SOLD: Taiyo Jet Fighter

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Taiyo Jet Fighter
SOLD: AU$250 on 16th October 2015
Scale: 1/14
Type: Ready To Run
Year of release: 1987
Condition: Near New In Box. Excellent. 100% Working.


This Taiyo Jet Fighter is an original first release Taiyo Jet Fighter. This example is in stunning condition. There are only some very light scuffs along the underside of the front bumper edge, and a few very light marks underneath, near the gearbox casing.

Apart from that, this is about as good as it gets. The body and decals are near flawless. The tyres are basically “as new”. This is a “run once” condition Jet Fighter, with excellent tyres and a near-flawless body. It is extremely clean – as clean as a brand new example. As close to mint as can be, aside from those scuffs to the underside. A true shelf display piece.

The car has been tested by carefully holding it aloft (not on the floor) – it is 100% working and “as new”.

The box is perhaps an 8 out of 10, with very minimal edgewear, and beautiful images. There is a small tear on one side, but it is structural intact. There is some colour fading to the images, but they still present very well. Also included is the polystyrene lid which is missing a portion of one corner.

The transmitter is “as new”.

The early “black box” Taiyo buggies are among my favourite ready-to-run vintage R/C models, due to their high quality, great looks and real sponsor decals. All early Taiyo models were Made In Japan. This is a rare chance to add a truly excellent Jet Fighter to your collection.

Another similar one I sold for $350 was also very near mint. This one is priced a little lower, owing to the fact that it does not include a manual.

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


The Taiyo Jet Fighter is a 2WD off road racing buggy featuring “Turbo” and was released in 1987. It was one of the next buggies released by Taiyo after the immense success of their “Jet Hopper” in 1986. The Jet Racer is a more sophisticated vehicle than the Jet Hopper, featuring a fully working differential, and a higher top speed. It’s gorgeous looks were inspired by real racing buggies, and it features many real world sponsor decals. From 1986 to 1989, Taiyo released a number of realistic, ready to run off road buggies starting with the Jet Hopper, and all featured classic 1980s buggy looks, and were a lot of fun to drive – not to mention being surprisingly quick at their top speed. These early Taiyo releases came in stylish black boxes, and are quite sought after today by fans of ready-to-run R/C models. Being ready to run, they were all to easy to take out of the box and play with, so hence it’s quite hard to find any examples in clean or brand new condition today.

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

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