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The folks from ARRMA have finally announced the new brushless versions of their line of vehicles. We have been waiting on this for a while! Their new line has BLX attached to the name. So the ARRMA Granite BLX will be the brushless version. The new versions promise TONS of improvements over the previous models as well like waterproof ESCs and servos.

Here are a few shots of the ARRMA booth at the Nuremberg Toy Fair. Notice the awesome Basher Approved Logos!

In these shots you can also get a look at their new controller, and a line of -hop-up parts! Looking forward to those and that wheelie bar!

Grabbed a few images off the ARRMA site.

Looking for more ARRMA News? or maybe want to see why they have that Basher Approved Logo in their booth?

Our man Igor posted a few short Nuremberg Toy Fair videos up for us to enjoy. We have the Traxxas XO-1 on their custom Dyno showing off some top speed numbers. We then have the MCD Brushless 1/5 scale Race Runner V4 leaving some rubber on the carpeting. And finally the Böhm Stirling Car A4 which was this crazy steam powered contraption.

Traxxas XO-1 Dyno Test Video

Don’t forget to click past the break to see the other videos


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As we start to wrap up our coverage of the Nuremberg Toy Fair, we bring you a few more booth tours. These shots are from the 1/5th scale masters.. FG. You can see the huge Castle motor conversion in one of their new vehicles. I bet that thing can move! The exploded view shot after the break is also pretty cool.

More pics after the break…


Cubby Hey ya guys, welcome to yet another wonderful week in our lovely hobby, and thanks yet again for reading BigSquid.

39 days, 15 hours, 18 minutes and 51 seconds till the cars roll off for the season opener in Formula 1. Just say’n…

If you are a noob and have ever wondered “What is the biggest rc race in the world?”, well the answer is Snowbirds and it was held last week down in Florida. Snowbirds routinely pulls over 800 entries, enough entries where they run the on road classes during the day, and oval classes overnight, yes indeed the racing goes on 24 hours a day! The heavy hitters of the on road world were in attendance this year- Lemieux, Blackstock, Hebert, Haynes, and Matsukura just to name a few. Props to all the peeps that raced Snowbirds this year- for living the lifestyle and being core enough to keep on road alive through this rough patch it is having at the local level. On road rc racing will make a come back at some point that is for sure, I only wonder what the catalyst will be that breathes new life into it?

The second most uber rc hobby show on the planet (with America’s iHobby leading the way) also went off last week, the German “Toy Fair” in Nuremburg. Luckily for us our homey Igor was there to shoot pics, rub elbows with the “in” crowd, drink fine beverages, and generally live the life of an rc journalist. I don’t talk much about Igor, he’s kind of the quiet but deadly type, but to boil it down he splits his time between Germany and the Chicago metro (seriously, I’m not just making that up like I do most of the stuff in THE Cub Report). Anywhos, the BSRC front page has been filled with his coverage of the show last week, props to Igor for work’n his butt off so all us rc nerds can see what the rc companies are up to.

So, to boil it down, what was the biggest news from the Nuremberg show?

1. HPI 8th scale gas engine- I’ve already gone over this one, it might be the best thing since sliced bread, or it might be an epic fail, we’ll see.
2. Hot Bodies/HPI Comp Crawler- MOA (motor on axle) full comp crawler from the HPI crew. About time a big name gave Axial some competition.
3. Traxxas 16th scale Grave Digger- 4wd 2WD, big brushed motor, and monster truck tires should make this reincarnation of the 16th Revo chassis a blast to thrash.
4. Axial Ridgecrest- For those of you who like bash’n crawlers, this one’s for you. It’s not a comp rig, it’s set-up for having loads of fun.

Also from the Nuremberg show- one of the guys in the Carisma booth was wearing a way super dope t-shirt. On the back it read “… If you shout at the marshals you’re only identifying yourself as the moron who crashed”. Now that is freak’n awesome! That t-shirt alone makes me want to support the Carisma guys. For you noobs who don’t know who Carisma is- they sell some product under their own label, of which they are probably known best for their mini scale racers right now, but they also do a lot of OEM work for others brands. Chances are you probably own/have owned several buggies/trucks made by Carisma but never knew it.

Robin Schumacher is a remarkably cool guy that puts out some killer product. The Schu crew was showing off new upgrades to their 2wd Cougar SV2 off road buggy and Mi4 CXL touring car at the Toy Fair. I wish Schu still had an office and made more a push here in the states, they do have some cool gear… just say’n…

On a different note…

For our “Tuesday Review” this week we’ll be featuring the Duratrax Evader Brushless 2.4 GHz RTR. This truck runs about $250 smackers and while I didn’t get a lot of trigger time with it, it seemed like a fun basher when I drove it (read- attempted to destroy it). Brian and Bill beat the heck out of our test unit, so check back Tuesday to see what they broke and if it is worth your cash.

