SOLD: Matsushiro The Winch

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“The Winch” by Matsushiro
SOLD: AU$200 on 12th March 2016
Scale: 1/14
Type: Ready To Run
Year of release: 1984
Condition: Genuine Vintage. Near New In Box. Very clean. 100% Working.
Battery compartment condition: Clean/Working
Batteries Required: 4 x C, 1 x 9volt (Car). 1 x 9volt (Transmitter)


This Matsushiro “The Winch” is immaculate, and very near new in box. The only signs of wear are simply a few light marks on the underside, and perhaps a few around the front bumper as well. Apart from that, you would assume this model is brand new as it looks so perfect.

Overall, a really superb example of this classic little R/C Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD.

It comes complete with box and transmitter. The box is very old with wear on corners and a couple of small holes. But it has been repaired as much as possible, and the artwork is bright and presentable.

The vehicle is near pristine, and has been tested. It is 100% working, including all gears, headlights, and the winch function itself. If you’re looking for a really clean example of this model, this could be the one for you. And it is priced below what a truly new in box one would cost.

Please see the photos to understand the condition. Feel free to contact me to find out more.


The Winch was released by the Japanese Matsushiro company in 1984, and was an early R/C 4WD toy based on a 40 series Toyota Land Cruiser. It has a working winch and working headlights, soft rubber tyres, and Digital Proportional transmitter. They were a very high quality toy with notably good reception and response, and really versatile light off-road performance – the sort of little off roader you could take anywhere as a kid, while also looking very scale-like and realistic. Despite not being as famous as brands like Nikko and Taiyo, Matsushiro made really high quality ready to run R/C models, and The Winch is now fondly remembered by the many who had one (they were particularly popular in the UK). They really exemplify the kinds of R/C toys that were being produced in the 1980s – toys that were both built to last and looked gorgeous sitting on the shelf. For any collector of 1980s R/C 4x4s, and particularly those fond of Toyota Land Cruisers, The Winch is a classic toy that you should be tracking down (if you don’t own one already).

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