Well, now we finally have one in the office! I have become a renewed fan of the DuraTrax Evader series after the release of the Evader DT! Heck we did a Evader DT Week! So I can’t wait to get it outside for some action.
Quick impressions out of the box, it has a lot in common with the DT and the original Evader. I am missing the huge soft bumper that the DT had, so we will see how much of a beating it can take. I have to admit I like the sticker choice to go with the eyes and mouth instead of the grill and lights. It has those also, but I like to be different, so these brought a smile to my face! I could literally hear Cubby’s eyes rolling in his head as I applied them. That makes them even better!
Short Course just got… shorter? The smallest Short Course Truck (SCT) to date is debuted with the Team Losi 1/24 scale SCT. The box is typical of the Losi Micro with the product clearly displayed through the clear window with the radio and accessories tucked away inside. It’s a full Ready To Run (RTR) that requires no assembly of the car. Just screw in the transmitter antenna, install the included AA batteries, and charge up the 220mah 4.8v NIMH stick pack with the included A/C wall charger (1 hour). I received the truck at work today and the overall impression was “Hey, that thing looks cool!” followed by an immediate “How much is one of those?” The street price of $109 was considered fair by all given you get everything you need and it is ready to go out of the box.
The familiar combo receiver/ESC from other Losi Micros is installed. Again, the antenna is the basic wire antenna straight out of the receiver all the way out the top of the truck. Still no protective tube or wrapping for the receiver antenna. The transmitter is the same unit provided with previous micros. Features of the radio include trims, steering dual rate, and servo reversing switches.
We got our hands on a AxialXR10 here at the Big Squid RC Headquarters, and I have to say the guys here are pretty stoked about it. This is going to be one of those kits you can’t rush, but when it’s done, it will all be worth it!
As expected here are the official unboxing photos. I’m not sure if they all come this way, or if were special, but it was wrapped very well. The box itself is cool, flat black has been the trend lately, and this box looks really good with it. It’s a true kit, and lets you know your going to need a good amount of stuff to complete it. Not recommended for kids under 10… now we are in trouble!
Unlike most unboxings, we have a ton of parts here, an no big ‘chassis’ to look at, so this is all you get. We haven’t opened all the bags yet, we don’t want to loose anything before the rest of our parts (motors, esc’s..) get here. Hopefully these few pics will hold you over till we start the build!
Here it is folks, live and in the flesh, the HPI Mini Trophy Truck! I think it’s safe to say this is probably the most anticipated RC truck in a long time! Everywhere you go, people are talking about it, so it’s our honor to bring you this exclusive first unboxing.
First off, the packaging is amazing! Whoever designed it, give that person a raise! The way the radio and parts are ‘hidden’ inside the box so all you see is the truck in the off-road setting is really impressive looking. This look is going to sell trucks at the hobby shops!
HPI Racing Mini Trophy Truck Package Gallery
Does anyone else call it the MTT or is that pretty much just Cubby? He’s already labeled the driver ‘Mini Cubby’. He hasn’t let the thing out of his site, and rambling about how Mini Cubby is going to need a custom helmet paint job.
HPI Racing Mini Trophy Truck Gallery
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Holy Cow! Two unboxing stories in the same week! People around the office are bouncing off the walls with all the vehicles we have to review soon! I Love it! So we recently talked about the new HPI RacingE-Firestorm 10 HT being a Hobby Town (hence the HT) exclusive! Thanks to our local Hobby Town, we have one in our hands! Check out all the unboxing photo’s, and watch for a full review coming soon!
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Yes, we got our hands on a new DuraTraxEvader DT! While it does not come as dirty as the last time we saw it, it does look pretty good!
We snapped a bunch of pictures while it was still fresh and shinny before we start to put it to the test for the review. First impressions, we really dig the scale look. The materials used for the roll cage, mirrors and rear bumper all connected to the body seem pretty durable! The stickers it comes with are nice, from the little shot guns and bullet holes, to the Illinois Pre Run license plate and windshield whippers are all nice scale touches.
First driving impressions, it handles the street out in front of Big Squid RC headquarters pretty well, and it does not roll over at all. We’ll save the details for the full review coming soon! For now, enjoy the pictures!
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In the ‘better late than never’ category, we finally got our hands on the HPIBlitz ESE! Many of us in the office are huge fans of the original HPI Blitz, so we have been looking forward to this for a while.
Whenever I see the UPS guy walking in the door with a box with bright orange tape allover it, I always get a bit excited! I wanted to share some of the unboxing photo’s with you, but I didn’t want to dig into the bags just yet as our own Cubby will be doing the build and review on this one. You guys think he lets people have it on the site.. you should see him when you loose a part he needs! LOL!
As you can see, this is a serious kit. There are a lot of parts in a lot of bags! So don’t go thinking your going to pick one up, and be racing in an hour.
Enjoy the pics, and watch for a full review plus build coming soon!
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So we just got our Traxxas 2010 Platinum Slash Edition in house! It looks like our friends at Traxxas are the first to listen to Cubby’s advice, and start treating some of their RC cars like REAL cars. Notice they call this the 4×4 Slash 2010 Platinum Edition on the box! Does that mean there will be a 2011 edition? The manual just says 4×4 Slash Platinum Edition. I like the thought of adding the years, I like the possibility that at iHobby 2010, we will be seeing the 2011 vehicles, just like at a real car show. Nice touch Traxxas, even if it was our idea.
The body style is a little different.
Notice how all the electronics are now on one side, leaving the battery to balance the weight on the other side. Once we start getting it ready for the review, we’ll see how balanced we are, and if we will need to add any extra weight.
Except for the center diff, most of the hop-ups for that make this version the Platinum Edition come already installed on the vehicle.
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