The JCB 4CX is a 1:16 scale digger by acclaimed German toy company Bruder.
The 4CX is JCB’s most iconic and versatile backhoe loader digger.
The challenge of designing toy diggers is to get an acceptable balance between playability and realism at a price that consumers are willing to pay. Inevitably this leads to compromises. Over many decades, Bruder have shown themselves consistently adept at meeting these design challenges.
Officially licensed by JCB, the Bruder JCB 4CX has very good visual styling and incorporates many fun moving parts. The front loader can be operated with a lever on the side. The front shovel can also be operated independently by a separate lever.
To the rear of the digger, the backhoe slides from one side of the digger to the other. The boom, stick and rear bucket all articulate for ease of positioning and digging.
This is a free-wheeling digger on moulded rubber tyres. The steering wheel turns both ways, though it does not turn the wheels.
The tractor unit measures roughly 24cm in length and stands around 18cm high. With the front loader and backhoe extended the digger doubles in overall length to around 50cm. Clearly, at roughly half a metre long this is no matchbox toy! If storage is an issue, then you may want to think again.
On the plus side, this is exactly the kind of toy digger you can take out, roll in the sand or mud, hose down and take back indoors again. Though it may lack the super realism of smaller die-cast models, the Bruder JCB 4CX takes an iconic backhoe loader design and makes it into a versatile and highly playable toy digger.