Air Hogs is a line of toy airplanes, helicopters, rockets, manufactured by the Spin Master company in Toronto, Canada. They are radio controlled, free-flying, and air-powered aircraft. Several of these, especially the R/C ones, are designed to be easily flown without any need for assembly.

Air Hogs was created in 1996, when Spin Master was approached by British inventors John Dixon and Peter Manning, whose prototype of a compressed air powered toy airplane had been rejected by everyone they had shown it to. Excited by the plane’s potential, Spin Master licensed the technology and spent two years and half a million dollars perfecting the toy.

The Air Hogs Sky Shark debuted first in the spring 1998 and was an immediate hit, fueled by coverage on The Today Show and Live with Regis and Kathy Lee, as well as write-ups in Time and Popular Science.

Follow-up successes have included Zero Gravity RC Wall Crawler (a radio control Hummer-style vehicle that can be driven up walls), the hugely popular Aero Ace battery powered RC airplanes, Stormlauncher (an innovative vehicle that can operate on land, water, and can fly), Havoc Heli (a 6.5” long indoor RC helicopter weighing just 10 grams) and the Reflex Helicopter (indoor/outdoor fully functional r/c helicopter). Later on,The Stinger is released. In 2008, the Havoc Heli and Stinger were released together in a Laser Battle Pack. A new toy has also been released: the SwitchBlade; a revolutionary twisting blade with smaller blades that launches vertically but fly straight forward.

--partly quoted by Wikipedia March 15, 2010

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