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5 hours ago, Saito2 said:

I'm sure the price hike (here in the States at least) will certainly help boost sales too.:wacko:

Price hikes suck!  But are also sort of inevitable... :(

I'm not completely convinced I subscribe to the "TD4 isn't selling" point of view that many are touting.  I know locally none of the shops can keep them in stock, and online it seems to be hit-or-miss... though not really too hard to find one.  I think as a new buggy (just not a limited rere), Tamiya likely produced quite a few of these kits (and in no less than 2 variants) and as such, may have created a situation that seems foreign to many us: Cars that are easily available.  But here's the thing... RC cars are supposed to be easily available.  The last few years has seen an odd "spike" in demand in the hobby, and coupled with supply chain issues, almost anything has been hard to get.  But now that some kits are staying on the shelves, it seems the TD4 haters are quick to point figures and assume it's because the car is a flop.  One of my LHS's has probably 12 Traxxas X-Maxx trucks in stock right now, as well as a few Losi LMT's, a couple Midnight Pumpkin Black Editions, and a shelf full of Axial SCX24's.  That has been the case for MONTHS, and effectively just represents "normal" stock levels.  I've never walked into the shop once and heard people commenting on how any of those cars must suck or be over priced based on the fact that stock is available.  :lol:  

Is the TD4 polarizing?  Heck ya.  But think of how bored we'd be if EVERYONE loved it!  ;)

Is the TD4 expensive?  Also heck ya.  But what isn't?  It's cheaper than the Avante 2011 Black Edition rere will be, and more expensive than the ThunderShot rere.  The quality of the kit compared to those two probably makes the price seem in scale (in my eyes at least).  In context (which makes me want to puke...), I paid less for my TD4 kit than I did for my last 2 tanks of gas in my truck.  :o

If I wanted to complain about anything on the platform (aside from the low hanging fruit that is the incorrect wheel color and questionable body styling), it would be the price of the TD2, not the TD4.  When the TD4 came out, you could pick one up locally for $399cad.  They are now $499 most places.  But the TD2 is $399!  I know I very well could be out to lunch here, but that seems really high for the 2wd variant of the same chassis.  Heck, it's the same price here as a TLR 22 5.0 DC Race Roller... and that's a full race chassis (which the TD2 is not...).  BUT..... what do you compair the TD2 with?  Nothing really.  And so maybe it it priced accordingly?  Sort of like the TD4?

Our hobby is expensive.

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I will buy a Super Avante, if for nothing else because it's what I've been hoping Tamiya would do, their modern take on a retro buggy with proper box art. 
The body hasn't convinced me in it's swedish flag livery, but @moffman's look great, and luckily you can buy it unpainted. Dismantling most of it to get the battery in and out isn't ideal, but I can probably live with that. 

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I am really happy with mine. Agree not the best looker, but it was an great build, and I have no used in three races, and it is getting better and better. I know have all the hopups for it, and look forward to see if it ads some to the handling. But already I am really happy with it.

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15 hours ago, Robert5000 said:

I will buy a Super Avante, if for nothing else because it's what I've been hoping Tamiya would do, their modern take on a retro buggy with proper box art. 
The body hasn't convinced me in it's swedish flag livery, but @moffman's look great, and luckily you can buy it unpainted. Dismantling most of it to get the battery in and out isn't ideal, but I can probably live with that. 

Time will put the super avante in the long line of quirky buggies that tamiya have always been producing! I remember when the original hotshot appeared back in the early 80s and at our local school hall club people were commenting on how the radio gear was a pain to get to and remembering back then you had to have easy access to the receiver because changing crystals was the norm when racing! But look how fond everyone is of the hotshot (and rightly so it's a ultra cool looking buggy) and we've had numerous buggies, trucks and cars (vajra:blink:?) That tamiya's quirky division have breathed on over the years and I can only hope it continues for many years/decades to come?:D

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Nice point on the quirkiness @moffman! And when I see your Super Avante I can't help think Tamiya didn't show it from its best angle in the promotion shots. 

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15 hours ago, moffman said:

That tamiya's quirky division have breathed on over the years and I can only hope it continues for many years/decades to come?:D

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Good points. 

And more importantly how could someone look at that Hotshot and not fall in love...

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7 hours ago, GeeWings said:

Good points. 

And more importantly how could someone look at that Hotshot and not fall in love...

The only reason is they would remember they had a Boomerang at home so it would be a meaningless fling with the Hotshot...

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14 minutes ago, Jonathon Gillham said:

The only reason is they would remember they had a Boomerang at home so it would be a meaningless fling with the Hotshot...

Fair call ;)

I’ve still not purchased a Boomerang. It was the first car that was ‘mine’ after my brother officially gave it to me. I love them but feel like if I buy one now my RC collection will be complete ;)

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1 minute ago, GeeWings said:

Fair call ;)

I’ve still not purchased a Boomerang. It was the first car that was ‘mine’ after my brother officially gave it to me. I love them but feel like if I buy one now my RC collection will be complete ;)

I know that feeling, but since buying a Boomerang I have added so mamy cars to the fleet, and now want another Boomerang. The Novafox and Boomerang kicked off the rere thing for me, I have a NIB Novafox in the garage (actually need to check it didnt get ruined from the recent rain...) and really want another Boomerang, although then I might be finished and thats terrifying. I'd either need to stop or buy a bigrig and I don't have the skills of @Re-Bugged to do that justice!

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@Jonathon Gillham I’m also still holding out hope that my boomerang is in my dad’s loft. I’m pretty certain it isn’t but until I’m sure I don’t think I could buy another one.

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There’s always the option of a pre-painted Big Rig @Jonathon Gillham, you’ll have to build some of those other cars you have stashed first to make room though they are in a big box 😉

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