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We have finally made it back home and can start posting everything we saw at the 2013 HobbyTown USA Convention in Lincoln Nebraska.

Firelands Group is sold exclusively at HobbyTown USA. Their Helion Invictus has been a big hit with bashers this summer, and the Helion product line just keeps getting bigger. Helion premiered their new Criterion 10th scale 2wd buggy at the HobbyTown show. It’s 2wd and comes completely RTR with a 7 cell Ni-MH pack and brushed power system. The price point is $189.

On the air side of things, the biggest news was the Ares Ethos QX 130 quadcopter. This is a bigger brother to the Ares that won our quadcopter shootout and comes with advanced flight control, the ability to do 360 degree flips, and some really cool accessories like water blaster, rocket launcher, winch, and bubble machine.

Hit your local Hobbytown USA dealer to see Helion and Ares products in person, or hit THIS LINK to view all their products on-line.

Have you read our Quadcopter shootout? If not, you can view it HERE.

THE Helion Invictus 10MT 4wd Monster Truck Review

Helion Invictus 10MT Review

Monster trucks are the weapon of choice for a true basher, their large tires give them plenty of ground clearance for grass driving and driving over large clods of dirt. One of the latest entries in this product categories comes from Helion, a division of Firelands Group and an exclusive product at HobbyTown USA. We’ve been trying to destroy the new Helion Invictus 10MT for weeks now. Did we succeed? Read on…


Ares Ethos QX 75 Quadcopter
The crew over at Ares (pronounced air-eez) have announced their new QX 75 Quadcopter. The nano-micro size Ares is said to be flyable by both first timers and experienced pilots. The small size make it easy to fly in smaller indoor spaces, while its fully proportional 4 channel control makes it flyable outdoors in light wind conditions. The QX 75 comes completely assembled and ready to fly right out of the box, some of its other features and specs include-

* 4-Channel 2.4GHz Transmitter w/Built-In USB Port
* AA Batteries for the Transmitter
* Dual Port DC USB Charger
* 300mAh 1S 3.7V LiPo Battery
* Length: 3.7 in (95mm)
* Length w/ Rotor Blades: 5.5 in (140mm)
* Height: 1.7 in (44mm)
* Propeller/Main Rotor Diameter: 2.2 in (56mm)
* Weight with Battery: 1.3 oz (37 g)
* Main Motor: Micro coreless (4 installed)
* On-Board Electronics: 4-in-1 receiver/4 ESCs/mixer/3-axis gyro (installed)

Street price is $79 and you can find it at your local HobbyTown USA dealer. For more information hit up the official HobbyTown USA Website.

Looking for more HobbyTown news? Try THIS BigSquidRC link.

HobbyTown USA Booth iHobby 2012
Many of our readers are quite familiar with HobbyTown USA, for those of you that aren’t, they are a large chain of hobby shops here in the United States. HobbyTown corporate has a booth here at iHobby showing some of their exclusive products like the Helion line-up of vehicles and Radient battery chargers. Of particular interest is their new Helion 10TR truggy, look for a full BigSquidRC review in the next couple of weeks. Hit THIS link for HobbyTown’s website that features much more information on all their products.

Looking for more Hobbytown USA news? HERE is the link you want.

On our last night at the Hobby Town Convention 2012, many of the manufactures and dealers held some contests (HT Olympics) for the Hobby Town owners to participate in. Everyone had all sorts of different little contests, and the attendee’s could win various prizes.

Our event involved taking the new VW Bug from Duratrax, launching it into the air, and trying to land in one of two bins. There was easily over 100 attempts, and at the end of the day, many were surprised the Duratrax Bug was able to drive away after the pounding it took. We told them to check our review.
We gave away all sorts of stuff like hats, shirts, stress squids. Tons of people came outside to partake in the activities including a few HPI folks as you can see. It was another great way to mingle with everyone, and get to know the shop owners.

Also during the Olympic evening, we were putting on a demo outside for people to enjoy while grabbing food from one of the buffet’s or waiting to try their hand at our event. Our resident uber driver, Tim Mohr, was wowing the crowd with big air, and awesome transition landing from ramp to ramp.

