SOLD: Nikko Big Thunder G3

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

Nikko Big Thunder G3
SOLD: AU$300 on 1st September 2017
Condition: 10/10. New in box.
Scale: 1/10
Type: Ready To Run
Year of release: 1980
Batteries Required: 4 x C, 4 x AA (Car). 6 x AA (Transmitter)

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

✔ New in box
✔ 100% vintage. Original and first release of this model. Made by Nikko in Japan from 1980.
✔ 100% working. Including 3 speeds.
✔ Battery compartments mint
✔ Transmitter included
✔ Brand new decals included
✔ Box included
✔ Paperwork included
✔ Tyres are 100%. No cracking.
✔ Nothing broken.
✔ Decals mint.
✔ Box & polystyrene base good, with some wear.

Conclusion: This Nikko Big Thunder G3 is brand new – unused, and flawless. The Big Thunder G3 was the first ever off-road R/C vehicle made by Nikko, released way back in 1980. Extremely rare in such new condition, and even comes with the unused set of additional decals to apply. The box is in OK condition with some wear and fade, but still rigid and presents well. One of the last in the world in brand new, unused condition. Priced according to rarity, condition, demand, and past examples that have sold.
Please see the photos to understand the condition. Feel free to contact me to find out more.


The Nikko Big Thunder G3 was Nikko’s first ever off-road R/C vehicle, and was released way back in 1980. At 1/10 scale it rivaled similar beach buggy styled models from Tamiya (Sand Rover) and Kyosho (Eleck Peanuts), yet came in ready to run form, and used Nikko’s solid and dependable Digital Proportional radio. Internally, the Big Thunder has a servo-driven, sealed mechanical speed control, and servo-driven steering. It’s showpiece feature for the time was a 3-speed gearbox, controlled by a lever in the rear tray. Slow and steady in performance, but high in realism, and like its rivals it had no differential, but it does have basic spring suspension at the front, along with high quality and long wearing rubber tyres featuring “Goodyear” branding. The Big Thunder G3 was a stunning ready-to-run R/C toy for 1980, at a time when barely any electric off-road cars were actually on the market. And a must-have if you love the classic Meyers Manx beach buggy style.

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