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12th November 2023
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1987 Taiyo Racing Pick-Up 4WD (Japan)

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Ultra Rare

Ultra Rare
4.8 out of 5
For many, it is the most rare and desirable model Taiyo ever made. And this ones Made in Japan! If you can find one, and afford it, get it!
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Review CommentFor many, it is the most rare and desirable model Taiyo ever made. And this ones Made in Japan! If you can find one, and afford it, get it!


ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
1/14FrontJapanTwin Mabuchi RE-280SA-2295
UnknownAll Shocks2-SpeedRed/White/Blue(27Mhz,49Mhz). Reportedly a version with Red bonnet, but photos of this are hard to come by.


The Taiyo Racing Pick-Up 4WD (Japan) is a radio controlled car released into the Japanese market in 1987.

For Administrator OzzyMuppet, this is my #1 car. As close as Taiyo ever got to perfection, it is the predecessor to the massively popular 1990 Tyco Baja Bandit. 

8760 Taiyo Turbo Racing Pickup Front
Model 8760 Taiyo Racing Pick-Up 4WD. The orange tires indicate this was a limited edition used in competion races at an event hosted as part of the Tokyo International Toy Show.

Features and Performance

  • Large 1/14 Scale
  • Made in Japan
  • 9.6v ‘Turbo’ with 8xAA (12V Alkaline)
  • Top Speed of 25km/h
  • Twin Mabuchi 280 motors running 4WD drive-train
  • Front Differential, with Rear Solid Axle, reportedly best for off-road.
  • All-Round Blue Shocks Absorbers with Steel Shaft
  • Spare tire on the back
  • Roof-Top Air Intake
  • Nissan King Cab Hard body

It is available in Red Top (27Mhz) and Blue Top (49Mhz).

History and Development

The story of the Taiyo Racing Pick-Up is closely linked with the 1988 Global version, the 1988 US version, and it’s successor the Tyco Baja Bandit.

As the story goes, Taiyo Japan offered this Taiyo Racing Pick-Up 4WD to Tyco Industries (USA) as a potential new flagship product, just as the Jet Hopper had become the wildly successful Tyco Turbo Hopper.

This made sense, because the Racing Pickup was based on actual Nissan 4×4 King Cab Racing Pick-Ups, such as those driven by late American Sherman Balch, winning the Baja 1000 in 1987, the most prestigious off-road race in the world, held in the Californian Peninsula (Mexico). Another famous Off-Road Racer Roger Mears also ran Red, White, and Blue Nissan Pickups that look distinctly similar to Taiyo’s truck (see below).

Sherman Balch in his 1984 Nissan Pick-Up for which the Taiyo Racing Pick-Up was based
Sherman Balch in his 1984 Nissan Racing Pickup
Roger Mears OffRoad Racing Truck 1987 Craid Colorado 300 Class 7
Roger Mears in his Nissan Racing Pickup during the 1987 Craig Colorado 300. At this time offroad racing was huge, with Ford, Nissan, Chevy involved.

Tyco agreed, and after repackaging for the English market, Taiyo would release the 1988 Taiyo Racing Pickup (Global) onto the European market, and Tyco would release the 1988 Tyco 4WD Turbo Racing Pickup onto the US market.

Unfortunately, in the American market, the 4WD Racing Pick-Up just did’nt sell well. Was it the relatively higher price, due to the high specs? Was it the Japanese brand (Nissan), instead of a Chevy or GM Pick-Up? Or maybe it was just not the right time.

As a result, Tyco would go on to design and order a simpler version, more appealing to American audiences – the legendary Tyco Baja Bandit, utilizing the same Nissan Pick-Up hard body, but a completely new chassis.


30 years later, most collectors agree that the Taiyo Racing Pickup 4WD, whether it’s Taiyo or Tyco, is one of the best radio control cars Taiyo ever made (in my opinion it’s #1) and due to it’s small production run of just 1 year, it’s also one of the rarest. Get one if you can find one.


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    This average price is based on 7 sales we have recorded (max 10 shown).

    31 Aug 2023$378.13UsedAuctionTaiyo racing pick-up nissan turbo 2 engine 4wd
    31 Aug 2023$388.28UsedAuctionTaiyo racing pick-up nissan turbo 2 engine 4wd
    31 Aug 2023$390.73UsedAuctionTaiyo racing pick-up nissan turbo 2 engine 4wd
    09 Jul 2023$377.49UsedAuctionTaiyo racing pick-up nissan turbo 2 engine 4wd
    09 Jul 2023$379.87UsedAuctionTaiyo racing pick-up nissan turbo 2 engine 4wd
    06 Jul 2023$995UsedBuyTaiyo tyco r/c racing pick-up 4wd turbo bandit nissan pickup truck holy grail
    29 Jan 2023$523.75UsedBest offer acceptedTaiyo nissan racing pick-up 4wd turbo 2 motor 25 km/h 1/14
    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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