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.
Happy Friday and TGFBB, or Thank Goodness for Booth Babes!
ARRMA Kraton Gallery
Do you have a monster truck with a destroyed body? A monster truck just in need of a new look? If so, the folks over at Killerbody RC have a new monster truck body called the Rubik. The Rubik was designed to fit trucks like the Traxxas E-Maxx and is available in a wide variety of trim levels. You can get them in clear, main color printed and trimmed, or completely finished. There is also a bunch of scale detail accessories available to fit the Rubik like the camper shell shown below. You can get just the plain body or trick it out as much as you want for a unique look.
The body in the picture above has a part number of #48208 and they are available for sale right now. To get more details simply Click Right Here.
Want to know more about Killerbody RC? Click Here to find out on BigSquidRC.
Killerbody RC Rubik Body Gallery
THE ARRMA Granite Mega Monster Truck Review
Being a two time champion of our coveted Bash Vehicle of the Year, the ARRMA Granite packs some serious street cred with the bashing crowd. For 2014 ARRMA announced a new more affordable line-up, the Mega Series, that was designed to give good performance at a reasonable price. To make the price drop happen on the Mega Series, certain goodies had to be taken away (like the aluminum chassis and hex hardware). Is the Mega Series Granite still a capable bash machine? Is it slower than the previous brushed Granite? Has it lost any mojo? Hit the “Read More” to find out…
Have you heard about the new Mega Series from ARRMA? If not, it is their most affordable line-up of vehicles with prices starting at $159. We recently received one of the Mega Series Granite Monster Trucks for review and took some pictures so you can see exactly what it looks like when you open the box for the first time. The RTR Mega Series Granite is waterproof, comes with a 15 turn brushed motor, and is priced at just $179.
Enjoy the unboxing pictures and our full review should be ready sometime next week. If you want more information on the Mega Series Granite Here Is The Link to its page over on the official ARRMA website.
Check out more unboxings at This Link on BigSquidRC.
Mega Series Granite Unboxing Gallery 1
Mega Series Granite Unboxing Gallery 2
Some have dubbed 2014 as “The year of the monster truck!” and it would be hard to argue otherwise. What is the latest monster truck to be announced? The Thunder Tiger e-MTA G2.
The e-MTA G2 uses elements from the first generation of e-MTA plus it has some new additions. The change that strikes out the most is its shocks. They are no longer a lay-down style like what was found on the original e-MTA, they are now a more traditional stand-up design. The G2 also comes with a 6S capable speed controller as well as 6 point wheel hexes with wheels designed to fit them perfectly. Also new is a more impact resistant body to stand up to all those big hits while out bashing.
* Low center of gravity
* 8 big bore shocks
* ACE 6S BLC-150C ESC & 2000kV motor
* Wheelbase- 370mm
* Width- 440mm
* Length- 620mm
* High grip road tires
* Waterproof, metal gear, digital 9.8 KG & 0.17 sec servo
* Cougar GP3 2.4GHz radio system
The part number for red is #6407-F111, the part number for blue is #6407-F112, but we have not heard if these will make their way stateside. Of course we will post more information when we get it, until then you can hit up This Link to check out the official Thunder Tiger America website.
Click Here to read more Thunder Tiger news on BigSquidRC.
Thunder Tiger e-MTA G2 Gallery
The folks over at Asiatees Hobbies wanted us to let you know they now have the Himoto Bowie in stock. The Himoto Bowie is a 10th scale monster truck that comes RTR with either a brushed or a brushless powerplant. The brushless version goes for about $240, while the brushed version is priced at only $110. Want more details? Find them at This Link over on Asiatee’s website.
Click Here to read more Asiatees news on BigSquidRC.
Himoto Bowie MT Gallery
THE Losi LST XXL-2 4WD Gasoline Monster Truck Review
Hype, hype, and more hype, that has been the name of the gas game so far. The first offering, the HPI Octane, seemed to come up a bit short of all the promises. Hit the “Read More” button below to read our review of the second gas burner to hit the market, the Losi LST XXL-2 Monster Truck. Does it have enough power to be fun? Does it easily start every single time? Do you have to constantly tune it? Is it worth your hard earned cash? Make the jump to find out…
Remember our big contest where we gave one of these away a couple of weeks ago? Big props to the Pro-Line crew for hooking up one of our readers before they were officially announced.
