Top Toys for 2012: The Best R/C Flying Toys, For The Pilot Inside You

by nessel on November 9, 2012

The Top Holiday Toys for 2012. Guide the Best Hot Holiday Toys of 2012

This is part of our series – The Best Guide To The Top Hot Holiday Toys for 2012 . Please make sure to read the rest of the toy reviews in our Top Toys for 2012 Guide.

Simply put, if you don’t love R/C flying toys, the terrorist win.  Fine, we will admit that even we have a love/hate relationship with remote controlled flying toys.  When an R/C helicopter is fully charged, trimmed correctly and effortlessly flying like an extension of your body…pure love!  On the other hand, when the helicopter seems to have a death wish and determined to crash into every wall, regardless of what you do, that is when we all become haters.

The truth is, all R/C flying toys need some patience and practice to get good results, but with the right R/C toys you can maximize the love and minimize the hate.  Luckily, 2012 was a banner year for flying R/C toys and we have picked the best of the best to bring out the true inner pilot that lives within all kids.

It’s Alive! This List is Growing Like a Weed

If you are reading this before December 24th, 2012 we are still searching for the best toys. This is a living, growing Holiday Toy Guide for 2012. Below you will see some of the top toys we have currently reviewed, but please check back often as we will continue to update our list as we review new toys. You can also see all of the toy reviews we have done by visiting our Toy section. More of a visual learner? Watch our Toy Review videos on our YouTube Channel.

Where Are The Spy Helicopters? You will notice a lack of helicopters with video cameras in the guide below. Fear not, there were so many cool spy planes and toys this year that we did a whole separate guide for them – The Top Spy Toys of 2012.

Top Toys for 2012: The Best R/C Flying Toys of 2012

The Best Way to Pilot A Helicopter via Remote Control or Your Phone

Air Hogs Heli Replay

Air Hogs Heli Replay

Choices, choices, as parents we are always forced to make choices.  Do we get our son the R/C helicopter that can be controlled via a smart phone app?  Or do we go more old school and go with the helicopter that is controlled with a standard remote control?  Choices be damned, now you can have it all!  The Air Hogs Heli Replay is a fun helicopter which can be controlled by your phone or the included remote control.

The built in gyro stability makes the Air Hogs Heli-Replay…dare we say it… rather easy to fly??  Yes, it still takes a little trimming and some practice, but kids ages 8 and up should have no problem keeping this helicopter in the air!

Full Review (and video) of the Air Hogs Heli Replay

Price: Sells for About $40. Good for kids ages 8 and up.


For the Kids Who Like to See Metal Fly

Robocopter GST Special Edition

Robotcopter GST Special Edition

Guess what? Not every single toy in the world is made of plastic!  The Robocopter GST Special Edition is a metal body helicopter that looks good and flies even better.    The built-in gyro stability makes this helicopter a joy to fly and the included remote is easy to operate.  The size and weight of the Robocopter GST means this helicopter  can even be flown outside…if there is no wind.  No iPhone controls, no camera, no missiles to fire – but if you are looking for a solid, fun to fly R/C helicopter, the Robocopter GST Special Edition is a great choice.

Full review (and video) of the Robocopter GST Special Edition

Price: About $69. Great for kids ages 10 and up


Best Toy For Kids Who Find Flying Straight Too Boring

UDI U816 Quadcopter

UDI U816 Quadcopter

Why have one propeller when you can have four?  Why fly straight when you can do a 360 degree flip with the push of a button?  We love R/C helicopters, but we understand some kids are looking for more action than just flying up, down and around a room.  The UDI U816 Quadcopter has the incredible ability to do a full 360 degree flip with the push of a button.  In addition, the Quadcopter zips along at an incredible speed and can be flown indoors and outdoors.  One warning, the blades are fully exposed, so we would not recommend this for young kids.

Full review (and video) of the UDI U816 Quadcopter

Price: About $43. Great for kids ages 14 and up


Holy Crap, How Did They Put All That Technology Into One Toy???

Air Hogs Battle Tracker

Air Hogs battle tracker

Let us simply explain what you get with the Air Hogs Battle Tracker.  First, you get a R/C helicopter that can fire little flying discs.  Next you get a robotic battle turret that can operate in one player or two player mode.  In one player, the battle turret automatically tracks the helicopter and fires missiles at the helicopter.  In two player mode, a second person controls the Battle Turret and tries to shoot down the helicopter.  The turret has a sensor, so if you hit it with a flying disc, you deactivate the turret and win the round.  Really, need I say any more?  If you have kids who like to fly and shoot, they will love the Air Hogs Battle Tracker.

Full Review (and video) of Air Hogs Battle Tracker  in Action

Price: $99. Best for kids ages 10 and up.


Best Toy For Kids Who Want to Drive AND Fly

Air Hog Hover Assault

Air Hogs Hover Assault

What to get your son for Christmas?  He likes cars, but he also likes planes and things that fly.  Or do you get him a blaster, since he loves shooting things.  Do you go with the R/C car, a R/C helicopter or a blaster?  YES!  With the Air Hogs Hover Assault, you don’t need to make a choice.  The R/C vehicle can drive like a car, but press a button and it flies like a helicopter.  Press another button and fire off one of the four missiles it is packing.  What is not to love about a Hover Assault vehicle?  This toy also proves, you can have your cake and eat it too!

Full Review (and video) of Air Hog Hover Assault In Action

Price: $49. Best for kids ages 10 and up.


Best R/C Toy For Kids Who Can Not Fly R/C Toys

Alien Technology ORB

Alien ORB, R/C ORB UFO

We used to think this cruel world was split in half.  In one group, you had the kids would could fly an R/C toy without constant crashing  - let’s call them the Chosen Ones.   In the other group you had the kids who seemingly were put on this planet to smash and crash every R/C toy they touched – let’s call them the Klutz group.

Now the UnCrashable Alien Technology ORB from EB Brands unites the Chosen Ones and the Klutzes.  Finally a R/C toy that anyone can fly.  Smash the Alien ORB into the ceiling – no problem.  Hit a wall – no problem.  The large ORB protects the propellers and let’s you just bump off walls and ceilings.    Long live Alien Technology!

Full review (and video) on the Alien ORB In Action

Price: About $49. Great for kids ages 8 and up


Where Are The Spy Helicopters? You may have noticed a lack of helicopters with video cameras in the above guide. Fear not, there were so many cool spy planes and toys this year that we did a whole separate guide for them – The Top Spy Toys of 2012.

More Top Toys of 2012

This is just the start of our 2012 Top Toy Guide. Here are the rest of the top toy lists…

Top Holiday Toys of 2012

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