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Syma S107 R/C Helicopter

I may have doubts about materialism, but I have to tell you about this remote controlled helicopter.

It has brought significant happiness into my life this week, for only $21.

If you’ve flown small, cheap R/C helicopters before, you may expect that it will spin wildly around and be hard to control and crash frequently. But you would be wrong. (Except for the crashing part. That’s up to you.)

It’s stable and hovers nicely. You can go up, down, forward, backward, and turn left and right.

It’s so much fun. SO. MUCH. FREAKING. FUN!

It’s small — your hand makes a good landing pad for it — and is for indoors, with a range of about 30 feet. I’ve crashed it many times over eight flying sessions and it’s doing fine. (I don’t think it will survive a Boxer dog assault. Someone has to hold Allie or we put her out of the room.)

If someone had let me try this thing before telling me what it cost, I would have guessed at $50 as a good deal and $75 as a reasonable price, although at those rates I might have hesitated to buy one, and would have worried more about breaking it. But at $20, I want to give them away as presents.

It takes 40-60 minutes to charge for 5-10 minutes of flight. That might not sound like much, but to me it’s a good dose of flying, and probably helpful for getting other things done, like writing this post. It also helps to preserve your excitement level. IT’S A REMOTE CONTROLLED HELICOPTER! FOR $20!

If you want to learn more about it, there are about 10,000 reviews at Amazon, mostly positive. People love this thing. A lot of them are like me: astounded at what you get for the price. It’s not just that it’s so cheap, it’s that it’s so cheap and well-made. It’s probably best to read through some of the reviews. There are some caveats, like not running the battery down too low and waiting a few minutes before and after charging it.

Where is it made? I imagine in China, although I didn’t notice a label. By exploited labor? I don’t know. I hope not. Can’t I just enjoy this one thing?

Go buy it. You know you want to. You deserve this.

It’s a Syma S107/S107G R/C Helicopter. (There are other links for different colors and stores. There may be clones/copycats out there, but I’m guessing not if you buy from one of the main pages with lots of reviews.)

(To get to $25 and free shipping, you can throw in a set of spare parts for $5.)

Update: The landing gear broke on a crash landing the day after posting this. Replacement skids on the way for $5…