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EVERYONE should have at least one remote control (RC) vehicle in their arsenal of playthings, whether it''s for a solitary Sunday afternoon spin in the park or a slightly more serious head-to-head with friends.

All Terrain - Tonka Ricochet - pounds 99.97 from This reversible model runs close to the ground for decent speed on an impressive array of terrain, then flip it over and activate the monsterlift feature and the Ricochet will elevate into the air to take on more serious obstacles. Hours of fun can be had with this RC which comes with a rechargeable battery and charger.

Driving Duel - Battle Machines -pounds 49.99 from Each driver arms themselves with an infrared remote control unit and then, depending on your tactics and skill, you''ll either evade the other driver or need to fire your infrared cannon to take the other car down. Set up a course with plenty of places to hide and if your opponent hits you three times, your ride powers down - that''s second place for you.

Confused Car - Nikko J-Kart -pounds 29.99 from An interesting object this one, it drives indoors like a lightweight RC but, at the press of a button, takes off and hovers in the air. With a little practise, as is always the case with a flying RC, you''ll be pulling impressive spins on tabletops and launching into the air as you drop off the end. It''s an impressive operator, but on the first few attempts you''ll be bashing it against solid objects a fair bit.

Film Fans - Tron Zero G Light Cycle -pounds 34.99 from Even if you are unaware of the 1982 film classic you''re in for a real treat as Tron gets the 21st century treatment in its well overdue remake in December. Fans can take their gravity-defying Light Cycle on an adventure across walls and ceilings while emitting a trail of light (officially known as jetwalls) and if during a race these cross over your opponent falls to the floor.

Hand Gestures - Vectron Wave -pounds 24.99 from Another remake of an old classic, the Vectron UFO RC is reborn as the Vectron Wave. It may have been scaled down a bit but it is packed with some impressive technology to more than make up for its shrinkage. In place of a hand-held RC unit, the Vectron has infrared sensor technology, so to control it you just use the power of your palm to make it move around. A real crowd pleaser.

Water Born - Stealth Boat Ultra -pounds 42.95 from This water craft has been updated a little over the past year but the name remains the same, and at this price combined with impressive performance it''ll not be beaten. Take yours to the local pond or lake and rip around at speeds of up to 30km/h, which is more than enough to have an exhilarating race and leave a noticeable wake.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Nov 12, 2010
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