Angry Bird Helicopter Review
Yes, those teed-off flying birds that have thrilled millions on cellphones around the globe and now on the PC and web as well are now taking to the air for real, at least the red one is as they have now come out with an Angry Bird Helicopter. Yup that’s right. Instead of annoying just green pigs as you knock down their structures, you can now annoy real people with this fun little gadget.
We got one to play around with and really enjoyed flying it about the office because most of us are indeed Angry Bird fans. And it was just very easy to get going. No assembly is required, except putting in the 6 AA batteries required into the remote and using the USB on our computer to charge the critter itself. It took around 40 minutes or so to get it fully charged, which was a bit of a drag, but I passed the time playing the game on Facebook, chalking it up to research. Anyway, finally he was ready to go and lifted off my desk and headed down the hall, scaring the beejeebies out of the intern that was passing out mail.
The only thing I really didn’t like about it was that the play time was extremely short (around 9 minutes by our estimate), which is what the website said, but I was hoping that maybe it was a bit longer. I guess most remote controls suffer from the same problem, but at least you don’t have to pop in new batteries. The copter itself comes with a built in Li-Polymer power cell.
The range is also around 15 feet or so, so you can’t really get it too high or fly it across a field. It’s mostly designed as a toy, rather than a serious RC copter, but it was still a lot of fun. And every time he’s ready to go, I never miss the opportunity to get him flying just to see the look on people’s faces, although buzzing guests I found out was frowned upon.
The Red Bird Helicopter goes for $49.95 and comes with the copter, the controller, two spare rotor blades in case one should break after a rough landing, and instruction manual, which is pretty simple. You can find it at ihelicopters.net.