In the ’70s and ’80s, square body trucks were all the rage with General Motors pumping out millions of trucks across dozens of variations between 1973 and 1987. Among them, the Chevy K5 Blazer was an SUV before SUV’s were a trend — built on the same platform shared by Chevrolet and GMC, but with a rear top and additional options. Recently, square body trucks have been going through a resurgence in popularity for customizers, modders, and restoration projects, spawning truck clubs, fan groups, and yes, toys.
For three seasons on the Netflix original series Stranger Things, Chief Jim Hopper (David Harbour) has been driving one of the most regularly visible examples of a square body: a 1980 Chevy K5 Blazer with a complete police package. The tan-and-beige truck is adorned with the simple logo of the Hawkins, Indiana police department on its side, and has become an instantly recognized symbol of the series and Chief Hopper.
This Chevy K5 Blazer is one of the best-looking Hollywood Rides yet, with lifelike details and clean lines that make it look as if it rolled right off the production line at General Motors 40 years ago. Both doors open to reveal interior details, such as a chromed steering wheel, gear shifter, and pedals. The rear roof is removable to reveal rear seating and the trunk, while both the hood and tailgate are completely functional. Under the hood lies a chromed-out replica of what looks to be one of the available small block V8 engines of the era. It’s a worthy addition to any collection.
For older kids, there’s no doubt that Hopper’s ride is playable, but it is important to note that this falls right on the cusp of where a toy becomes a collectible. Some of the plastic parts, such as the front and rear bumpers, rear roof, and side mirrors are a bit fragile, so don’t expect them to survive the Godzilla-like antics of a rogue preschooler, should this truck fall into their hands.
As a bonus, Hopper’s ride comes with a replica of his Hawkins Police badge, and a nice little display stand. One word of advice, just don’t get any ideas about impersonating a police officer. While kids might get away with that type of role play, adults may face consequences worse than a trip to the Upside Down.