Posts Tagged: hobbytown stores

RadioShack Is Back and HobbyTown Is Helping Them Get There

There is quite a bit of activity taking place in the toy industry…behind the scenes. One great, emerging story is the comeback of RadioShack and how HobbyTown is working with them to make that happen. I learned about this from the New York Post’s Lisa Fickenscher in her article, “RadioShack’s comeback is taking shape”.

RadioShack currently has 400 stores but according to Fickenscher they are largely in rural locations.  Now, RadioShack will be opening “Express Stores” inside 50 HobbyTown stores. The plan, if successful, is to eventually expand out to all 140 of the hobby retailers stores.

Congratulations to Bob Wilke, HobbyTown President, for seeing the opportunity and moving aggressively to take advantage of it. And congratulations to Radio Shack for getting off the mat and back into the ring.

Bob has told me that HobbyTown is expanding its range of toys and is looking for new franchisees. Now, by offering consumers an opportunity to find all those electronic odds and ends you can only only find in a RadioShack, he is making that franchise opportunity more attractive.

More good stories to come.

Richard Gottlieb

Global Toy Experts

HobbyTown Builds on Its Strengths, Predicts a Strong 2016

HobbyTown is a business you and your family can be proud to own. We have become the foremost resource and destination for family fun and entertainment by embracing, supporting and maximizing the strengths and diversity of each Franchise Owner.

We showed strong growth in 2015 with the addition of twelve new stores. From Texas to South Dakota, Pennsylvania to California and many states in between, it was a great year for hobbyists and the Franchise Owners who share their passion. With six brand new stores and six new co-branded locations, we’re headed in the right direction.

2016 is here, and we are excited to add even more stores to the HobbyTown family. We are looking at opening multiple stores for at least six existing owners in Wisconsin, Louisiana, Michigan and Texas. Three others have signed agreements in the works, with three more already looking at locations. Plus, there are five existing independent hobby stores that are planning to co-brand with HobbyTown this year as well.

All in all, 2015 was strong and 2016 is looking even stronger. Become part of a proven system for successful hobby retailing. Hobby On!

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Grand Opening of Two New HobbyTown Stores


We recently celebrated the Grand Opening weekends for two new HobbyTown stores. The Grand Opening celebrations were in Waterloo, IA and in McAllen, TX. Congratulations to Franchise Owners Craig and Ron on their new stores. Welcome to HobbyTown.

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Ethos FPV Quad Now Available at HobbyTown

RTF (AZSZ2550) – $299.99 & WOT (AZSZ2552) – $269.99

Large Quad, HD Quality FPV Video, One Package
The Ares Advantage Ethos FPV is the ideal platform for budget-minded customers in the market for a large quad to take high-quality FPV video. The large size of the Ethos FPV makes it easy to see in flight and the Aegis 6-axis Flight Stability System (FSS) gives it the control you need to get the quality footage you want. A high-quality camera that films 720p HD video at 30 FPS comes installed on the Ethos FPV along with an Anti-Vibration Mount that helps hold the camera steady so you can avoid shakes and bumps in your video footage. The signal from the camera is sent to a 4 ½ inch LCD screen that mounts directly to the transmitter and receives the live feed. Also included is an Anti-Glare Shield that frames the screen to eliminate glare when flying and filming on bright, sunny days. The Ethos FPV even comes with a high speed SD memory card and a USB card reader so you can view your videos and photos nearly anywhere. With all these features coming standard on the Ethos FPV, it’s easy to see why it’s the fastest route to quality FPV aerial video!

When you’re ready to take a break from filming and just have some fun, the Ethos FPV has you covered. Like its little brother, the Ares QX 130, the Ethos FPV comes with an integrated LED light system and is capable of doing 360° flips at the touch of a button. Plus, the same fun accessories (Rocket Launcher, Water Blaster, Bubble Machine, and Winch Unit) that can be purchased separately for the QX 130 – also work with the Ethos FPV!

The Ethos FPV is RTF (Ready-To-Fly), so it arrives 100% factory-assembled. Everything needed to fly and take FPV video is included in the box. In addition to the Ethos FPV airframe, camera, and anti-vibration mount, you get a 2.4GHz standard size 4-channel transmitter (with 2 additional channels to control the camera), the 4 ½ inch LCD screen that attaches to the transmitter and receives the FPV video signal, the Anti-Glare Shield, a 1200mAh 2-cell 25C LiPo battery, an AC charger for convenient charging from almost any outlet, a high speed SD card and reader, and even the AA batteries needed to power up the transmitter. With nothing extra to buy, you can begin flying the Ethos FPV and taking quality aerial videos within minutes of opening the box!

The Ethos FPV will be available in HobbyTown stores nationwide, at, and at

Product Specifications
Length: 11.5’’ (292.1mm)
Length including rotors: 18.75’’ (476.25)
Height: 5” (127mm)
Rotor Diameter: 7.75” (196)
Weight with Battery: 11 oz. (312 grams)
Motors: 350 brushed motors with ball bearings on the prop shaft to minimize wear on the motors
Battery: 2s 7.4v 1200mAh 25C LiPo
Charger: 2S LiPo 600mAh AC charger
Transmitter: 2.4 GHz, 4-channel flight function, 2-channels for camera operation
LCD Screen: 4½ inch diagonal LCD screen
On-Board Electronics: 5-in-1 control board
SD Card: 4GB memory, C4 Data Transmission Speed (DTS)

Photo resolution: 1600 x 12 JPEG
AVI Video resolution: 720p = 1280×720 pixels (16:9), 30 FPS