We created a ton of new structural and motion components for various HEXBUG VEX Robotics kits since the current iteration of the IQ 1st generation kit was unveiled in 2014.* Those squishy balloon tires were originally available in various HEXBUG VEX Robotics kits like this one:
The new 2nd generation full IQ Competition Kit contains a large assortment of all of the interesting and useful (for VIQC) parts from these HEXBUG VEX Robotics kits, especially those that were not previously available in IQ add-on packs.
We also created a variety of additional new parts for the 2nd generation IQ Competition Kit to complement these existing parts and fill in any gaps in functionality, such as more linear motion parts, the larger drop cam and follower, the new hybrid (spur+bevel combo) gears, etc. Besides the IQ Competition Spare Parts Kit, we’ll also be offering many of these new structural and motion IQ parts in new add-on packs in the coming months.
*Technically there was an IQ “1/2 generation” kit from 2013 to early 2014, which contained the maroon pins and gears. We improved a lot of those parts and tweaked the kit contents in 2014 when we changed the pins and gears to the standard IQ blue color, which became the standard IQ 1st generation Super Kit from 2014 until 2021.