XPV 2.0 Shadow Hawk Red 27 MHz
|Price:||$200.00 + $17.90 shipping|
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- Updated, restyled, evolution of the original XPV with 80% more playtime!
- Drives like a car, flies like a plane
- Flies up to 30 MPH and over 20 stories
- Flight range of over 300 feet
- Ready to Run - Includes XPV Battery System that also charges USB devices
From the Manufacturer
Not suitable for children under 36 months, due to small parts.
Top Customer Reviews
The XPV was purchased for an 8 year old at full retail price. My husband and I made sure that we were always present when the XPV was taken out. We are impressed with the tricks that could be done, the flying time, and at first it seemed more duriable then past remote control purchases.
After a few weks we let our son use it on his own more, with us watching. After 1 month the XPV took a nose dive and was no longer usable.
It was a great toy while it lasted. I don't know how much more careful we could have been.
I ceratinly would not recomend buying this for a young child. Maybe a middle school age child that is really careful and make sure you have al arge open space to fly it in, no trees!
Cons: long charging time; can't charge from controller's batteries unlike other fliers.
My "Starscream," a different brand and model of radio-controlled styrofoam aircraft, recently and tragically got caught in a very high, impossibly inaccessible tree branch. Searching on Amazon for an equivalent replacement, I saw the XPV 2.0 Shadow Hawk for $21. For the stated capabilities, I figured it was a steal and bought one for myself and a second for a friend. After playing with it, I'd consider it a great buy at $30. (I would say $40 or $45, but if you read the rest of my review, you might want to buy a car lighter socket adapter to help charge it, making for a higher total price.)
This is not just any old styrofoam R/C toy: this is a durable, highly capable flier that will delight grown-ups too.
My first impression: wow, the XPV Shadow Hawk is HUGE. Almost 13" long, and 13" wingtip to wingtip. The styrofoam is very strong compared to other fliers, and the whole setup does feel heavy. One might initially wonder if it's too heavy to get airborne, especially with the plastic wheels. It came fully charged and wowed me with an initial test over my front yard -- and two neighbors' yards! This is definitely NOT a backyard toy, unless you have acres and acres.
It's also quite noisy compared to other fliers, because of the powerful motors. PLEASE BELIEVE THE PROPELLERS' WARNING LABELS! The propellers are plastic, but when the labels say to keep your fingers away, they mean it. To test their power, I held my Shadow Hawk while giving it full throttle, then put a wooden toothpick into one of the propellers.Read more ›
It is not a beginner's plane, nor one for small spaces. It requires attention, a wide swath of sky, and a little bit 'o familiarity with how this kind of rtf (ready to fly) performs. Woe to the parent that buys this for their inexperienced, or incapable, child!
R/C planes in the sub-$100 range are a different beast than any other R/C toy. You have to accept tweaking will have to be done. Flying a plane is a lot harder than driving a car or boat. You've got a 3-D space to maneuver in, as opposed to being bound to the surface of a driveway or pool. Luckily, most planes come with all the info you need to correct flying issues- just read the instructions.
These planes operate like a flying tank- were there such a thing. They have two motors (one right and one left) and they steer by cutting power to one or the other. They climb and descend via more or less power to both. Very simple, but quite effective.
The XPV 2.0 and Mini XPV are the most reliable rtf's I've bought to date. Once you get them trimmed ('tweaked'), they fly when and where you want them to.
Might I recommend, for those new to the scene, you start off with a Mini XPV and work your way up from there? The Mini is a fine little plane, and an excellent segue to the full-size XPV 2.0 =)
I would suggest leaving Santa an extra cookie or perhaps a shot of peppermint schnapps; maybe with the slight increase of investment you'll receive a different, more precise and durable toy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Big disappointment. Plane would not fly - just would nose dive. the mini XPV was excellent this larger version was shipped back.Published on June 8, 2009 by Mary A. Goodheart
No i wouldn't reccommend this for kids under 10. It takes a bit of skill to fly and it's deceivingly fast. When you crash at full throttle yes your gonna do some damage.. Read morePublished on July 10, 2008 by Tim S. Winter
The XPV was great for the 24 hours it lasted. An unfortunate collision with a tree damaged one of the propellers. The toy is otherwise in tact and functions perfectly. Read morePublished on March 24, 2008 by J. Stoltz
Very disappointing gift for our 10 year old. Actually bought 2 of these in the package deal and neither lasted through Christmas day. Read morePublished on January 11, 2008 by Kindle Customer