SOLD: Matsushiro “The Winch” 4WD Toyota Landcruiser

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Letting this spare model go from my vintage R/C collection…

Matsushiro “The Winch” 4WD Toyota Landcruiser
SOLD: AU$200 on 13th December 2016
Scale: 1/14
Type: Ready To Run
Year of release: 1984
Batteries Required: 4 x C, 1 x 9volt (Car). 1 x 9volt (Transmitter)

Any vintage R/C model I sell has been personally tested and assessed.
About this example…

✔ New in box
✔ 100% working. Including 4WD, headlights and working winch.
✔ Mint
✔ Battery compartments mint
✔ Transmitter included
✔ Box included
✔ Paperwork included
✔ Tyres are 100%. No cracking.
✔ Nothing broken.
✔ Decals mint.
✔ Box & polystyrene base good/very good.

Conclusion: Overall, stunning example of “The Winch”, by Matsushiro. Extremely rare in brand new condition. Priced according to rarity, condition and past examples I have sold.

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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