Remote controls? Who needs ’em. All you need to control Spin Master’s new Air Hogs Supernova is good old Lefty and Righty!

The Supernova is a small orb with four propellers inside, and kids ages 8 and up can control it with their hand movements. Motion sensitive lights and sensors allow the drone to respond to kids in real time.

Kids can place their hand below the drone to control its height, or place one hand on either side to control its direction. Best of all? Kids can activate Trick mode by swiping their hands down along each side of the drone. Kids can master more than 30 moves and nine different super tricks. This progressive drone can orbit around your body, perform a disco-inspired dance, or do some 360-degree spins. If this doesn’t make you feel like a wizard, I don’t know what will. The tricks will take some practice and patience, but before long, kids will become Supernova masters and be ready to impress everyone they know with their flight skills.

The drone’s propellers are protected by a lightweight, somewhat fragile plastic cage—so be sure not to leave this toy lying on the floor. The best feature is the automatic takeoff: Just drop the drone from a few feet off the ground and off it goes. The drone will slowly stabilize and levitate in the air, waiting for its next motion command.

The Air Hogs Supernova is intended for indoor use only—and your flights should take place in an open area away from any sharp breezes. The drone takes about an hour to charge and has a 5- to 7-minute flight time, so keep the charger handy so kids can play over and over again. And at just $39.99, this entertaining lil’ drone is much more affordable than some of its brothers and sisters on the toy store shelves.

Air Hogs Supernova is part of our legendary Top Tech 12 list of the hottest tech toys of the year! Check out the full list here!

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Marissa Silva

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Marissa Silva, AKA That Toy Girl, is the editor-in-chief at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider. With more than a decade of experience in the toy industry, Marissa is a trusted toy expert, providing parents, gift-givers, retailers, manufacturers, and licensors with information on the latest news related to toys, games, kids’ products, pop culture collectibles, and licensed merchandise for adults. A board game pro and puzzle queen, Marissa spends most of her free time shopping for superhero T-shirts, dominating at Mario Kart, and anxiously awaiting her Hogwarts acceptance letter. She is also a new mom to her baby girl Lucy Jo and has quickly become an expert in high-contrast cards, wooden toys, and plush. Marissa has been featured on the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, the Tamron Hall Show, Access Hollywood, Fox & Friends, ABC World News Now, MSNBC, CBS, NY1, WPIX, and more. You can follow her on Instagram @thattoygirl.