Tamiya collaborates with Toyota for the Hilux

To promote the new Toyota Hilux, Toyota UK have recently released a series of short videos featuring one of Tamiya’s famous R/C hiluxes – the Toyota 4×4 Pickup Bruiser.

Shown racing around in mud, water, and even towing the full-sized vehicle, the Bruiser may be small, but it’s the most fun part of these new videos. Though the “towing” trick actually harks back to the 1980s…

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Tandy/Radio Shack Red Arrow Buggy (1988)

tandy-radio-shack-red-arrow-buggy-001With R/C still at peak popularity in 1988, Tandy/Radio Shack filled their stores with a range of off-road vehicles, and one of the very best was the Red Arrow Buggy.

A popular ‘little brother’ to their top-of-the-line Golden Arrow Buggy (manufactured by Nikko), the Red Arrow was actually manufactured by an entirely different company. And as such, gave it’s ‘sibling’ quite a run for it’s money…

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How to avoid two common eBay scams

ebaylogoWhen collecting valuable items, there are always dodgy sellers you need to avoid. Some eBay sellers use tricks like shill-bidding and short-selling to make bigger profits, and this is no less prevalent in vintage toys and vintage R/C, than any other area of collectible.

Here are some very simple tips to help you avoid these two dimwitted eBay scams, which are common among vintage R/C items, and probably common among a lot of other vintage toys as well.

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Metro/Taiyo Jet Hopper (1986)

metro-taiyo-jet-hopper-001Despite having already written about the original Taiyo Jet Hopper, plus it’s American release the Tyco/Taiyo Turbo Hopper, I also wanted to share some additional photos and clippings relating specifically to the Jet Hopper in Australia.

And since 2016 actually marks the 30th Anniversary of the release of the Jet Hopper worldwide, this seemed like the perfect excuse for one more article about this legendary R/C toy. So let’s enjoy some memories of the Jet Hopper as it was “Down Under”, here in Australia…

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