Overall, the Hobby Town Convention was great. It is run like no other show/convention I have ever attended. The organizers have everything under control at all times, and if something needs to be fixed or taken care of, it’s done quickly. I was in awe over the organization, and have to send a ‘Great Job Guys!’ to everyone at Hobby town, and ‘Thank You’ for letting us partake in their well oiled machine.

The show attendees were always positive and friendly. While most of them have ‘heard of Big Squid RC’, a lot of them now understand what we are about, and what makes us different. We met so many people, and were able to thank them for their support of our hobby. We made a lot of new friends out there, as well as had a chance to chat with a lot of our industry friends, when we normally don’t get to see them till iHobby in October. The convention really drove home the sort of support Hobby Town can offer to hobby shops, and what makes them different and special. We have a little more understanding on why we have been seeing some shops change over to being ‘Hobby Town’ shops, and what being part of that bigger family can give you.

Hope to see you all next year in 2013!

Check out all of our Hobby Town Convention 2012 HERE.

Husker Stadium
The BigSquidRC staff had a great time covering the 2012 HobbyTown USA National Convention in Lincoln Nebraska. Here are a few of my random pictures from the show, we are really stoked to get back there again next year. Thank you to all the HobbyTown USA staffers that made our stay so enjoyable.

Today a few of us are in Nebraska at the 2012 Hobby Town National Convention. Last night we did a quick talk where we introduced the Sharpie Pro-Line Dominus to a room full of excited show goers. Today we have a few meetings with a couple of the big name players here at the show, and will do our best to keep the updates coming throughout the day.

As you all know by now we also do articles for the official Hobby Town online magazine called Hobby Outlook. Well the June Hobby Outlook has gone just gone live. Our article this month was on basic Basher Maintenance. Simple and quick things you can do to keep your ride in good basher health. Nothing crazy or difficult, just quick tips to make sure you enjoy a good day of fun.

Head over to the June Hobby Outlook and check it out. There are even some pictures!

Hobby Outlook WinterAs some of you know, we work with the Hobby Town folks for their Hobby Outlook online magazine. This issue we did a piece on Getting Ready for Winter Bashing. A lot of us are gearing up for some serious snow fun, and if you have a vehicle that did not come prepared for the wet and snow, we offer up some good tips.Bill aka ‘Wrench’ did a great job of putting this one together so go check it out. It even has pictures!

radient ascend chargerThe Radient folks have a new charger that is going to be a Hobby Town exclusive. It’s called the Radient Ascend, and can charge NiCd/NiMH as well as LiPO and LiFe. It’s an upgrade from the Radient Primal as this one can charge at 6 Amps. It can charge 1-8 NiMH cells and 2-3 LiPo cells. It also has a LCD display which will make it much easier to setup and get going. The Retail price is about $59.

Expect to see it on the Hobby Town site or in your local Hobby Town shop soon.

Hobby Town has a new exclusive charger coming its way in the form of the Radient Primal Charger. The fact is that LiPos rock, and NiMH…not so much. If you wanna charge LiPos however, you need to have a LiPo charger. LiPo chargers cost coin though. The Primal fixes almost all of those issues. 4.0A capability, AC input, and capable of charging 3S Lipos…all for $40!!! Don’t just buy a NiMH charger when you can get both for the same price!

Make sure you get over to Hobby Town or go local and pick on up!

Everyone loves to bash with some style… If you need a couple pointers, be sure to check out Hobby Outlook this month! Our own Brian “Bad Boy Basher” has an excellent 4 page article covering exactly what it takes to bash big, and bash in style. Check it out, then head down to your local Hobby Town and buy something awesome to sharpen those bashing skills :)

Fans and shoppers of Hobby Town will be glad to see they have a new exclusive version of the HPI E-Firestorm 10HT avaliable. This version comes with all the standard features of the 10HT like a brushed motor, full ball bearings, and all metal diffs. However, this verison now comes with the upgraded 2.4GHz radio system and waterproof electronics! From the pictures, it appears that it will come with some more aggressive tires as well. Most importantly, you can have one for just $20 more than $200!

Make sure you check out Hobby Town’s website or hit up your local store for more information.