Battle of the flying pests

Mini-choppers are darkening the skies

Micro Mosquito

In posting an item on what may be the most annoying toy of this holiday season, it seemed only natural to compare the remote-controlled helicopter with a mosquito. Now we learn that a competing mini-chopper is actually named after the pest and is designed to look like one to boot.

The "Micro Mosquito," which also comes with its own launchpad/charger, claims to be more maneuverable than its rivals because it has two sets of "counter-rotating" blades. It is sold on but at last sighting was listed as "not available"--which either means that it's sold out or has been wiped out altogether by irritated consumers. We'll hang a Zapper outside our door just in case.

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