Now that the official press release has come out, have a look at the official pictures and information. The RAM 1500 for monster truck is not only good for replacing that mangled stock body of yours, but can also bring up your bling-factor several notches. The body is fully licensed, made from genuine GE Lexan, and has some sweet scale detailing. The RAM was designed to fit the Traxxas E-Maxx/T-Maxx 3.3/Revo 3.3/Summit and the HPI Savage.
The part number is #3427-00, it is street priced at $33, and you can get full details at This Link over on Pro-Line’s website.
HERE is the first TGIF Mystery Link of the day.
Pro-line RAM 1500 MT Gallery
We finally got around to digging our Losi LST XXL 2 Gas truck out of the box, and it is a beast! Coming hot on the heals of another recently released gas truck, we are really looking forward to bashing the heck out of this thing, and seeing what that .31 gas engine can do!
As you can see it came with the oil mix for the fuel, the roto-start, some tools, a lipo battery for the truck, and a Spektrum DX2E Transmitter.
Our full review of the LST XXL 2 will be posted soon. Check out all the unboxing pictures below, and for more information click This Link over on the official LOSI website for details.
LOSI LST XXL 2 Unboxing Gallery 1
LOSI LST XXL 2 Unboxing Gallery 2
Hit the READ MORE button for all the photos!
The latest monster truck from the guys over at LRP is their S10 Blast MT 2 Brushless truck. The Blast MT has been a popular basher choice for quite some time, now it will be available with world renown LRP brushless power. Some of its features and specifications include-
* 1/10th scale 4wd chassis
* LRP Vector K7 4300kv brushless power
* Sway bars front and rear
* Splash proof servo and 2.4GHz radio system
* Front and rear steel differentials
* LRP Spin Pro RTR brushless speed controller
The part number is #120803 and you can get more details by hitting up This Link over on the official LRP website.
Click right Here for more LRP news on BigSquidRC.
LRP S10 Blast MT 2 Gallery
HPI Racing – Savage XL Octane Review
*Update: Now with Video!
The world has been waiting for almost three years since HPI Racing announced the Savage XL Octane, and it’s a good thing we were not holding our breath because we were all expecting it a little sooner. The Savage XL Octane is the first 1/8 Scale GAS monster truck to hit this the market, and a lot of people are wondering if this will be the beginning of the turn from electric vehicles dominance to a full change in the market place. Should you start saving your cash? Is the next rc vehicle you buy going to be gas? Hit the “Read More” to find out…
2014 is certainly a banner year for Monster Trucks. With the HPI Savage Octane and Losi LST XXL-2 leading the way on the gas side, and other big entries to the market like the ARRMA Kraton and Kyosho Psycho Kruiser, it’s never been a better time to be a monster truck fan.
Hobao is now teasing their latest monster truck, the Hyper MT Sport. The Hyper MT Sport is a big 8th scale electric powered truck aimed at competing with other “King of the Hill” trucks like the HPI Savage Flux and Traxxas E-Revo. Teaser pics is all we get for now, more information is coming soon. Hopefully the truck makes it here to the states under Ofna branding at some point later this year.
Get more Hobao news at This Link on BigSquidRC.
Hobao Hyper MT Sport Gallery
Hang on rc world, here comes gas.
If you have been by our BigSquidRC Facebook Group lately, then you will have seen that the HPI Savage Octane has shipped and is started to hit consumer hands. One of the members of our group, David F., has already posted a few pictures of his HPI Octane, so we thought why not show off a few more!
Savage XL Octane Gallery
We continue to hear reports of them hitting local hobby shops and popping up on eBay. While most (all?) of the trucks on the first shipment have been spoken for, there are bound to be a few that will slip through the cracks. If you want to be one of the first people to check out the gas powered Savage Octane, now is the time to land one.
Savage XL Octane Gallery
The HPI Savage Octane has a part number of #109073 and are street priced at $869. We see them being listed as high as $1200 on eBay, so good luck finding one at close to street price.
If you can’t get your hands on one.. at least you can enjoy the pictures above. While you are at it, let us know in the comments if you plan on being part of the GAS revolution or not. We’d like to know what you guys think!
The full BigSquidRC review of Savage Octane goes up next week, until then hit up This Link to check some of our other recent reviews.