TRX-4 Impressions From a Crawling Enthusiast

TRX-4 Impressions From a Crawling Enthusiast

Over Memorial Day weekend, we lent out our demo TRX-4 to Matt Bedtelyon of RC4X4, a manufacturer of crawler links here in Mid-Michigan. As we don't have anyone on staff that is into crawling, getting Matt's perspective was crucial to understanding Traxxas' new platform well enough to sell it. What follows are Matt's thoughts and words after his extended weekend with Traxxas' new TRX-4 crawler.

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A Critical Look: Traxxas' Connector Crisis

A Critical Look: Traxxas' Connector Crisis

For the last thirty plus years, the hobby industry has been largely built around the concept of openness — that any, say, speed control, from any manufacturer, can work with any motor, or receiver, or vehicle that the user wants. This has lead to a lot of hodge-podging, but it also fostered competition and drove down prices, because no single company cornered the market on anything.

Today, I want to talk about how that foundation for our industry is being jeopardized. It will likely start the hobby industry down the road leading to higher prices, fewer choices, and, eventually, a series of "walled gardens" between which nothing can be interchanged. This future is now, and the first shot fired in the revolution centers around a surprising and seemingly innocuous component: the humble battery connector.

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A Critical Look: Toledo Fails to Impress

A Critical Look: Toledo Fails to Impress

When I walked into the SeaGate Center in downtown Toledo, the first thing I noticed was the lack of elbows in my ribs. The entire convention center had fewer people than I’ve ever seen at a Toledo show. A few people commented to us that the aisles were wider, but that turned out to be false; the aisles appeared wider because there weren’t enough people to fill them.

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A Critical Look: End of an Era?

A Critical Look: End of an Era?

It's been awhile since I talked about the state of the industry as I see it here, in Saginaw. Much has changed since that last blog post many years ago, and unfortunately, not all of those changes were for the better. While there were some positive changes in the industry (more like a lot, actually), I find it more helpful to discuss those things that require change to better the hobby world. Talking about success isn't without merit, but talk of failure is crucial to prevent past mistakes repeated.

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Top Ten Products of 2016

Top Ten Products of 2016

Everyone loves lists, right? I'm pretty sure there are entire websites built on that concept. Well, we love lists too, and so it's time to go over our Top Ten Products of 2016! Like every year, the list is devised using margin dollars, so the list isn't all car parts, glue, and paint — and while the words accompanying the products are opinion, how they placed isn't something we change. What follows are the Top Ten Products we sold this year.

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RealFlight X PC Build

RealFlight X PC Build

With the release of the next generation of RealFlight R/C Flight Simulator, RF-X, the minimum and optimal computer requirements have been dramatically increased. Like many that want to run this new version of RealFlight, we needed to upgrade our computer and keep those costs low, which meant building our own computer.

I've upgraded the graphics cards on my own computers before, but this would mark the first time I've ever built a computer from the ground up. It was certainly a learning experience, but was far easier that I thought it would be going in.

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Rewards: One Week In

Rewards: One Week In

We're one week into our rewards program, and so far, it's been a success! We've gotten more than 100 people signed up in the past week alone, and that's pretty great. So a big thank you to everyone that has signed up, and if you're not signed up yet, stop in and start earning points!

Read on to find out about reward tiers and the program's terms and conditions!

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Introducing Rewards with FiveStars

Introducing Rewards with FiveStars

Our goal at Roger's Hobby Center is, and has always been, to give our customers the best value in the hobby world. It's an easy thing to say, yet much harder to accomplish — to even know what value means. We don't always mean the most affordable, or best equipped, or great-looking when it comes to value. Instead, the word has a somewhat nebulous meaning, and really, it's up to our customers to determine what value means to them.

In this case, however, I think we can apply that term to our new rewards program without many objections.

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How to Pick Out the Right R/C Vehicle

How to Pick Out the Right R/C Vehicle

It can be tough to decide on what radio control vehicle is right for you. There are so many manufacturers and different types of cars, trucks, and buggies that finding the best product for your application can seem nearly impossible. While we can’t narrow the field down to one vehicle for you without a one-on-one, face-to-face visit to our store, this guide can help you whittle out the ones that definitely won’t be right for you.

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Make a Memory - Share Your Hobby Memories

Make a Memory - Share Your Hobby Memories

Hobbies are, by definition, something we do for fun, and as such, there are plenty of memories we cherish that are hobby-related. Whether it was sharing your hobby with a loved one or friend, winning a hobby-related competition, or something else entirely, we all have that favorite memory of our hobby.

Our new marketing campaign pays homage to that truth. We want to explore all the memories that we've helped you create and cherish in the three plus decades we've been serving our customers. Our new tagline — "Get a Hobby, Make a Memory" — is a call to action, encouraging new customers to embrace a hobby, share it with their family and friends, and make memories of their own.

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Metal Earth Iron Man Mini-Review

Metal Earth Iron Man Mini-Review

With Marvel's Captain America: Civil War dominating the box office, it felt like a good time to build something I have been intending to get around to forever: the Metal Earth Iron Man model. I was particularly drawn to this model because A) I'm a big Iron Man fan, and B) I like the fact that this is a multi-colored Metal Earth model. Most of the Metal Earth line is simply silver, including the War Machine model they offer in the same "Avengers" line, but the bright red and gold really stands out.

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2016 Website Redesign

2016 Website Redesign

Our website began life in July of 2009. It's had many iterations since then, mostly just differences in design as I have learned more and more about web design and development. However, something more was needed, and in January, we embarked on a site-wide redesign of our website. Today, we've (mostly) finished. But if you're wondering what this means for you, please allow me to elaborate.

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Top 10 Products of 2015

Top 10 Products of 2015

It's my favorite time of year! It's always fun to go back and look at the products in the store that out-performed everything else, and this year is no different, though there does seem to be a theme to this year's list...

As always, we devise this list by profit dollars, so it does skew the list toward more expensive items - this way, the list isn't all glue, glow plugs, and paint brushes. However, that doesn't mean we take liberties with the placement of the products on the list; the words are opinion, but the placing is stone-cold fact. This year, however, had so many iterations of previous products release, that we felt it was fair to combine some products together, so long as one was a direct replacement of the other on our shelf — meaning that you'll see a few items get dual-billing. That having been said, let's get to our Top 10 Products of 2015 countdown!

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