SOLD: Taiyo Jet Hopper

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Letting this spare model go from my vintage R/C collection…

Taiyo Jet Hopper
SOLD: AU$350 on 1st June 2017
Scale: 1/16
Type: Ready To Run
Year of release: 1986
Batteries Required: 8 x AA (Car). 1 x 9volt (Transmitter)

Any vintage R/C model I sell has been personally tested and assessed.
About this example…

✔ 100% vintage. Mk3 variant of the Jet Hopper. Made by Taiyo in Japan from 1986.
✔ 100% working. Including 2 speed gearbox.
✔ Clean condition
✔ Battery compartments clean
✔ Transmitter included
✔ Spare steering clips included
✔ Paperwork included
✔ All headlights and body clip included
✔ Nothing broken.
✔ Tyres are 100% brand new.
✔ Decals are excellent, near mint.
✔ Box immaculate, with all polystyrene inserts

– Some light scuffs on the bumper and underside of the vehicle.

Conclusion: A superb Taiyo Jet Hopper – very near mint condition overall, with a brand new set of vintage original tyres fitted, and an immaculate box. Jet Hopper collectors will recognize this as a Mk3 type Jet Hopper – the fastest type, with the low profile tyres all round, the top speed of 27Km/h, and a few other subtle differences. This is one of the best examples I’ve ever offered for sale, with brand new, original vintage tyres that I have fitted to the car myself, from a brand new vintage Jet Hopper spare parts packet. Priced according to rarity, condition and past examples I have sold.

Please see the photos to understand the condition. Feel free to contact me to find out more.


The Taiyo Jet Hopper is of course, one of the most famous R/C toys ever made. It was first released by Taiyo in 1986, and subsequently found it’s way around the world. It was branded both Tyco and Taiyo in the USA, Metro and Taiyo in Australia, Dickie and Taiyo in Europe, and just plain Taiyo elsewhere. It is possibly the biggest selling R/C model ever – although figures are hard to confirm. But the scale of it’s popularity during the mid 1980s was phenomenal. One confirmed figure is that 280,000 Jet Hoppers were sold in Australia alone, during 1986 and 1987. It’s combination of realistic ready-to-run buggy looks, catchy name and high speed made it a hit in virtually every market in the world from 1986, until the end of the decade.

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