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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 Taiyo Aero Mini Hopper 3

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3.7 out of 5
Vintage Mini Hoppers are the perfect little car for nostalgia, a gift, or just starting out your collection.
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Review CommentVintage Mini Hoppers are the perfect little car for nostalgia, a gift, or just starting out your collection.


ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
PassiveLimited2-SpeedRed(27Mhz), White(27Mhz)


The Taiyo Aero Mini Hopper 3 was 1/20 radio control car manufactured by Taiyo (Japan) and released into the global market in 1988.

The cultural fascination around aerodynamics was in full swing following the advent of computer aided design (CAD), and products everywhere were jumping on the aerodynamic hype train.

8801 Taiyo AeroMiniHopper3 White Car with Controller
Model 8801 Taiyo Aero Mini Hopper 3 in White

1988 Taiyo Aero Mini Hopper III Box Front
1988 Taiyo Aero Mini Hopper III Box

Seeing an obvious opportunity, Taiyo would take all their most popular models and re-release them as ‘Aero’ versions using the same chassis and overall concept, but with a sleaker, windswept  ‘aerodynamic’ body.

This Aero Mini Hopper III took its cues from the Taiyo Mini Hopper 3, released around the same time in 1988, with more than a little borrowed from super, super cool 1987 Taiyo Aero Jet Fighter.

Features and Performance

Unlike the regular version, the Aero version is Made in Singapore, though other than that it’s chassis is the same. Powered by 4xAA Batteries it’s got a slow-moderate speed, decent suspension and grippy rubber tires, and the overall build quality is excellent 80s Taiyo style.

Perfect for letting the kids buzz around the house without too much risk of breaking anything.


Mini Hoppers are always great buys, because they give you 80% of the nostalgia from back in the day, at 50% of the cost (or less) of a full size 9.6V Turbo model.

I started with a single Mini Hopper 2, and now 100+ models later… uh…. on second thoughts, maybe you should give it a miss! j/k

Updated 01/07/22: Added photos of White version.

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Model 8801 Taiyo Aero Mini Hopper 3 in White Box


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    This average price is based on 1 sales we have recorded (max 10 shown).

    15 Oct 2023$86.73UsedBuyAero mini hopper iii 3 taiyo radio control car
    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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