I picked this kit up yesterday...
Despite the comments in this brief review, which seem to imply some new figures (as also discussed on Plane Talking as Revell considered airbrushing out the crew shown on the box art and not having any figures).
Here is what you do get...
The box art is very well done and the large, fairly sturdy box replicates the Renwal Blue Print series box lid and side panels. Tantalizingly they show a drawing of the Atomic Cannon and photos of the Nike Missile and Skysweeper AA gun.
This is a fairly large kit in 1/32 scale and the pumpkin orange plastic parts come in two large bags. Molding is pretty rough, as there is a lot of flash on pretty much every part. Lots of mold knock out pin marks too. Of course they are all in obvious places like the inside of the doors and hatchs. Some are impossible to fill, like the ones inside the entrenching spade, in between all the rib detail! And, yes, you get the pretty awful Renwal figures. They are not even as good as old Marx toy soldiers of the same vintage.
The original Renwal kit had pretty bad tracks, and these are the same for the reissue (expected) although the soft black plastic seems pretty nice and the tracks should lay a lot better on the model, as the old ones were super stiff and springy (and would also crack).
The kit says you get two decal options... I guess this is technically true except you get two identical sets of markings, just one in black and one in white. Use the white ones, as the M55 was in service from the 50s through the early 70s and did not use modern style low vis markings (the black stars are giant anyway as its the same sheet as the white ones). The white decals don't match the original kit decals either (much simpler sheet with less markings and detail). They don't obviously match the box art.
Instructions are sadly not the original Renwal style either. The kit, like all of the Renwal tanks, had "no show cement" instructions. The kits were engineered in a way where in most cases the glue joints were hidden if you applied cement where indicated in blue ink on the original instructions. The box still talks about the no show design, but no mention of the original assembly sequence and no show areas are in the simple instruction sketches. The painting guide is basic and somewhat inaccurate as they show a 1980s MERDEC style camo pattern, when most service M55s would be OD.
Post War US tanks seem to be a pretty dark OD. In past years, I used Pactra OD, which is now no longer available. Tamiya now has a nice shad in both acrylic jars and spray paints... JGSDF Olive. Yup, Japan Ground Self Defense Force Olive is a nice match for the dark US shade from Vietnam.
Not a "bad" reissue but its to bad the original instructions and decals are not included. Obviously the kit is aimed at an older audience who remembers Renwal from 50 years ago, so I dont know why Revell felt they needed to include childish, modern instructions. Obviously the retro stuff works well for Moebius, Atlantis, Monarch etc. who put out Aurora style kits with the old type instructions and artwork.
MSRP is about $29 USD. Its not cheap but its 2011 and not 1962 either. It is a limited reissue as well.