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Much talked-about, curious, and even "controversial," Drones are some of the hottest items for the 2015 Holiday Season. Whether you consider the consumer grade to be Quadcopters, Drones, or simply radio-controlled toys, there's a lot of fun to be had in this category, and the folks at Skyrocket Toys are leading the charge with their Sky Viper Drones. The latest series was announced in the spring and is hitting stores right now, with the v950HD Video Drone topping the "must have" lists this season, and securing a spot in my own 2015 Holiday Wish Guide here at THE ROCK FATHER Magazine. What makes this Drone worth checking out? Check out some hands-on video below, along with my full review...

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2016 is already shaping up to be a huge year for fans of DC Comics, with DC SUPER HERO GIRLS rolling out, BATMAN v. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE hitting theaters, and the grownups-only SUICIDE SQUAD following down the line. For the toy aisles, there's a new addition that's just been revealed, and it comes from some old "friends."

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Some might say that "the drones are coming," but the reality of the matter is that they've already arrived. Those looking for the latest in state-of-the-art flying machines need look no further than their local Best Buy store for the 3D Robotics Solo Drone - the first-ever consumer drone powered by twin Linux computers. The Solo can "define its own flight," allowing pilots to focus their efforts on getting perfect shots from their drone-mounted camera. The intelligent drone is also the first to support full control of GoPro® cameras and deliver live HD video either wirelessly to your mobile device or through the controller’s HDMI port for live broadcasts. It has a killer camera gimbal (sold separately) that makes the shooting super smooth for absolutely professional results.

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Last month, Skyrocket Toys made a big splash at New York Toy Fair when they dropped the curtain on their latest trio of drones from their award-winning line of Sky Viper Drones. Offering "hobby-level performance at unprecedented mass market pricing and availability," the new collection really caught my own interest due to their new HD video Drone. Sky Viper Drones were created using customized software and designs, and the new 3rd generation models will "feature extreme performance capabilities, exciting one-touch stunts, 6-axis digital stabilization, new impact-resistant uni-body designs, and variable modes of flight sensitivity." Amazon might not be able to bring a drone to my neighborhood this year, but Skyrocket Toys just might this summer. Take a look at the new lineup...

When it comes to radio-controlled vehicles, 2015 is already off to an exciting start with the arrival of the HOT WHEELS R/C High Jump Frenzy vehicle from Toy State. The latest entry into Toy State's growing Hot Wheels line (produced under license from Mattel) actually hit the streets just before Christmas last year, but it's taken a little time to get back up-to-speed here in our state-of-the-art Toy Testing Facility at Rock Father HQ  (our house) to present an accurate review.

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Holiday 2014"How many radio controlled cars do you need?" That's a question posited by my wife not long ago, and one I can only answer with "as many as possible!" After all, they're "for the kids," right? Well, what I enjoy is innovation, and from Jada Toys comes the new line of HyperChargers RC vehicles, and they're definitely work a look. See, these things are not only fun and fast, but attack the problem of mass battery consumption though a novel approach - USB charging. While the controller still needs standard batteries, the cars themselves will never succumb to being the battery hogs that we're all used to. Aside from single cars and trucks, Jada has released a pair of "Heat" Chase Twin Packs that put a pair of cars against each other for under $40. Having checked out the HyperChargers Ford Mustang Boss 308 Police Car vs. the Chevrolet Camaro SS here at Rock Father HQ, I can confidently include these in my 2014 Holiday Wish Guide.

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