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Gift Tip 60: Duck Hunter Flying Toy Game

Dec 6 2009, 5:00pm CST | by , in News | Holiday Gift Guide

Gift Tip 60: Duck Hunter Flying Toy Game
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The Live Action Flying Duck Hunt is not a video game but a live-action shooting game. It lets you hunt a flying mechanical duck with the help of a harmless infrared gun. The duck only needs to charge briefly on the barrel of the gun before he’s ready to fly, providing a fun and challenging target for even the most experienced marksmen. The Live Action Flying Duck is perfect for ages 10 and up and even more perfect for the whole family.

The Live Action Flying Duck's 6" long Mylar wings flap up and down nearly 500 times per minute, holding it aloft for nearly 20 feet. It can even be set to fly in an erratic left- or right-turning circle or a level, straight line. Sharp-eyed hunters can take aim with the infrared gun—the first two hits merely stun the waterfowl, momentarily interrupting his flapping; the third hit downs the duck for good. The single-shot blaster has a 20' range and makes a loading sound with each pump.

The Live Action Flying Duck Hunt game really is as much fun as it looks like and maybe more. It is like the retro Nintendo game but the coolest part of this one is that it’s a live action shooting game with an infrared blaster. It allows you to imagine the real experience and offers up a similar (albeit more intense) mixture of thrills, unpredictability and satisfaction—except this way you don't actually have to kill anything. Plus, the action sounds the gun makes when pumping it and pulling the trigger are a nice touch.

The Live Action Flying Duck Hunt game is fun in short increments. The typical flight lasted anywhere between 5 and 15 seconds depending on how you set the directional control pad near the tail. The flights may be inconsistent and it can be difficult to get hits before the duck glided naturally to the ground. The provider says you can play this game indoors, and that's probably true if "indoors" happens to be a gymnasium. After several fights the game may be very boring because of functionality. You may get tired of it.

Great Gift For
The Live Action Flying Duck Hunt is recommended for 10-15 year old kids, but hey after a couple of beers this is fun for everybody.

Price and Where to Buy
When we chose this toy to be part of our 100 Tech Gift Guide 2009 a couple of weeks ago it was widely available. Now it is out of stock at most stores. You can find it on eBay for around $45 (Buy It Now Price).

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