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Air Hogs - Battle Tracker with Yellow Disc Firing Helicopter
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- 3+ Ways to Play! Battle Tracker can be played in multiple modes with single or multiplayer missions
- Intelligent Auto Tracking Technology delivers real-life interactive battle play
- Built in Steady-Fly Technology for advanced flight stability
- ART Intelligence acknowledges each situation
- Includes: 1 Battle Tracker with Tethered Remote Control, 18 Missiles, 1 Disk Shooting Helicopter, 7 Discs, 1 Disc Removal Tool, 1 Helicopter Remote Control, 1 Instruction Manual
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The set comes with a helicopter that shoots small disks and a battle station that shoots nerf-like projectiles. The goal of the helicopter is to hit the radar dish at the top of the battle station which then shuts down the station. The goal of the battle station is to shoot down the helicopter. Several times my son was able to hit the dish from close range--but it wasn't hard enough to actually turn off the station. We haven't had enough time to determine why but if I do I will add to this post.
The feature I found the most fascinating is that the battle station can actually be set to automatic and it automatically tracks and shoots at the helicopter. The video I included has the station set to automatic so you can see how well it tracks the helicopter on its own. Otherwise, it does have a remote control that would allow a playmate to control the battle station. This is great when you have more than one child who wants to play.
The battle station takes helicopter take a total of 10 AA batteries. The helicopter needs to be recharged after a couple minutes of flight--but that is pretty typical of these light weight flying vehicles that cannot carry their own batteries due to weight issues. I haven't timed how long it takes to recharge the helicopter but if I do I will post that later as well.
Another nice feature of this set is that both the battle station and helicopter could be used in a variety of different play settings to shoot at any small item (blocks, action figures, etc.) you want to knock over.
Over the years we've owned a lot of different Air Hogs products and this may prove to be one of our favorites.
When the box arrived, I was initially a little surprised at the size. I expected the turret to be bigger than the chopper, but I was pretty impressed with the overall size of the product. As with other Air Hogs products, it just "looks cool" and looks to be made of good quality stuff. As has been mentioned in other reviews, this does require 10 (TEN) AA batteries. Fortunately we had just enough. Unfortunately it took much longer to get the toy out of the box than it did to find the batteries. One thing's pretty sure...it's unlikely that the turret or chopper will come loose in the package and get broken. They are strapped up inside by a multitude of clips and cables.
We finally got everything out and batteries in place and hooked the helicopter up to start charging. While we waited for the helicopter to charge, we powered up the turret.
Our first reaction was "Whoa!! That's cool...ominous...and loud." The turret speaks in a robotic voice announcing its presence and purpose. It cycled through a brief (~5-10 second) demo showing that it could pivot on its axes and then it tilted back and pretended to fire its payload (it made the missile launching sounds, but didn't actually fire anything in the demo). As mentioned in the product description, it comes with two modes: Automatic and Manual.Read more ›
Something like that, I guess, is what you have to imagine here. Or, you can just think: this is a hilarious and fun toy, I'm remote-controlling a helicopter and this robot-thing on the ground is tracking my every movement, announcing its strikes loudly in a scary robotic voice. My sons and I couldn't stop laughing as we played with it. When you have the tracker on automatic, it's just fun to watch, as it follows the movements of the helicopter. It just makes it more intense, I guess, to maneuver the copter. Most of the shots fall short, unless the helicopter's pretty close, but ... and I don't know why, it's just funny to watch. I guess that's perverse because I generally don't like war toys. I guess thinking it's one unmanned robot against another drone helicopter makes it more palatable. Anyhow it's fun. You can also have two "players" and control the tracker with an attached remote. That part's pretty easy.
It takes longer to get the hang of the helicopter. First, you've got to get used to hovering. If you elevate too quickly, you can't slow down and hover without dropping directly to the ground. So you have to rise up slowly, making no sudden moves. It takes longer to get used to navigating left and right and around obstacles, but a few sessions with this and we got pretty good.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Got it as a gift for christmas. Took longer to get it out of the box than it actualy worked. The base stopped shooting missles. Read morePublished 7 months ago by B Stowe
The helicopter broke within the first 5 seconds of flight and never flew again.Published 7 months ago by brendan hardy
Awesome toy for my 9 year old son. Even my husband was impressed! It can actually "track" the helicopter and shoot at it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by W. Lambley
As the title suggests, this thing seems unbreakable. We've had this thing since Christmas 2014 and the helicopter is still not broken. Read morePublished 11 months ago by J. A. Bowen
Really, really super fun concept. The helicopter is a little tricky to use. The SAM station keeps you on your toes when in auto mode. Overall pretty cool.Published 11 months ago by Mike S.
* you cannot fly the helicopter forward or backward... it can only rotate after taking off
* very low battery life for helicopter
The tracker... Read more