The quadcopters from Dromida just keep coming, and just off the truck and on the shelves of local hobby shops is the Kodo, a new flipping, camera touting, bug-looking quadcopter. This quad can flip, take pictures and video, and can be picked up for only $60. I know we gave at least one away at iHobby, but now I get my own to mess around with for a bit. The review will be on its way in a couple of weeks, but for now here are some pictures from the unboxing.
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The quadcopter market, as I mentioned earlier, is continuing to grow. I can’t help but note my surprise when Dromida announced they were expanding from 1/18 scale RC cars to joining the multirotor world. Enter the Ominus, a brushed 238mm sized quadcopter with full stabilization and flip capabilities. Is it as tough as the box says? Will it survive the Tomato Treatment? See the full review after the jump…
I was lucky to get a new toy from our friends over at Hobbico: the newest addition to the Dromida by Revell line, the Ominus Quadcopter RTF. This quadcopter is built to be tough and the
beating review is in process, but for now enjoy these unboxing pictures!
Dromida Ominus Unboxing 1
Dromida Ominus Unboxing 2
The Dromida Ominus is on hobby store shelves now (Part: DIDE01**) and is yours for $80. I think this will be a hot seller so grab yours now! If you are looking to order one online, Head to This Link
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We have a winner in our latest ARRMA Granite Mega Giveaway!!
Congratulations to Clinton M. from San Bernadino CA. We will be sending an email to get your shipping information!
Thanks so much to ARRMA and Hobbico for hooking us up so we could give one away!
Didn’t win this time? Here’s a little secret… check back Monday!
Starting on the surface side, the Axial Yeti was in the room and getting tons of love. You’ve seen our review and soon you’ll be seeing them flying off the shelves of your LHS.
There was also a sighting of the new ARRMA Typhon 8th scale buggy. It was cool to get a chance to look it over first hand, and if it lives up to the hype of being a buggy made for hardcore bashing, it should be a great seller. We were told that its release date has been moved to sometime around the beginning of August.
The brother of the Typhon, the Kraton monster truck, did not make it in time for the show and we were told it is set to release about a month after the buggy.
Speaking of ARRMA, the brushed Mega series was also in the room and we hear they are just weeks away from hitting dealer showrooms. A lot of people have been waiting for these to drop, including us.
The 18th scale Dromida line-up were strong sellers last winter and have continued to be in high demand due to their low price point and high fun factor. Being such a success, the line has received a bunch of new products. There is a Desert Truck version headed to the market, as well as a version of the rest of the line being released with pre-installed brushless power systems.
The Dromida line-up will also soon be taking to the air with their new Ominus and Kodo (with video) quadcopter/drones. They look like a lot of fun and are street priced at $80 and $60 respectively.
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Great Planes Gallery 1
Great Planes Gallery 2
Great Planes Gallery 3
The mighty little Estes Proto-X has become a huge phenomenon. With their low price point and huge fun factor, everyone (and their Uncle, and their Uncle’s dog) bought one. However, if you’ve flown your Proto-X as much as we have, you already know they do eventually wear out.
For all you guys needing a new Proto-X, Estes has announced that you can now get them in Six Different Colors. The colors are the original black, plus green, purple, red, white and yellow. But that isn’t the only thing different on the new Proto-Xs, they now come with an Auto-Upright Stability feature that makes hand launching a breeze.
The part numbers are #ESTE48** and the price stays the same at just $39. To be the first person on your block to have a Proto-X in one of the new colors, hit up This Link over on the Tower Hobbies website to get yours on pre-order.
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A couple of months ago when hitting up my local hobby shop, I was quite alarmed when the owner of the shop told me that 2014 was the worst sales year he has seen in the 30+ years his shop has been open. In fact, he went so far to say that 2014 was “Apocalypticly bad” for sales, and that he couldn’t wait for his lease to run out so he could close up shop. Now certainly LHSs are getting hit hard by internet sales, so it is understandable has his sales could be down, but were sales just down at his LHS, or at most hobby shops across the country? What about sales overall? Were the internet places having a bad year too? What about the manufacturers, are sales down for them too?
