Past Forty 3rd: Be My Cruiser part 1

Before SUV became a household name

42w ago


Welcome to Past Forty 3rd where I showcase models that I previously posted within the 1/43 range and smaller and sometimes bigger.

If you were to go back in a time machine to the 50's or 60's and told someone that someday people will pay more for a used well maintained or restored FJ40 Land Cruiser in the 21st century than what they paid for brand new, what do you think would be there reaction?

We probably would never know but one thing for sure, I was already a fan of the Land Cruiser while growing up in a country that experienced a lot of typhoons and flooding and I felt this baby can go thru the flood without a sweat. Not only that, as a kid I imagine this as a high class Jeep as it has doors, windows and hard top while most jeeps during that time has no solid doors and has canvas roof as most of them were surplus or replicas of the Willys Jeep that were left by the Americans after the war.

Made by Ebbro and indicated on the acrylic base as the 1960 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40.

A little background of the company. Ebbro is the brand name of collectible models that are made in China by the Japanese company Miniature Model Planning since the end of the 1990s. Ebbro is producing very detailed die cast 1/43rd scale models for the collectors’ market. Most of them are copying current or classic Japanese road or racing cars.

So how did Toyota came up with FJ. According to the FJ company blog the “J” stands for “Jeep” and the “F” indicates the engine type. This is why the early FJs were actually known as BJs–they had a Type B engine, not an F. I was impressed with the design as I love the look of the old Jeeps but is a step up with doors and windows unlike the Jeeps which mostly don’t have doors and has canvas roof. And it looks rugged and tough.

Of course Toyota not only did the FJ40 but came up with others like FJ20s which were built from 1950–1960 and are now considered the formative years of the FJ brand.

This model was my first venture into the realistic 1/43 replicas and except for the rear spare which should have a hole in the center of the wheel I think for a 1/43 the detail looks great. And from what I know back then there were hardly any realistic looking FJ40 made on this scale. There are no opening parts as this was intended as an adult collector for display purpose.

I gave it 5 out of 5 in detail, 5 out of 5 in quality control and 3.5 out of 5 for playable. Of course as with this kind of detail, caution in handling is required.

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