The last Tandy stores were closed or rebranded quite recently in Australia. But many will remember Tandy as the place they got their first R/C car.
A versatile and robust pick-up truck that was one of Tandy’s best-selling R/C toys for several years, and remains fondly remembered by many people.
Part two about the lost Sydney hobby shop “Yennora Hobbies”, with information from former owner and co-founder Brent Fox, who ran the store for 30 years.
The Dune Buggy was an “off road” toy-grade R/C car in the Meyers Manx dune buggy design. And Tandy/Radio Shack’s top-of-the-line R/C model way back in 1981.
ZIGZAG was a chain of toy stores that existed in Australia from the 1980s through until sometime in the 1990s. They seemed to be great little toy shops.
The quintessential Tamiya R/C model? The Hornet, by Tamiya, is a true icon of the R/C hobby. And one of the most versatile and rugged vehicles of all time.
The Tyco/Taiyo Turbo Hopper was a hugely popular R/C toy buggy in the USA in the mid 1980s. It was the American release of the Taiyo Jet Hopper.
Yennora Hobbies near Sydney in Australia was just one of many great, old hobby shops that have disappeared over the years. And I really miss those places.
Tyco Racin’ Hoppers were little slot car miniatures of the famous Tyco Turbo Hopper R/C buggy.
Popping wheelies was all the rage in the early 1980s, and this little R/C Volkswagen Beetle from Radio Shack (made by Nikko) was among the cutest R/C wheelie cars.
A nice book about collecting Volkswagen toys… that sadly excludes the very best Volkswagen toys of all time.
The toy that first started my interest in R/C cars… the Jeep Renegade was a lovely, scale Jeep R/C model that was built to last.