I got my husband a RC Heli for chirstmas in '09 and it was wrecked easily. It was a cheap little thing ($20) made of plastic. But, I didn't expect it to last long anyway. This heli has been a pleasant surprise. He loves it and he's a beginner, so it's nice that this one isn't particularly advanced. The metal structure is awesome because it can bang into things and keep going. We love it!!!