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Disney Planes Wing Control Dusty Crophopper Radio Control Plane
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2013
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First, let me say this plane does not fly. It is basically a remote control car that looks like a plane and has a different type of remote. The remote is the wing that gets held in the right hand. It has a button on it to make Dusty go and the angle at which it is held controls the direction of Dusty and how he turns. Turns is easy, getting Dusty to level out is a little more difficult. The left hand wing does nothing. It is more for play and making your child feel like he/she has two wings.

Dusty himself has three built in motions which seem more for demo purposes than anything, They just make him go by himself. I don't see the real point to it.

The plane requires 4 AA batteries and the remote 2 AAA batteries. The batteries are not included. It would have been nice to at least include the cheap no name batteries.

For a child this is a lot of fun. It was an immediate hit. While it is hard to straighten Dusty out it is not so hard that the fun is ruined.

Overall, this is a fun remote control "car/plane." I suspect it will be like any remote control car. It gets a lot of play at first but after the novelty wheres off it stays on the shelf and gets pulled out every now and then.

If I could give this 3.5 stars I would, but since I can't I'm going with the fun factor and upping it to 4.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon October 17, 2013
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Dusty Crophopper RC plane is a cute, fun toy. After my granddaughter saw the movie, she was so excited about it that I wanted to get her this toy. When she saw it, she squealed with delight. Of course she immediately wanted to play with it, but we soon found it was difficult to play with in the house. It was nighttime when I gave it to her, so she had to wait until the next day to try it outside. The reason it's hard to play with in the house is that it needs a lot of space in which to turn and roll, and it really doesn't work that well on carpet, even with a low pile. It works best on a flat, smooth surface like a kitchen floor, but my kitchen and dining room space is too small and the plane just runs into the furniture. When we took it outside on the driveway, we had much better results. However, if the plane runs into any obstacle, like a pebble or twig, it will stop and often flip forward to rest on the propeller.

My granddaughter got a kick out of using the controls that fit on her hands. She isn't quite coordinated enough yet to hold a remote and maneuver it, while also looking at the RC vehicle, and with this remote control, she doesn't have to look at the remote. She just moves her hands. She does have to press the button on the right controller with her thumb to make it go forward, but she mastered that pretty quickly.

My 2.5 year old grandson also likes Dusty. He can't really use the remote, but it comes with 3 built-in moves and he really enjoys that. He also likes to pick Dusty up and pretend to make him fly.

Don't forget to pick up 4AA and 2AAA batteries before you give this to a child. It doesn't come with the batteries and they will be very disappointed if they can't use it right away. It uses up batteries pretty quickly, but it does have an auto shutoff feature that helps with battery life should the child turn it on and then forget about it.

If your child is really into Planes, then I recommend this toy. If they're not into the movie or haven't seen it, then it may not be as much fun, given the difficulties mentioned above.
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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If you look at the pictures on the box, it seems to show Dusty flying thru the air, in front of the boy with the controllers. On bottom of the box, however, in eighth inch letters, is written "This is not a flying toy". My first response was "ahh!", but if you look at the body of the plane, it would be aerodynamically impossible to fly, unless you were in a zero gravity. Since the boy I got this for is only 5, its actually great that it doesn't fly. Those flying planes require big open space, no electric wires or trees, and they STILL crash. If you want to introduce a child to radio controlled toys, this isn't a bad place to start. The box recommends age 10 or older, but with a little bit of supervision, you can start them out younger. If the kid forgets to turn off the plane when done playing, there's an automatic shut off to conserve battery life.

When it comes to operation, I had a few problems. First, you need a large, flat area to play upon. It wont move thru grass, and any obstruction before the "flight path" of Dusty, will cause him to tip over, or stop. I tested it on a car port, but had to sweep it first. A sidewalk wont work, cos the plane tends to waver in its flight plan. IF you tilt the controller off level, the plane turns. So unless you have a child who keeps their outstretched arms perfectly level to the ground, the plane turns. The thumb button on the controller gives it forward motion, but there are no breaks. So its way too chaotic in motion, to work in a small to mid sized play room, unless you don't mind turning the plane a lot. (and kids don't) It has all kinds of crazy sayings in the DUSTY character voice. "Bank left!" or "Hi, I'm Dusty, well, my name is Dusty." There are some preprogrammed flight planes if you hit that button on top of the plane, but not for in the house.

As long as you don't expect too much functionality, or control with the plane, and you have a flat, large play space, this is a really fun toy. It helps if the child intended loves that Disney show, PLANES. It also helps if you give this to the child WITH BATTERIES, cos they are not included. Buy 4AA and 2AAA alkaline batteries, and have a Phillips head screw driver ready, to set up the toy when its unwrapped. Happy Flying!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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The pictures on the box make it appear that there is a plane in this box that will actually fly, but like with many products these days, the disclaimer at the bottom of the box explains that in reality, "This is not a flying toy".

Setting that aside and understanding this is for a child under 6, it really is alrught that this is not a real flying machine that would be beyond the capability of the user.
We believe this a good starter kit to introduce a child to radio controlled toys. Even though the box recommends age 10 or older, with some adult supervision, a younger child can deal with the principles of the unit and have fun.

Positives:
* The child does experience some flying motion by their actions of wearing a controller
* The spinning propeller does seem to be safe to the touch, although I read some other reviews that were cautious about this
* There is an automatic shut off to conserve battery life.
* It ties to Disney PLANES series

Limits
* It is a bit hard to really control Dusty's motions
* One does need a large, flat area to play upon
* It does not move through a lawn or an unswept driveway (better outside)
* It does consume batteries

Overall - a fun toy!

Dr. John Hogan CHA CHE
Hospitality Educators
Hogan Hospitality
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Disney Planes Wing Control Dusty Crophopper Radio Control Plane. The plane is so much fun, even the adults wanted a turn to play with it. It was easy to remove from the box, just put in the batteries and it was ready to go. It took a little while for our 5 year old grandson to learn how to move his arms in the right direction for the plane to go. Once he did there was no stopping him. It has a lot of encouraging phrases and sounds recorded. It is a sturdy little plane. It gets the child up and moving. Great fun!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2014
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My 5 year old really enjoys this. It works best on hard floors. Great for smaller kids. Would recommend to anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2014
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This silly thing kept the kids all entertained during the holiday. It takes some reading of directions, but the learning curve is sharp. Even the adults got into the fun! (Kids' ages were 6 and 3, adults over 40!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2014
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It's a cute concept, and the pre-programmed flying is ok, but as a remote-controlled toy it is very frustrating (even for a big kid like me)! As other reviewers have mentioned, it is almost impossible to get the plane to fly straight! It should default to this direction when the operator (or at least the remote control unit) is not leaning to the left of to the right, but it seems it only has two modes - left or right! So you end up zig-zagging to go forward, and it's very tiresome. We purchased this toy for a 3 yr old (actually 4 years old today), and he gave up quickly, after the plane repeatedly ended up stopped by a wall or door. I tried as well, and simply could not get the plane to navigate within a four-foot-wide swatch of "runway". It is really only useful in a wide-open area where it has more room to just zig-zag along, instead of going straight. We returned it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2014
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My 3 year old nephew loved it. The hassle free packaging was nice too. Overall very pleased with this purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2014
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My grandson loved it,he started playing with it the minute he opened it and he still loves it even now
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