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Skywriter UFO Remote Control Helicopter

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  • Unique LED technology flashes customized messages up to 20 words (170 characters) in midair
  • Infrared controller with keypad and LCD screen
  • Internal lithium-polymer battery recharged through controller
  • Controller powered by 6 AAA batteries (not included)
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Product Description

Look, up in the sky!
  • Unique LED technology flashes customized messages up to 20 words (170 characters) in midair
  • Infrared controller with keypad and LCD screen
  • Internal lithium-polymer battery recharged through controller
  • Controller powered by 6 AAA batteries (not included)
Is this how aliens text their friends?
Our Skywriter UFOTM flyer projects midair messages of up to 20 words (170 characters) while hovering above amazed onlookers. Just use the wireless controllers keypad to enter your message. The Skywriters LED technology makes each character come to life, pulsing with a mesmerizing strobe effect. Incredible for night displays or special events!

Flies up, flies down and hovers for easy visibility.
Designed with a stable airframe thats simple to fly, the Skywriter UFO flyer will give you hours of unearthly fun. Its internal lithium-polymer battery is easily recharged through the infrared controller, which is powered by 6 AAA batteries (not included) and features a keypad and LCD screen for programming customized messagesGCaanything from Happy Birthday to Take me to your leader.

For ages 8 years old and up. Warning: This product may contain small parts which may pose a choking hazard to children.

Share a Close Encounter today. Order the Skywriter UFO from Brookstone!



* Free Ground shipping to 48 contiguous U.S. states only.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 10 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • ASIN: B009SE441U
  • Item model number: 15011-PPL
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,932 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

Customer Reviews

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I was given one of these for Christmas. I'm an mature grown-up guy, so I do know how to handle things.

PROS:

* It is very easy to control, within the limits of it's degrees of freedom.

* It's fun.

* If you are passive-aggressive, it's messaging capabilities will channel right into your personality needs.

CONS:

* It has only one degree of freedom: up and down. No horizontal control is available. It's going to go where it wants to go, and land where it wants land (strongly influenced by air currents, mostly).

* It is extremely fragile. It breaks at the slightest insult.

Those last two Cons work together to make this a "NOT RECOMMENDED" item. It's extremely fragile, and you cannot control very well where it goes, and where it comes down.

We had about 5 minutes of fun with it, before it glanced off of a soft, upholstered couch upon landing, and broke off one of the lower propellers, whereupon it would fly no longer.

I took it to Brookstone, and they basically told me to go take a flying leap. If it breaks, it's your problem. Brookstone wants nothing to do with supporting this product, even if it breaks on the day that you buy it. Brookstone suggested Crazy Glue or Epoxy.

I tried to follow the Brookstone recommendation, but what broke off from the center column was the 2-piece hinge that the propeller pivots on, and it was just too complicated and twitchy to try to glue those pieces back on.

Since I felt bad about breaking the gift from my daughter, I came here to Amazon to look into sneakily buying myself a new one, and swapping that new one in for the one that broke right away. I WOULD have bought this from Amazon, with two-day shipping, but then I saw that it is fulfilled by Brookstone (not Amazon), and I'm not touching Brookstone again, so that was a no-go.

In the end, living with a broken gift.
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Length: 0:30 Mins
I got it from Brookstone at Destiny U.S.A., and it's a lot of fun actually. You can only control it going up or down, and write in red led with blue lines over and under the words; 20 words at 7 letters each maximum. There are some shapes, as well as letters. While the copter can be recharged with USB, the handheld remote needs four AA batteries.

It's durable, considering it's hit on the floor, walls, chairs, you name it, and still works.

Updated 11/14/2012:
This product has failed the "kid test". It broke in less than an hour.
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My kids have abused the copter quite a bit and it is still working. The toy doesn't move too much from side to side in flight so that makes it easy for kids to control. Fun RC toy for the price that won't damage the furniture or hurt the younger brother!
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Fun but break very easily. Have gone through 2 of them, motor broke within 5 minutes on the first and the rotor connector broke on the second within a day
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A buddy of mine had one of these which flew, crashed, discharged, recharged, and flew again. A lot. Lots of fun, or so I thought…
This prompted me to buy one for myself. It arrived undamaged from the shipping ordeal, and I carefully unpacked it, read the directions, charged it, programmed a msg into the remote controller and proceeded to launch. When I pushed the throttle control forward, the LEDS on the copter lit up, and I was then expecting the rotors to spin up, and it to lift off. I got nada. Nothing. Zilch.
No rotors. No noise. No nothing. I "re-booted" the controller, switched the copter off/on, and tried again. Still… NOTHING.
Too bad. If they had paid just a little more attention to making a quailty toy, it would work, and they wouldn't be able to keep 'em in stock. This one's going back. Thank goodness, it did come with a 90 day Limited Warranty. Just glad it said "day" instead of "second". I'd really LOVE to reccommend this toy, but under the circumstances, I can't. And, I won't be holding my breath waiting for a much needed re-design. DON'T BUY ONE 'TIL THEN.
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First one would only hover about and inch. Returned it and the second one is not any better than the first.
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Don't fly this indoors or you'll be banging up against furniture, walls, and people. And you'll be too preoccupied with flight control to properly control the unique LED text features.

And don't fly the Skywriter UFO outdoors in daytime, as any sunlight, direct or indirect, will cancel out the InfraRed remote control system of the device.

But outdoors, at night, is really where this bird shines. It will definitely command attention as it hovers over the heads of the crowd as it slowly drifts with any light breeze, over the heads of a party or outdoor event.

The sturdy and well designed InfraRed transmitter (uses 4-AA rechargeable batteries) allows for quick and intuitive message compositions of up to twenty 7-letter words and symbols. That's a total of 140 letters/characters. Blank spaces can also be included in any of these 7-letter words.

Once airborne, each 7-letter word group can be individually displayed, but I prefer to simply hand-launch the Skywriter UFO into the sky and then press the "Automatic" button, causing the airborne device to display my entire pre-programmed list of twenty 7-letter words, starting with the first 7-letter word on the list. "Automatic" mode flashes each 7-letter word group for 5 seconds, before automatically flashing the next 7-letter word group for 5 seconds, moving down the list. At the end of the pre-programmed list, the Skywriter UFO cycles back to the top of the list and continues to flash your message again and again.

Your custom programmed text messages are safely stored in the memory of the transmitter -even if the 4 AA batteries are removed.
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