Back in 2017, an Italian TV show called I Fatti Vostri featured a segment about collecting that featured vintage R/C cars. Watch the video.
Categorizing “variants” of kit-based vintage R/C cars as “Mk1, Mk2, Mk3”, was never a good idea. So here’s a better suggestion.
The Turbo Panther was Nikko’s perfect little R/C buggy for 1986 – probably the peak year of the R/C buggy craze, when they were among the hottest toys in the world.
A 1984 snow transport complete with gorgeous livery, a cargo trailer, and optional snow chains… a dream R/C vehicle in 1984.
Let’s look at a selection of classic 1980s R/C tyres, back when cars were designed to look more realistic, fun and exciting.
The astonishing 1/10 scale Toyota HiLux 4WD by Nikko in 1982, was the pinnacle of Nikko’s range of R/C toys in the early 1980s.
The Nikko Black Fox was a popular 2WD off-roader, and one of the first of it’s kind to mimic the larger, kit buggies in ready-to-run form.
This perfect scale replica of the famous off-road Mercedes Unimog 4WD truck is one of the nicest looking ready-to-run R/C models produced in the 80s.
As the 1990s began, Japanese toy manufacturer Taiyo’s latest sensation, the rubber tracked ‘Fast Traxx’ would go on to become one of their biggest hits.
A 1/10 scale dune buggy from Nikko, designed for both on and off road fun thanks to shiftable gears and lots of rugged detail.
Small but fast – the Nikko Night Stalker was a favourite in 1989, great value, and typical of the quality Nikko were releasing in the late 1980s.
A low, sleek space-age buggy with a single bubble window beneath which no scale-size human could possibly fit. In 1989, this was…the future!