SOLD: Nikko Big Thunder

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Nikko Big Thunder
SOLD: AU$160 on 5th May 2015
Scale: 1/10
Type: Ready To Run
Year of release: 1982
Condition: Excellent. Near Mint. 100% Working and Complete


This Nikko Big Thunder dune buggy is in near mint condition. The car has one or two light marks on edges of the yellow body. And that’s about it. There are virtually no scuffs on the underside. My estimation is that this buggy may have been run a couple of times, then packed away for over 30 years.

All other aspects are basically as-new and complete. Perhaps the chrome on the headlights has a little fade. But there is nothing missing from the vehicle.

The car also runs perfectly, like new. It has been tested briefly on a clean surface, and it is responsive and smooth. The 3 speed transmission also operates perfectly.

The box is also excellent with bright artwork, some edge wear, and a small hole near the top left corner on the front side. Otherwise it is very good for its age. All foam inserts are included inside the box.

This is truly an example worthy of shelf display. Don’t miss out.

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


The Nikko Big Thunder was effectively Nikko’s answer to the Tamiya Sand Rover. Released in 1982 and powered by a 380 motor, but coming ready assembled, it offered children a chance at classic dune buggy fun without the chore of assembling a kit. The model itself is made from high quality plastics, and has excellent rubber tyres. Inside, speed is controlled via a mechanical speed controller and servos – much like a hobby grade model. The gearbox is sealed and offers 3 speeds, that are shiftable via a large lever in the rear tray. The vehicle has direct drive to both wheels (no differential) and is controlled via Nikko’s basic but dependable Digital Proportional unit. The front wheels also have suspension. This was a very expensive toy for it’s time, and is capable of light off road duty as it dates from the years before the boom in more agile electric RC off-road buggies. Truly a vintage collectible today, the Big Thunder is a quintessential early 1980s RC toy that is still impressive not only because it was one of the earliest electric R/C buggies, but because those yellow Meyer’s Manx inspired looks never seem to age.

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