In the world of hobby-grade remote control cars, the RC Crawler Truck is perhaps the easiest and most popular form of RC that could get you into the hobby. Durable and pretty much enjoyable anywhere there’s a mound of dirt or patch of land, a crawler is easily justifiable as far as toys go (provided you don’t go overboard with hop-ups and upgrades).
Usually though these 1:10th scale crawlers are a tad too large for the average person to lug around and play with, but it appears Kyosho has an interesting solution for the eager enthusiast.
Kyosho is expanding its 1:24th scale Mini-Z Touring/Drift RC lineup to crawlers as well, and their first 2 models were revealed at the recently concluded International Toy Fair 2020 in Nuremberg, Germany.
Appearing to have the intention of making a statement, the hot topic for this lineup is, of course, the new Suzuki Jimny (called Sierra in Japan) in scale form. The body itself consists of accurate detailing, with faithful replication of the contrasting matte black panels enclosing the gloss boxy shell of the JB74W Jimny.
The Jimny shell is then mounted onto a ladder frame chassis and a multi-link/rigid axle suspension setup; A tried and tested formula in RC Crawler circles and coincidentally accurate in scale as the JB74W Jimny is also running on solid axles front and rear.
Other key features include a licensed set of BF Goodrich tires, an optional gyro, as well as an optional LED kit for the front headlights. All electronics are be powered via 4 AAA batteries in the chassis and another 4 AAA batteries for the transmitter. The Suzuki Jimny will be available in either Kinetic Yellow or Jungle Green.
The next model to join the Jimny is the ubiquitous Toyota N60 Hilux Surf/4Runner. While the Jimny sticks to an OEM factory look, the Hilux is obviously hopped up from the get-go with a highly lifted body and more aggressive wheel and tire setup.
The body shell itself looks slightly beefed up from the normal Hilux Surf with a proper bull bar, spare tire mount, and overfenders to round up the rugged aesthetic. The N60 Hilux Surf will be available in a two-tone red/black canvass roof or in gray/black canvass roof.
The Kyosho 1:24th scale Mini-Z line is popular in Japan for its replica touring cars and drift cars. These come complete with hop-up parts like new wheels and tires, so we can expect the aftermarket of these crawlers to be the same in the near future.
Prices have yet to be announced, although we have seen a few pre-orders in some Diecast/Scale model groups going for about Php 18,500 (USD $360) for the kit that is due out in May 2020.