SOLD: Taiyo Jet Fighter

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Taiyo Jet Fighter
SOLD: AU$350 on 4th March 2015
Scale: 1/14
Type: Ready To Run
Year of release: 1987
Condition: Near New In Box. Excellent. 100% Working.


After the success of the Jet Hopper, Taiyo released… the Jet Fighter!

This Taiyo Jet Fighter is an original first release Taiyo Jet Fighter. This example is in stunning condition. There is wear to perhaps one decal, and some light scuffs along the ridges of the battery cover underneath and a few near the bumper edge. Some of this might even be production sanding, as the main fascia of the bumper is unscuffed. There are basically no scuffs around the diff housing which is usually where there are a load of scuffs on any car that has been off road (being the lowest point of the chassis). The tyres are like new.

This is basically a “run once” condition Jet Fighter. As close to mint as you will ever find. A true shelf display piece.

The car has been tested by carefully holding it aloft (not on the floor) – it is 100% working and “as new”.

The box is also stunning – a clear 9 out of 10, with very minimal edgewear and beautiful images with bright colours. It is exceedingly hard to find boxes as nice as this one, on vintage Taiyo RC models. Also included is the polystyrene lid and other inserts.

The transmitter is “as new”. The original manual is included. Even the original spare set of steering rod clips are still included, new in packet.

The early “black box” Taiyo buggies are among my favourite ready-to-run vintage R/C models, due to their high quality, great looks and real sponsor decals. All early Taiyo models were Made In Japan. This is a rare chance to add a virtually pristine Jet Fighter to your collection.

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


The Taiyo Jet Fighter is a 2WD off road racing buggy featuring “Turbo” and was released in 1987. It was one of the next buggies released by Taiyo after the immense success of their “Jet Hopper” in 1986. The Jet Racer is a more sophisticated vehicle than the Jet Hopper, featuring a fully working differential, and a higher top speed. It’s gorgeous looks were inspired by real racing buggies, and it features many real world sponsor decals. From 1986 to 1989, Taiyo released a number of realistic, ready to run off road buggies starting with the Jet Hopper, and all featured classic 1980s buggy looks, and were a lot of fun to drive – not to mention being surprisingly quick at their top speed. These early Taiyo releases came in stylish black boxes, and are quite sought after today by fans of ready-to-run R/C models. Being ready to run, they were all to easy to take out of the box and play with, so hence it’s quite hard to find any examples in clean or brand new condition today.

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