Tiny 'Mini Bee' RC Helicopter Stores in the Remote
Tough times got you looking for a smaller gift this year? Well, they don't come much smaller than the new Mini Bee radio-controlled helicopter - it's so tiny, it stores in its own remote controller!
Imagine the fun you'll have, "buzzing" Mom, freaking out the neighbors and driving your dog nuts... let your kids get their own mini choppers!
Seriously though, this thing is very cool. RC (radio-controlled) helicopters have been a seasonal fave for a few years now and they keep getting smaller - a mere 4-inches (10cm) long for the Mini Bee. It makes the popular Honey Bee choppers also made by Japanese toy manufacturer CCP Co. seem positively huge.
Click to check out this video from the CCP Co. website of the mini Bee in action... you gotta love how the narrator pronounces "Mini BEE".
The Mini Bee comes in your choice of red or blue and costs 3,129 yen (about $32) each. The controller requires 4 AA batteries and the instructions seem complicated - caveat emptor!
There doesn't seem to be an online order link at the website so it seems you - or a helpful Japanese friend - will have to purchase your Mini Bee(s) the old-fashioned way: at a Japanese department store.
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