SOLD: Taiyo Jet Fighter

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Taiyo Jet Fighter
SOLD: AU$225
Scale: 1/14
Type: Ready To Run
Year of release: 1987
Condition: Excellent. Complete with Transmitter and Original Box


After the success of the Jet Hopper, Taiyo released… the Jet Fighter!

This Taiyo Jet Fighter is an original release Taiyo Jet Fighter. This example is in excellent condition. There is minor edge wear to a few decals, and some scuffs underneath. But it is very clean, has not been used much, and looks truly beautiful. The tyres barely have any wear. You may not find a better one. It has been tested briefly on clean carpet and works absolutely perfectly. This is a very near new example that is ready to be run, but is ideal for shelf display because it’s one beautiful buggy.

The box has slight wear, but is really excellent with bright colours and no tears. The box also features a yellow sticker on the front from an actual Japanese toy fair (I think it’s the Tokyo Toy Fair) in “1987” where Taiyo actually demonstrated these cars – this example was most likely sold at that fair, hence the sticker on the box commemorating the event.

The early “black box” Taiyo buggies are among my favourite ready-to-run vintage R/C models, due to their high quality and great looks. All early Taiyo models were Made In Japan. As always, this is a nice chance to add another classic to your vintage R/C collection.

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.

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