SOLD: Taiyo Jet Hopper

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

Taiyo Jet Hopper
SOLD: AU$300 on 5th March 2017
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…

✔ 100% vintage. Original and first release of this model. Made by Taiyo in Japan from 1986.
✔ 100% working. Including 2 speeds.
✔ Battery compartments clean
✔ Transmitter included
✔ Spare steering clips included
✔ Manual and spare parts sheet included
✔ Box included, with polystyrene inserts
✔ All headlights and body clip included
✔ Nothing broken.
✔ Box & polystyrene base good/excellent.

– Tyres are about 60% new at the rear. 98% new at the front. No cracking. Rubber is bouncy and fresh.
– There are light scuffs to the underside and bumper.
– Decals are generally very good, with some minor edge wear.

Conclusion: Overall, great example of the Taiyo Jet Hopper in collector condition. 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 a very good one, in a very nice box. 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 of course, 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 plain Taiyo elsewhere. It is possibly the biggest selling R/C model ever – although figures are hard to confirm. But the scale of it’s popularity during the mid 1980s was phenomenal. One confirmed figure is that 280,000 Jet Hoppers were sold in Australia alone, during 1986 and 1987. It’s combination of realistic ready-to-run buggy looks, catchy name and high speed made it a hit in virtually every market in the world from 1986, until the end of the decade.

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