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Sunday, May 04 2014 11:09

Rides: The Silverlit Nano Falcon I/R Helicopter (Review)

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I've covered and reviewed a ton of vehicles here in the "Rides" section of THE ROCK FATHER, but until today, I have never thrown down any virtual ink devoted to a helicopter. Truth is, until a few weeks ago, we'd never owned an R/C helicopter, though I've been tempted on occasion by those displays that tend to pop-up at the wholesale clubs and mall kiosks on occasion. The the folks at Silverlit Toys sent use their Nano Falcon - the world's smallest I/R model helicopter - a fact certified by Guinness World Records. Straight out of the box, this thing is fascinating.

nano350Just about 3 inches long by 2 inches high (not counting the rotors), the Nano Falcon reminds me a bit of the Island Hopper on MAGNUM P.I. (which, btw - Hot Wheels just made a die-cast version of), but it's size is more on-par with a dragonfly or other decent-sized flying insect that we'd find in our garden. The technology is incredible to me just because it's so small, and feels pretty fragile - though it takes a beating, which is a good thing since there is a bit of a learning curve.

Powered by four AA batteries that are placed inside the controller and used to charge the Nano's built-in battery via a charging port on the controller itself, 20 minutes of charge is said to provide roughly 4-5 minutes of flight time, but we've seen it go closer to the 10-minute range. Slow and steady is the key here, giving the Nano gentle inputs from the dual-stick controls. I've crashed this thing good (mainly taking off too quick and hitting the ceiling), and the girls think it's hilarious. My dogs think it's disturbing. Once I got the hang of it, I find it highly entertaining, addictive, and also quite calming.

VIDEO: Watch the Silverlit Nano Falcon in-action here at Rock Father HQ -

The Nano Falcon has flown to all parts of Rock Father HQ, but is recommended only for indoor use as it needs a nice, calm space to fly - devoid of any real sources of wind. Being the troublemaker that I am, yes... I took it outside. It didn't fare well, and I was back in within a few minutes.

Rock Father-Approved!The Silverlit Nano Falcon is recommended for Ages and Up, and is not for children under 3. 

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Available now from the Silverlit Shop, Amazon and Walmart
James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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