SOLD: Taiyo Jet Hopper

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

Taiyo Jet Hopper
SOLD: AU$220
Condition: 8/10. 100% working and clean.
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 Singapore from 1986.
✔ 100% working. Including 2 speed gearbox.
✔ Clean condition.
✔ Battery compartments clean.
✔ Transmitter included.
✔ Original paperwork included.
✔ Nothing broken.
– Front tyres are brand new.
– Rear tyres have about 90% tread left on one, and maybe 60-70% on the other. Rubber is fresh on both. No cracking.
– Decals are complete but had wear, and have been touched up carefully in various places with Tamiya modeling paint.
– Some light scuffs to the underside of the vehicle.

Conclusion: This Taiyo Jet Hopper comes in clean, perfect working order. Jet Hopper collectors may recognize this as a Mk2 type Jet Hopper – the second type ever manufactured. It has the lower profile front tyres, LED light on the car, and a few other subtle details. This example is the internationally sold Taiyo Jet Hopper mk2 with the blue “25km/h” decal on the bonnet. Apart from this one decal, the car is 100% identical to the Australian released Jet Hoppers which had a blue “Metro” decal on the bonnet. The other two items – transmitter and paperwork, are both the Metro branded editions.

There are minimal scuffs to the underside compared to many others out there. The decals on this example were fairly worn on most edges of the model, and have since been restored and touched up using Tamiya modeling paint. It’s not perfect of course, but judge the photos for yourself – the result is quite a decent looking car. The front tyres are mint brand new and installed from a vintage NIP set. The rear tyres both have good bouncy rubber and at least 60% tread left, but one tyre is worn a bit more than the other. This does not affect enjoyment of the car. A rare chance to own a nice, complete Jet Hopper with original paperwork, at well below the cost of a new in box example – worthy of the shelf, but also ready to run. 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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