Last I heard, they were still shooting for this summer to get the parts supply back on track and then the Venture and other new releases later this year. They did get all three Jumpshots released so that's something at least. I have the Jumpshot MT. It's a great little truck and an absolute hoot to drive. Frank is still filming their videos and occasionally posts on their Drivetribe channel so they are still there and working.
It does bother me to see the stock taking so long to return when Arrma can announce a new truck and have it on the LHS shelves by the next week. You have to wonder just what the heck is going on over there.
Whatever happens, I'll support them until the end. I've been running their stuff for 20+ years and will continue to do so until the parts run out.
I've looked into this A LOT. and no no no. hpi doesn't outsource it's production to clone manufactures. Their trucks are made at a factory in taiwan, it's called king star. Every rc manufacturer except for traxxas uses this company. From losi to hpi to axial to proline. The cloners are chinese, and have no affiliation. King star is very illusive and they do not advertise, and are very secretive. just wanted to clear the air. some people on here are spouting total ignorance on this front.
Take a close look at these pics. and see if you can find a single *@*@*@*@*@ or king motor box. i do spot hpi savages bajas losi fives. proline boxes. I found these pics on a blog of one of the worker's, among his mountain bike pics, and his sweet 2002 bmw restoration project. just though it was interesting. maybe you guys do too.
So, here's the issue. Kingstar folded and HPI and others had and/or are having a difficult time retrieving their moulds from the now defunct KingStar for various needed parts, especially for the Baja, hence they being out of stock everywhere. This, plus being acquired by RipMax and made it a very lengthy and difficult journey to resume production on many needed parts