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Holiday Gift Guide

Welcome to our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide, where you’ll find our suggestions for the best value in RC planes, quadcopters, cars/trucks, helicopters and boats. Whether you know your way around radio control vehicles or don’t have a clue, this guide is provided to help you find the perfect gift.

When you are browsing the site, remember that RTF (Ready-to-Fly) and RTR (Ready-to-Run) means that everything is included. BNF (Bind-N-Fly) versions are less expensive because they don’t include a radio transmitter.

If you have any questions about what would make a great gift or to get more information about the skill level required for the item you have selected, call us at 1-888-953-9663, or chat with us, or email us at info@hobbyzone.com. Our Customer Service team is knowledgeable about the products we carry and they are here to help you. We want your gift to be the BEST and that means a complete appropriate set-up.

R/C Drones are still hot this year. The trend is towards first person viewer (FPV) smaller drones that send video back to your smartphone. The Kodo FPV is a great example of a great entry level unit. The Blade Inductrix FPV Plus is very popular. You do need a separate 5.8 GHz screen to complete it though. For a complete racer setup, look at the Vusion Houseracer RTF. This sends high quality video to a separate screen included in the package. A set of hoops and obstacles is separately available to use in the house for a challenge. All of these are suitable for use indoors or out.

In R/C Airplanes, electronics again has made strides this year. The inclusion of the SAFE gyro trainer system is what makes a trainer plane more than a toy. The versions that are of greatest interest are the HBZ4400 Sport Cub S, which is small but a great plane, the Champ S+, which is a little bigger but includes not only SAFE, but GPS that sets up a virtual fence to prevent flyaways, and on top, the new HBZ3200 Carbon Cub S 1.3m RTF, with all that and auto take-off and land, and pattern hold too. All come equipped with a “Panic Button” that levels the plane in case of out-of-control situations.

In R/C Surface vehicles, Traxxas is the most popular brand, and rock crawlers are gaining in popularity. They aren’t fast but are liked because of the crazy agility of their suspensions to climb over obstacles. Good examples in order of size and cost would be the ECX00012T1 Temper 1/24 scale, which fits in the palm of your hand, to the ECX01003 Temper 1/18th scale, to the top of the line TRA820564SILVER, which also requires batteries and charger.

You can’t go wrong with a monster truck with the big wheels like a Traxxas Stampede or ARRMA Granite ARAD36NL. These vehicles are fast and the big tires help beginners climb, jump, and otherwise bash without breaking as easily.

Many of the vehicle seem to be more expensive for no particular reason other than they say “brushless” motor. These are the motors that push the cars to 50mph or 60mph, or even higher speeds. We don’t recommend them for beginners and the batteries required to hit those speeds are separate from the base package, and expensive.

R/C Boats are hotter than they’ve been recently due to two advances: (1) many now have brushless motors and are extremely fast, and (2) the addition of self-righting designs such as the PRB08016 Recoil and the larger version, the PRB08022. If you see the videos on these, you will want one!

It used to be that R/C Helicopters were a daunting challenge to learn to fly, but the inclusion of the SAFE system, with a Panic button has changed that. We recommend starting with a BLH4100 120 SR RTF or larger BLH2600 Blade 200 S RTF. These are real Hobby grade choppers for which we have parts and support.

Be a good shopper and look at the videos and check out reviews. If you have a question, we are more than happy to make a recommendation. We hope your holidays are wonderful and we look forward to helping with your shopping questions!

Category
Size
Completion Level
Scale
Brand
  • ARRMA ARAD36NL Car/Truck RTR
    Out of Stock $159.99

    This is the Electric Powered, 2.4GHz Radio Controlled 1/10 scale, 2014 Vorteks Mega Stadium Truck from Arrma. NiMH … Read More

  • BLADE BLH2600 Helicopter Electric RTF
    In Stock $269.99

    Building on the popular 200 SR X, the Blade® 200 S is the perfect fixed pitch, flybarless heli for pilots who want a … Read More

    HOLIDAY DEAL EXTENDED! Use Coupon Code FREEVT and receive a free LiPo battery voltage tester!

