What's better than shooting missiles? Shooting HD video. The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 ($300), the new version of the smartphone-controlled quadricopter, adds a new high-def camera, video recording (1280 x 720 res), flight data sharing, a new piloting mode, and increased stability. Like the original, the AR.Drone 2.0 is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
Just when you thought poker couldn't get any manlier, you come across Dan & Dave's Plaid Playing Cards ($6). With decks sporting grandpa-stylish plaids, these regulation cards feature extras like an illustrated Buck for a joker, crossword puzzles, and even a recipe for the world's oldest known cocktail, the Sazerac. They're printed by the US Playing Card Company on a premium stock with a cambric finish, and come in a snazzy leatherette box.
How do you make a phone-controlled toy helicopter even better? Give it missiles, of course. The Helo TC Assault ($60) is an updated version of Griffin's prior mini helicopter, and is controlled via an app and "Flight Deck" module that gets plugged into the headphone jack of your iOS or Android device. Tap away to fire up to six missiles at your unexpected targets, then tap the new Auto Land button to bring her down safely once the mission is complete. Arriving this spring.