Also… this Wednesday night I’m inviting you, yes YOU (read- Y O U) to join the entire BSRC crew on our forums for a good ole’ fashioned bench racing/smack talk’n/BS session. Brian, Bill, Jeff, Adam, Evan, and yes, even I will be there. At 10 pm CST (it’s all about CST here because most of the BSRC crew lives in the Midwest, sorry East Coasters) Brian will start up a “Wednesday Night Smack Talk’n Thread” where we’ll be talk’n about whatever comes to mind. So if you’ve ever wanted to give us hell, give us suggestions, or simply wanna read the ridiculousness that is bound to come out of our mouths (read- fingers) feel free to check it out. We want to hang out and have some fun, so come join us, we’ll try not bore you to death. To boil it down- Wednesday, 10 pm CST, on the BigSquid forums, see ya there.

That’s it folks. Support your local hobby shops (<- Seriously), tracks and bash spots!

YOUR Cub Reporter

serpent cobra gt

Another super high-end rc company is Serpent. These guys always have vehicles that make you say wow. Their booth at the Nuremberg Toy Fair had some great new vehicles. The Serpent Cobra GT body is just awesome, their F1 stuff is pretty cool, and those buggies and truggies look ready for action. Enjoy the pics!

Don’t forget to click past the break to see the other serpent pics!


Carisma Igor

Our own Igor P. posing with the guys from Carisma Racing at the Nuremberg Toy Fair. Some highlights to look for in the pictures, the big yellow rims on the VW Baja, the GT14, Ivan’s awesome shirt, the Golf and Touareg prototypes, as well as their GT14B.

More pics after the break…


hpi xg engine

We recently posted the announcement of the 1/8 scale HPI eXtreme Gas (XG) Engine. Then Cubby did a Special Report, and now we bring you all the XG photos from the HPI booth at the Nuremberg Toy Fair.

You can see in a few of these photo’s the rapid prototype exhaust systems, and some of the boxes that will hold the batteries for running the electronics needed.

Make sure to click more to see a bunch more pictures.

hb competition rock crawler

It was recently announced, and now we have some shots from the Nuremberg Toy Fair of the new HB Competition Rock Crawler. These shots show what the crawler looks like in rapid prototype form. This is a quick way to make parts and prototypes while giving you a good idea of what the product will look like, but rapid prototypes are usually pretty fragile.

It’s going to take a while to get used to the HB instead of Hot Bodies, but they are off to a good start under the HB name.

Catch all of our Nuremberg coverage by hitting this Nuremberg Toy Fair Link .

mcd toy fair booth

Tired of all the little 1/10th and 1/8th stuff? The MCD Racing booth was packed with 1/5th scale goodness Nuremberg Toy Fair. Highlights include the prototype vehicle with the 2 Tekin motors, and some Castle Creations conversion kits. Even their electric versions need brakes to help slow these huge things down.

More pics after the break…


Stopping by the Team XRAY booth at the Nuremberg Toy Fair, it was exactly what you would expect. Ultra high-end off-road and on-road that just makes you drool. We took a TON of pictures, so make sure to click the read-more to see the whole set!


schumacher cougar

Stopping by the Schumacher booth at the Nuremberg Toy Fair we were able to meet us with a good friend of Big Squid, Mr. Robin Schumacher. We have known Robin for a few years now, and it’s always good talking with him. He showed us the new Cougar SV2, check out that top deck! Also the new onroad Mi4 CXL. Also in their booth a few other items they distribute over there, like the new EDS tools (we loved the EDS stuff in a review we did years ago). They also had the Contact racing tires, and Speed Passion Reventon system.

Catch all of our Nuremberg coverage by hitting this Nuremberg Toy Fair Link .

Traxxas 1:16 Grave Digger

New from Traxxas is the 1/16th scale Grave Digger! We spotted it here at the Nuremberg Toy Fair. Looks like it’s going to ship brushed with the Titan 12T, but knowing Traxxas, a VXL version is probably not far behind.

Traxxas 1:16 Grave Digger

You can see it will have the green highlight parts just like it’s big brother.

Catch all of our fair coverage by hitting this Nuremberg Toy Fair Link .

Here are some pics from the RB booth at the Nuremberg Toy Fair. Some interesting items, their new electric prototype buggy that was under glass. Looks pretty sleek, but hard to tell what’s under there. For the nitro guys, check out their new tuned pipe with no springs or rubber coupler! The pipes lock in together with a twist. Their latest nitro buggy is looking good also.

Catch all of our Nuremberg coverage by hitting this Nuremberg Toy Fair Link .