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Kyosho Mad Bug Unboxing
We recently received a Kyosho Mad Bug Readyset for one of our famous “smash’em up” reviews. Take a look at the pictures below to see exactly what it looks like to crack open the box and to see what comes inside.

Being a Readyset (Kyosho’s term for RTR), the Mad Bug comes with everything you need to get up and going except for AA batteries for the transmitter. An Orion NiMh pack comes standard, as does a wall type battery charger. As you can see from the pictures, an Orion brushless system is used to power the Mad Bug, while a 2.4GHz radio system eliminates any possible frequency conflicts.

Our full review is still a couple of weeks away, until then please enjoy our unboxing pictures. The Mad Bug is priced at $299 and you can find complete details at This Link over on the official Kyosho America website.

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THE Kyosho AXXE Wireless LAN iReceiver Sand Buggy Review

Kyosho AXXE Review

FPV, some say it’s the future, some won’t drive any other way, but most have little to no experience with it. Today we are taking a closer look at the Kyosho AXXE. The version of the AXXE we received is part of Kyosho’s iReadyset series, it comes with their iReceiver and can be driven by a wide variety of Android and Apple devices. With the addition of an optional Kyosho camera, it is as close to a full out of the box FPV set-up that you can buy. Does the Kyosho deliver a good FPV experience? Is driving with your cell phone any fun? Hit the “Read More” button to find out…

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Kyosho FAZER VE Porsche 918 Weissach Package
It’s all about looking as good as it performs these days. The latest car from Kyosho is a good example of this. The Kyosho Fazer series VE Porsche 918 Weissach comes with a highly detailed body on the outside, with Orion brushless power on the inside.

The Porsche hybrid supercar is known for smashing the lap record on the Nürburgring, now it is available to you for breaking the lap record around your cul-de-sac. Some of its features and specifications include-

* Syncro 2.4GHz radio gear
* Completely built and ready to drive
* Pre-painted body with stickers applied
* Sealed diffs and tranny
* Comes with NiMH battery and charger
* 2400kV Orion brushless motor
* Waterproof

The Fazer has a part number of #30917T2-B, it is priced at $309, and you can get full details over on the Kyosho America website.

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Kyosho Goodsmile Sandmaster Racing Miku 2014 Version
Maybe you are looking for something a little different. Maybe you are simply a Miku fan. Maybe you need a Kyosho Good Smile ’14 Sandmaster Miku in your rc garage.

Based on the Kyosho Sandmaster, this collaboration with Good Smile features wild livery and Miku behind the drivers seat. It comes as a Readyset, fully assembled and ready for some hot laps around your cul-de-sac.

* Part of the EZ Series
* 2.4GHz radio system
* Friction shocks
* Removable roof to show roll bars

The Kyosho is expected to hit hobby shops this December.

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Unboxing Kyosho AXXE iReceiver
The Kyosho AXXE iReceiver Sand Buggy will be a historic vehicle for BigSquidRC. Why? Because it will be the first review we’ve ever done on a fully FPV surface machine. While there is a version of the AXXE that does come with a normal 2.4GHz transmitter, we’ll be reviewing the Wireless LAN Version with the optional camera.

Our AXXE did not come with a transmitter, nor will it ever use one. To control the buggy we’ll be using a variety of smart phones and tablets. Once we download the proper apps from the Apple store and Google Play, both the steering and throttle controls will come up on our devices. Also, because we are going to review the optional iReceiver camera, we’ll have a live video feed from the on-board camera being displayed on our devices for a full FPV experience.

The AXXE is part of Kyosho’s EZ Series, a budget line intended to get new people into the hobby. You won’t find any fancy brushless power system or even oil shocks on the AXXE, but it does offer cool styling and of course the cutting edge wirless LAN set-up. The AXXE is available without any type of transmitter for just $99, while a version with a 2.4GHz radio costs $139, and the wireless LAN version (without camera) goes for $159.

Our full review will be going up in the next two weeks, if you want more information on the various versions of the Kyosho AXXE hit up This Link on the official Kyosho website.

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Kyosho Mad Bug VE
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 America California Dreamin
Sure, Kyosho is well known for their high-end racing gear and multiple IFMAR championships, but as of late they have been putting out loads of bashing style products. Their new Psycho Kruiser monster truck and fully RTR Dirt Hog buggy are prime examples of that.

