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Monday, 18 February 2013 10:16

Amazon sells out Predator drone toy

Written by Peter Scott

Thanks to hilarious user reviews

Back in my day all the cool kids had to have a toy F-14 Tomcat, thanks to Tom Cruise and Top Gun, which was not only a blockbuster, but also the best recruitment film ever made for the US Navy.

Nowadays kids are interested in drones, like Maisto International’s model Predator drone. A couple of guys sitting behind a screen and flying a robot half a world away might not seem as exciting as Ice Man and Maverick dogfighting with a bunch of MiGs, but the $49 Predator toy is getting some great (and hilarious reviews) on Amazon. In fact, Amazon ran out of stock over the weekend and we are guessing the reviews had something to do with it.

“I have two words for you, 'predator drones.' You will never see it coming,” wrote one satisfied customer. “Drone't You Feel So Safe Now?” said another. And here is our favorite: "You can't spell slaughter without laughter."

Some parents found the model Predator educational, while others thought it was too wimpy for their precious offspring.

“I'm really holding out for a realistic MIRVed Intercontinental ballistic missile for my kid. I've already got the launch bunker excavated, the concrete walls are poured and we are putting in some heavy duty blast doors right now,” said one concerned parent. Another one, with an apparent Star Wars fixation, said this: “My son is very interested in joining the Imperial forces when he grows up. He says he's not sure if he wants to help police the homeland or if he wants to invade foreign countries. So I thought a new Predator drone toy would be a nice gift for him. These drones are used both domestically and internationally, to spy on people and assassinate them at the Emperor's discretion.”

Some reviewers also weighed in on the somewhat controversial practice of drone strikes. “Way more awesome than that Due Process game,” said one, while another one said it is “better than carpet bombing.”

Quite frankly, we are not sure why the use of armed UAVs is so controversial. Guided missiles and bombs have been around since WWII and even back then they were basically crude robots. Exocet sea skimming missiles employed by the Argentinean Air Force in the Falklands were even more lethal automatons, as they relied on radar rather than human input to find their mark.

The whole concept of putting more distance between the user and the target is nothing new. That’s the whole idea behind guns.

Peter Scott

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