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All valid points I've been reading and good honest opinions👍 can't disagree with any of them but I just love this hobby (and excellent forum) for what I get out of it which is a light hearted past time which when I'm in the middle of it wrenching or buying etc my worldly problems disappear and nothing else matters for that few hours or so😍, so I always look at new releases as a positive weather its comical or re-colours is all good to me although the comical models are not my thing🤔 my one critical rant is to be more reliable with the release dates🤯!!

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Just my tuppence but I think that the coloured versions are for the Japanese collector mindset more than anything.

The style of Tamiya drivers reflect that this is a Japanese oriented company above everything. 

To me, the comical buggies are more aimed at kids as their first RC - moving up from the smaller scale race track stuff - rather than middle aged enthusiasts. I like them though. 

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^This is a very good point, are Tamiya doing market research on a global and national level? I hear time & time again that the devoted western customers aren’t getting the product they really want!

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if I understand correctly, this is  just a recolor of the 2015 MB. I can see the "first-thing-to-break" side mirrors, so I'll assume it's got the extra Scorcher body holes and no rear windscreen. Pass!

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On ‎5‎/‎21‎/‎2019 at 8:38 PM, Juggular said:

What happened in 2012?  Over 120 models?  (I'm not keeping up with on-road, tanks, trucks)

Good question! I've tried to figure it out, but I'm not really able to conclude. What I could find which is a bit special for 2012, is:

Particularly many CW-01's were released (10, including 5 versions of the Unimog).

Many DT-02's: 8

Many otherwise identical cars were released both on the TT-01E and the cheaper TT-01ES chassis. However, of all releases in 2012, the percentage of TT-01 models were smaller than the percentage of TT-01 and TT-02 models in 2013. (which I think is valid comparison as the TT-02 was released in 2013 as the replacement for the TT-01).

I did a couple of diagrams to visualize 2012 in comparison to other years:

1st diagram: kits vs. "factory built" (XB, XBS and other non-kit models). Nothing special about 2012.

kit vs xb.jpg

2nd diagram: number of different chassis types released in 2012 vs. 2011 and 2013. I had to group the chassis types (ie. TT-01E, ED, ES all as TT-01E and M06S, M06M, M06L all as M06) as it would otherwise be a lot more difficult to "read" the diagram.

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3rd diagram: as the 2nd diagram, but in percentage instead of quantity, showing clearly the special contribution of the TT-01E, CW-01 and DT-02 in 2012).

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On ‎5‎/‎21‎/‎2019 at 5:07 PM, S-PCS said:

 How many of those "new" releases shared the exact same platform? Might be interesting to adjust that chart for new platforms only. 

I've looked into that. Distinguishing between models on really new chassises and evolutions of existing chassises is a matter of definition thoough. For instance, somebody will consider the Boomerang as "new", whereas others will see it as just an evolution of the Hotshot. I have been very strict in my definitions in the charts below, so others would surely end up with a higher portion of "new" models.  Regardless of how it's done, it's clear that the ratio of really new models was higher back in the 70's and 80's, but the difference between the 90's, 00's and 10's

In Qty.:

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In %:

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When first at it, I did a couple of other diagrams to visualize a couple of characteristics of Tamiya's RC models:

 

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