I think tamiya is more about banking on it more then selling it cheap to true racers...
gotta remember this...this is a WHOLE NEW mold...this car is all new they spent there time and money and tamiya experts to design this whole new car.. for them to sell it the same price of the m03 and m04 (which is around 100-130) they would sell a butt load....but if they sell them for $190+ there going to sell like hotcakes STILL and bank off of the product even more...and look at the m03r, it was a hopped up chassis ALONE and that sold for 160+..
since this a all new car and no parts are based off the older cars then its well worth it. and if it sells alot, I hope it stays around like the m03.
I believe tamiya got upset on how the m03 took corners and made this car to take faster quicker turns. no weight on top and better shock angle in the front... those two things just scream huge improvement..what do you think?
also everything loooww.
and yes it would be cool going over seas just to check this car out! but ill save my chips now and wait