- FlyLine Room Raiders from CPI Corp
- We recommend this product for ages 8 and up
- 4 AA batteries required TTPM trusts
What It Is
FlyLine Room Raiders is an indoor R/C flight system. Attach one end of the wire to the plane and the other end to the pole. The base of the pole must be filled with water or it will fall over. Once you're set to play, turn on the remote control. There are two controls: one for speed and the propeller and one to make the plane go up and down. Beginners can switch the remote to "beginner", which prevents the plane for moving up and down. Kids can just start off by controlling the speed and learning how to use FlyLine Room Raiders. More advanced kids can switch the remote control to the "advanced" setting. From there, kids can have dog fights, attach multiple planes, and fly their plane around. The set comes with a circular mat that prompts kids to have different types of races and battles.
Is It Fun?
There is a bit of a learning curve with flying this toy. Once you have it working properly, however, it's really cool to watch the plane fly around and move up and down. R/C enthusiasts will like being able to control and fly an R/C plane indoors instead of outdoors.
Who It’s For
FlyLine Room Raiders is for ages 8 and up, but we strongly suggest that a parent work with the child in terms of set-up and flying in order to prevent any frustration.
What To Be Aware Of
Four AA batteries are required but not included.
The toy itself is very cool, but there are a lot of details that you have to know about. First, the instructions don't really tell you where the on/off switch is on the plane. There is a tiny little switch on the bottom of the plane that you have to turn on.
We also had problems with the plane's wheels popping out when the plane hits the ground. They do easily pop back in, though.
Also, you must use this on a fairly smooth surface. We tried it on low-pile carpet, but it was too bumpy for the plane, and the plane would not take off properly. When we used this on a tiled floor, it worked a whole lot better.
The instructions say that this might nip a little. We crashed the plane many times, and it held together pretty well, but it comes with some tape so if a piece comes off, just tape it back on.
And the biggest thing is that when the plane stretches out, it flies with a good three-foot or more radius. You need to use this in a very large space. We think at least an eight-foot by eight-foot space would be good.