SOLD: Nikko Big Thunder G3

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Nikko Big Thunder G3
For Sale: AU$300
Scale: 1/10
Type: Ready To Run
Year of release: 1980
Batteries Required: 4 x C, 4 x AA (Car). 6 x AA (Transmitter)

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

✔ New in box
✔ 100% vintage. Original and first release of this model. Made by Nikko in Japan from 1980.
✔ 100% working. Including 3 speeds,
✔ Battery compartments mint
✔ Transmitter included
✔ Brand new decals included
✔ Box included
✔ Tyres are 100%. No cracking.
✔ Nothing broken.
✔ Decals mint.
✔ Box & polystyrene base excellent.

Conclusion: This Nikko Big Thunder G3 is brand new – unused, and flawless. The Big Thunder G3 was the first ever off-road model made by Nikko. Extremely rare in such new condition with unused decals, and in an excellent box. This example is so new, it still has a Japanese instruction card taped to the front metal roll bar. One of the last in the world in this condition. Priced according to rarity, condition, demand, and past examples I have sold.

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


The Nikko Big Thunder G3 was Nikko’s first ever off-road R/C vehicle, and was released way back in 1980. At 1/10 scale it rivaled similar beach buggy styled models from Tamiya (Sand Rover) and Kyosho (Eleck Peanuts), yet came in ready to run form, and used Nikko’s solid and dependable Digital Proportional radio. Internally, the Big Thunder has a servo-driven, sealed mechanical speed control, and servo-driven steering. It’s showpiece feature for the time was a 3-speed gearbox, controlled by a easy lever in the rear tray. Like its rivals, it had no differential, but it does have basic spring suspension at the front, along with high quality and long wearing rubber tyres featuring “Goodyear” branding. The Big Thunder G3 was a stunning toy for 1980, at a time when barely any electric off-road cars were actually on the market. A must-have if you love the classic Meyers Manx beach buggy style.

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