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I am looking to buy a radio controlled vehicle - well, not really a vehicle, but just a toy. I know my husband eyes those everytime we go to a toy store, and I want to get one for his birthday. Can anyone give me any tips on how to select one or any models that you like. I am looking to spend less than ~100 bucks, and am looking something that's sort-of rugged and macho-looking (as much as a toy car can possibly be).

Any tips much appreciated. Thanks!
 
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How about RC toy aeroplanes? I always wish to have one. It will be a nice present, not sure about the price though.
 
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Go to your local RC shop. If you've got something like a Radio Shack, that'd be a great place, but a hobby shop that sells a lot of RC stuff would be a good choice. Ask the employees there which one they would recommend. Most of the people who work in those stores are really knowledgable about the merchandise because they've played with all of it. They should be able to help you find just the thing.
 
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I was thinking of buying this airplane: http://www.plantraco.com/hobbies/product_butterfly.html
Over the $100 range, but it is cool with the case! lol


A helicopter at $40 - http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/rc/833d/
Spy RC Car w/ nightvision: http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/rc/87e6/

Any hobby store has tons to choose from. I used to have a bunch of the small ones from radio shack that you could race on a desk.

Eric
 
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Wow, the video car with night vision sounds really nice.

Unfortunately, because of our work-home-child daycare setup, I rarely ever get to drive out anywhere by myself. He will smell it if I suddenly decide to go shopping. So I have to order something online.
 
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Wow.. I was doing some more research - and there is a whole world of r/c toy fans out there. Awesome, now I know I will be able to find something really nice.
 
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For years my son got cheap RC trucks and cars for gifts. Then he said he wanted to spend $125 of his own Christmas money on a Mini-Z car. I thought it would be a lot of money for not much value, but it's really a blast. It drives and handles very much like a real car. With practice you can drift through turns. There are tons of tuner parts if you want to get into customizing.

Yikes! I just Googled Mini-Z to refresh my memory and saw a car for $699. Guess things have moved on a bit since he bought his!
 
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