We get sent a lot of interesting things here at RWD towers. Some big, some small. Some cheap, some expensive. Some good, some just downright terrible. We haven’t, however, ever been sent something that garnered the kind of attention that Griffin’s HELO TC Assault got.
For some reason beyond the laws of logic, the prospect of flying a remote controlled helicopter and firing small plastic missiles at your co-workers, using just your smartphone, will excite a room of fully-grown men and women immensely. Almost inexplicably so.
After you’ve ripped through a ton of cardboard and corrugated plastic and torn the HELO TC from its packaging, the fun begins – but not before a short charge and a minute wait as the remote control app downloads. OK, so it takes a while to get going, which isn’t ideal when there’s are a group of mobile aviation hungry journalists fighting over the remote control as you wait.
Once the battery’s fully charged, you’re ready for take-off. Choose your model, then your control type (touch or tilt control), steadily push the elevation lever on the right and you’re away.
And by ‘Away’, we mean: ‘straight into the ceiling and crashing back down to earth with a thump’.
That’s where the HELO TC falls down (literally) – it’s a really fun gadget for the most part, but the fact that it’s nearly impossible to control properly makes using it an extremely frustrating experience, especially when you run the risk of destroying an entire room with one mistimed swipe of the joystick.
If you're after a more objective opinion, here's our designer Sam's review of the HELO TC:
The hellocopter is able to fly and shoot bullets in the air, which is really fun, as people do not expect to be shot at whilst they are working in the office. Whilst in the air, the helocopter can spin round, however it does not like to go forwards or backwards. Unfortunately, the helocopter does not like the cieling.