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12th November 2023
If you’re looking for the perfect nostalgic gift from the 80s and 90s, a vintage Tyco Mini Hopper is my pick! They’re great collectors items and are still fairly affordable.


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1987 Metro 4WD Bullet

metro logo very small19879.6VTurbo8xAA Vsml 25km/h

value75 150
4.5 out of 5
Possibly the best Metro ever released in Australia.


ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
1/14RearJapanTwin Mabuchi RE-280SA-2295
ActiveAll Shocks2-SpeedBlack(27.095Mhz),Black(30.00Mhz)


The Metro 4WD Bullet is a radio controlled car, manufactured by Taiyo of Japan, and released onto the Australian market in 1987.

In the late 80s, Australian kids were treated to some of the best RC car toys in the world, thanks to PlayCorp, trading as Metro RC.  Metro and their radio controlled cars were household names thanks to their keen advertising, and frequent promotion on the kids TV show Agro’s Cartoon Connection, and of course racing on The Early Bird Show with Marty Monster (check out my article here!)

Initially introducing the Metro Jet Hopper in 1986, it was so successful that Tyco Industries in America took notice and followed their lead, investing in their own version, the 1988 Tyco Turbo Hopper which met equal success in the United States.

With their success with Jet Hopper still red hot in 1987, Metro began looking for the next big thing – something bigger, better, faster than the Jet Hopper. And the natural progression was the Taiyo Jet Racer 4WD.

It would go on to win the 1987 Toy of the Year, at the Australian Toy Awards. Metro RC was at the height of their success.


Easily in the Top 10 Taiyo vehicles, the Jet Racer 4WD has just about everything.

  • 9.6V 8xAA Battery Power
  • Twin Mabuchi 280 motors
  • Full time 4WD
  • All Round Shocks
  • Front Differential
  • Maximum Speed of 25kmh/16mph

It was the ultimate off-road toy RC in the world in 1987, and would hold its own even against equivalent hobby-grade RCs of its era.


Getting your hands on ANY Metro RC car in a box in good condition is almost impossible at this point. They rarely come up on eBay, and the sellers are asking for serious cash. No surprise, this is a serious part of Australian toy history and nostalgia for any Australian kid of the 80s/90s.

Credit: Thanks to Raffi Z for providing photos of his super rare Metro 4WD Bullet!


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    28 Feb 2023$200.04UsedBest Offer AcceptedTAIYO R/C JET RACER 4WD / METRO BULLET IN BOX - Vintage Jet Hopper TYCO RC
    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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