  • BLADE BLH4100 Helicopter Electric RTF
    In Stock $149.99

    The original Blade® 120 SR heli was specifically designed to provide the inherent stability of a coaxial helicopter and the … Read More

    HOLIDAY DEAL EXTENDED! Use Coupon Code FREEVT and receive a free LiPo battery voltage tester!

  • Blade BLH9600 Quadcopter Electric RTF
    In Stock $229.99

    The Blade® Inductrix® FPV + quadcopter is the next generation of micro FPV drones. Building on the success of the … Read More

  • Dromida DIDE0016 Quadcopter Electric RTF
    In Stock $89.99

    Smart, simple FPV! The KODO FPV is a ready-to-fly package includes everything you need to enjoy easy, affordable FPV out of … Read More

  • ECX ECX00012T1 Car/Truck RTR
    Out of Stock $79.99

    Climb, crawl, and conquer with the pint-sized 1/24-Scale ECX® Temper™ Rock Crawler. This impressive rig makes it easy … Read More

  • ECX ECX00012T2 Car/Truck RTR
    In Stock $79.99

    Climb, crawl, and conquer with the pint-sized 1/24-Scale ECX® Temper™ Rock Crawler. This impressive rig makes it easy … Read More

  • ECX ECX01003 Car/Truck RTR
    In Stock $139.99

    Conquer the terrain everywhere in-between with the ECX® Temper™ rock crawler. The Temper is a breakout release from … Read More

  • HobbyZone HBZ3200 Airplane Electric RTF
    In Stock $259.99

    Whether you’ve never flown RC before or you got your first taste of flying with a multirotor drone, the revolutionary … Read More

    HOLIDAY DEAL EXTENDED! Use Coupon Code FREEVT and receive a free LiPo battery voltage tester!

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    HobbyZone HBZ4400 Airplane Electric RTF
    In Stock $129.99

    Fly, swoop and ascend at your own pace with the convenient HobbyZone® Sport Cub S. This small replica packs an array of … Read More

    This plane is a game-changer: a beginner 4-channel plane! Comes with SAFE. It is also ready for FPV installation!

  • HobbyZone HBZ5600 Airplane Electric RTF
    In Stock $129.99

    Based on the North American Aviation aircraft that served as a military trainer for nearly 30 years, the HobbyZone® T-28 … Read More

  • Pro Boat PRB08016 Boat RTR
    In Stock $169.99

    The Recoil® 17 Deep-V makes pushing the limits of brushless boating easier than ever before with a revolutionary hull that … Read More

    HOLIDAY DEAL EXTENDED! Use Coupon Code FREEVT and receive a free LiPo battery voltage tester!

  • Pro Boat PRB08022 Boat RTR
    In Stock $299.99

    Push the limit of RC boating to the edge with the Pro Boat® Recoil® 26 Deep-V. This dynamic competitor delivers mayhem … Read More

    HOLIDAY DEAL EXTENDED! Use Coupon Code FREEVT and receive a free LiPo battery voltage tester!

  • Pro Boat PRB08027 Boat RTR
    In Stock $249.99

    The Pro Boat® Alpha Patrol Boat is perfect for the lake or your mantle. Everything from the trim scheme to working LEDs to … Read More

    HOLIDAY DEAL EXTENDED! Use Coupon Code FREEVT and receive a free LiPo battery voltage tester!

