Interactive Toy Concepts Blade Runner IV Adds a Rotor, Better Control

Interactive Toy Concepts enhanced its latest radio-controlled helicopter, adding a second tail rotor powered by a tiny micromotor. That makes the BladeRunner IV four-channel flyer easier to control in all directions. The 12-inch mini-chopper wasn't flying yet when we saw it at the big to-do at the Venetian tonight, but the company's enthusiastic reps assure us we'll see the bird in the air by summer.

It'll be quite an accomplishment if it actually works, especially since it's going to retail at $99. The company's pilots were doing a good job of flying its older models, so if this one is even more controllable—complete with aerial acrobatics, they're saying—it's going to be some big fun.

Take a look at another pic of the Bladerunner IV, sitting in its "hangar" with its predecessor:

Interactive Toy Concepts Blade Runner IV Adds a Rotor, Better Control

But it doesn't really look that much like a real helicopter with all those rotors all over it.