Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht joined Family Circle magazine’s Suzanne Rust for their “10 Days of Toys” celebration. In this segment, Laurie and Suzanne play with some of the best new flying toys of the summer. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below, and for our complete rundown of the best gifts for the season, check out our Spring and Summer gift guide.


  • Spooky spectre in the palm of your hand.
  • This drone is easy to fly with stable and intuitive flight control.
  • It is safe and strong, meant to survive crashes and bashes.
  • It is lightweight and safe for indoor use.
  • 50 foot range.
  • Age: 8+
  • MSRP: $14.99
  • Availability: Spring 2018


  • Get ready to race with the Race Vision 220 FPV Pro! Nikko Air has teamed up with DRL (Drone Racing League) to deliver the ultimate drone racing experience leveraging elite drone racing technology, developed by drone racers, designed for future pilots.
  • You can’t fly true FPV using a cell phone or on Wi-Fi without disruptions. Race Vision 220 uses 5.8 GHz analog frequency allowing the pilot to see real-time video transmission without delay or interruptions. It includes a full color LCD screen and FPV goggles that provide and immersive flight experience from the cockpit of the drone.
  • Designed for pilots of all skill levels with three variable flight modes, multiple speed settings, and 16 one touch stunts, this racing drone is sure to take you from beginner to pro in no time.
  • Age: 10+
  • MSRP: $169.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target


  • The V2450HD Streaming Video Drone is loaded with advanced features. Flight Assist makes flying simple and allows drone enthusiasts to focus on getting the perfect picture or maintain a stable hover in mid-air with no hands on the controller.
  • Advanced enough to satisfy discerning enthusiasts, the V2450HD is also lightweight, durable and safe enough for a beginner pilot.
  • The V2450HD Streaming Video Drone provides the perfect balance of quality flight performance and affordability.
  • Professional-grade firmware provides simple and stable flight for beginners and hobbyists.
  • Flight sensitivity allows you to choose the responsiveness to your controls based on your skill level.
  • Adjustable wide-angle camera lens for video streaming.
  • Micro SD card slot (card sold separately) enables direct video recording.
  • Age: 12+
  • MSRP: $79.99-$99.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Walmart

About the author

Bill Reese

Bill Reese

Bill Reese is Business Operations Manager at Adventure Media & Events, where he's worked since 2014. A former editor at Playbill and graduate of SUNY–Purchase, he spends most weekends rooting for the New York Red Bulls pro soccer team and making subway systems out of Brio trains with his little boy Jonah.