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1986 Taiyo Mini Hopper Original (Global)

BRANDYEARMODELPOWERSPEEDDRIVEAVAILABLEMINT VALUE*RATINGCOMMENT
taiyo logo very small19868638-274xAA Vsml v2 km/h
mph
2WD
Used:
Rare

NIB:
Rare
value75 150
3.9 out of 5
Original and best Mini Hopper design with rare front wheels.
Rating
3.9
out of 5
Review CommentOriginal and best Mini Hopper design with rare front wheels.

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SPECIFICATIONS

ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
1/20NoneJapanUnknown
SteeringSuspensionGearBoxFreq.
PassiveFront Wishbone, Rear Shocks2-SpeedRed(27Mhz)

MODEL REVIEW

This Taiyo Mini Hopper is the original Mini Hopper released by Taiyo to the Global/European market in 1986, alongside the full size Taiyo Jet Hopper.

This Global/European version retains the same Made in Japan model, but with English and French packaging, and was available in both Red and White.

Its most unique feature is the unusual ‘flat’ front wheels, looking very similar to those on the Tamiya Grass Hopper, which was the core inspiration for the original Jet Hopper design.

Comparing the photo below of the actual Tamiya Grass Hopper, and the white Taiyo Mini Hopper (Original), you can see the resemblance!

Powered by 4xAA batteries and Made in Japan, it had decent performance and quality for a 1986 RC car, and this version in particular is quite rare and hard to find, so if you come across one for a reasonable price, we’d highly recommend adding it to your collection!

Photo of Grass Hopper, thanks to TamiyaBase.

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    VALUE / PRICE HISTORY

    Average Price

    $112.50

    Highest Price

    $159.99

    This average price is based on 8 sales we have recorded (max 10 shown).

    DatePriceConditionTypeTitle
    03 Nov 2023$79.99UsedBuy1989 tyco rc mini hopper turbo dune buggy original vintage model taiyo 49mhz
    03 Nov 2023$79.99UsedBuy1989 tyco rc mini hopper turbo dune buggy original vintage model taiyo 49mhz
    21 Aug 2023$100UsedBuyTyco rc mini hopper ii original with box model #2324-49 taiyo 49mhz (1989)
    21 Aug 2023$100UsedBuyTyco rc mini hopper ii original with box model #2324-49 taiyo 49mhz (1989)
    21 Aug 2023$100UsedBuyTyco rc mini hopper ii original with box model #2324-49 taiyo 49mhz (1989)
    24 Jul 2023$159.99UsedBuyVintage 1989 tyco rc mini hopper original with box model #2324-49 taiyo 49mhz
    24 Jul 2023$159.99UsedBuyVintage 1989 tyco rc mini hopper original with box model #2324-49 taiyo 49mhz
    01 Feb 2023$116NewBuy It NowNib
    Prices in USD. NIB = New In box, MIB = Mint in Box, EC = Excellent Condition, VGC = Very Good Condition, GC+ = Good condition plus, GC = Good condition, PC = Poor Condition. With Controller = Car with controller. With Box = Box, Car, and Controller. We make all efforts to ensure data is accurate, but cannot guarantee it is.

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