Hitting the market in 1984, this little Toyota was many modelists first RC. Today this car is considered as Vintage due to its age, and because Marui abandonned the RC market.
This one on pictures, is in very good shape for its age, showing an ABS body with lots of details. The gauges on dashboard, the jerrycan, the radio CB give a look close to diecast.
Compared with a Wild Willy from Tamiya, the car is more proportionnal and pleasant to see. But the plastic quality is lower than Tamiya’s at the same period.
The chassis offers two places where to strap the battery pack. The first central section provides standard driving while the second on the rear section transforms the car into “Super Wheelie”. The car can make wheelies on long distances, which is funny but after a few runs, it become boring and the battery pack generally goes back to the central section of the chassis.
This model even had its own officially dedicated race series in France. As it was bouncy and its steering unprecise, drivers were struggling to control it on the track, but all of them were happy to compete with equal vehicles.
In conclusion, this Marui Toyota Land Cruiser is very cute and fun to see how it drives on any surface. Its 80’s 4WD look and its handling contribute a lot to the “please of use”.
David from rc4on.com
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