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Inter Active Toy goes batty

Just in time for Halloween, check out this remote-controlled flying bat.

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With the holidays right around the corner, here's something to consider stuffing in that stocking. The Vamp from Inter Active Toy is a great gift for kids age 8 and up. It's essentially a radio-controlled flying bat that can be used indoors and outdoors.

Six AA batteries power the remote, which in turn charges the Vamp via a small plug. A full charge--around 15 to 20 minutes--should give you about 8 minutes of flight time. The Vamp retails for $59 and is exclusive to Radio Shack in the United States and Circuit City in Canada. It is expected to hit store shelves in early November.

We got an early release here at CNET and took it, with its flapping wings and bright green LED eyes, for a spin. For the most part, the Vamp does exactly what they say it does: fly around. You just need enough space to do it, as walls tend to impact flight patterns. All in all, it should provide short bursts of entertainment, although we wish it were a bit cheaper.