SOLD: Taiyo Jet Hopper

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

Taiyo Jet Hopper
SOLD: AU$420 on 12th January 2018
Condition: 10/10. New in box.
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…

✔ New in box.
✔ 100% vintage. Made by Taiyo in Japan from 1986.
✔ 100% working. Including 2 speed gearbox.
✔ Transmitter included.
✔ All paperwork included.
✔ Spare steering clips included.
✔ Box excellent.
✔ Tyres mint.
✔ Decals mint.

Conclusion: This Taiyo Jet Hopper is new in box, and comes complete in a superb (9/10) original box. The car has a tiny bit of yellow fade to some white areas (headlight edges and wheel rims), but is otherwise absolutely factory fresh – straight from 1986. A true jewel and super rare at this standard. Jet Hopper collectors may recognize this as a Mk2 type Jet Hopper – basically the exact type sold in Australia, with the low profile front tyres, LED on the car, and a few other tiny differences. So this is a rare chance to own a mint Mk2 example with mint tyres – particularly the hard to find rear tyres. I’d normally price an example like this at AU$500, but I’ve dropped it slightly. Priced as always – 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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