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  1. Official Monster Truck 2K18 Thread

    Man that's sad. I feel like the monster truck community has lost more guys in the last three years than before, and this one seriously hurts to read.
  2. Official Monster Truck 2K18 Thread

    I found an article that says it's good through 2018. http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20140311/NEWS/140319976/bkt-hooks-up-with-monster-jam Dont get your hopes up, they'll probably make a new contract, BKT is getting loads of exposure from Monster Jam
  3. Show Your Projects Chapter 59

    I love these trucks/paints I've been seeing around here. Keep up the great works guys! I can't remember SYP being this active for a long time
  4. Official Monster Truck "Silly Season" 2K17 Thread

    I had a thought: what if Hot Wheels keeps making trucks, just not ones that run with MJ, or ones that aren't licensed with MJ? Like Bigfoot, Ballistic, etc. MJ doesn't owns the molds HW uses. Or what if Hot Wheels signs a contract with Monster Nationals or Throwdown? That'd be pretty sweet.
  5. Official Monster Truck "Silly Season" 2K17 Thread

    I'm gonna rant so long post incoming I'm actually surprised people didn't see this coming, Mattel's agreement had expired in 2012 and MJ extended it until 2018, so there was some warning to this possibly happening. Yet I'm also surprised MJ is just dumping Hot Wheels. I mean seriously, those guys have done some impressive stuff in the last two years. And this was obviously just a move for more money. Heres what sucks about this, if all the collectors who've been loyal fans and have been giving MJ/Hot Wheels our money for 17 years didn't buy the new toys, MJ wouldn't care, they'd have a new generation of kids growing up to buy the new toys for ten years until they do the same to them to gain revenue. I do wonder how short Mattel's leash has been and for how long. I mean the 2015 line wasn't great, the 2016 line was great and the 2017 line was even better. Unless Mattel dropped MJ, which wouldn't make sense because the die casts have been a money maker. The only way they've lost money is probably with all the extra toys. The other way this might of happened was MJ selling the rights to the highest bidder, with Mattel finding the bid not worth it and Spin Masters finding a license worth it as they know it'll cash in, however, I wonder if they've anticipated all of the HW fans to resist it this much. Maybe, just maybe Bigfoot will get an agreement with Hot Wheels. And maybe they'd keep the same molds so that they become compatible with the ones sold from 2000-2017. They did it with Traxxas. That would really stir up Felds pot. Do it Bob, you've got nothing to lose. People will buy Bigfoot toys if they stay consistent with what Mattels been selling us. Honestly though these Instagrammers are taking this wayyyy to far. They've renamed their accounts to things like f*** Feld and are just going off, somehow finding a way to scream through the keyboard. They're worried that Scott will be fired (which won't happen, he's one of MJ's best drivers, and if he goes, then there is some serious internal issues at MJ). Some people are selling off their collections (which you shouldn't, just because they won't be made doesn't mean they aren't worth still keeping). And I'd never buy new toys, I'm not trying to be stubborn, but I've collected these because they're Hot Wheels. And I've been collecting for as long as I can remember. And for the sake of consisitency, but I'm sure these new toys would never be the same as Hot Wheels. And shoot, I've just realized something. MJ has gotten a lot of free publicity with all of these collectors and you tubers showing off their collections, which brings in more customers. With all of these public collectors (especially the ones who do the "sign up series") saying they won't buy new ones, MJ loses that publicity and their new toy line won't have much momentum. Until this new generation that they're banking on gets old enough to begin promoting the toys themselves (which will be 10 years, conveniently the same time the new license runs for) there won't be much of anything for these new toys except for the little kids, and MJ will have to begin promoting their toys themselves full time, as all the previous HW collectors won't buy the new ones and the kids buying them won't have youtubes/social media. At least this whole situation doubles my collection value.
  6. Show Your Projects Chapter 58

