As the 1990s began, Japanese toy manufacturer Taiyo’s latest sensation, the rubber tracked ‘Fast Traxx’ would go on to become one of their biggest hits.
A 1/10 scale dune buggy from Nikko, designed for both on and off road fun thanks to shiftable gears and lots of rugged detail.
1986 was a big year for big toy monster trucks. And combining their high-rise looks with the evergreen shape of a VW Beetle resulted in a hit for Tamiya.
“The Winch” by Matsushiro was a versatile, toy-grade 4WD Toyota Landcruiser of high quality and with some unique features.
Small but fast – the Nikko Night Stalker was a favourite in 1989, great value, and typical of the quality Nikko were releasing in the late 1980s.
An affordably priced little buggy with roll-cagey looks and big balloony tyres for fun in the dunes. The Tandy / Radio Shack Wild Champ is well remembered.
A radio controlled amphibious toy, modeled after a one-off concept car that looks like it came from a 1970s sci-fi movie? The Gama Sea Ranger is too cool for words.
Remembered as a world-beater in competitive circles, the original RC10 buggy was a kit-based model and the first off-roader created by hobby-grade R/C company Team Associated.
A cute and reasonably affordable little soft-roader from the era before the toy-grade manufacturers were making open-wheeled R/C buggies. It was available from 1983 – 1986.
In 1987, Tandy / Radio Shack stores released something to compete with the popularity of brands like Tamiya and others – the Golden Arrow Buggy.
An amazing, early, full-function R/C model made in France by Joustra, and inspired by the greatest motorsport event in the world: the Paris-Dakar rally.
An off-road baja bug sold at Tandy/Radio Shack stores for just one year, in the mid-late 1980s. But such an eye-catching model that it remains well-remembered.