It seems like everything in 2017 is controlled remotely, especially when it comes to toys for children. These definitely aren’t the toys you enjoyed as a child. In this article, you’ll find 15 of the hottest remote control toys around, including remote control cars, remote control robots, and even a remote control spider.
These toys bring together sophisticated programming and engaging designs in surprisingly affordable ways. Whether your child wants to befriend a robot, learn to code, race vehicles, pull pranks, or feel like a wizard — there’s a remote control gift on this list that’s perfect for them!
Anki Overdrive remains one of the hottest toys for kids since it first launched in 2015. With it, you can take command of real robotic Supercars using your iOS or Android mobile device. Expansion tracks, additional Supercars, and all-new Supertrucks are available separately. With Anki Overdrive, you can battle and race against your friends or with AI-controlled vehicles.
If you’re looking for an excellent remote control car set, Anki Overdrive is the one to get. Recommended for kids eight to 15.
For something completely different, check out the adorable CHiP from WowWee. CHiP is an intelligent, friendly robot puppy that uses sensors and smart accessories to become your best friend.
CHiP responds to you through touch, the CHiP app, and included SmartBand. Teach CHiP to follow you or to play fetch. When CHiP gets tired, and its battery gets low, it will automatically return to its SmartBed.
Are you looking for more? New features are occasionally added through updates to the CHiP app for iOS and Android. For kids ages 6-15.
The most expensive item on this list, the Jibo Social Robot was named one of TIME’s best inventions of 2017. It also makes a cool remote control toy for geeky adults.
Featuring built-in cameras, Jibo can recognize you and learn from you over time. This cool little robot can even recognize critical social cues, like whether you’re smiling or not.
For the best experience, Jibo requires a mobile device and broadband internet connection. To order, visit the official Jibi website.
Officially authorized by Warner Bros., the Harry Potter Remote Control Wand allows you to control any IR device with a flick of the wrist. The wand ships in a collector’s box with instructions.
More of a Hermione fan? Visit the Noble Collection online for other character wands.
The Star Wars BB-8 App Controlled Robot remains a best-seller after first launching in 2015. Featuring a sturdy and waterproof polycarbonate shell, this remote control robot uses a Bluetooth Smart connection and can travel up to 30m using gyroscopic propulsion.
Use the free iOS and Android compatible apps to view holographic records and allow for adaptive personality.
Perfect for kids and adults, the H102 Velocity boat features a durable, anti-flip design and easy control. The included remote control uses an LCD screen for precision navigation with a range of 120 meters. Suitable for pools and lakes only, not salt water.
With the H102 Velocity remote control boat, you can experience speeds up to 32 KM. For users 14 and older.
7. Sphero Mini
The Sphero Mini is an app-controlled robot ball that’s available in multiple colors, including blue, white, and orange. With the Sphero Mini, you can perform various actions, including Face Drive. With Face Drive, you can use your facial expressions to drive the ball in different directions.
(This might be the only remote control toy with “face control” that we’ve ever seen.)
The Sphero Mini is one of the hottest toys of the year. It’s suitable for anyone ages eight and older.
Nothing will hold you back in the Audi 6V electric ride-on car with remote control. Suitable for those ages three to six, the car features buttons to start, D1, D2, STOP, and reverse gears for realistic and versatile operation.
Use the adjustable seat belt for safe and comfortable use. The Audi 6V includes a variety of lights, including LED headlights, and rear, turn, and dashboard lights.
The Cozmo remote control robot doesn’t just move, it’s also curious and likes to explore. It doesn’t only learn, it plots and plans. Cozmo doesn’t just see you, it gets to know you over time.
One of the hottest toys of 2016, Cozmo is now available in a collector’s edition. It’s the same robot as last year’s model but in a unique liquid metal finish. Another great remote control toy for adults as well as kids.
Suitable for indoor and outdoor use, this rugged, remote control truck offers full movement in all directions. Use the included remote control to go forward and backward, or turn left and right. Open the door with a button on the remote.
Recommended for those age three and up, the BigFoot Beast includes flashing LED headlights, premium rubber tires, and more.
Perhaps best suited as a Halloween gift, this RC toy spider isn’t for the faint of heart. Featuring life-like looks and movement, this automated spider measures a scary eight inches long.
The MECO Spider is recommended for those ages eight and up.
This remote control aircraft is a helicopter that includes a built-in gyroscope to maintain orientation and co-axial auto-stabilizing rotors to ensure stability throughout your flight.
Great for beginners and experts alike, the RC Heli offers a realistic flying experience at a reasonable price.
This mini-sized remote control submarine can go underwater or float upward for up to 20 minutes between charges. Perfect for kids ages eight or older, this toy is easily recharged using a USB connector cable and is a great (and inexpensive) introduction to the world of remote control toys.
Indominus Rex was one of the most-feared dinosaurs ever to walk the planet. Luckily, this remote control dinosaur version isn’t nearly as scary (or big). It is, however, one scary-looking dinosaur RC toy.
Featuring True Balance Technology, the Zoomer Dino Indominus Rex uses advanced nose sensors to detect your hand movements. Activate auto mode, and it will follow your hand with ease. But be careful, as waving your hand fast will unleash Indominus’s ferocious spin and tail whip.
For kids ages five to seven, the Zoomer Dino Indominus Rex ships with a Jurassic World Remote Control, Numbered Certificate of Authenticity, and more.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive mini RC quadcopter, the Hubsan Q4 H111 could be the one for you. Offering a six-axis flight control system and 3D lock, this remote control helicopter comes with colorful LED flashing lights for nighttime fun.
Use the included remote control to move the Hubsan Q4 H111 in various directions, including forward, backward, up, down, left, right, and sideways.
What Are Your Favorite Remote Control Toys?
There are a lot of remote control toys currently on the market. These come in various styles and price points, and offer a whole new way to interact with technology. Whether your child has an existing interest in robotics or you’re just looking for a special gift to kick-start an interest in tech, there’s a remote control toy that’s the perfect fit for them!
Which remote control toy would your child enjoy most? Let us know in the comments below!
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