SOLD: Taiyo Jet Hopper

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For your consideration, this spare vintage model go from my R/C collection.

Taiyo Jet Hopper
SOLD: AU$400 on 18th July 2019
Scale: 1/16
Type: Ready To Run
Year of release: 1986
Batteries Required: 8 x AA (Car). 1 x 9v (Transmitter)

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

✔ Near mint in box.
✔ 100% vintage. Made by Taiyo in Japan, from 1986.
✔ 100% working. Including transmission with High/Low speeds
✔ Battery compartments mint.
✔ Transmitter included.
✔ Manual and spare parts sheet included.
✔ Nothing broken.
– A few tiny scuffs on the underside of vehicle.
– Front tyres are as new.
– Rear tyres have about 98% tread. Rubber is fresh.

Conclusion: This Jet Hopper is about as close to brand new as you get, without quite being brand new status. My assessment is it has been run perhaps once. Spotlessly clean, with rear tyres that have about 98% tread left on them.
Jet Hopper collectors may recognize this as a Mk2 type Jet Hopper – the second type manufactured. It has the lower profile front tyres, LED light on the car, and a few other subtle details. This example is the internationally released Jet Hopper. Apart from one decal on the bonnet, the car is identical to the Jet Hoppers sold in Australia.
In the past, I have sold new in box examples of this release at AU$500. This one is $100 lower, to account for being just shy of “new in box”. A truly fine example, in excellent original box. 33 years young. Priced 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.


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 (known as Mk1, Mk2 and Mk3) during it’s production run from 1986 to 1988.

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