6 Terrible Things that Happened in 2017 (In the Hobby Industry)

6 Terrible Things that Happened in 2017 (In the Hobby Industry)

Well, thankfully that's over with. 2017's in the books, and, well, there's no mincing words here: it was a God-awful year. In fact, it was so bad that we couldn't think of a single stand-out hit this year - so we settled on six misses instead. Make no mistake, 2017 will go down as one of the worst years for the hobby industry in decades — and particularly so for small hobby shops like ours.

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2015: Top Hits & Misses

2015: Top Hits & Misses

2015 was the year that not much happened in the hobby world. Many products from 2015 didn't seem to have a lot of sticking power; most came in and went away without anyone noticing. That's why this year was the hardest year so far to figure out the hits and misses - while there weren't many huge hits, there also weren't a ton of large misses, either. Let's dive into them.

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Top Hits & Misses of 2014

Top Hits & Misses of 2014

2014 was at the same time a more impressive and less interesting year than the last. 2014 saw the introduction of MAP pricing from Traxxas, the release of Blade's main competitor to the DJI Phantom (the 350QX AP2), new vehicles (and quadcopters) from Dromida, a price drop on the popular Proto X quadcopter, and many more. It was hard to narrow down the list to just these six items, but here they are. 2014's Biggest Hits and Misses.

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Top Hits & Misses of 2013

Top Hits & Misses of 2013

2013 was, in many ways, a boring year. The thrill of having survived the "Mayan Apocalypse" wanned quickly, and life went on as it always had. Suddenly, we're on the eve of the new year, wondering where the past 12 months has gone. It was harder to compile a list of the top hits and misses this year, because at first, it didn't seem like anything really happened this year. But as we thought about it, a few ideas sprang forth, and this year's Hits and Misses might just turn out to be as important as last years. So come along, then, and find out what I think the biggest successes and stinkers of 2013 are.

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