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Air Hogs Havoc Heli Laser Battle – My Hands on Review

November 29th, 2007 Comments off

The Air Hogs Havoc Heli Laser Battle Set has now officially been released. You can purchase them directly from Amazon by clicking the link to the right.

What the laser battle set is are 2 of the Air Hogs Havoc Heli’s with infared lasers attached to the front that you can dog fight with. When one Havoc Heli shoots and “hits” the one the engine cuts and the heli spins out of control.

These babies are really fun. How do I know? I have a set! I just got them today and they are really fun. They fly as well if not better then the original Havoc Heli from Air Hogs but have a slightly different body.

Here are some pictures of the heli’s:

Havoc Heli Laser Tag - 5 Havoc Heli Laser Tag - 6

Havoc Heli Laser Tag - 4 Havoc Heli Laser Tag - 7

Here is the packaging the that Laser Tag Set comes in:

Air Hogs Havoc Heli Laser Tag - Out Side Package Havoc Heli Laser Tag - Inside Package

This Laser Tag set from Air Hogs are going to be all the rage this Christmas so you should get yours while they are still in stock.

You can buy them from Amazon.com and ships FREE with Super Saver Shipping.

Get your Air Hogs Havoc Heli Laser Battle set today!

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Air Hogs Reflex vs. Havoc Heli – My Review

November 29th, 2007 Comments off

Having been an avid Air Hogs Havoc Heli pilot I did crave a little more excitement in my life so I set my sites on the Air Hogs Reflex. Air Hogs advertised that it had the ability to go forward, backwards, left and right. This was accomplished with the two sets of vertical propellers that were near the main rotor.

I had noticed that the price had recently dropped for the Reflex about a month ago from $79 to $59 so it was now in a more realistic price range for me. While at Toys-R-Us this past weekend I picked one up.

Visual Differences

There are three major differences between the Air Hogs Havoc Heli and the Reflex. The first is that the Reflex is a little larger then the Havoc. The second is that the Reflex comes with a wall charger instead of being charged from the controller. The final major difference is on the controller. On the Reflex you have right/left and forward/back controls on the right joystick as opposed to just the right/left on the Havoc’s controller.

After discovering all of these differences I plugged in the charger and waited to fly my new toy.

Flight Differences

The first thing that I noticed about the Reflex was that it hovers in place instead of wanting to go forward and to the right (after trimming it of course). Right and left rudder movements on the Reflex are much more precise then the Havoc Heli and can be done while hovering also. The biggest difference is that the Reflex only goes forward when you want it to – the Havoc Heli is always going forward.

Pushing the stick forward gives you forward movement while releasing the stick will cause the Reflex to go back to hovering. Pushing back on the stick gives you reverse movement while again releasing it goes back to hover. The default is to hover straight as long as it has enough throttle applied.

With these types of controls it is much easier to get the Reflex to go where you want it to in comparison to the Havoc. With the Havoc it is always moving so any little mistake can send you into a wall or a light fixture. The Reflex stays put until you tell it to go somewhere.

Cost Differences

At time of writing the the going price for the Reflex is about $49 while the Havoc Heli has recently been dropped to around $24. While the Reflex costs more you the batteries in the controller are only used to control the Heli, with the Havoc they are used to charge the Heli as well as control it.

Conclusion

The Havoc Heli is a great beginning helicopter that is durable and inexpensive. The Reflex is a more advanced heli and gives you more control and longer battery life.

Which is better? They are both good and will provide hours of fun. Pick up one of each and make your own determination ;-) .

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Air Hogs Havoc Heli – $22.95 – Best Price on the Internet

November 29th, 2007 Comments off

UPDATE: Amazon sells these direct for $29.99 but there are other vendors that cell the Air Hogs Havoc Heli for $24.95 on the Amazon site. Just click on the link to the right that says ‘Best Price $22.95″ and you will see the other vendors. Happy flying!


I have been in the “toy” mood ever since Christmas and the Air Hogs Havoc Heli is the latest cool toy to be added to my collection.I stumbled upon it while walking through the toy department at Walmart (I was looking for the kids ;-) ). Anyway, there it was, sitting all buy itself on the shelf asking me take it home – and I did for a cool $29.95. Amazon has the same one under a different name for the same price. It is also know as the PiccoZ, PicooZ, or PicoZ (don’t ask).Out of the book the Havoc Heli felt solid. It seems to be made up of the same type of Styrofoam that my Super cub is and that thing is literally indestructible. The package came with the Helicopter, Controller, and some weights to add to the nose for forward propulsion, and an extra tail rotor.

I popped in the required 6 AA batteries and let my new toy charge up. As soon as the charge light went out I had the copter in the air for the next 10 minutes of pure fun.

The heli was extremely stable in the air and hovered in place with excellence. After the initial flight I was so excited that I added the included weights to the nose to try and get some of the forward momentum to move around the room. The weights worked awesome and now I was able to take the copter around the room and started to buzz the heads of my kids – Great Fun!

