SOLD: Nikko Black Fox

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Nikko Black Fox
SOLD: AU$120 on 17th April 2015
Scale: 1/14
Type: Ready To Run
Year of release: 1985
Condition: Excellent. Clean. 100% Working.

Description

This Nikko Black Fox is basically “brand new in box” – except for a couple of small flaws on the body. Having been stored for 30 years, it seems some pressure applied to the top of the box resulted in some hairline fractures to the base of the side pillars of the grey roll bar. There is also evidence of a glue fix to one corner of one grey side nerf bar. One or two decals show wear to the print also.

But that’s it. All of these pieces mentioned remain “intact” too, having been glued. They don’t actually affect the model at all and are not very noticeable. And if it weren’t for those things, this would be a brand new in the box example. So I’m just being as thorough as possible.

The underside of the car is completely free of scuffs. The bumper is completely mint. The car has never seen dirt and is effectively brand new – except for the above mentioned issues, which originated in storage.

This is a Black Fox “Mk1” as well – in other words, it’s the original release from Japan and the earliest variant, featuring block pattern rear tyres (as opposed to spikey) that match the box image. Later examples don’t match the box image.

As you can see it presents extremely well. It has been tested carefully by running for 60 seconds, while being held aloft (not on the floor) – just to ensure that it functions after 30 years of lying dormant. And it works flawlessly – including the “Turbo” function.

The original box is also included, in very good condition. All together, this is a highly presentable example of this classic Nikko buggy from 1985.

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

History

The Nikko Black Fox was released in 1985, and was an early ready-to-run 2WD, two-speed “frame buggy”. By all accounts, this may well have been Nikko’s first ever open-wheeled frame buggy, as 1985 was certainly the first year that they stepped into this market, in the footsteps of more expensive brands like Tamiya. The Black Fox was made in Japan and sold worldwide, and was also most likely the first ever R/C car released with that cool “Turbo” feature on the transmitter that would shift the car into top speed, predating even the Taiyo Jet Hopper (1986) by about 1 year. With a release date of 1985, it’s hard to assume that even the Tamiya Fox was the inspiration for the “Fox” naming, as the Tamiya Fox hit the market in November and the Nikko Black Fox may well have come out earlier that year. It’s looks and style certainly mimic the Tamiya buggies of that era though, and it is one of the most attractive ready to run R/C buggies of the 1980s.

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