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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 Jet Hopper MK2

metro logo very small19872401-279.6VTurbo8xAA Vsml 25km/h

value200 300
4.3 out of 5
If you find a nice one, I'll buy it from you!
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Review CommentIf you find a nice one, I'll buy it from you!


ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
1/16RearSingaporeMabuchi RE-280
UnknownFront Wishbone, Rear Shocks2-SpeedRed(27Mhz),Black(40Mhz)


The Metro Jet Hopper is a radio controlled car manufactured by Taiyo of Japan, and released onto the Australian market by GTI / Metro in the late 80s. This is the 2nd iteration, the Mark 2 with several improvements.

Successor to the original Jet Hopper

The release of the original 1986 Metro Jet Hopper  was a smash hit, becoming wildly successful in Australia; so much so that Tyco of America recognized the opportunity and immediately engaged with the manufacturer (Taiyo) to begin production production of its own version, the Turbo Hopper.

Demand for the car in Japan, USA, and Europe remained high, leading to the production of this Mark II release in 1987.

Did you know?

Photos of the original MK1 Jet Hopper remained on the box of all subsequent MK2 and MK3 products, easily distinguishable by its ‘fat’ front tires. Also true for the US Turbo Hopper!

Jet Hopper MK2 box still shows MK1 in photos

Features and Performance

The MK 2 included various enhancements, such as:

  • Thinner and lighter front tires
  • Increased top speed of 26km/h visibly marked in front of cockpit
  • Solid front bumper (no embedded text)
  • Power / Charge LED

MetroRCLogo withJetHopper

Development of the Jet Hopper and Turbo Hopper, and its links to Australian toy industry legends is an interesting story.

We’d recommend reading the original MK1 article if you have’nt already.


Obtaining the Australian Metro Jet Hopper of any version is difficult, with relatively lower sales volumes compared to the US and Europe meaning any you do find are likely loved to bits, and in poor condition.

Tips for finding an Australia Metro RC Jet Hopper:

  • Set a saved search on eBay Australia
  • Keep an eye on Facebook marketplace
  • Garage sales often have the best quality and prices

Whatever the case, owning one of these timeless Australian toys from the 80s is a nostalgic dream, and depending on the condition , a valuable collectible that will only appreciate in value over time.


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    This average price is based on 1 sales we have recorded (max 10 shown).

    30 Aug 2023$102.03UsedAuctionJet hopper first gen, metro taiyo tyco mint
    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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