    That track looks awesome. I'd recommend looking around for 2005-2007 banners for that track, I feel like they'd fit it best. I'd also recommend re-texturing some of the ramps, the dirt texture is coming off as 'skewed' on some of the ramps. Otherwise looks pretty good!
  7. Official Monster Truck "Silly Season" 2K17 Thread

    That and the truck has all the sponsors that Morey runs (Bubba Burger and UNOH)
  8. Show Your Projects Chapter 58

    I think that if you could find a way to add red LED lights (I think it's just glow - there's a few other tucks on the site that have it) underneath the truck similar to escalade or Crusader and some red glow to the eyes, it would look pretty sweet. Just a suggestion. It looks wicked too, great work.
  9. Official Monster Truck "Silly Season" 2K17 Thread

    I'll admit that Bryce has been better since the World Finals, but maybe it's that he's better in stadiums over arenas.
  10. Show Your Projects Chapter 58

    Can we please rename this thread to "show your repitive meme that only people from sim monsters would understand"
  11. Fun Run 7/16/17 @ 6:30 PM EST East Rutherford 2017

    Sorry, but I think I won't make it.
  12. The unfortunate part about Bigfoot drivers is that they can perform at the same level of Dennis Anderson but they don't get the same exposure.
  13. I see your point but monster trucks have been in Canada for decades. Monster Jam has been going to Toronto since the late 90s and I think USA Motorsports did events in Vancouver for a while in the early-mid 90s, not to mention Canadian drivers like Don Frankish, Linsey Weenk, and Nathan Weenk. But I'd agree in saying that McQueen is a huge Canadian influence for monster trucks.
  14. "You won't believe number 1"
  15. Who are the top 10 most influential drivers, announcers, mechanics, whatever? Here's my list: 1) Bob Chandler - Built the first monster truck and continues to evolve the monster truck. 2) Dennis Anderson - Made the most successful monster truck, easily has the biggest fan base, and has numerous championships, awards, etc. 3) Dan Runte - Easily the best man to ever drive a monster truck, only thing putting him behind Dennis is that Dennis made his own brand. Runte has won numerous championships, awards, and holds many records. 4) Tom Meents - Has pushed monster trucks to the limit and continues to push the limit. Holds more World Championships than any other driver. 5) Dan Patrick - Not the best driver, but his PEI chassis is still being used and he has easily influenced chassis design. PEI chassis have won World Finals Championships and have easily stood the test of time. 6) Army Armstrong - Easily the most iconic voice from the 80s/90s and the Monster Truck Madness Games. 7) Scott Douglas - Monster truck TV commentator since the late 80s, commented Monster Jam episodes from 1997 to 2016. I'm sure many of us grew up listening to his voice. 8) Jack Willman - Was a dominate driver and monster truck pioneer in the 80s/early 90s and many trucks today run a Willman chassis. 9) Gary Porter - Created the Carolina Crusher, dominate driver from the late 80s to 2017. While he doesn't have any World Championships, he is always a top contender and has been very consistent, plus he is a Hall of Fame Inductee. 10) Jim Koehler - His trucks are the toughest and he pushes them harder than anyone else. Easily the second-best independent team next to Bigfoot. I was debating putting Paul Cohen here but went with Koehler, as Koehler is more successful in terms of racing and developing a pretty top-notch team with a smaller budget than Feld. Honorable Mention: Madusa - Most successful female to drive monster trucks, Charlie Pauken - Has piloted a couple different trucks and can always win, Andy Brass - One of Bigfoot's most successful racers, multiple championships, Paul Cohen - Piloted a couple different trucks and has been to a few World Finals, although his Cohen chassis has been used by Feld and independents alike. Paul Shafer - Love him or hate him, his team was dominate throughout the mid-late 90s and his trucks have won big in the early years of MJ. Plus his team is still operating, although considerably less, today. Fed Shafer - Made the Bear Foot name and dominated in the 90s. Although he sold Bear Foot, the truck is still racing today and has lasted since the 80s. This list was pretty tough to make, there's more guys obviously such as Pezo and Creten, but I was going for which drivers would leave the biggest legacies in monster truck racing.
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