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
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.