For Sale: Taiyo Jet Hopper

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

Taiyo Jet Hopper
For Sale: AU$350
Condition: 9/10. New in box. One minor flaw.
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…

✔ New in box.
✔ 100% vintage. Made by Taiyo in Japan from 1986.
✔ 100% working. Including 2 speed gearbox.
✔ Paperwork, manual, and spare steering clips included.
✔ Battery compartments mint.
✔ Tyres mint.
✔ Transmitter included.
✔ Nothing broken.

Conclusion: Letting this one go from my collection of many years… This is a new in box, never run Taiyo Jet Hopper. New and 100% working, scratch-free, and with all inclusions – in an 8/10 box. The car has one minor flaw – some of the white plastic areas (such as wheel rims) have yellowed a little with age. I would normally sell a completely mint example of this release, at AU$500. I have knocked $100 off that price, to account for the minor flaw.

Jet Hopper collectors may recognize this as a Mk1 type Jet Hopper – the very first type ever manufactured, with the taller front tyres, no LED on the car, and a few other subtle differences. A rare chance to own an example of the world’s first Jet Hopper type, with mint chassis, tyres, decals, manual – in an excellent original box. 32 years young. Priced carefully 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.

History

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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