SOLD: Nikko Mini Thunder Bicky

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

Nikko Mini Thunder Bicky
SOLD: AU$70 on 16th July 2017
Condition: 9/10. 100% working and clean.
Scale: 1/18
Type: Ready To Run
Year of release: 1983
Batteries Required: 8 x AA (Car). 1 x 9volt (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. Manufactured by Nikko in Japan from 1981.
✔ 100% working. Including 2 speed gearbox.
✔ Clean condition
✔ Battery compartments clean
✔ Tyres are 100%. No cracking or deterioration.
✔ Transmitter included
✔ Nothing broken.

– The box is not included.

Conclusion: This Nikko Mini Thunder is truly like new, but is listed as used due to the absence of the original box. Practically flawless and working perfectly, it will not disappoint. 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 Nikko “Mini Thunder Bicky” was a 1/18th scale companion to one of Nikko’s very first sophisticated R/C models, the Big Thunder – a large, 1/10 scale yellow beach buggy. I have no idea what Nikko thought the “Bicky” part meant, but let’s just call it the Mini Thunder for short… it was a small, 2WD R/C beach buggy made in Japan, with 2 speeds, soft rubber tyres, and great looks. Powered by 8xAA batteries (a lot for it’s size), you certainly don’t find R/C models like the Mini Thunder in toy stores anymore, with it’s bright, 70s retro appeal and heavy plastics. There’s no differential of course, but this little car certainly looks unique scampering around on the floor, and even better sitting on your shelf. The front windscreen frame folds up/down, and the radio reception is quite good for it’s time. If you’re a fan of early R/C beach buggies, the Nikko Mini Thunder may be the cutest one ever made.

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