Matchbox’s Nostalgic Off-Roader: 1984 Toyota 4Runner

The march of nostalgic toys continues onward like a solid front axle truck over rocks-strewn trails. You can now find Matchbox‘s 1984 Toyota 4Runner in stores. According to the 1:64 scale diecast car maker it’s technically a 2010 model, but it didn’t start hitting stores until January. It’s a terrifically accurate piece of nostalgia, finished in metallic light blue and period-correct retro gradient stripes, and it can scale USB cables like pack mule.

Whereas Hot Wheels is known for crazily modified — and in many cases totally made up — cars that are all about power and speed, Matchbox is all about realism. And the latter tends to have more off-road vehicles in its lineup. In fact, the 4Runner comes on the heels of the Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser.

So now we have two nostalgic trucks by Matchbox, and the Datsun 240Z, 510 and upcoming hakosuka Nissan Skyline from Hot Wheels. If you can’t find them new in real life, at least you can on your desktop.

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7 Responses to Matchbox’s Nostalgic Off-Roader: 1984 Toyota 4Runner

  1. Brad D. says:

    Got one sitting on my shelf next to the FJ40 already. Good job matchbox.

  2. nlpnt says:

    Only thing missing is the plain white steelies!

  3. Tyler says:

    Cool! I’ll have to pick one up. The one thing that disappoints me about new Matchboxes is they got rid of the great suspension of years past- their best feature.

    Any updates on the Skyline?

    • Ben says:

      It hasn’t been made yet… (possibly being cast as we speak) but from what we’ve seen, all we can say right now is that it’s going to be awesome.

  4. Jun says:

    You can thank Asada-san in Matchbox for the fine “stock” J-tin rolling out of the MBX brand!

  5. Bob says:


    But when is someone going to make a 1st gen Celica in 1/64th? Come on, peoples!

  6. Camshaft says:

    First gen? Give me a Matchbox ST184, haha!

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