Big gnarly monster trucks are the kings of the bashing hill. They have big tires, big tires, and generally smash over anything (car/truck/buggy) that gets in their path.
The ARRMA Kraton was announced months ago at the Nuremburg Toy Fair. Since then they’ve been finishing the truck up and now it is about ready to drop on US shores. What makes the Kraton a big, mean, bashing machine?
* Fully assembled RTR
* Integrated roll cage
* 2050kV brushless motor
* 180 amp ESC
* 208oz/inch steering servo
* Truck Weight- 177oz
* Width- 18.5″
* Length- 24″
* Height- 7.5″
* 3 gear diffs
* 3mm aluminum chassis
* dBoots tires
* 16mm big bore shocks
* Adjustable battery tray with hook and loop fasteners
* 2 year warranty
The part number for green is #AR106005, they are street priced at $499, and they are expected to hit hobby shops in October.
Update: You can now PRE-ORDER the Kraton at This Link!
To get even more details, hit up This Link over on the official ARRMA website.
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ARRMA Kraton Gallery
While the radical new 2015 Ford Mustang is already making waves in the full size world, we are more stoked for the arrival of the new Vaterra rc version. The Vaterra 2015 Mustang is a meticulously detailed version of the real-deal, offering both incredible scale looks and solid on-road performance.
The Vaterra 2015 Mustang comes on their V100-S 4wd on-road platform that has proven to be both durable base and good handling. The stock power plant is a 15 turn brushed motor and the included electronics are waterproof. The Vaterra Mustang comes completely RTR with nothing else needed to hit the pavement.
* Low profile tires on 54mm wheels
* Officially licensed by Ford
* Spektrum DX2E 2.4GHz radio system
* Realistic brake disc and calipers
* Includes Dynamite 1800mAh NiMH & charger
The part number is #VTR03024, it is street priced at $289, and you can be the first guy on your block to get one by pre-ordering at This Link over on the official Horizon Hobby website.
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Vaterra 2015 Ford Mustang Gallery
All you Volkswagen fans will be stoked to hear about the new Mad Bug from Kyosho. The Mad Bug is officially licensed by VW and comes as a Readset, fully assembled and ready to bash right out of the box.
With 4wd and an Orion brushless system, the Mad Bug was designed to tackle tough off-road terrain. Other standard features include a 2.4GHz radio system, 1800mAh NiMH battery w/ charger, and heavy duty suspension.
* Waterproof electronics
* Aluminum big bore shocks
* 2400kV Orion brushless motor
* Inch up wheels and high grip tires
* Wheelbase- 272mm
* Width- 287mm
The part number for white is #30994T1B, blue is #30994T2B, they have a street price of $299, and they are expected to start shipping at the end of September. Hit up This Link for full details over on the official Kyosho America website.
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Kyosho Mad Bug Gallery
There are scale realism people, then there are people looking for something wild. The new Dual Ridge buggy from Tamiya definitely falls into the wild category.
The futuristic looking Dual Ridge is a 4wd buggy based off the long running Tamiya TT-02 platform. It’s a kit so you get the experience of building it yourself, while long travel oil shocks and 4wd help it conquer some serious off-road terrain.
The part number is #58596, it is street priced at $189, and they are expected to hit hobby shops in late October. Click Here to get more details over on the official Tamiya website.
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Tamiya Dual Ridge Chassis
Are you into rock crawling? Like building your own kits? Is scale realism important to you? If you answered “yes” to those three questions the new ’86 Chevrolet K-5 Blazer from Vaterra should be considered a must buy.
At the heart of the Blazer is the new Ascender chassis. The Ascender chassis features a stamped steel frame, adjustable wheelbase, metal gear transmission, and serious off-road suspension.
For scale looks, the the Blazer comes with a fully licensed 1986 Chevrolet K-5 Blazer body. The body is clear so you can throw on your own paint job and comes with an injection-molded grille with headlight details. Fully licensed Interco TSL SX Super Swamper tires complete the true off-road look.
* 8 spoke 1.9″ wheels
* Aluminum suspension links
* Floating battery tray (holds a shorty pack)
* Crawling style bumpers
* Adjustable side bars
* 4-line rear suspension
* 3-line panhard front suspension
* Low-profile axle housings & locker/ring gear
* HD CV front shafts
* Single speed tranny with slipper clutch
* Threaded oil filled shocks
The part number is VTR03023, it is street priced at $319, and to ensure you are the first person on your block to have one, Click Right Here to pre-order over on Horizon Hobby’s official website.
