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12th November 2023
If you’re looking for the perfect nostalgic gift from the 80s and 90s, a vintage Tyco Mini Hopper is my pick! They’re great collectors items and are still fairly affordable.

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1988 Metro Mini Hopper 3

BRANDYEARMODELPOWERSPEEDDRIVEAVAILABLEMINT VALUE*RATINGCOMMENT
metro logo very small19884xAA Vsml v2 11km/h
7mph
2WD
Used:
Rare

NIB:
Rare
value25 50
3.6 out of 5
Vintage Mini Hoppers are the perfect little car for nostalgia, a gift, or just starting out your collection.
Rating
3.6
out of 5
Review CommentVintage Mini Hoppers are the perfect little car for nostalgia, a gift, or just starting out your collection.

SPECIFICATIONS

ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
1/20NoneSingaporeMabuchi RC260S
SteeringSuspensionGearBoxFreq.
UnknownLimited2-SpeedRed(40Mhz)

MODEL REVIEW

The Metro Mini Hopper 3 (or Mini Hopper III) is a radio control model manufactured by Taiyo (Japan), and released into the Australian and New Zealand markets in 1988.

Based on the original Taiyo Mini Hopper 3 which came in several color variants, and with/without a real spring on the front.

Features and Performance

Despite being aimed at a lower price and younger audience, the Mini Hopper range always maintained a high quality of the same standard as the larger more expensive models. You will find that largely any Taiyo model from this era will still be operational with a little maintenance, and many with none at all.

  • Mabuchi RC260 motor
  • 4xAA Batteries
  • Top Speed of 11kmh/7mph
  • Rubber Off-Road Tires
  • Swing Rear Suspension (Shocks)  and Solid Front

Recommendation

Mini Hoppers are a great collectors item, simply as there’s so many varieties, and some are quite rare – especially Metro versions.

They’re also great to pickup  and relive some nostalgia from the 80s without breaking the bank, though Mint-in-Box or especially rare models will get expensive.

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