Zebb, I sort have just gone through a similar thing, I was a little into R/C when I was in my early teens, and have just gotten back into it. Two years ago while I was out in Calgary for work, I decided to stop into a hobby store to take a look around. Well I left with a Losi mini-lst, it is a very fun little monster truck (1:18) scale, very quick and comes ready to run. While I was there I remember seeing the Kyosho Blizzard, and have wanted one since back in my early days of R/C and I was kicking myself until last week, when I went ahead and ordered on for myself.
Since I already had the mini-lst, I first thought that I could use the electronics, well, I could have, but buying an additional servo, and a speed control, I was better off to buy a full radio set, which was the Futaba 2PL, which includes the transmitter, electronic speed control, and a servo.
Next I needed a battery, I just asked at my LHS what they had, and picked up a basic 1500mAh battery for 19.99, and a Prophet Plus charger. My understanding is that the higher the mAh rating of the battery, the more power it provides the motor, essentially making the vehicle faster.
I ended up ordering my Blizzard from www.hobbywholesale.com
, they were the only online Canadian site that I could find that listed it in stock and let me order it online. The day after I placed the order I recieved a call from them to let me know they didn't have it in stock, but would only take about a week for them to get it in for me. And also they could not honour the price listed on their site and it had not been updated recently, I was fine with that, because I still got it cheaper that going through Ebay, or ordering from the US.
All said and done, if you have to buy all new gear, including the vehicle itself, you are looking at about $500cdn.
My Blizzard should be here next week, I can't wait, we've had a ton of snow here in Ottawa in the last two days!