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1987 Taiyo Aero Jet Hopper

BRANDYEARMODELPOWERSPEEDDRIVEAVAILABLEMINT VALUE*RATINGCOMMENT
taiyo logo very small198787419.6vTurboPack sml 27km/h
17mph
2WD
Used:
Occasional

NIB:
Rare
value75 150
4.2 out of 5
A Jet Hopper with a sleeker body. The original is arguably more memorable, but it's a classic nonetheless.
Rating
4.2
out of 5
Review CommentA Jet Hopper with a sleeker body. The original is arguably more memorable, but it's a classic nonetheless.

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SPECIFICATIONS

ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
1/16UnknownSingaporeMabuchi RE-280
SteeringSuspensionGearBoxFreq.
UnknownAll Shocks2-SpeedRed(27Mhz)

MODEL REVIEW

This Taiyo Aero Jet Hopper was a 9.6V radio controlled car sold in Japan in 1987.

It was the ‘Aero’ or aerodynamic version of the Taiyo Jet Hopper MK3 with a more streamlined body, reminiscent of the Taiyo Aero Super Jet 4WD.

You might also notice that it used the much improved front and rear tires in 1987, despite Tyco’s 1988 Turbo Hopper MK2 and Aero Turbo Hopper still using the older tires a full year later!


8741 Taiyo AeroJetHopper Car
Model 8741 Taiyo Aero Jet Hopper

Features and Performance

Underneath the streamlined exterior, its chassis was from a Jet Hopper MK3, released in the same year. As such its features were the same:

  • 9.6V ‘Turbo’ 8xAA Battery Power
  • Wide Air-Filled Off-Road Tires
  • Mabuchi 280 motor
  • 4 x Shock Absorbers
  • 2-Speed Gearbox

8741 Taiyo Aero Jet Hopper Car4
Aero Jet Hopper with the top removed and chassis exposed

8741 Taiyo AeroJetHopper Bottom
Bottom of the Aero Jet Hopper Chassis

Why ‘Aero’?

In the late 1980s, automobile design began to change as the tools used to build the cars changed. Gone were the simple boxy shapes of the early-mid 80s, and in its place were new bezier curves thanks to modern Computer Aided Design (CAD) software.

This created a new ‘look’, and allowed car manufacturers to make care more ‘aerodynamic’, building shapes that allowed the air to pass by more easily, resulting in faster speed and greater efficiency.

CAD car design curves 80s

This ‘futuristic’ look found its way into many Taiyo and Tyco R/C cars, with ‘Aero’ versions of all their most popular cars.

Recommendation

The ‘Aero’ Jet Hopper is just a MK3, and so if you’ve driven that, you’ve driven this. Whether you should add it to your collection depends if you enjoy the ‘Aero’ style. In any case, if you have’nt got the original Jet Hopper MK3 yet, we’d  recommend that one first.

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    VALUE / PRICE HISTORY

    Average Price

    $73.50

    Highest Price

    $167.88

    This average price is based on 17 sales we have recorded (max 10 shown).

    DatePriceConditionTypeTitle
    26 Nov 2023$31.75UsedAuctionTaiyo radio controlled aero jet hopper.
    13 Aug 2023$116.99UsedBuyRare vintage 1980's taiyo japan r/c black aero jet hopper w/box tyco turbo nikko
    13 Aug 2023$116.99UsedBuyRare vintage 1980's taiyo japan r/c black aero jet hopper w/box tyco turbo nikko
    13 Aug 2023$116.99UsedBuyRare vintage 1980's taiyo japan r/c black aero jet hopper w/box tyco turbo nikko
    12 Aug 2023$5UsedBuyVintage taiyo tyco r/c wild thing aero jet hopper hobby grade conversion.
    12 Aug 2023$5UsedBuyVintage taiyo tyco r/c wild thing aero jet hopper hobby grade conversion.
    12 Aug 2023$5UsedBuyVintage taiyo tyco r/c wild thing aero jet hopper hobby grade conversion.
    05 Aug 2023$18.17UsedBuyTaiyo aero jet hopper turbo tyco rc wild thing spares
    05 Aug 2023$18.93UsedBuyTaiyo aero jet hopper turbo tyco rc wild thing spares
    03 Aug 2023$5UsedBuyVintage taiyo tyco r/c wild thing aero jet hopper hobby grade conversion.
    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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