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When I got back into this hobby in 2004 the re-release phenomenon was only just starting and, since I left the hobby the first time around in 1989, I wasn't particularly familiar with the Top Force. So for that reason, when the kit got it's first re-release in 2006, I wasn't blown away with excitement at the prospect of it coming back. I still went ahead and bought one however, but for a while afterwards I still wasn't convinced it was a keeper for me. So a few years later, I sold it.
As time went on afterwards though I began to realise that I had made a big mistake. First of all, I started to appreciate how great this buggy can look from certain angles but the clincher for me was actually seeing how these things perform on the track, when I went to some race meetings. This, I came to realise, was one of the truly high performing vintage buggies from Tamiya...and one that could actually give the Schumachers, Associateds & Kyoshos from that era a decent run for their money.
So as the years have gone on I have planned to get hold of another kit and I have actually suspected for a while that Tamiya would re-re-release it, mainly because they released the 2006 effort too early in the game....and it only got something like a 4 month production run at that time. So to see the news early this year that they finally decided to give the kit the 'Third Coming' treatment was a real buzz.
Now all they need to do is bring back the Evo. Fingers crossed for news of that one within the next 18 months. :-)