SOLD: Taiyo Jet Hopper

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

Taiyo Jet Hopper
Condition: 8.5/10
SOLD: AU$350 on June 21st 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. Mk2 variant of the Jet Hopper. Made by Taiyo in Japan/Singapore from 1986.
✔ 100% working. Including 2 speed gearbox.
✔ Clean condition
✔ Battery compartments clean
✔ Transmitter included
✔ All headlights and body clip included
✔ Nothing broken.
✔ Tyres are about 90% new. No cracking.
– Decals are very good, with some edge wear.
– Box is a survivor: fair and still presentable, but with some wear and tear.
– Some scuffs on the bumper and underside of the vehicle.

Conclusion: A great Taiyo Jet Hopper, with near new tyres – which are very hard to find in this condition, given they are the balloon type. The box is old, but will still look good on the shelf next to the car. Jet Hopper collectors may recognize this as a Mk2 type Jet Hopper – with the lower profile front tyres, an LED on the car, a top speed of 25km/h, and a few other subtle differences. This example is a Japanese release, but is much the style of Jet Hopper sold in Australia. A rare chance to own a very good one, with near new rear tyres, and the original box. 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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