Bought one of these mini remote control racing cars today for the ehem "kids" (obviously, they can only watch it while I supervise the remote control )
It's brilliant! ... and the cats love it too It's about an inch or so long and recharges on the controller. A 2 minute charge runs for 10 minutes. You can adjust the acceleration and how tight it corners all from the controller and it has proper proportional steering and forward / reverse. All for 35 quid.
Sorry this sounds like an advert but it is great fun!
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BTW: There are some similar but cheaper ones (from 20 pounds)
You have a Verti-Bird!? I wanted one of those when I was a kid. Wonder if it's the same thing. Little helicopter that is attached to an arm and it goes up/down/forward/back? Has a hook and can pick up soldiers/cargo?