Ok, so you can’t afford a real Landrover Defender. Don’t sweat it. You can still get your off-roading thrills with the new Traxxas RC Land Rover Defender ($433). The Traxxas is a 1/10 scale highly detailed version of the real thing that includes functional accessories and even a spare tire. This bad boy will handle whatever you can throw at it. Built for extreme off-roading it features innovative portal axles that deliver maximum ground clearance. While the remote-locking front and rear differentials and high/low range transmission allow you to enjoy outdoor trails and technical rock climbing. Additional features include options for XL-5 HV ESC and 21T Titan 550 motors. Accepts 6 or 7-cell NiMH or 2 or 3-cell LiPo batteries (sold separately). Because the electronics are waterproof you can drive it in the worst conditions. Great gift for the big kid in your life.
The new LEGO NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover ($30) was designed by actual Curiosity Rover engineer, Stephen Pakbaz. This set is an excellent detailed version of the real mobile laboratory. It features 6-wheel suspension, a working articulated robotic arm, multiple camera sets, a display plate and a booklet that contains building instructions and background ...[Read More]