Archive | January 2014

Nikko Off Road Tiger (1983)

Nikko Off Road TigerYellow dune buggies always look great, and the Off Road Tiger from Nikko is no exception. This was a 1/10 scale dune buggy designed for both on and off road fun, thanks to shiftable gears and lots of rugged detail. Read More…

Lost Hobby Shops: Uncle Pete’s Toys

Uncle Pete's Toys

Uncle Pete's ToysIn the 1980s, Uncle Pete’s Toys was the toy shop that every kid who lived around Sydney wanted to visit.

While a few smaller Uncle Pete’s Toys stores still exist today, back in the 80s they were dubbed Australia’s first “toy supermarkets” and were packed floor-to-ceiling with toy and hobby gold for all ages.

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Africa Eco-Race – the new rally to Dakar

Africa Eco Race 2014

Africa Eco Race 2014Did you know that right now there’s a rally in Africa called the “Africa Eco Race”, featuring motorbikes, cars, trucks and even buggies like this?

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Tamiya Monster Beetle (1986)

Tamiya Monster Beetle

Tamiya Monster Beetle1986 was a big year for big toy monster trucks.

And combining their high-rise, go anywhere looks with the evergreen shape of a VW Beetle resulted in yet another hit for the Japanese model company Tamiya.

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“The Winch”, by Matsushiro (1984)

Matsushiro The Winch

Matsushiro The Winch“The Winch” by Matsushiro was a versatile, toy-grade 4WD Toyota Landcruiser of high quality and with some unique features. It was a very cool little off-roader with just about everything a kid could want in an R/C 4×4, back in the 1980s.

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