During my constant travels since then, I’ve made it a point to ask every rc company I’ve visited, from LHSs to manufacturers, just how their year was going. Now… I knew some of the people I asked were always going to say “Sales are at all time highs!!!!” regardless of what the real numbers were. For those people I pretty much zoned out during their answers, but I’ve also gotten the chance to talk to over a dozen people I truly trust, the types of people who aren’t going to just yank my chain. And… yes, it sounds like sales are slow across the board. Most of them were not in full blown panic mode like my LHS owner, but virtually all of them had no problem admitting to me that 2014 has been a stinker thus far for sales.
Why do I bring this up? Because many people in our industry, whether they work at an LHS or at the largest of the manufacturers, don’t often get the chance to honestly talk numbers with people from other companies. And…. because THE Cub Report is read by loads of industry types, I can help spread some information they might be interested in, such as 2014 looks to be a down year. To boil it down, 2014 looks to be a tough one for our industry, but everything works in cycles, lets hope this dip doesn’t last long and gives way to higher sales in the very near future.
If you are a consumer, what does this mean to you? Chances are if you are in the hobby right now you are already spending plenty, however, you can still help spread the word about rc. You can place an rc related sticker on your full size whip, you can do some bashing at the local park to show others how cool it is (in a responsible manner of course, don’t run over any kids with your 5th scale), and of course by just keeping on supporting your LHS or wherever you get your gear from.
On an unrelated note…
We posted a screenshot over the weekend from Tower Hobbies’s website showing Kyosho product on their “Just Announced” section. It’s been several years (a decade???) since the two had a falling out, and if in fact Kyosho is back with Hobbico it should be great for both of them. It gives Hobbico yet another awesome line to sell, and finally gives Kyosho the big distribution they need to excel in the American market. No, I don’t have any inside info on this one, but I’ll be in Champaign later this week and will try to get the scoop face to face.
That’s it for this week, support your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can!
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Father’s Day is right around the corner, and what better way to put a smile on their face than getting them that RC flying machine he’s been looking for. Better yet, get him a ‘drone’ and he’ll be part of the hottest RC craze this year. Either way, I thought that a nice list of fun flying gifts for the Dad (or Dad-like person) in your life would be the best way to save the hassle in finding the perfect gift! Read More to see what makes the list in this year’s guide!
There is some big news out of Champaign Illinois that Great Planes is now distributing RC4WD products. This arrangement makes it easier for GP dealers to stock RC4WD products. On the consumer side, it means more local hobby shops will have your favorite RC4WD scale parts on the shelf, or if not in stock, they will be easier to order in for you.
The folks over at Hobbico are getting the word out that they’ve got some specials going on until the end of the month. Until February 28th you can save some bank on various surface and air products. Some of the more notable specials include-
* $100 off the Duratrax Nissan GTR Nitro 4wd RTR
* $40 off the 2013 ARRMA Fury SCT RTR
* $30 off the Axial Jeep Wrangler Wraith-Poison Spyder 4WD RTR and SCX10 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4WD Kit
* $30 off the Futaba 4PK Super R
There are many other items on sale, to view them all simply click This Link that takes you over to the sale page on the Best RC website.
Catch up on more Hobbico news right here on BigSquidRC by clicking This Link.
The BigSquidRC Bash Crew had a great time on Saturday attending E-Fest 2014 presented by Hobbico. We learned a lot by visiting all the exhibitors booths, and were in awe of the flying skills of the pilots. To give you a sense of what it was like to be there in person, please take a look at the 6 galleries below.
We would like to give a special thanks to everyone at Hobbico for their hospitality, and to all the people we met that made our stay so much fun. We had a blast and can’t wait to be at the event again next year.
Hobbico E-Fest Gallery 1
Hobbico E-Fest Gallery 2
Click the “Read More” button to view 4 more galleries from E-Fest.
Over the weekend we had the pleasure of attending one of the largest indoor flying events in the country, E-Fest in Champaign Illinois. E-Fest is put on by the nice folks at Hobbico as a way of promoting the hobby during the cold winter months. Hobbyists from all over the Midwest drive in to get some flying time and spend time with other hobbyists.
While flying is the biggest part of E-Fest, they also have booths from various manufacturers. We spent some time in the Hobbico booth to get some pictures and check out their latest gear. The Hobbico booth featured products from Futaba, Heli-Max, AirCore, Tactic, Thunder Tiger and Flyzone. Whether you were into rc airplanes, helicopters, or multi-rotors, the Hobbico booth had something for you. No new products were announced at the show, but you can take a look at the pictures below to get a feel for what they had on display. To get more information on everything Hobbico, simply Click This Link.