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Air Hogs Fury Jump Jet

Air Hogs Fury Jump Jet

Fall 2015 Toys
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: Spin Master Toys
Price: $49.99

The Jump Jet came preassembled, and other than unpacking, the only preflight task is to install batteries in the controller and charge the jet from the controller itself. The charging instructions are clear and easy to follow. Also of note is the "Green" packaging in which cardboard is used extensively, and the use of plastic is kept to a minimum.

The Jump Jet is an outdoor toy that should be used in calm wind conditions. The craft takes off vertically and can quickly climb to rooftop levels. By sliding a switch, the Jump Jet converts to horizontal flight, and left-right direction is controlled by a joystick. Vertical direction is controlled by a second stick. The pilot needs to use all three controls, something our testers found challenging, but appealing.

The Jump Jet is durable and survived several back yard crashes into trees and the lawn. It is very light and unlikely to hurt a person should it hit even a young child. The propellers are light plastic and exposed but as mentioned, appear safe. Pilots will require honing the manual dexterity skills needed to manage the three controls and get the most from this toy.

John Green   ©2015 Parents' Choice
John Green is an economist in Washington DC and father of three. He has a PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

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