Review of the WowWee FlyTech Lightstar: A UFO In Your Living Room

It's a bird, it's a plane... it's a Lightstar?  Cheesy, I know, but that's what you'll say to yourself the first time you fire up this innovative flying wing and see its colorful neon lights spinning in mid-air.  It's definitely very UFO-like, and while it's a simple flyer with only vertical movement, the Lightstar is a blast to fly and play with.

Unboxing the Lightstar

WowWee FlyTech Lightstar Unboxing

I was pumped to open up my Lightstar and with knife and scissors in hand, proceeded to gingerly open the bright blue box.

WowWee FlyTech Lightstar

Much to my surprise, I discovered that I really didn't need the array of tools I came prepared with.  The box was extremely easy to open and none of the "signature" WowWee wire-ties were present.  Yet, the Lightstar was secured nicely in its plastic shell sans annoying restraints.  Woo hoo!

First Impressions

WowWee FlyTech Lightstar

I have to say that the Lightstar feels quite solid.  Unlike its larger cousin, the Bladestar, the Lightstar is made (seemingly) from a single piece of foam.  A monocoque chassis, if you will. 

Rather than two prop driven motors, the Lightstar has only one.  On the other extension lies a light module, which you'll get to see in action later.  There's two replacement props included... don't lose them, as you'll almost definitely need them later.

The Lightstar Remote

WowWee Lightstar Remote

The remote for the Lightstar is extremely simple, and takes two AA size batteries.  There's ony one control - a "wheel" of sorts that adjusts the speed of the motor.  There are three indicator lights above the wheel which show you how fast the motor is spinning.  You can also select one of three channels, as three Lightstars can be flown at once.

WowWee FlyTech Lightstar

[[ad]]Charging Lightstar is easy.  There's a charging cable that easily snaps out of the side of the remote.  It feels a lot higher quality than the charging wires used in other flying models I've played with and doesn't feel easily breakable.  It's also very easy to snap into the Lightstar.

Flying Lightstar

Now, to the fun part, of course - getting Lightstar in the air.  Lightstar is designed to be flown indoors exclusively, and while it feels sturdy for such a small flyer, I definitely wouldn't venture with it outdoors.

Once you're all charged up and ready to go (will take about 10 minutes) you'll get about 4 minutes of airtime.  Launching the Lightstar will either be super easy or a little more difficult depending on the size of your room. Either way, you'll want to hold the Lightstar up in the air and ensure that you aren't pushing it forward, back, or to the side - as well as not tilting it either.  If you do so, it will likely careen into the nearest wall or object, especially in a smaller room.

Speaking of smaller rooms... here's a trick for launching the Lightstar that I found extremely useful.  As you can tell from the pics, the Lightstar spins clockwise.  First, start off at about 3/4 speed.  Hold onto the white box that holds the light assembly, and when launching, give it a little "starter" spin... again, ensure that you aren't pushing or tilting it in the process.  This is, of course, difficult to do when spinning, but you'll get the hang of it.

Once the Lightstar is airborne and stable, it's actually pretty amazing how it can hover consistently in one place without moving much... this is where it's UFO-like behavior really comes out.  And when you switch out the lights... well, just see for yourself in the video!

Conclusions

Overall, the Lightstar performs exactly as I expected.  It's a simple to fly, flashy, and fun toy.  It won't spin the heads of the R/C aficionado, but that's not the point.  The Lightstar would be a great toy for kids, but as an "adult" (I use that term loosely when referring to myself) I had a great time playing with Lightstar.  I caught myself staring at its cool green and blue spinny lights like some kind of visualizer screen saver, mesmerized.  In addition, it's a blast to run the thing into walls and other objects to see what happens ;)

And for $20 USD, it's about the most fun you can have with a flying toy.  Competing toys at higher price points aren't anywhere near as fun as the Lightstar!  It doesn't seem to be available anywhere online as of the time of this article, but check at your local Target store.



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Comments

GWJax's picture

Darn Commander Pete you made the Article before I could.. Now that's one that I don't have to do and can scratch it off my list.. But if I come up with a mod for it I'll post it to ya..

Jax

ps. Great Article Commander..

Peter Redmer's picture

Thanks Jax... looking forward to what you have cooking up in that hacker brain of yours... :)

iquad's picture

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iquad's picture

Ah!the Lightstar looks good!is it rovios price?

GWJax's picture

iquad said:
Ah!the Lightstar looks good!is it rovios price?

The price is 19.95 US dollars. Not sure what that would make it in your country.

 

Jax

Chris 22's picture

A fine UFO. The price is absolute ok!

Lady Royce's picture

I have two micro R/C helis that I repaired and my cats try to catch them when I fly them. This is going to bloody well drive them bonkers!

GWJax's picture

Lady Royce said:
I have two micro R/C helis that I repaired and my cats try to catch them when I fly them. This is going to bloody well drive them bonkers!

When you get your's please make a video of that and post it here or in another thread I think it's funny videos or something like that...

 

Jax

Lady Royce's picture

GW,

I would dearly love to post videos of my cats with bots, helis AND Hot Wheels cars. They are as funny as all ruddy hell! Have you EVER seen 5 cats, ALL AT THE SAME TIME, chasing a Hot Wheels car on a closed loop track? GIVE IT UP!

But I do not have a video camera of any kind. So I am very sorry my friends. Until I am able to afford a cheap video camera, everyone here is going to have to do with still photos for the nonce.

Lady Donna

dCon0ne's picture

Dam, I wished I read this thread first. I was a little disappointed with the size of LightStar, with a Wingspan of only 8 inchs. And the light show in the dark, 2 lights DON'T make a light show!!!!!!!

Robosapien V10's picture

That might be a light show, but I like Lightstar better!
You could SO pass that off as a UFO sighting. The sound could be slightly edited, and the lights look authentic. Just go outside at night and make it look like its far away.

august kunkel's picture

that sucks that u can`t control it and i got it for 13.00 at walgreens

august kunkel's picture

that sucks that u can`t control it and i got it for 13.00 at walgreens