First “picture” of the Turbo Optima 2019

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The first “picture” of the Turbo Optima 2019 was today published by Kyosho Europe in connection with their preparations for the Nürnberg toy fair. When I got the confirmation from Japan of the rerelease back in November 2018, only the Shizuoka show was mentioned. Maybe not surprising as this info and schedule was for Kyosho Japan, and did not mention any plans for Kyosho Europe. In mid January I posted a follow-up to that story, again confirming that the Turbo Optima 2019 re-release was still on. By then I had also heard rumors about an even earlier release announcement than what I was first told, but as it came from a new source (in Europe) whom I never had communicated with before, I played it safe by including the sentence: “I’m still guessing February/March, but I will not be surprised if they let the cat out of the bag even earlier“. I should now probably add this person to my “trusted” list 😉 Thank you, you know who you are!

Akira Kogawa, the designer of the Turbo Optima, will NOT be at the Nürnberg fair to present it, but has plans to attend the Shizuoka show, 8th to 12th of May.

By presenting the Turbo Optima 2019 in Nürnberg (Germany) Kyosho have changed their pattern, as all other rereleases have been released short time before either the Shizuoka or the All-Japan hobby shows. However, it’s not the first time Kyosho Europe is the branch to “break” the news, as I believe they were the first to publish pictures of the rereleased Optima, as well. We still have no details about the specifics of the model, but I would expect this, together with product photos, to be released at the time of the fair. The fair starts January 30th and ends on February 3rd. If any of you readers live near Nürnberg and are planning to visit the fair, feel free to shoot some photos for me 🙂

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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. Yep, that’s a Turbo Optima under wraps!
    I wish you could see the tyres/wheels/shocks combo.
    Anyone from Germany living next to Nuremberg ?

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