So most of my readers know that I have 3 boys ages 8, 10, and 11. Needless to say, they made out like bandits from Christmas, so I am going to spend the next couple of weeks reviewing some of the toys and games they received. My first review is for the Air Hogs Megabomb R/C helicopter.
I’m a big fan of remote control toys. I used to race gas powered 1/8th scale R/C buggies and trucks. So now that my sons are old enough to start playing with the “good” R/C vehicles I couldn’t wait to get a few. I wanted to maximize fun for the kids with something that would be easy to control and not break when the inevitable crashes occur. We also wanted the ability to play with the toy indoors, since there is over a foot of snow on the ground right now. After doing some research, I didn’t think the boys were ready for the more expensive, and possibly easier to break, helicopters. So we landed (pun intended) on the Air Hogs. If you haven’t looked at the Air Hogs fleet of R/C products, it’s pretty incredible. They have a large selection of air and land vehicles, targeted for kids.
I will start with the good. It looks pretty cool. It’s like a futuristic stealth helicopter you might see in a sci-fi movie. The premise is also pretty awesome. I mean how cool is it to have an R/C helicopter that will drop a bomb remotely. Even the bomb itself is really ingenious. It has missiles that pop out of it when it hits the ground, preferably on its intended target.
While I really wanted to like the Air Hogs Megabomb, I just don’t. There are several reasons, for example, even on a level surface, the helicopter is so unstable that it falls over on its side easily. Which means you have to physically set it up right again before trying another take off. Also, it may be the one we have, but it is very difficult to fly. The “spin adjustment” on the remote does seem to make a difference, but it is not enough. We can’t seem to figure out how to make it hover without spinning uncontrollably. It’s unfortunate because it is a great idea. All in all, if the toy worked as intended, it would be really fun. Since the Air Hogs brand is really popular, I have to assume that we got one that isn’t functioning properly.
So let’s talk about the controller. On initial inspection, it looks pretty cool. It includes the usual two joystick configuration, but has a big bomb button right in the middle. I was really looking forward to hovering over a target and dropping the toy bomb, but unfortunately I can’t get it to fly stable enough for this to happen. The button itself lights up when you lift the safety cover, sadly our controller’s bomb button only partially lights up. I’m not sure if something came loose inside it and is blocking the light or if one of the LEDs are out, either way it reinforces the feeling of quality control or design issues for this product. Another dislike that I have is the left (elevation) joystick. It is spring loaded to stay down, so you have to apply constant pressure to maintain altitude. Since this is likely a safety feature, so the younger pilots out there can just let go of the stick and it will immediately start to descend; it has the extra feature of creating a frustrated daddy. The controller itself is made of inexpensive, but likely durable, plastic. This is to be expected for a toy at this price. My feeling for the controller is closely associated with the function of the helicopter. They both seem sort of cheap and poorly designed.
While writing this review I spoke with my son Joshua, who received this as a gift from Santa. I wanted to get his opinion about the toy, fortunately for Air Hogs he loves it. He has been trying to fly it since he got it and has had some success. So even though I would take it back to the store, he wants to keep it.
While I can’t recommend it based on the one we have, I think you can find better R/C helicopters for the same price, I do think the idea is good and would probably be fun if it were more stable and easier to fly. All three boys also received R/C helicopters (not Air Hogs) from a family friend, so I will be reviewing that model soon.
- Bomb-dropping RC heli
- Push button to drop bomb
- Bomb launches 3 missiles on impact
- Steady Fly Technology for ultra-stable flight
- 1 bomb and 9 plastic missiles included
- Includes practice targets
- Heli recharges from the controller
If you want to know more about Air Hogs products, please visit their website – http://www.airhogs.com.
Disclosure: This post is NOT sponsored, solicited, or endorsed in any manner. I purchased this product with my own money for my personal use, and decided to write about it.