Top 10 Products of 2012

Top 10 Products of 2012

Every year, we look back at the year gone by to see the top performing products in our store. For the first time, we’re publishing that information with some editorial about the products. The products aren't limited to items that came out in 2012; in fact, there isn't a single thing on the list that was new this year. These are simply the top-performing products in our store, by dollars, this year.

So let's countdown the top ten products in our store for this past year. See if your favorite made the list, and tell us what you think in the comments below, or stop by our Facebook Page and chat there!

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Why We Won't Carry Traxxas' Helicopters (For Now)

Why We Won't Carry Traxxas' Helicopters (For Now)

When the rumor that Traxxas was getting into the radio control helicopter game hit the ‘Net, I, like most people, was enthused and excited. Traxxas is known for high quality radio control goods; with them getting into R/C helicopters, it would mean that the incumbents would face some stiff competition. And since competition is ultimately a good thing for consumers, the news was welcome.

That utopian future did not come to pass.

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iHobby 2012: Where Are All the People?

iHobby 2012: Where Are All the People?

The hobby industry is a strange one. Nearly everything we have is begged, borrowed, or stolen from other industries. And everyone pretty much knows each other, company to company. It’s like a small town in Arkansas: turns out everybody knows everybody, and most of them sleep together, and some are even related.

Which makes it all the more sad that the iHobby show was incredibly poorly attended this year, not just by retailers and buyers, but also exhibitors – some of who are very heavy-hitters in the hobby world. The rumor is that Great Planes (who owns Duratrax, Electri-Fly, Axial, ARRMA, Team Durango, Estes Rockets, and Revell models to name a few) is boycotting the show, due to the relocation to Cleveland from Chicago. If that rumor holds some truth, it’s a sad reflection of the pettiness Great Planes can be accused of. If there were other reasons that they pulled out of the show (which they actually sponsored), then those reasons haven’t been brought to light.

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iHobby 2012 Impressions, Day One

iHobby 2012 Impressions, Day One

As Roger and I walked into the IX Center, our jaws dropped. Not because of the sea of people before us, but because there wasn’t one. But the second, larger shock was yet to come.

Upon walking onto the floor of the convention center, the first thing we saw was Horizon Hobby’s impressive booth. They had a dirt track with the new ECX Revenge Type-E buggy running, and a vertical netted-in area for helicopter flying. It looked clean and efficient – and, with the exception of the dirt track, exactly the same as it had been two years ago (the last time we attended the iHobby Expo). More on Horizon later, though.

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10 Things I Want to See at iHobby 2012

10 Things I Want to See at iHobby 2012

As I have previously announced, Roger and I will be travelling to Cleveland, Ohio for the iHobby Expo next week. I always love going to these events. The last time we were there, we got to see the unveiling of the Stampede 4x4 by Traxxas, which has since proven to be a staple in our R/C car line up.

So this will be a list of things I’d like to see at this year’s iHobby. It will be a bit of conjecture, rumor, and confirmed products, but all should be interesting!

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Toledo Trip 2012 Wrap Up

Toledo Trip 2012 Wrap Up

Every year, Roger and I take a busload of our customers down to Toledo, Ohio, for the annual Weak Signals Toledo Show. It is a show dedicated to radio control aircraft and accessories, populated by some of the biggest manufacturers in the industry. In recent years, I’ve been a critic of the show, lamenting the arrival of numerous Asian vendors selling their cheap wares. This year, however, the show floor was dominated by legitimate hobby vendors selling mostly decent products. Better yet, from my perspective, was that Horizon Hobby kept back almost all of their recently announced products, and showed them off at the Toledo Show before they arrive on store shelves. It’s these products I’m going to talk about in this year’s Toledo Trip Wrap Up.

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