Any pre-2004 kite will actively try to kill you.
Any pre-2006 kite will not actively try to kill you but will allow you to try to kill yourself.
2006 bow kites are a good start but can still misbehave quite badly at times.
Anything post-2006 is pretty good.
IMO all C kites will allow you to kill yourself, that´s where their fun-factor comes from!
and completely agree, a 2007 or newer bow is the way to go.