SOLD: Tamiya Grasshopper

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Tamiya Grasshopper
SOLD: AU$325 on 6th June 2014
Scale: 1/10
Type: Kit
Year of release: 1984
Condition: NIB (New In Box)


This is a brand new in box, original Tamiya Grasshopper kit from 1984. Absolutely original, which means it contains all the early parts labeled “RCC The Grasshopper 1984”, the vintage mechanical speed control, original decals branded with real sponsor logos, and other bits that you won’t find in the reissued version.

This kit is complete, untouched since the 1980s. Ready for the collector who just wants to finally own this classic, or for someone who always wanted to build one – 1980s style!

The original box is in pretty good shape, with a bit of wear on one corner, and some discolouration consistent with being 30 years old. But it presents well and still has all the classic box art, unblemished.

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


The Tamiya Grasshopper is one of the all-time classic R/C buggy kits from Tamiya. Powered by a 380 motor for longer running time while still offering entertaining speed, it was the second of Tamiya’s “big three” animal themed R/C kit models from 1983/1984 (namely – The Frog, The Grasshopper, The Hornet). The shape and colours of the car were inspire by the real animal, and this concept combined with it’s off-road versatility, captured imaginations around the world when it was released. The chassis is a simple, robust 2WD setup that is still copied to this day by some other companies. The Tamiya Grasshopper is now a legend in R/C history, and during the 1980s it offered many people their first taste of highly realistic 1/10 scale off-road driving and racing.

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