  • Rise RISE0207 Quadcopter Electric RTF
    In Stock $179.99

    This is the RISE Ready to Fly Vusion Houseracer 125 FPV Quadcopter. **Complete RTF FPV Indoor Mini Quadcopter** **with 5.8GHz … Read More

  • Traxxas TRA360541T1 (TRA36054-1-RED) Car/Truck RTR
    In Stock $199.95

    The best-selling Stampede was the first high-performance monster truck and it's legendary ruggedness has made the Stampede name … Read More

  • Traxxas TRA360541T2 (TRA36054-1-BLK) Car/Truck RTR
    In Stock $199.95

    The best-selling Stampede was the first high-performance monster truck and it's legendary ruggedness has made the Stampede name … Read More

  • Traxxas TRA360541T3 (TRA36054-1-SLVR) Car/Truck RTR
    In Stock $199.95

    The best-selling Stampede was the first high-performance monster truck and it's legendary ruggedness has made the Stampede name … Read More

  • Traxxas TRA360541T4 (TRA36054-1-BLUE) Car/Truck RTR
    In Stock $199.95

    The best-selling Stampede was the first high-performance monster truck and it's legendary ruggedness has made the Stampede name … Read More

  • Traxxas TRA820564RED (TRA82056-4-RED) Car/Truck RTR
    In Stock $449.95

    TRX-4 Scale and Trail Crawler with Land Rover Defender Body: 1/10 Scale 4X4 Trail Truck, Fully-Assembled, Waterproof electronics, … Read More

  • Traxxas TRA820564SILVER (TRA82056-4-SLVR) Car/Truck RTR
    In Stock $449.95

    TRX-4 Scale and Trail Crawler with Land Rover Defender Body: 1/10 Scale 4X4 Trail Truck, Fully-Assembled, Waterproof electronics, … Read More

  • Traxxas TRA820664 (TRA82066-4) Car/Truck RTR
    In Stock $419.95

    OUTFITTED FOR ADVENTURE The Traxxas TRX-4 Tactical Unit is a rapid-response vehicle designed to charge into practically any … Read More

Category
Size
Completion Level
Scale
Brand
  • ARRMA ARAD36NL Car/Truck RTR
    Out of Stock $159.99

    This is the Electric Powered, 2.4GHz Radio Controlled 1/10 scale, 2014 Vorteks Mega Stadium Truck from Arrma. NiMH … Read More

  • BLADE BLH2600 Helicopter Electric RTF
    In Stock $269.99

    Building on the popular 200 SR X, the Blade® 200 S is the perfect fixed pitch, flybarless heli for pilots who want a … Read More

    HOLIDAY DEAL EXTENDED! Use Coupon Code FREEVT and receive a free LiPo battery voltage tester!

  • BLADE BLH4100 Helicopter Electric RTF
    In Stock $149.99

    The original Blade® 120 SR heli was specifically designed to provide the inherent stability of a coaxial helicopter and the … Read More

    HOLIDAY DEAL EXTENDED! Use Coupon Code FREEVT and receive a free LiPo battery voltage tester!

  • Blade BLH9600 Quadcopter Electric RTF
    In Stock $229.99

    The Blade® Inductrix® FPV + quadcopter is the next generation of micro FPV drones. Building on the success of the … Read More

  • Dromida DIDE0016 Quadcopter Electric RTF
    In Stock $89.99

    Smart, simple FPV! The KODO FPV is a ready-to-fly package includes everything you need to enjoy easy, affordable FPV out of … Read More

  • ECX ECX00012T1 Car/Truck RTR
    Out of Stock $79.99

    Climb, crawl, and conquer with the pint-sized 1/24-Scale ECX® Temper™ Rock Crawler. This impressive rig makes it easy … Read More

  • ECX ECX00012T2 Car/Truck RTR
    In Stock $79.99

    Climb, crawl, and conquer with the pint-sized 1/24-Scale ECX® Temper™ Rock Crawler. This impressive rig makes it easy … Read More

  • ECX ECX01003 Car/Truck RTR
    In Stock $139.99

    Conquer the terrain everywhere in-between with the ECX® Temper™ rock crawler. The Temper is a breakout release from … Read More

  • HobbyZone HBZ3200 Airplane Electric RTF
    In Stock $259.99

    Whether you’ve never flown RC before or you got your first taste of flying with a multirotor drone, the revolutionary … Read More

    HOLIDAY DEAL EXTENDED! Use Coupon Code FREEVT and receive a free LiPo battery voltage tester!

