SOLD: Matsushiro The Winch

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“The Winch” by Matsushiro
SOLD: AU$325 on 14th June 2015
Scale: 1/14
Type: Ready To Run
Year of release: 1984
Condition: NIB New In Box. Mint.


This Matsushiro “The Winch” is brand new in box. Mint condition. You will not find a better example of this classic little R/C Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD.

It comes complete with box, transmitter, aerials, manual and leaflets. The box is very good with some edge wear. The included manual and one leaflet are from Germany (the third leaflet is from Japan), where it was sold under “Gama/Matsushiro” branding and was called the “Power Winder”. The manual here still says “The Winch” though.

The vehicle is pristine and mint. Don’t miss the chance to finally own one of these in mint, brand new form. It even still has that “brand new” smell.

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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