnapTite® Star Wars® Anakin's Jedi Starfighter™ by REVELL
This replica of the short, lightweight Delta-7B starfighter has four has four partially hidden laser canons. Parts snap together, and it does not require painting or gluing. Skill level for this project is 1.
— Mud Puddle Toys in Marblehead, Mass., sells about 20 to 25 Revell kits of cars, airplanes and Star Wars items each month. “We’ve carried them for a few years now. People know we carry it,” he told TDmonthly in October 2009. 11/9/2009 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Viking Toys - Super Chubbies Helicopter by INTERNATIONAL PLAYTHINGS LLC
The Super Chubbies Helicopter includes three removable figures: two rescue pilots and a patient. Also included is a stretcher. The propellers spin. 7/16/2009 (Price: $19.99; Age: 1 and up)
E-Flite Blade 400 3D Ready-to-Fly Electric Helicopter by HOBBY ZONE
The E-Flite Blade 400 3D Ready-to-Fly electric helicopter comes completely assembled and is test-flown at the factory. It is capable of sport flying and 3-D aerobatics right out of the box. It includes a programmable transmitter and factory-installed receiver. It is made for intermediate to advanced heli pilots.
— E-Flite helicopters are among the top-10 best sellers are HobbyTown USA stores, Director of Media Buying Mary Friesen told TDmonthly in early 2009. 1/29/2009 (Price: $279.99; Age: 14 to Adult)
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; Age: 8 and up)
WWI Biplane by PAUL K. GUILLOW INC.
This easy-to-build plane is made of pre-cut pieces of balsa wood. The double-wing design is stenciled with dramatic details for an authentic World War I look, with the spacing of the structure maintained by light plastic pieces to keep everything in place.
— “Balsa wood planes, by Guillow,” said Joel Hardy of Magpie Toys in Red Lodge, Mont., of the store’s best-selling flying toys.
— Eight percent of 68 retailers reported Guillow’s balsa flyers as top sellers among aircraft in October 2008. 9/19/2008 (Price: $2.79; Age: 6 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Power Glider by UNIVERSAL SPECIALTIES CO INC
Recommended for outdoor use only, this lightweight glider comes with a launcher and is available in different styles. It is easy to assemble and fly, and can soar up to 50’. The safe, soft flyer has a wingspan of 9” and comes with instructions. 9/8/2008 (Price: $2.50; Age: 4 and up)
RamRocket Assortment by POOF-SLINKY INC.
This assortment includes the Rocket Glider, Steel Titan and Para Glider, all of which can be launched up to 50 feet in the air. All rockets are made from a soft, safe foam and come in “try me” packaging that emits real rocket sounds.
— These rockets were best sellers at Twirl Toystore & Playspace in Taos, N.M., in early 2009, according to Owner Molly McMullin. “These have been on our best-seller list for over a year,” she told TDmonthly. “We always suggest buying two, because they’re so fun to play ‘tag’ with.” ( Watch Video) 11/15/2007 (Price: $11.99; Age: 5 and up) [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; Age: 8 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
FlyZone Micro Ultrix by HOBBICO
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 (Age: 12 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
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