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!
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
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.