SOLD: Taiyo Jet Hopper

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Taiyo Jet Hopper
SOLD: AU$500 on 7th December 2014
Scale: 1/16
Type: Ready To Run
Year of release: 1986
Condition: NIB (New In Box). Complete. Mint.


Just in time for Christmas … would you like to relive the fun of getting a brand new Jet Hopper under the Christmas tree, like it’s 1986 again?

This Taiyo Jet Hopper is an original release Taiyo Jet Hopper – brand new, mint in box. Never run. You can tell it’s the original release because of the tall front tyres, along with the fat, spikey rear tyres.

This was the first edition of the Jet Hopper ever manufactured, and was sold in Japan, Europe and elsewhere.

This example is mint, brand new old stock. You will not find a better one. It was removed from the box only for the photos. The box has slight wear, but is really excellent with bright colours and no tears. Everything is complete. Included are the Jet Hopper, transmitter with “turbo” function, manual, spare parts sheet, and packet containing the body clip and spare set of steering rod clips (all unopened and still sealed in packet), and all box inserts.

Nothing beats “brand new” when collecting vintage R/C toys and kits. There are precious few new in box Jet Hoppers left in the world. This one is priced consistent with past sales. So don’t miss your chance. Please see the photos to understand the condition. Feel free to contact me to find out more.

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


The Taiyo Jet Hopper is of course, 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 plain Taiyo elsewhere. It is possibly the biggest selling R/C model ever – although figures are hard to confirm. But the scale of it’s popularity during the mid 1980s was phenomenal. One confirmed figure is that 280,000 Jet Hoppers were sold in Australia alone, during 1986 and 1987. It’s combination of realistic ready-to-run buggy looks, catchy name and high speed made it a hit in virtual every market in the world from 1986 until the end of the decade.

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