Of course we love robots, and anything almost remotely robotic for that matter. And, from time to time, we have enjoyed RC cars, planes, and even helicopters. But, for some unknown reason, a lot of companies, like Kyosho, have decided recently to release new products that mash together robots and helicopters.
The most recent entry in this puzzling trend is the flying Doraemon "TakeCopter" from Epoch, a remote controlled toy implementation of Doraemon's bamboo copter. The new robot carries an age recommendation of 15 and up, which is typical for the highly conservative Japanese toy market. The same product in the US would most likely end up with a "10 and above" recommendation.
A bit pricey at 7,329 yen (roughly USD $65), the robot flies for 2 to 3 minutes and takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to fully recharge. This is definitely an indoor-only product due to it's light weight construction and IR based remote control that wouldn't work in sunlight. It's scheduled to go on sale in Japan this Saturday, February 23rd.