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1987 Taiyo Mini Hopper 2

BRANDYEARMODELPOWERSPEEDDRIVEAVAILABLEMINT VALUE*RATINGCOMMENT
taiyo logo very small198787514xAA Vsml v2 km/h
mph
2WD
Used:
Occasional

NIB:
Rare
value75 150
3.8 out of 5
Standard Black Box Mini Hopper 2 with its wonderful color scheme. A great addition to any collection.
Rating
3.8
out of 5
Review CommentStandard Black Box Mini Hopper 2 with its wonderful color scheme. A great addition to any collection.

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SPECIFICATIONS

ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
1/20NoneSingaporeMabuchi RC260S
SteeringSuspensionGearBoxFreq.
UnknownAll Shocks2-SpeedYellow(27Mhz)

MODEL REVIEW

This is the Taiyo Mini Hopper 2, released in 1987 by Taiyo as a successor to the original Mini Hopper.  As far as we can tell, all Taiyo Mini Hopper 2 were this rainbow color scheme, and international (Tyco, Metro) were the traditional Red and Black versions.

Due to the uniqueness,  this rainbow version is starting to get rare, but you should be able to track one down if you look in the right places.

Despite the packaging only indicating ‘Mini Hopper’, we know this is the Mini Hopper 2 due to its release a year after the first, various design changes, and Tyco clearing up any confusion by labeling their American version simply ‘Mini Hopper 2‘.

Improvements from the original version are:

    • Added front shocks, inc. shock towers.
    • Knobbly off-road front tires
    • Strengthened front end and steering assembly

With just 4xAA batteries, performance is reasonable for a small RC,
and the suspension upgrades increase the fun outdoors, or indoors over
some mild jumps, though if you’re looking for performance we’d
definitely recommend a Taiyo / Tyco 9.6V vehicle.

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    VALUE / PRICE HISTORY

    Average Price

    $97.90

    Highest Price

    $129.95

    This average price is based on 2 sales we have recorded (max 10 shown).

    DatePriceConditionTypeTitle
    07 Apr 2023$65.99UsedBuy It NowVintage 1990's Taiyo Japan 1/20 Mini Hopper III RC Buggy IN Box Tyco Nikko 2
    20 Mar 2023$129.95UsedBuy It NowLot (2) VTG 1990's Taiyo Japan 1/20 Mini Hopper III RC Buggy Tyco No. 8803 WORKS
    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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