Apparently, these tchotchkes--Arrow Helicopters, officially--are huge in Thailand. Their tiny propellers, attached LED lights, easy-to-use tautened rubber band launch pads, and relative cheapness (about $4 for a deuce) give the impression that they will also bequeath American kiddos with a solid 15 minutes of pleasure in the dusk and snow this holiday season before the siren song of their PlayStations beckons them back inside. Trajectory and hang time challenges, along with the splendiferous light show effect of multiple helicopters flying at once, could lure the adults to the back yard as well.
Arrow Helicopters use a rubber band implement to launch, and take off with propellers folded at their sides. Once their maximum height is reached, the blades open and spin as the chopper floats back to the ground. The LEDs alight their path throughout the journey.
Arrow Helicopters are suitable for children ages 3 and up. Each lighted floater measures 6" x 0.8" x 0.5", and requires 3, LR41 batteries, which are not included.
Muchas danke to Dan L. for the product suggestion.