Released in 1988 and based on a series of real desert racing trucks, this beautiful ready-to-run Nissan Pick-Up R/C model was made by Taiyo of Japan. It is arguably one of the most eye-catching R/C models in Taiyo’s history.
Being a collector means riding a roller coaster of exciting highs and tragic lows. Some YouTube stars now make collectibles come to them – for free! While others (like me) still trudge across the barren wastelands of Fantasia (eBay) like Atreyu on a hero’s quest…
Essentially a Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar Rally Winner, the Tandy/Radio Shack Turbo Racer 27 (by Atcomi) was an oddity in the 80s – a ready-to-run R/C sports car model, designed to go off-road.
This R/C Land Rover from Japanese ready-to-run masters Matsushiro, was an astounding R/C toy for 1982. And it was based on a real Land Rover used by a famous Italian adventurer in 1969.
An icon of the Golden Era of Tamiya R/C modelling, almost unsurpassed in it’s appeal and popularity to this day.
…and the day they went racing as slow Historics, against a friend’s Brushless Fantastic.
With R/C still at peak popularity in 1988, Tandy/Radio Shack filled their stores with a range of off-road vehicles, and one of the very best was the Red Arrow Buggy.
2016 marks the 30th Anniversary of the release of the Jet Hopper worldwide. Let’s enjoy some memories of the Jet Hopper as it was “Down Under”, in Australia.
The Turbo Panther was Nikko’s perfect little R/C buggy for 1986 – probably the peak year of the R/C buggy craze, when they were among the hottest toys in the world.
A 1/12 scale R/C model from Tomy that you’ve probably never heard of before, the “Radica A Lancia Stratos” was a 70s kid’s chance to drive the legendary Stratos rally car.
Tiny but quite sophisticated, the Matsushiro Toyota Land Cruiser even featured a little driver who would “steer” the car as you drove around.
A 1984 snow transport complete with gorgeous livery, a cargo trailer, and optional snow chains… a dream R/C vehicle in 1984.