Remote-controlled model cars have been popular for over 50 years, since they were developed by an Italian company in the mid-1960s.
Today, RC toys are still wildly popular and ever more sophisticated. Going beyond automobiles, these unique gifts include boats, planes, farm machinery, robots, and animals – both real and fanciful.
Whether you want to relive the fun of your childhood, or introduce a young person to the enjoyment that comes from steering a tiny
vehicle around obstacles and corners, we have some suggestions for truly unusual RC toys.
Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, this remote controlled tank replicates the authentic details of the U.S. military’s M1A2 Abrams with realistic movement, sounds, and lights. The tank is detailed with desert weathering, and moves with working individual suspension on rubber treads. Housed in a rotating turret, its main gun fires plastic pellets in rapid succession with realistic recoil, shooting seven 6mm-diameter plastic pellets in rapid succession.
You can take this remote controlled boat on a fishing trip. Pre-rigged tackle—a hook, snap swivel, bobber, and nylon 2-lb. test line—secures to the boat’s faux engine at the water line. With the remote control, you can troll back and forth or position the boat behind obstacles a conventional cast cannot reach. This is a unique gift suitable for the angler who thought he or she had everything.
This is not your father’s remote controlled aircraft…this jet-powered, fire-breathing dragon soars through the air at up to 70 mph and belches propane-powered flame when on the ground. The dragon’s LED eyes can be commanded to glow red while it emits a fiery blast of flame from a cleverly concealed (and flight-disabled) propane tank and igniter built into its toothy maw. With a head that swivels in the direction of turns, the dragon climbs and dives via wing ailerons and elevators built into its V-tail rudder.
Besides providing hours of fun, RC toys can help hone hand-eye coordination and help kids learn about functions and directions. Young or old, these are great unique gifts that will please anyone.