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1988 Dickie Black Rider

BRANDYEARMODELPOWERSPEEDDRIVEAVAILABLEMINT VALUE*RATINGCOMMENT
dickie logo very smallv2 e168068441016219888867-WG9.6VTurbo8xAA Vsml 27km/h
17mph
2WD
Used:
Rare

NIB:
Rare
value200 300
4.4 out of 5
The Black Rider is a rare German (Dickie) version of the Jet Hopper 2 / Turbo Hopper 2. The best Hopper ever made, combined with extra rarity and mystery... nice!
Rating
4.4
out of 5
Review CommentThe Black Rider is a rare German (Dickie) version of the Jet Hopper 2 / Turbo Hopper 2. The best Hopper ever made, combined with extra rarity and mystery... nice!

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SPECIFICATIONS

ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
1/14UnknownSingaporeMabuchi RE-280
SteeringSuspensionGearBoxFreq.
UnknownAll Shocks2-SpeedBlack(27Mhz)

MODEL REVIEW

The Dickie Black Rider, or Taiyo Black Rider was a radio controlled car manufactured by Taiyo (Japan), and released into the German market, and others worldwide, in 1988.

Black Rider?

A version of the Taiyo Jet Hopper II, there’s no obvious reason why it was named the Black Rider in this instance, other than perhaps Dickie wishing to sell the product in the same market as Taiyo, and wanting to differentiate themselves perhaps? If anyone out there does know a valid reason why it was named the Dickie Black Rider we’d all love to hear from you!


8867 WG Taiyo Black Rider Car perspective
The Taiyo / Dickie Black Rider – Model 8867 WG

The best and final Jet Hopper

After making its debut in 1986 and revolutionizing the toy R/C scene almost overnight, the original Jet Hopper was now long in the tooth, and falling behind its competition (mainly Nikko) by 1988.

Yet Taiyo was confident they could pull off another global sensation, not only due to their incredible track record, but now they had the finances of Tyco USA behind them, who would become a part owner in the Taiyo Toys company, and bankroll half a dozen spin off models including the Heads Up! range, Wild Thing, and Aero Twin Turbo Hopper, among others. The 90s was going to be great for Taiyo, or so they thought.


8867 WG Taiyo Black Rider with Manual
8867 WG Taiyo Black Rider with Manual

Performance

The Dickie Black Rider would ship with an assortment of fairly high end features for a supposedly ‘toy grade’ model R/C.

Released later that same year, the 1988 Taiyo Jet Hopper II included a mix of standard features and upgraded parts.

  • 8xAA Battery Power
  • Chrome Plated Rims
  • (Upgrade) Heat Sink on Mabuchi 280 motor
  • (Upgrade) Larger 1:14 Chassis
  • (Upgrade) Rear Differential
  • (Upgrade) Fat Rear and Front Tires
  • Lightened in several areas
  • Top Speed 27Kmh or 17Mph

8867 WG Taiyo Black Rider Manual 1
Achtung!!! Manuals for the Black Rider

Recommendation

The Dickie Black Rider is an uber-rare variant of one of the most popular and well known toy R/C cars ever created. If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one, take care of it.

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    VALUE / PRICE HISTORY

    Average Price

    $145.68

    Highest Price

    $199.00

    This average price is based on 4 sales we have recorded (max 10 shown).

    DatePriceConditionTypeTitle
    07 Jul 2023$107.24UsedBuyDickie taiyo black rider remote control jet hopper turbo boxed tyco wild thing
    23 Jun 2023$199UsedBuyTyco rc taiyo dickie black rider rare jet hopper turbo hopper wild thing
    11 Jun 2023$106.78UsedBuyDickie taiyo black rider rc buggy 27km/h turbo system - operating instructions + original packaging
    15 Apr 2023$169.68UsedDickie taiyo black rider remote control jet hopper turbo boxed tyco
    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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