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As a young kid I owned pretty much all of the toys, games & gismos from the 1970s & '80s that are now regarded as classics. Slot cars, train sets, Atari VCS, Big Trak, Astro Wars, Raleigh Grifters & Choppers etc etc...you know the drill. The only things that I wasn't really into that all of the other kids loved were BMX bikes (I preferred marauding around the streets on a Raleigh Bomber)...and Action Man. I'm not really sure why but maybe it was because the accessories that were available weren't, in my eyes, 'cool' enough.
Now, if Action Man had come with something as sweet looking as a Tamiya Fast Attack Vehicle it could all have been so different....although to be fair he did get his act together in the 1990s (see pic below) :)
This car was another one from my era that I admired. It was one of those that was featured on the summer 1985 promotional video, along with the Hotshot, Hornet, Frog, Grasshopper, Mitsubishi Pajero & Porsche 956 and it's amazing to think that they have all now been re-released. Happy days.
The other good news about this release was that a re-release Wild One was a near certainty to happen after it. This new FAV is actually in many ways just a Wild One that has been moulded into the FAV colour scheme because many of the parts that were unique to the original FAV have been replaced with Wild One items. I'm talking front arms (which were shorter on the FAV) and rollcage, along with beefed up gearbox housing that only featured on the Wild One.
For that reason I decided to source some original FAV parts such as the front arms & gearbox as I wanted to maintain some of the look of the original. The black rollcage and the fact this re-release is a slightly different shade of beige does not bother me because it still looks great and mine will be getting a proper paint job anyway. :)
If you liked those pictures, you should see these...
FAV spin-off, with a bit of extra bite.