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Vaterra K-5 Blazer Gallery
THE Carisma M40S Volkswagen Golf 24 Review
Now days it just isn’t enough to put out a solid car, it has to perform well and look exactly like its full scale equivalent. Today we’ll be taking a close look at the Carisma M40S Volkswagen Golf 24, an affordable ready-to-run that promises the precise scale looks everyone is after, as well a fun driving experience. Does it meet expectations? Hit the “Read More” to find out…
Big power combined with big tires equals a whole lot of bashing fun, hence the reason many bashers use a monster truck or truggy to bash with. The latest big truggy to hit the market is from Serpent, the 1/8 Cobra E-Truggy. The Cobra is a high-end 1/8 4wd, featuring plenty of carbon fiber and other high quality materials. Some of the highlights of the E-Truggy include-
* Narrow 3mm 7075 aluminum chassis
* 5mm carbon fiber shock towers
* Optimal weight distribution
* Rear mudguards
* Low profile body
* Hard anodized 16mm big bore shocks
* Captured universal joints
* Composite battery trays with hinged covers
The part number for the E-Truggy is #600033 and you can get full details by hitting This Link over on the Serpent website.
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Serpent Cobra E-Truggy Gallery
For all you guys wanting to go reallyyyyy fast with a high-end buggy, XRay has announced their new XB8E. The XB8E is based off the nitro XB8 and was designed to be the best of the best. For the track it should put in some blazing lap times, for bashing, it should go huge with premium parts under the hood.
* New aluminum chassis and motor mount
* Better weight distribution
* New side guards
* New a-arms and towers
* New cab forward body
* Pivot ball suspension
* Carbon fiber a-arm stiffeners
Want more details? Hit up This Link over on the official XRay website, or you can Click Here to read more XRay news on BigSquidRC.
XRay XB8E Gallery
First teased back in February, the wait is nearly over for the nitro powered HPI 1/8 Ken Block WR8 3.0. The latest HPI to sport Ken Block livery comes with a Nitro Star G3.0 nitro engine (with pull start) and 4wd to put all that power to the ground. The chassis, based off the Bullet MT, is tough and ready for some serious bashing action.
The WR8 3.0 should start shipping soon with a part number of #HPID2868 and a street price of $549. Be the first on your “Block” to own one by pre-ordering it at This Link on the Tower Hobbies’ website.
I wonder what is behind this TGIF Mystery Link???
HPI Ken Block WR8 3.0 Gallery
Team Associated is giving you touring car fans the hook-up lately. Last week they announced their new GReddy Scion and now they have released details on their Apex Series Lexus RC F.
The Associated Lexus RC F uses a highly detailed body on the outside for good looks, while 4wd and a powerful brushless system are used under the hood to get the blood pumping. Its electronics are water-resistant so you can keep bashing regardless of the weather and a 2.4GHz radio system is included.
* Reedy 3300kV 540 motor
* Fully assembled RTR available in two different colors
* Detailed brake components and Lexus RC F 20 spoke wheels
* Includes Reedy 6 cell NiMH 3000mAh battery and charger
* All metal gear transmission
The part number for the Associated Lexus is #30115 and they are expected to start hitting hobby shops in September. Get complete details at This Link over on Associated’s website.
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Associated Lexus Gallery
Team Associated has a new on-road car for your bashing pleasure, an Apex Scion Racing FR-S GReddy edition touring car. The Scion is part of Associated’s affordable Qualifier Series and comes RTR with brushless power.
Set on the Apex 4wd platform, a highly detailed body has the racy look of the full scale version. Under the hood you’ll find waterproof electronics, a 2.4GHz radio system, and a Reedy 3300kV brushless motor.
* High traction racing tires and detailed brake components
* Metal gear servo
* Includes Reedy 6-cell NiMH and wall charger
* CVA front and rear axles
* All metal gears in transmission
* Full bearing set
The part number for the Associated Scion is #30113 and it is set for a September release date. Click Here for full details over on the official Associated website.
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Associated Apex Scion Gallery
THE Losi Mini 8IGHT-T Truggy From Horizon Hobby Review
In today’s review we’ll be taking a very up close and personal look at the Mini 8IGHT-T Truggy from Losi. The Mini 8IGHT-T comes in at 1/14 scale, bigger than most minis, but significantly smaller than a tenth scaled truck. It comes brushless powered and with the high zoot AVC that everyone is talking about. Can the Mini 8IGHT-T take the beating required to be a good bash vehicle? Is it worth its $279 price point? Is there enough yank under the hood to keep a smile on your face? Hit the “Read More” to find out…
First shown at the Nuremburg Toy Fair, then recently seen again at the HobbyTown USA Convention, the HPI Crawler King ’73 Ford Bronco is getting close to its September release date. With its release date right around the corner HPI has released some pictures and information to wet your appetite.
The retro schemed ’73 Bronco is made for rock crawling and mud bogging. It’s a RTR that comes with waterproof electronics so you can bash in any kind of weather. It also features over 6 inches of suspension travel, plenty for soaking up those bumps in the road. Some of its other highlights include-
* Officially licensed body
* High performance HB Rover crawling tires
* Heavy duty alloy suspension links
* 2.4GHz radio system
* 55 turn brushed crawling motor
* Locked differentials
* Nothing more to buy, comes with 7.2V 2000mAh Ni-MH pack, charger, and AA batteries for the transmitter
The part number for the Bronco is #113225 and you can get a bit more information at This Link over on HPI’s website.
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HPI Crawler King Bronco Gallery