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.Read More
Horizon Hobby and Blade have been consistently pushing their aerial photography platforms forward. It was only 2 years ago when the first Blade 350QX launched, and in the time since, we've seen two additional releases from that line. The Blade Chroma's launch marks a departure from Horizon's two year convention, breaking free from the clumsy naming standard and into a new era of consumer-friendly monikers.
The question, however, is whether the Chroma is a worthy successor to the popular 350QX line of products. Can the Chroma bring Horizon forward in the crowded camera-equipped drone market? Can, as their tag-line goes, the Chroma make epic easy? Let's find out.Read More
Big trucks are part of R/C culture. From the Clodbuster to the E-Revo, monster trucks have been with the hobby for a long, long time. ARRMA is honoring that tradition with the introduction of the Kraton. While the vehicle came out a few months ago, they've been on backorder and we were unable to get our hands on one. Until now. Will the Kraton stand up to the stiff competition? That's what we're here to find out.Read More
About a year ago, Dromida was just releasing their very first R/C cars. We didn't take them seriously. But they sold well enough that we had to take a second look, and we've been carrying them ever since. The line has proven to be popular with consumers and retailers alike. Now, Dromida has expanded their selection to include quadcopters as well as their surface vehicles. Enter the Dromida Ominus.
Will Dromida do as well in the air as they have on the ground? How does the Ominus stand up against the already-crowded quadcopter market and the competition therein? Let's find out.Read More
The brand formerly known as Electrix has a short and storied past. Horizon Hobby, ECX's parent company, wanted to do for the R/C Surface category what their Blade line had done for R/C helicopters: make them affordable and open to anyone. A lofty goal to be sure, but one not so far out of reach as to be unbelievable. I believed in them.
ECX now boasts ten different vehicles (thirteen if you count the discontinued Nitro Revenge and the brushless variants of the 2WD Torment and Ruckus), yet few hop-ups exist for these vehicles. To their credit, the Revenge Type-E did receive a good selection of aluminium optional parts. But their 2WD platform has practically nothing. It's been a point of contention between myself and ECX for sometime.
That having been said, I hope ECX will rectify their situation soon. I look to them to be the competition Traxxas needs to further innovation and drive down consumer prices - and they can only do that if they begin to pull even with Traxxas in sales and after-market support. The new four-wheel-drive vehicles area a good place to start, so let's take a look at this new platform.Read More
Way back in 2012 (seems like forever ago, doesn't it?), Traxxas announced not one, but two helicopters would be their entrance into the radio controlled helicopter market. I, for one, was pretty excited about Traxxas' arrival in the R/C heli world; we've had such good luck carrying their R/C cars and trucks, and that success seemed destined to carry over to the helicopter world. Unfortunately, things didn't work out that way, and we had some bad experiences with Traxxas' quadcopters when they came out. And when Traxxas announced the LaTrax Alias, we hesitated on it. Blade was coming out with their Blade 180QX HD, a similarly-sized quadcopter that came equipped with a camera. And while the new Blade quadcopter was a bit pricier than the Alias, we felt that Blade had a better track record, and opted toward them.
We had the Blade 180QX HD for a while (and still do - you can see our first hands-on video here), and it became obvious that the higher price point was preventing some people from purchasing it. Other features were lacking as well, namely navigation lights. And so we decided to give the Alias another look, to see if Traxxas had stepped up and fixed the issues that plagued our first batch of helicopters. Here's what we found.Read More
Let me start off by saying that I’ve been on record as have never been a big fan of anything smaller than 1/10 scale vehicles. I have many reasons for this, but the most relevant one is terrain - or more to the point, the lack of terrain options that smaller vehicles have. They don’t have the ground clearance to do most of the off-road options (grass being the biggest issue). Historically, if you look at the smaller R/C vehicles, starting with the Team Losi Mini-T, which started the trend, they are strictly dirt, gravel, and pavement (or carpet, if you’re indoors) cars. And since the vast majority of our customers tend to run around in the backyard, this can be problem.
I say this because you need to understand why I think the newest addition to the Traxxas 1/16th scale lineup is so cool. Even though it has the moniker of 1/16, it does not act like one. It is 1/10 scale through and through, and handled some of the roughest terrain I never thought it would.Read More
A few months ago, when Horizon Hobby told me that they wanted to re-invent the electric R/C truck market, I was more than a little skeptical. When they said they wanted to do to electric R/C trucks what they did with electric helicopters (the Blade Heli line), I all but laughed. And when we got the first of their new product line here in the store, I realized I was wrong.
While the brand name (“Electrix”) and truck name (“Circuit”) may be more than a little goofy, the product itself is no joke. It’s built like a tank, and has a number of features I imagine will be copied from here on out. But there is much on the truck that is familiar as well - in some areas, it more than borrows from Traxxas and Team Associated, as well as it’s cousin, Team Losi. But this isn’t a bad thing.