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Best Toy Of 2015 Christmas Season

Updated on November 24, 2015

It's a bird...it's a plane...it's a drone!

Struggling to find an interesting toy this season that your kids will actually play with? This is the only toy that gets consistent use in our household. My 8 year old daughter asked me what exactly is a drone? I explained that they are little helicopters that you can fly around and some even have video cameras on them. That was it. From that point forward to she was fascinated with all the different ways she could use a drone. Her best use for it was to fly it over our chicken coop so she could "check on the little guys" and make sure they were safe. Aww...so sweet...let's see just how much these puppies cost.

Cost Analysis

A few years ago we bought our daughter a kid version of a video camera. It was large, chunky and soft just in case she dropped it. Which she did. Numerous times. And it never broke. In regards to a toy that stood up well to the punishment of a child, the thing was awesome. However, the quality of the video was extremely bad. You had to squint to try to figure out what on earth she recorded. In the end, it was kid friendly but just not worth it when the video was so poor. With this in mind, I began my search for a drone that had decent video quality. Well, maybe we are a little spoiled these days because I wanted crisp, clear, HD quality video. Yeah, turns out we all do...and you have to spend a pretty penny to get it.

I was in love with this drone: GoPro Drone But when I found out it only "carries" the Go Pro Camera and doesn't actually come with it. I said no way. The thing is like 700 bucks. For $700 you couldn't include the camera with it? Really? Ok no. Not to mention that I'm not spending $700 on a kids toy. Not their fault of course. It's clearly NOT a kids toy. The price and sophistication of such a device should never be in the hands of a child! Especially mine.

Moving forward. I searched and searched. Himed and hawed. In the end, the drones that had even remotely good video quality were unaffordable and not for children. Yes, I could have bought one for around $100 with a crappy camera for her but it just wasn't worth the poor video quality. And they are way to delicate for a child. Or maybe just my child. So what did I get?

Cutest little thing

Ultimately I decided against a "real" drone for her. Because she is 8 and quite destructive towards just about everything, I found a toy that was still tons of fun and cheap enough to replace when she breaks it.


Mini Drone

What I most like about buying this drone is that she can hone her skills now and work up to a "real" drone. If you've never played with a drone, they are somewhat difficult to navigate in the beginning. This leads to many crash landings and mishaps. Twice my husband has had to climb up to the roof to retrieve it. I feel much safer letting her crash this one and get the feel for it before she moves onto a more advanced and sophisticated machine. Plus, she loves it! She plays with it on a near daily basis.

4 Different Colors

Mini Drone Details

Amazon sums up the specs better than I can:

Are you looking for the perfect gift? This Remote Control Quad copter is your best choice to bring you amazing fun and excitment for all ages. KiiToys introducing the World's smallest Quadcopter X-10! The most notable feature of this quadcopter is its nano size, with only 1.5 x 1.5 inch, it is yet the smallest quadcopter in the world! Adopting solid material and exquisite workmanship, it is safe and durable enough for anyone in all age to play. It is very easy to control with the game pad style radio controller. The remote control equiped with 2.4Ghz which gives you a long range and stable control over your quadcopter with no interference. The 6 axis gyro system equiped on the quadcopter will provide you an extreme stable flight and also enable you "Throw to Fly" - to throw the quadcopter in the air to start the flight! It will bring you lots of surprise and fun in flight, and will keep you entertained all the time. Don't hesitate to bring such a good remote control toy home today. Available in 5 color: White, Green, Blue, Orange and Pink, collect all 5 colors to have a quadcopter party!

Features:
4 channel mini 2,4 Ghz rolling quadcopter
Throw to fly, real 6 axis gyro
Up/down/left/right/side flight/hover/flip / hand launch
Made with durable material
Beautiful color,fashionable design
Low voltage alarm
With LED light for night flight

Specification:
Frequency: 2.4G
Gyro: 6 axis
Material: ABS
Size: 40 x 40 x 22mm
Flight time: about 5-8 minutes
Charging time: 15-25 minutes
Control distance: about 20-50M
Battery for quadcopter: 3.7V 100mah
Battery for transmitter: 2 x AAA battery(not included)

Package Contents:
1 x Quadcopter
1 x 2.4G transmitter
1 x USB charging cable (random color)
1 x spare blades set

Age Ranges

This drone really is good for all age ranges. Well at least 5 years old and up I guess. As I said, getting used to the controls and trying to navigate any of these drones takes some practice. So even adults should mess around with cheap ones like this before handing out $700 for a real one. We have two other children, a preteen and a teenager and both enjoy playing with this drone. Amazon has these for about $30 at the time of this writing. But you should definitely do your research as I have seen them as low as $20 on Ebay so make sure you shop around.

Palm of Hand

Reviews

This drone is getting really good reviews on Amazon. As of this writing there were over 500 reviews and most were positive. If you are anything like me, you move straight past the positive reviews and read the negative reviews. I want to know all the bad things I can expect.

There were approximately 24% of the reviews that were bad. Some of them stated that the construction of the drone is pure crap. I personally had no issue with it's construction. And even in reading some of the other bad reviews, they will state that it is well built "but". So to each his own I suppose. Other irritations with the product were the manual. It's very small and hard to read. It also does a very poor job of translating to English. I've been noticing a lot of that lately with other products. I know darn well most of this stuff is made in China. But as I said, I was looking for a cheap alternative to the "real" drone and this fit my needs.

Another issue people are talking about is the product not charging. You would tend to think this is pilot error if you have not had any problems yourself. But there were a handful of these comments and it made me feel that it is a legitimate problem with some devices. Because of this, I highly suggest you charge the drone as soon as you get it to determine if there are any problems. This way you can return it right away if you get a dud. Amazons return process is very friendly and you shouldn't have an issue. Ebay on the other hand is a nightmare because of all the different sellers and their policies.

KiiToys Mini Drone Video

Green with controller

In Depth Review Video

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