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Product Type: Toys
Age: Late Elementary School Years
Categories: Vehicles
Subcategories: Remote Controlled


2014 Award
Hot Wheels High Jump Frenzy RC
(Toy State $109.99 Score:)

Maybe this should come with a warning to all house cats--they'd better not tangle with this 9-pound racer with a new twist; as the name on the box says--it is a high jumper and it can flip while doing so. It can do 360-degree spins, as well. Move those china cups before the fun begins! It takes two hours to charge and adapter must be plugged into the wall outlet. A novelty toy designed for 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2014.

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Hot Wheels RC Radio Control Terrain Twister
(Mattel $90 Score:)

The latest in the line of RC vehicles from Mattel's Tyco line.  It moves forward, it does circles--most interestingly, it moves side to side. With a range of 65 feet, you can really put this car to the test on all types of terrain. We did not have access to snow (it promises to handle snow as well).  Our big complaint was that the vehicle does not come with the charger (an additional $30) - making this a $90 remote control vehicle.  Apart from the expense, we're really much happier (as are our testers) when everything is included. 

Age: Later School Years, Tweens, Teens. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on

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2011 Award
Hot Wheels RC Nitro Speeders
(Mattel $27.99 Score:)

"Amazingly fast" for such a small rc car was the uniform reaction the RC Nitro Speeders. Comes with it's own carrying case that also serves as the charger and remote control. We tested the Mustang, but there are other vehicles in this micro line of racers including a Chevy Camero and a Ford Fiesta.  We would be careful with these cars around pets that may mistake them for a snack!

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on

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2010 Award
Hot Wheels Stealth Rides
(Mattel $24.99 Score:)

We're going to start with the warning.  This amazing toy comes with three loose small batteries (the kind that look like metal buttons).  Now while this toy is marked for 8 & up as a result, we know that Hot Wheels are bought for much younger kids.  We almost decided to pass on this toy entirely because these batteries can pose a safety risk to small children.  That said, the toy is appropriately marked and it is super cool.  If you have an adult in your life that longs for the Hot Wheels of their childhood, you need to get them one of these!  Ok, here's how it works.  The car goes completely flat. That's right. It collapses so that you can put it into the flat controller.  Yes, I said controller--the controller doubles as the case but also is actually the controller for your RC HOT WHEELS!!  Unbelievable but true.  One of our favorites of the season!

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on

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2010 Award
Disney Tron Legacy Zero Gravity RC
(Spinmaster $24.99 Score:)

Hands down one of those super cool toys that everyone wants a turn trying.  The new DISNEY TRON movie will launch December 17th and while we haven't seen the movie, we can tell you that the toys are fun.  The Tron Legacy Zero Gravity RC will drive all over your walls AND upside down. To add to the fun, it lights up as it goes leaving a light trail.   The vehicle is controlled by  a wireless remote control and can go both backwards and forwards pretty quickly.  The sound is a tad too loud (so that if you're supposed to be asleep you're parents will know you're still playing with this great vehicle). 

Age: Later School Years, Tweens, Teens. Award Year: 2010.

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2003 Award
K'nex Burn Out
(KNEX $49.99 Score:) You can build three different models of racing cars with this 246-piece set that also comes with a remote control. Our 12-year old Knex builder constructed the first model in under an hour. For less advanced builders, some assistance will probably be needed but this is a manageable kit. Available with two frequencies so that you can race a friend's car, too. One model is 3' long-very neat. 9 & up. (800) 543-5639.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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Shell Shocker Radio Control
(Mattel $69.99 Score:) By remote control you can have the shell shocker roll up into a ball or open it up into what the company calls a "cyberbeast". The vehicle is also designed to stand up to play action in the dirt. As the toy opens up a cyber extention flaps down hard and helps propel the shell shocker. While it is relatively easy to get the shell shocker to turn, our testers found it difficult to have it move forward. Our testers also felt this was the most unfriendly remote they had ever tried. You certainly "wouldn't want to get to close to it!" reported one tester. It does have an alien/predator feel to it that might appeal to older boys. You also should buy the Tyco Pro Fexpak Battery and Charger for an additional $29.99.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2009 Award
DRV Rescue SUV and Plane
(Kid Galaxy $45 Score:) Here's one of the coolest combinations. Two remote control vehicles to play with at the same time. The remote control works both the sturdy truck and the plane that sits on top of the truck. Charges just like their stand alone planes—you hold the charger down for 10 seconds.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2009.

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2008 Award
Bump n Chuck R/C Bumper Cars
(Kid Galaxy $35 Score:) Despite the dubious name, we all stopped and played with these fun vehicles. Your set comes with two radio controllers and two bumper cars with figures. Drive your vehicle defensively or go for it. If you bump your opponent his play figure pops out! The vehicles are easy to manipulate and drive forward, reverse, left and right. 5 & up. Also good fun, Scoop 'n' Shoot R/C Basketball ($40), two basketball shoe vehicles that scoop up small basketballs in the front end of the shoes and shoot a ball into the two backboards with nets. A bit harder to manipulate successfully than the Bumper cars. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2009 Award
Kid Galaxy Elite Fleet Vertigo
(Kid Galaxy $40 Score:) Clear away any breakable treasures before your kids power up this small helicopter with double whirling blades. A handheld controller allows you to steer up/down/ forward/sideways action. It will need charging (20 mins.) from time to time, but this is sure to be a hit. Using infra-red technology, this zippy little helicopter takes 6 AA batteries. 8 & up. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2009.

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