Just for fun, here are two old Australian TV commercials in which the Jet Hopper R/C buggy is shown as one of the hot toys for Christmas. The ads are for the Australian department store Myer and the Australian K-Mart supermarket chain, and both date from Christmas 1986.
Remembered as a world-beater in competitive circles, the original RC10 buggy was a kit-based model and the first off-roader created by hobby-grade R/C company Team Associated (aka ‘Associated Electrics’), an American brand looking to redefine off-road electric R/C competition racing in the early 1980s.
The RC10 achieved all that and more. But racing aside, this was a dream toy that would have made any kid the envy of all their friends – if they were lucky enough to have one.
For newcomers to vintage Tamiya R/C cars, or people just starting to think “I used to have a Tamiya…”, hunting down and collecting the cars from the 1980s is a little trickier these days than it used to be because Tamiya has now reissued many models – and the reissues are different!
So if you want to re-live your childhood with a truly original Tamiya, here are some quick buying tips.
With the huge popularity of 1/10 scale off road buggies in the mid-1980s, it was only a matter of time before Tandy / Radio Shack stores released something to compete (at least for the hearts and minds of children) with the popularity of brands like Tamiya and others.
And so they released their finest R/C car to date – the Golden Arrow Buggy.