Lucky for us, the crew at Kyosho America were nice enough to let us take a tour of their Southern California facility. We were not disappointed with what we found inside – plenty of bashing oriented products.

Perhaps the coolest thing we found at Kyosho America was their new iReceiver products. We had never had a chance to play with them before, so we just had to give them a spin. The iReceiver gear is an FPV set-up that lets you control any vehicle via your Apple or Android device, all the while being able to see on the on-board camera feed on your device. Yes, we had a lot of fun driving an iReceiver equipped car and look for a full BSRC review in the near future.

We also got a chance to look at the Route 241 Raceway in the rear of the Kyosho America facility. This is a very nicely done racetrack made just for Mini-Zs. If you live in the Southern California area, grab a Mini-Z and check it out, the track looks like a blast.

Kyosho America is the exclusive distributor for Kyosho products in North America, if you are a dealer feel free to give them a call for more information on getting Kyosho products in your store. Also of note for you consumers out there, select Kyosho products are now in stock at Tower Hobbies.

We would like to thank Efrain and the rest of the Kyosho crew for letting us visit their facility. We had a great time and look forward to getting to know them better. Do you want to see all the bashing goodies that they offer? Check out This Link to visit the official Kyosho America website.

Scorpion Mini-Z Brushless Motor
Is your Kyosho Mini-Z lacking the ridiculous power you crave? The folks over at Scorpion can help you out. They have a new 1410 sized brushless motor that should take your car from boring, to holy cow. With 8500kV and a heat resistant magnet, the Scorpion Mini-Z brushless motor was designed for serious power.

The part number is #Z_1410_8500, it is priced at $39, and they are available right now. Get full details by hitting up This Link over on Scorpion’s website.

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Kyosho FO-XX 1/8 4WD
Well look at what Kyosho has on the way, the FO-XX 1/8 4WD mud basher. The FO-XX will be available two ways, electric driven with brushless power, or with a powerful nitro engine. Based off the Mad Force platform, the Kyosho FO-XX is a big truck that should be a lot of fun to explode your local mud pit with. Both versions come in Readyset form making them ready to bash right out of the box.

* Scale detailing with flip open body for easy maintenance
* Nitro version comes with KE25 engine and 3 speed tranny
* Waterproof KS-203 servo
* Paddle tires with 17mm hex hubs
* Big front bumper with light buckets
* Threaded big bore shocks
* Syncro KT-200 2.4GHz radio system
* Width- 383mm
* Length- 545mm
* Wheelbase- 360mm
* Tires- 115 x 70.5mm

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Kyosho MB-10 MP9 TKI3
The crew over at Kyosho have announced a special 50th Anniversary Edition of their Mini-Z Buggy. This special MB-010 MP9 TKI3 Mini-Z comes with a slew of upgrades making it extra trick, some of those upgrades include-

* GF main chassis
* Aluminum motor plate and heat sink
* Foam tire inserts
* XSPEED motor
* Ball diffs front and rear
* Universal drive shafts

The part number is #32285BCRS-B, it is priced at $349, and Here Is The Link you want to get full details over on Kyosho America’s website.

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JConcepts Silencer Kyosho RB6 Body
The latest body from JConcepts is their Silencer Series lid for the mid-motored Kyosho RB6. Like other bodies in the Silencer series, this is a cab forward design made for high speed tracks. A small shark fin helps to add stability while a recess behind the cab helps keep the rear of the buggy planted.

For essential information, the part number is #0277, it is priced at $26, and you can get more details by hitting up This Link.

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Kyosho Dirt Hog Type 2 4WD Buggy
For those of you looking for an affordable 4wd buggy, Kyosho has just announced their Dirt Hog Type 2. The Dirt Hog should handle well due to its low buggy center of gravity, while its 4wd should help it get through grass and rough terrain. Oil filled shocks, slipper clutch, and adjustable camber links come as standard equipment. The Dirt Hog is a ReadySet, fully built and ready to bash or to bust out some laps on the local track.

#30993T1B is the part number for the orange edition, #30993T2B is the part number for green, and it is priced at $209. Hit up This Link to get more details over on the official Kyosho America website.

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RC Monster TruckHello rc world, it’s Monday and that means yet another funtabulious edition of THE Cub Report.

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!

YOUR Cub Reporter