SOLD: Taiyo Jet Hopper

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

Taiyo Jet Hopper
SOLD: AU$300 on 23rd December 2017
Condition: 8/10. 100% working. Clean and boxed.
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. Made by Taiyo in Japan from 1986.
✔ 100% working. Including 2 speed gearbox.
✔ Clean condition.
✔ Battery compartments clean.
✔ Transmitter included.
✔ All paperwork included.
✔ Box excellent.
✔ Decals mint.
✔ All headlights included.
✔ Nothing broken.

– Front tyres are like new. Rear tyres have about 60% tread left. Rubber is fresh. No cracking.
– Some light scuffs to the underside of the vehicle.

Conclusion: This Taiyo Jet Hopper comes with a mint body and decals, and a superb (9/10) original box. The car is in great shape and works perfectly. Tyres are all bouncy with plenty of life left. This one will not disappoint. Jet Hopper collectors may recognize this as a Mk1 type Jet Hopper – the very first type ever manufactured, with the taller front tyres, no LED on the car, and a few other subtle differences. A rare chance to own a very good one, in an excellent 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 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 Taiyo elsewhere. It is possibly the biggest selling R/C model ever – the scale of it’s popularity during the mid 1980s was phenomenal, with 280,000 Jet Hoppers sold in Australia alone during 1986 and 1987. It’s combination of realistic ready-to-run buggy looks, catchy name, and “Turbo” function on the transmitter made it a hit in virtually every market in the world from 1986. And it underwent three subtle revisions during it’s production between 1986 and 1988.

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