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OT - Recommendations on entry-level RC car or drone?

The little man is probably a little young for a remote controlled car or a drone, but I was nonetheless thinking that maybe Santa could pad his haul with another gift. Can anyone recommend a good remote controlled car or drone in the $50-200 range? Thanks!


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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 27,626
    No recommendations here but I would start with the car as it should have a longer life span than a three dimensional drone (unless this is a back way to get one yourself... =) ).  
    Louisville; "indeterminate Jim" here.  Rolling smoke in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!
  • kl8tonkl8ton Posts: 4,533
    Traxxas rc cars. See if there is a dealer near you. Many affordable options. Our dealer is awesome. Replacement parts are readily available and many times they will fix the car for us same day.  Some of the entry level RC cars from Traxxas will do 35 mph out of the box.  
    Large, Medium, MiniMax, & 22, and 36" Blackstone
    Grand Rapids MI
  • @lousubcap

    I thought a car would be easier for him to operate. Also couldn’t end up in a neighbour’s yard the way a drone could. Hadn’t thought about using it myself (though maybe I should?). 

    Thanks for the recommendation. Am looking into them now. 
  • kl8tonkl8ton Posts: 4,533
    @lousubcap

    I thought a car would be easier for him to operate. Also couldn’t end up in a neighbour’s yard the way a drone could. Hadn’t thought about using it myself (though maybe I should?). 

    Thanks for the recommendation. Am looking into them now. 
    I think we have 3 stampedes, a hoss, and a rustler maybe?  
    Large, Medium, MiniMax, & 22, and 36" Blackstone
    Grand Rapids MI
  • waynejwaynej Posts: 5
    Traxxas car is the way to go. Can purchase online if you don't have a local hobby shop. Never purchase a entry level drone without GPS, it will be a broken mess within two days.
  • Traxxas electric car or truck.  Easy to repair and keep running. In a couple years, upgrade to nitro. It’s a blast.
  • CPFC1905CPFC1905 Posts: 1,563
    I suspect the good people of the Chinese intelligence services would prefer you went for a drone with cell-phone telemetry, saves them millions on satellite surveillance. 
    Other girls may try to take me away 
    But you know, it's by your side I will stay
  • Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 15,713
    A benefit of starting with a car/truck is the driver learns to deal with changing orientation.  Pre-video games this was not a skill kids had naturally.  Easier to learn when only dealing with 2 dimensions.
    If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

    It amazes me, how many people do not realize how the future works.
  • Langner91Langner91 Posts: 1,489
    As a kid, I struggled with the directional difference of an RC car, boat, or aircraft relative to the direction of travel.

    For instance, when the RC device is headed the same direction I am looking, left on the controller is left on the vehicle.  When bringing it back toward me, left on the controller is still left on the vehicle, but right to me.

    As a kid, my most horrific crashes involved the vehicle coming toward me.

    As an adult, we process that difference pretty quickly, but as a kid, it caused a lot of frustration.
    Clinton, Iowa
  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 9,398
    Tinyhawk has some good whoop drones in that range, pretty bulletproof and indoor friendly ( and waterproof I know LOL ) Love my DJI FPV and highly recommend but out of that price point 

    I know nothing about RC Cars 
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  • LegumeLegume Posts: 13,276
    I was going to say go to Radio Shack for entry level RC, but I think they’re dead now.
  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 8,960
    Legume said:
    I was going to say go to Radio Shack for entry level RC, but I think they’re dead now.

    Just go to Toy's r Us then...
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  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 9,611
    Legume said:
    I was going to say go to Radio Shack for entry level RC, but I think they’re dead now.
    Actually in the GWN 'The Source' is the incarnation of former Radio Shack.
    canuckland
  • Legume said:
    I was going to say go to Radio Shack for entry level RC, but I think they’re dead now.
    Actually in the GWN 'The Source' is the incarnation of former Radio Shack.
    What are you guys calling Blockbuster?
    South of Columbus, Ohio.

    "It’s very possible I’m doing it all wrong, haven’t watched any videos, but I’m happy with the ones I make."
      - @Legume

  • LegumeLegume Posts: 13,276
    Legume said:
    I was going to say go to Radio Shack for entry level RC, but I think they’re dead now.
    Actually in the GWN 'The Source' is the incarnation of former Radio Shack.
    What are you guys calling Blockbuster?
    🤣
  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 9,611
    Legume said:
    I was going to say go to Radio Shack for entry level RC, but I think they’re dead now.
    Actually in the GWN 'The Source' is the incarnation of former Radio Shack.
    What are you guys calling Blockbuster?
    P***hub, HQ in GWN 🤣
    canuckland
  • littlerascal56littlerascal56 Posts: 2,004
    edited November 23
    Go big or go home.  This truck is huge! It’s a blast to run on the golf course fairways!
    Watch some of the videos on you-tube to get a feeling of how big, and how fast it is.
  • saluki2007saluki2007 Posts: 6,232
    I bought 2 of these for my girls this summer (5 & 7) and they are still going strong. Powerful enough to drive through the yard and rolled them off the deck plenty of times to call them tough. I would say they are great for a starter car. Obviously you might not be looking at the pink one. Lol. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B089Y9DMVV?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_title
    Large and Small BGE
    Central, IL

  • GrateEggspectationsGrateEggspectations Posts: 7,589
    edited November 23
    Thanks to all for some great leads, though I can’t say I’ll be biting on the X-Maxx 8S just yet. 😂
  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 26,196
    Thanks to all for some great leads, though I can’t say I’ll be biting on the X-Maxx 8S just yet. 😂
    C’mon Joel - go BIG or GO HOME!  lol
    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike


  • TEXASBGE2018TEXASBGE2018 Posts: 3,733
    edited November 23
    We bought this for our son. It is great, you can adjust the shocks and it can go up to 30mph. Still going strong after 3 years. I think it's around $130 on Amazon.


    Rockwall, Tx    LBGE, Minimax, 22" Blackstone, Pizza Party Bollore. Cast Iron Hoarder.

  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 9,611
    edited November 23
    The little man is probably a little young for a remote controlled car or a drone, but I was nonetheless thinking that maybe Santa could pad his haul with another gift. Can anyone recommend a good remote controlled car or drone in the $50-200 range? Thanks!
    'nuff said
    canuckland

  • @TEXASBGE2018 I can’t find a white one but a red one would be just as fun.
    South of Columbus, Ohio.

    "It’s very possible I’m doing it all wrong, haven’t watched any videos, but I’m happy with the ones I make."
      - @Legume

  • Traxxas all the way. Buy once, cry once. My boys loved theirs and parts are easy to find and easy to replace. Yes they will break but all of them will and it’s better to be able to replace broken parts than toss a cheap RC car and start over. 
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