Thursday, 12 May 2011

R/C Helicopters

The mini- r/c helicopter has been around for about five years now. You know the type- around 15cm long, made of plastic or polystyrene and typically around £15-£25 ($40)
It's a great little gizmo that won't break your bank, and it makes an ideal Christmas/birthday present. 
Now there's so many different variations of the thing that I couldn't possibly review each one (sorry) but the experience is largely the same. 
You get a little helicopter and a remote control, which comes with a little charging port to connect to the helicopter. 
Once you've found enough batteries, (8xAA) you charge the thing and get playing. A 25 minute charge should give you 10 solid minutes of usage.
At first the controls may seem pretty confusing to use, but you'll get the hang of it soon enough. The left lever makes it go up and down and the right one controls the direction. 
Remote controlled helicopters don't go straight, left and right. Rather you navigate the thing by going in circles (literally!) and half circles in the other direction. 
Overall it's a good toy to play with. Unless your younger than 12, you'll get bored of it after a couple of days. It's mainly just a gimmicky toy you have to entertain friends for awhile.  
The Pros: 
It's fairly cheap and affordable- can be found at any department or toy store
A fun toy to play with- you'll find yourself as a pilate in your own living room
Very durable- I've bumped and dropped mine alot and it's still going strong

The Cons: 
Usually made of plastic or polystyrene- too many knocks could break pieces off
Keep spare batteries handy- it goes through loads, especially because you charge the helicopter with them

Sorry- best picture i could take whilst trying to fly it lol

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Fast Five (fast&furious 5)

Okaaaaay so i saw this film the day it came out in Uk cinemas and i have got to say i was impressed.
Having been a fan of the Fast and Furious franchise since the first film, i was wondering if the fifth installment would be worthy of the brand name, and honestly it is! The story line seems cliched at first (a group of people stealing millions of dollars from a high security safe? come on... like i haven't heard that before! ) but the storyline fits in perfectly with the other installments. You wont be disappointed with the ton of explosions, car crashes and gunfights, and the narrow misses (and often great hits) will keep you on the edge of your seat.

If you were a fan of the original cast, you'll be pleased to know they all group together in Rio to pull off 'One Last Job'. Ludachris (Tej), Tyrese Gibson (Ronan Pierce),Matt Schulze (Vince), and Sung Kang (Han Lue) who have all appeard in one of the movies all meet in fast five.The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) even makes a cameo as the chief antagonist to the group. You'll get a nice surprise if you stay past the ending credits too.

Fast Five is the latest film in the fast & furious series, and is also the longest. At over 2hrs long, i wondered whether it would start to drag on, but the film is really fast moving and action packed. The only bit which i thought was overly far fetched was the bit where Paul Walker and Vin Diesel drag a safe with two Dodge Chargers, with half of Rio police force in pursuit. Nonetheless, it was entertaining to watch them destroy half of Rio's road network.
All in all, its a great film which you must see if you are a fast and Furious fan.


Heres the Trailer for the movie: