The HavocHeli is a decent helicopter durability wise I have found. The one with the plastic body as pictured, not the older foam model. It has survived multiple crashes and days of use. With a full charge you should be able to get 5 to 7 minutes of flight time, or atleast I do. If you read the instructions it is relatively simple to figure out the controls, and the number of times you have to press the trim button and the directon that needs pressed varies from copter to copter. The trim buttons, as stated in the direction, can be used to fix the spinning in circles issue that many people experience. It CANNOT be flown outside in sunlight, since the sunlight messes with the UV sensors on the helicopter and controler. As far as RC helicopters go for the price range it's not the best but not the worst you could buy, but for successful flight most children will most likely need the adult to also learn how to fly it, so they can show the child how to adjust the trim so they can begin buzzing around. I will say this helicopter may be a little to complex to fly for the average 8 yr old but can be done, if you understand the trim settings.
Another option for a similar price you can get a Syma s107, which has a metal frame but also has to be ordered, it offers more control but less durability and also metal blades compared to the plastic of the HavocHeli, and the crashing metal frame of the s107 will do more damage than the plastic body of the HavocHeli.
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