Doesn’t the young man in the picture above look happy? He sure does, he is the first owner in the entire world of the new Pro-Line Pro-MT monster truck. We ended up giving away a second Pro-MT as well, you can see its happy owner in the second gallery below.
We were very fortunate to be able to give a lot of cool gear this year at iHobby. We would like to give a HUGE Thank You to Pro-Line for letting us debut and give away the first two Pro-MTs off the production line. Our full review of the Pro-MT goes up Tuesday October 14th.
We would also like to thank ARRMA for letting us give away a Fury and a Vorteks. Big thanks go out to the folks over at Dromida who hooked us up with numerous Ominus quadcopters, and to Axial for letting us give away one of their Ram trucks. More thanks go out to Heli-Max for the 230Si quads we gave away and to Kyosho America for the Mad Bug. Estes let us give away a bunch of their Proto-X quads, they might be tiny but they sure put a huge smile on peoples faces.
Congrats to all our winners at iHobby, next up is giving away a brand new Axial Yeti XL at our 10 Year Anniversary Bash in Joliet Illinois on October 19th. If you want be the first person in the world to own the Yeti XL, join us at our biggest bash ever for a chance to win! We will also be giving away one of the super high-end Futaba 4PX transmitters along with tons of swag!
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Show Winners Gallery 1
Show Winners Gallery 2
THE Kyosho Mad Bug ReadySet Review
You might know Kyosho for their world championship winning buggies or perhaps from one of their classics back in the day. Today Kyosho still has high end race machines, but they also offer a plethora of bash mobiles. We’ve been bashing on their Mad Bug ReadySet for a few weeks now to find out what kind of bash machine it is. Does it have good power? Can you slam it hard without breakage? Is the Mad Bug a solid bash machine? Click the “Read More” to find out…
The re-release of the Kyosho Scorpion was big news for vintage car fans earlier this year, now Kyosho has announced they are also re-issuing the iconic Beetle. Like the Scorpion re-release, the Beetle will get some small upgrades to help it better handle today’s more robust power systems. The original Beetle was introduced in the early 1980s, the re-release should hit hobby shops before Christmas.
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With the weather getting colder many hobbyists head indoors. Some race off-road tenth scale buggies, while others chose tiny on-road cars like Kyosho Mini-Zs.
For all you Mini-Z fanatics, Kyosho has announced a pair of new cars headed to a hobby shop near you. One has a snazzy Mazda Savanna RX-7 body while the other comes with a Nissan Silvia S15 shell. Both use a MA-020 based chassis that comes with AWD and VCS front suspension. Some of the highlights of the new cars include-
* Full bearing set
* Most Mini-Z AWD option parts bolt right on
* KT-19 transmitter
* Comes with 20 cones to mark your own track
* Very detailed bodies
* Receiver/ESC unit has adjustments for LED lighting and gyro
* 1/27.6 scale
* Wheelbase: 1.9″
* Width: 2.8″
The part number for the Mazda is #32125CR-B, the Nissan is #32124CW-B, and both are expected to ship sometime in December. Hit up This Link to check out the official Kyosho America website.
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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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Kyosho Mad Bug Unboxing Gallery 1
Kyosho Mad Bug Unboxing Gallery 2
THE Kyosho AXXE Wireless LAN iReceiver Sand Buggy 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…
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
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 Fazer Porsche Gallery
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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Kyosho Miku Sandmaster Gallery
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 AXXE Unboxing Gallery 1
Kyosho AXXE Unboxing Gallery 2
Kyosho AXXE Unboxing Gallery 3
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
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.
California Dreamin - Kyosho America
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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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 FO-XX Electric & Nitro Gallery