1) If the Traxxas QR-1 came out when I was a kid, I probably would have chopped off a leg to get one. Luckily, they are cheap so kids like me won't have to go without their limbs. If you were going to buy one thing RC related, this would certainly be myhttp://amzn.to/YAXGP3 recommendation. It builds real RC skills and is a blast. It is also affordable and you can even find a knock off version from Hubson with a roll cage!
2) The newest name brand quad on the market, the Blade 350QX has caught my attention lately - as well as DJI's who dropped the price of their Phantom almost the same day this thing came out. My prediction is that there will be a gimbaled quadcopter RTF or BNF sometime middle of next year (I am not counting the DJI Vision because it won't carry the GoPro). Which one would I pick? I would take a chance on the Blade 350QX because it comes with a "real" transmitter that I really like - the spektrum DX5E. I have had a DJI Phantom radio fuse break, and I doubt that the Spektrum is going to have these issues.
3) This is not a quadcopter, but it is hard not to be impressed by the agility and precision of this little beast (see the video below). I know that the reality of any normal person flying like this is small, but it is still very cool. I can't help but think this would be a fun little copter to convert to FPV or put a micro flight controller for autonomous flight. I have been scared of collective pitch helis for awhile now, but this one might be small enough to be flown FPV safely. One nice thing about extreme 3d capable machines is that they have plenty of extra horsepower.. perfect for carrying small loads in normal flight. It is hard to watch this video and not think this little heli is badass, and you know that brushless tail motor is going to keep this thing locked in.
I am not sure of the release date yet, but I will be sure to update with the links for purchase.