on February 1, 2012
Many people bought these at Fry's Electronics only to be severly disappointed. Fry's was closing them out for $25 over Christmas 2011, early 2012. Some clarification is necessary. The Sky Invaders Metal Frame Series LS6020 sold at Fry's does not have an electronic gyro. So, they are inherently unstable and very difficult to fly. That's probably why Fry's was closing them out at $25 when the other helis with gyros were selling for 2X that amount.
This helicopter is made by San Huan (or SH) and is called the a Swift LS6020 or Swift X-Power. The Sky Invaders name is a re-brand. There is a newer model called the LS6020-1 which _does_ have an electronic gyro, and hence should fly correctly. I can't comment on that because I too bought the LS6020 from Fry's without realizing it didn't have a gyro, but many people on other review sites have more positive things to say of the LS6020-1. The description here on Amazon does not say, but I notice the model number here is LS6020B. The B might mean it has a gyro. But, without clarification from Amazon's description, I would not recommend buying this helicopter.
To find parts, Search for "Swift LS 6020 parts". I found several sources of replacement parts.
Rather than return it, I decided to fix the problem. I bought a circuit board from another helicopter (the Syma S107 circuit board works, though I used a board from a JXD 340, available on Amazon) and upgraded mine. Now it flys great, and I'm very happy with it. By upgrading the circuit board, you may have to buy a new LED controller and/or charger. I was able to use the original charger by swapping the polarity of the wires, and I already had a JXD 340 LED controller, which is why I chose the JXD 340 circuit board. Was it worth the effort to change the circuit board. No. But, it was a fun project to do with my son. Soldering was required of course, and I had to use double sided sticky tape to hold the new board. Patience and good soldering skills help a lot. Do it because it's a fun project. Otherwise....
My recommendation is go buy a Syma S107 (probably the most popular of these little helicopters) or JXD 340 Drift King (a 4 channel heli which is growing in popularity because it can drift left/right). Parts are far more common for the Syma and JXD, and quality is a little better.
on June 23, 2011
Picked up this helicopter at Fry's as a 'buy as is' for five bucks. Cashier said the helicopter would not fly but they were selling it just for parts. Being that I have crashed my fair share of helicopters I figured five bucks for spare parts was not bad. Once I got it home I found that it did indeed work and flew, just not very well. The thing wants to fly straight into the ground most of the time and the gyroscope placement has it smacking into the main blades repeatedly. Had I not bought this for five bucks expecting it not to work I would have been quite disappointed.
on January 5, 2014
Extremely fragile. Unstable. Tried to fly it for less than 5 minutes. One of the gears (cylindrical, that drives the upper set of propeller-wings) came lose. Pushed it in and flew it again. In mid-flight, that gear dropped and the helicopter came down! The gear is so small - couldn't find it. I wouldn't recommend spending any money on this stuff.
on February 13, 2011
GOT THIS FOR A GIFT,MAYBE 10 MINUTES OF FLYING, 1 BRASS WEIGHT FLEW OFF, CAN'T FIND, COPTER WON'T FLY WITHOUT IT. TOO MUCH MONEY FOR 10 MINUTES OF FUN. CAN'T GET PARTS, A HUGE WASTE OF MONEY....DON'T BUY! THANKS AMAZON...