We all want a pet dragon. Admit it, if you could get a cuddly fire-breathing scaly lizard, you’d totally be in line to get one. Sadly, dragons are not yet real; we’re centuries of terrifying research into genetic engineering away from building flying lizards. But that doesn’t mean we can’t get a robotic version!
Fly, My Pretty, Fly!
Essentially, this is precisely what you’d expect: It’s an RC plane with a flamethrower attached to it. No, you cannot use it as an actual flamethrower. Sadly, though, the fire can’t be used in the air; the propane tank and igniter are disabled while the turbine motor is running. But it can fire a few bursts while it’s on the ground, and it does have glowing red eyes.
I Came In Like A Fireball
That said, it’s a fairly impressive RC plane in its own right. Years were spent crafting the shell of this particular flying vehicle; as you might guess, scales and the like aren’t exactly aerodynamic. And it’s pretty neat under the hood, too: The turbine can get 500 mph of thrust and ten minutes of flight out of either some kerosene or jet fuel. There are also the fun little touches that are built in: For example, when you make a turn, the dragon’s head turns in that direction, making it slightly more lifelike.
As you may have guessed, a flying, fire-breathing dragon doesn’t exactly come cheap, especially when it’s from the toy store of the One Percent, Hammacher Schlemmer. In fact, buying one of these will run you a cool $60,000 or so. And that’s before fuel costs.
On the other hand, it’s also the closest you’re probably going to get to flying a dragon without virtual reality or genetic engineering, so this might be the cheapest option.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.