I don’t know if you’ve ever had the opportunity to own or at least try an Air Hogs radio controlled helicopter. I have and the old ones were very fragile and would easily break or break down and stop working correctly. They were very flimsy and small and didn’t hold their charge for very long at all. You’ve probably seen easier August and their similar counterfeit clones for sale at mall kiosks everywhere.
Yes, the guys selling these at the mall kiosks for the most part are selling counterfeits from China. Their kiosk rental costs are far too high for them to be making marginal profits on selling the real items. Instead they buy a counterfeits for 1/5 of the cost from China and resell these at their kiosk for the full price of the real thing.
The bad thing with this is these counterfeits are never made of the same quality as the originals. Their batteries will not last as long in the case of one that I had, it actually caught fire and then burst into flames during regular normal use. Upon contacting Spin Master Ltd. (the owner of the Air Hogs brand) it was determined that this R/C helicopter I had was a fake or counterfeit from China.
Anyways what I was getting at here was the fact that the older air hogs were not something I would recommend for young children and were kind of hard to use and less forgiving. Now Air Hogs has rolled out the new sharpshooter which is made of a much more sturdy plastic body and includes dual rotors for greater stability control.
It is much, much easier to fly this sharpshooter than the other previous Air Hogs models. Even if you don’t use the plastic missile launchers, which are kind of cool in my opinion, the ability of the sharpshooter to be used with great controlled stability inside the house is just awesome. This radio controlled helicopter is so easy use that my four-year-old son can fly it and land it perfectly and he has a blast doing this everyday.
The only drawback with the sharpshooter is that you cannot take off from the ground. When you try this on a rug floor somehow the Air Hog sharpshooter leans a little bit when it takes off and it catches on the rug on one side and this causes it to immediately crashed right into the rug. Maybe that’s what they will fix next at Spin Mas, Ltd. and Air Hogs.
But for itself is very well built as I said plus the controller is much better made than for previous models. It feels sturdier and heavier. There is even a button to fire the plastic missile launchers with while the helicopter is in flight – that’s really neat. Target practice with a radio controlled helicopter. The only other thing that I see might need changing or fixing is the little storage area for the recharging connector. It can be a pain in the neck to get this thing to close with the connector and the wires all inside .
I know the box says recommended for 10 to 12 years and advanced skill levels, but I can tell you from experience with my children at a five-year-old six or older seven-year-old would have a blast with it also. The Air Hog Sharpshooter is a lot of fun for the whole family and great for rainy day play inside the house.