  • (23)
    HobbyZone HBZ4400 Airplane Electric RTF
    In Stock $129.99

    Fly, swoop and ascend at your own pace with the convenient HobbyZone® Sport Cub S. This small replica packs an array of … Read More

    This plane is a game-changer: a beginner 4-channel plane! Comes with SAFE. It is also ready for FPV installation!

  • HobbyZone HBZ5600 Airplane Electric RTF
    In Stock $129.99

    Based on the North American Aviation aircraft that served as a military trainer for nearly 30 years, the HobbyZone® T-28 … Read More

  • Pro Boat PRB08016 Boat RTR
    In Stock $169.99

    The Recoil® 17 Deep-V makes pushing the limits of brushless boating easier than ever before with a revolutionary hull that … Read More

    HOLIDAY DEAL EXTENDED! Use Coupon Code FREEVT and receive a free LiPo battery voltage tester!

  • Pro Boat PRB08022 Boat RTR
    In Stock $299.99

    Push the limit of RC boating to the edge with the Pro Boat® Recoil® 26 Deep-V. This dynamic competitor delivers mayhem … Read More

    HOLIDAY DEAL EXTENDED! Use Coupon Code FREEVT and receive a free LiPo battery voltage tester!

  • Pro Boat PRB08027 Boat RTR
    In Stock $249.99

    The Pro Boat® Alpha Patrol Boat is perfect for the lake or your mantle. Everything from the trim scheme to working LEDs to … Read More

    HOLIDAY DEAL EXTENDED! Use Coupon Code FREEVT and receive a free LiPo battery voltage tester!

  • Rise RISE0207 Quadcopter Electric RTF
    In Stock $179.99

    This is the RISE Ready to Fly Vusion Houseracer 125 FPV Quadcopter. **Complete RTF FPV Indoor Mini Quadcopter** **with 5.8GHz … Read More

  • Traxxas TRA360541T1 (TRA36054-1-RED) Car/Truck RTR
    In Stock $199.95

    The best-selling Stampede was the first high-performance monster truck and it's legendary ruggedness has made the Stampede name … Read More

  • Traxxas TRA360541T2 (TRA36054-1-BLK) Car/Truck RTR
    In Stock $199.95

    The best-selling Stampede was the first high-performance monster truck and it's legendary ruggedness has made the Stampede name … Read More

  • Traxxas TRA360541T3 (TRA36054-1-SLVR) Car/Truck RTR
    In Stock $199.95

    The best-selling Stampede was the first high-performance monster truck and it's legendary ruggedness has made the Stampede name … Read More

  • Traxxas TRA360541T4 (TRA36054-1-BLUE) Car/Truck RTR
    In Stock $199.95

    The best-selling Stampede was the first high-performance monster truck and it's legendary ruggedness has made the Stampede name … Read More

  • Traxxas TRA820564RED (TRA82056-4-RED) Car/Truck RTR
    In Stock $449.95

    TRX-4 Scale and Trail Crawler with Land Rover Defender Body: 1/10 Scale 4X4 Trail Truck, Fully-Assembled, Waterproof electronics, … Read More

  • Traxxas TRA820564SILVER (TRA82056-4-SLVR) Car/Truck RTR
    In Stock $449.95

    TRX-4 Scale and Trail Crawler with Land Rover Defender Body: 1/10 Scale 4X4 Trail Truck, Fully-Assembled, Waterproof electronics, … Read More

  • Traxxas TRA820664 (TRA82066-4) Car/Truck RTR
    In Stock $419.95

    OUTFITTED FOR ADVENTURE The Traxxas TRX-4 Tactical Unit is a rapid-response vehicle designed to charge into practically any … Read More

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