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    One of the final series I ever saw at retail for Road Champs was a series called Shock Racers with an adjustable suspension. I thought it was a neat gimmick, and the cars came with a wrench to do the adjusting. One of the more unique offerings was this Ford F-150 special edition, which pending correction I recall as Splash. It had a bit of a surfer vibe about it, and I picked up what I found, including the yellow and blue examples. Awhile back searching for Toy Fair issues I stumbled on and won this interesting model. I think it looks pretty cool.

    I have seen one of the Shock Racers models with the adjusting feature deleted, it is wrestling themed, but apart from that I've not seen any small scale Road Champs after the early 2000s. As far as I know the company faded away, so the Shock Racers were among the last models issued under that name. This is Road Champs, not Racing Champions - two very different companies.
    The image file limits have been reset. We have over-limit warnings for the past 3 months and I've had to lower the image file limits. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I know I've mentioned many times before, but it is very important to downsize images - doesn't matter if they are hosted elsewhere or here. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The new limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

    Thank you for your understanding.

  • #2
    You are correct. JAKKS Pacific gave up on the toy car industry after company founder Jack Friedman (who also founded LJN, not to be confused with Road Champs/JRI founder Jack Robbins) saw too much competition in the industry to keep Road Champs alive, and focused his attention on wrestling and superhero toys, plug & play TV games, and other popular non-diecast products.

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    • #3
      I would say that is mostly correct, but Jakks Pacific did have a hand in The Incredibles movie tie in diecast recently:

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      So my guess is they are more selective now
      The image file limits have been reset. We have over-limit warnings for the past 3 months and I've had to lower the image file limits. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I know I've mentioned many times before, but it is very important to downsize images - doesn't matter if they are hosted elsewhere or here. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The new limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

      Thank you for your understanding.

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      • #4
        I do have an example of the light blue one, I thought it was neat having the little wrench included. Road Champs had offered a lot of nice diecast through the years, any idea about the time they started, I'd almost want to guess back in the late 70's, early 80's they had their small tractor trailers, but it may have been a little later they started,

        Doug

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        • #5
          Toward the end of their run in the diecast world, Road Champs also produced 1:64 and 1:43 diecast for Old Navy stores. I haven't seen many of them around since they left the stores.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Douglas View Post
            I do have an example of the light blue one, I thought it was neat having the little wrench included. Road Champs had offered a lot of nice diecast through the years, any idea about the time they started, I'd almost want to guess back in the late 70's, early 80's they had their small tractor trailers, but it may have been a little later they started,
            Road Champs, like others, commissioned models from others to get their feet under them. If I recall, I believe some of their earliest models were rebadged Yatming, before they created their own models.
            The image file limits have been reset. We have over-limit warnings for the past 3 months and I've had to lower the image file limits. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I know I've mentioned many times before, but it is very important to downsize images - doesn't matter if they are hosted elsewhere or here. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The new limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

            Thank you for your understanding.

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