This is Bigfoot No. 5 from Greenlight’s fourth release from their Kings of Krunch line. It is ridiculous in the best way, and larger than life even at 1/64 scale. Yes, it is a model of an actual, real monster truck. The record holder, in fact, for the tallest and widest monster truck ever built.
Back in the ‘50s, the US Army used a transportation vehicle that travelled across Alaska. It was called the overland train and was essentially just that. It wore massive ten-foot tall Firestone tires that could dominate the worst of Alaska’s tough terrain, negating the need for a rail system. Fast forward to the late ‘80s when monster truck builds were competing to be the biggest and the baddest. Bob Chandler, the man behind the legendary Bigfoot monster trucks, happened to come across a set of these gargantuan ten-footers and knew he had to get them on his latest Bigfoot.
Bigfoot 5 now resides at Bigfoot HQ in Missouri as a showpiece. A later chassis, Bigfoot 7, was built as a replica of Bigfoot 5 and is on display at a family amusement park in Kissimmee, Florida. I’ve actually took advantage of the photo-op and have a picture of myself standing in the wheel!
As with the other Kings of Krunch monster trucks I have from Greenlight, I’m obsessed with this little-big truck. It definitely stacks up with the other trucks I’ve shared here and I’ve only got a small number of complaints. The first one is the rollbar piece; mine is a little crooked. The second is they printed the Bigfoot website on the truck. I get it, it’s supposed to be a promotional thing for the company, but for the sake of authenticity a 1996 Ford monster truck probably would not have that on display.
My last complaint is kind of a Duesy. It appears as though Greenlight used an existing base plate of another Ford F-series truck, then mounted it on top of the chassis that holds the giant wheels. The axel channels for where the wheels would sit on the original base plate are still visible and exposed. It just looks very odd and now I can’t unsee it.
Regardless, these Kings of Krunch monster trucks will always have a place in my collection for the nostalgia factor alone. I can’t wait to see more of the monster trucks I used to watch on TV as a kid come back as 1/64 scale models.