First released by Tamiya on August 22, 1985, the Toyota 4x4 Pick-up Bruiser was designed in true Californian mud dog truck racing style and this made it an extremely successful addition to the Tamiya tuck models collection, not only in the USA but world-wide. The model was re-released in 2012 (#58519).

The Monster Truck was loosely based on the 4x4 Hilux and sported all terrain tires to ensure solid handling and a slipper spur prevented gearbox damage.

The tough look of the realistic body and chassis to the real thing and the large chrome covered plastic wheels, made this one of the most coveted 3-speed trucks of its kind. However, the size and the weight (4.5Kg with battery) of the Toyota 4x4 Bruiser, in the days of nothing greater than a 1200Mah Ni Cad Battery meant run times of only a few minutes. These days with 6800Mha batteries run times can be as long as 30 minutes.

Prime and NIB examples of the Bruiser are highly sought after by Vintage Tamiya model collectors. Occasionally, repairable models will come up for auction at reasonable prices.