Archive | May 2012

Tandy/Radio Shack Dune Buggy (1981)

Tandy/Radio Shack Dune Buggy

Tandy/Radio Shack Dune BuggyIn the days prior to the more typical sand-rail or baja buggy-styled R/C cars of the mid-1980s, an “off road” toy-grade R/C car tended to be more of a Meyers Manx style dune buggy design.

And for the Tandy/Radio Shack electronics store chain, the “Dune Buggy” was their top-of-the-line model way back in 1981…

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Lost Hobby Shops: ZIGZAG

Zig Zag

Zig Zag

ZIGZAG was a chain of toy stores that existed in Australia from sometime in the 1980s through until, well, probably sometime in the 1990s. Google them now and it’s like they never existed. Yet back in the day, they seemed to be great little toy shops.

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“The Hornet”, by Tamiya (1984)

Tamiya Hornet

Tamiya Hornet
In my view, the quintessential Tamiya model and a true icon of the R/C hobby.

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Tyco/Taiyo Turbo Hopper (1986)

Tyco Turbo Hopper

Tyco/Taiyo Turbo Hopper

The Tyco/Taiyo Turbo Hopper was a hugely popular R/C toy buggy in the USA in the mid 1980s.

It was the US release of the original Taiyo Jet Hopper of Japan – a popular ready-to-run R/C buggy with a spare tyre on it’s roof, which was making waves in the international toy market.

With the help of Tyco’s glossy marketing and exciting TV commercials, the US model sold in phenomenal quantities over several years from the mid to late 1980s. Let’s look back at the Turbo Hopper, it’s popularity, and even it’s distinctly American TV commercials featuring the buggies jumping along dusty country roads (set to banjo music of course!).

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