Turbo Scorpion re-release finally coming

After being announced by Kyosho back in September 2016, it finally seems like the re-release of the iconic Turbo Scorpion will soon hit the stores. According to reliable sources, the Turbo Scorpion (#30616) will go on sale in late March or early April, some seven months after the original announcement. It’s not clear, at this time, what has been the cause of the delay, but unconfirmed rumors say there has been a hold up due to intellectual rights related to a sub-contractor going out of business.

Under “normal” circumstances, and according to Kyoshos previous re-release timeline, it should now had been time for the next “Legendary Series” re-release, but it’s unclear if that’s going to happen any time soon, or if they have re-scheduled that. This year it’s 30 years since Joel Johnsons legendary World Champion title with the Ultima, and there have been strong rumors that the Ultima will be celebrated this year with its own re-release. Apparently Joel Johnsons restored original WC’87 Ultima has been at Kyosho for a promotional photo shoot in preparation for that re-release.

For those waiting on a Optima Mid re-release, it has been confirmed that Kyosho have not yet ordered work to begin on that, as they are still undecided (as of January 2017) if they will go forward with re-releasing that model, this according to the same sources.

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I have been into RC cars since the beginning of the 80's, but have really never been much of a racer. I competed in some local races and some "Tamiya Cups", and actually came 6th in the Tamiya Cup Norwegian Nationals in 1987. My main interest has always been building and modifying, and that's where I still am today. Through the years I have been able to build a solid network of contacts around the world, consisting of both former and current members of the industry, as well as quite a few of the former top drivers. I have a genuine interest for the history of the 1/10 scale off-road buggies from the 80's.


  1. It is now believed that Kyosho have moved some of the production of the re-release parts from Taiwan to mainland China, thus fueling the rumors that problems with a sub-contractor are to blame for the delay of the Turbo Scorpion re-release.

  2. I never thought this would happen ? We are really lucky to be able to run these cars again, my first racecar was a Kyosho beetle and since then a Kyosho fan. I will collect and run all their rere’s and revive the good old days. Maybe a cat too but Javelin and optima mid would be on my wishlist. Good info on the Ultima

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