Anyway, the Havoc Heli is an awesome little Helicopter and I truly recommend it. I will post video soon of the flight. This little thing makes me wish that I would have started with an Air Hog instead of the plane from Harbor Freight. Air Hogs seem to be built to last!

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My 3 Year Old Flying the Air Hogs Havoc Heli

November 29th, 2007 Comments off

The Air Hogs Havoc Heli is so easy to fly that my 3 year old can do it!

I made the video below of both him and I flying it (he is at about the 3 minute mark).

The Havoc Heli can be pretty difficult to find but I found a few different people on Amazon.com that sell them. You can click their link to the right.

Enjoy the video!

Note: The music in the video is Depeche Mode’s Personal Jesus and Never Let me Down Again mixes from their “Remixes 81-04″ album.

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Round Rock Named One of the Safest Cities in the U.S. for 2006

November 29th, 2007 Comments off

logo_city_roundRock I just saw in the Austin American Statesman this morning that Round Rock Texas has been named the 13th safest cities in the U.S. for the second year in a row. The list of safest cities was compiled by the FBI that measured 6 different types of crimes for cities with 75,000 people or more. The city of Round Rock accredits this ranking to it’s efforts in having a good relationship between the police and the community.

While I have never had person interaction with any of the police here in Round Rock (That’s a good thing :-) ), as a resident I do see them around and there is a sense of safety. The police officers all have their own police cars with their names on them so you start to recognize names and that in return gives a sense of security.

While looking for a place to relocate to, Round Rock stood out because they appeared to strive to work for the community. They had a lot of information on their website and any information I found on the internet about Round Rock was positive. Their effort to reach out is very apparent.

It is news like this that makes me feel glad that my family and I moved to Round Rock.

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Moving Up! Buying another House?

November 27th, 2007 Comments off

That’s right, we are buying another house. We are moving up. We will be getting about 1,000 sq more with our new house which is to be built by April no later then early May.

Some people may say that this is not the time to buy but we have thought about this for about 6+ months and it is the best time for us to buy. You see, unlike California we never experienced a bubble here in Texas so there is nothing to burst in the real estate economy here. Our first house is paid off and we have that to fall back on if we need to but I don’t see that happening.

We are all excited about the new house, the floor plan is beautiful and we are getting some things that my husband and I always thought it would be nice to have like a nice long covered porch, a balcony, game room, 4 1/4 baths and 5 rooms for our growing family. We also get a formal dining room and a study. I always wanted a fireplace and I am getting it. Another thing that we always thought to be nice was a nice front door, one of those fancy ones and we are getting one as well.

I could go on but it is almost mid-night and I want to sleep some tonight! But I will finish with this: It feels nice to have a house that one could stay there for years to come and have plenty of space for everyone.

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Toshiba Satellite Laptop with Canon Printer at Best Buy – Black Friday Temptation Returns

November 20th, 2007 Comments off

best-buy-toshiba-laptop-black-friday As mentioned last week I was not going to camp out this year in front of Best Buy for their Black Friday specials. The main reason for this was that they did not have any deals like the Toshiba laptop deal they did last year.

Well that just changed – they have an even better deal then they did last year.

This year they have another Toshiba laptop WITH a Canon color print for $229 after all of their instant rebates. That makes camping out a whole lot more tempting.

The only issue that I face now is that it is supposed to be cold on Friday and possibly even rain here in the Austin area.

What to do now…

Wow, I Haven’t Posted Here in a While…

November 12th, 2007 Comments off
I was just looking over the page rank of all on my sites and pulled this one up to check it also. I saw that the last post was about the Media Ministry which told me that I haven’t posted here in a while. In fact it has been about 7 months to be [...]
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No Black Friday Camping for Me This Year :-(

November 12th, 2007 Comments off

ScreenCapture_001 Yep, I am a Black Friday camper. I camped out at Best Buy last year and scored some really good deals. I sold the laptop I bought for almost $200.

In looking over the ads this year I have to say that I am really disappointed with the offerings. The laptop I bought last year for $250 was a Toshiba so I had no problem selling it. This year the cheapest laptop is a Compaq at Circuit City and is $299 AFTER a mail in rebate - Not worth it.

This year I will avoid the crowds and actually enjoy a good night’s sleep.

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Air Hogs Robo Recon Copter – $39.99 – Just Released!

November 8th, 2007 Comments off


Air Hogs has just released Robo Copter for the 2007 Christmas season.

The Robo Copter looks similar to the Havoc Heli setup but is a little bigger. The biggest difference is that this is a guy in a space suit flying around instead of a mini helicopter.

The Robo Copter is creating such a buzz because it is Air Hog’s most stable helicopter to date. The below video shows more responsive rudder controls and the ability to put it precisely where you want it. Amazon.com is one of the first companies to carry it. I have not seen it in any brink and mortor stores.

Her is the video from Air Hogs for the Robo Copter:

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