In June 2008, TakaraTomy released the toy for the first time in Japan as part of their Encore line. This new release was slightly retooled to have a face (well, the top half of one) in the tank turret which becomes his head, although this ends up looking odd in vehicle mode.
Released in 2008 the figure comes complete with all accessories, and instructions. The figure is in great shape, no stress marks on the tabs, and has working electronics. The box does show some wear from age/storage, but will still display well.
Great figure; great price; don't miss out!