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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 Grabber 4WD

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value75 150
3.5 out of 5
Not the most beautiful or inspiring R/C that Taiyo ever made, but it would still put a smile on your face if you took it for an off-road bash.
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Review CommentNot the most beautiful or inspiring R/C that Taiyo ever made, but it would still put a smile on your face if you took it for an off-road bash.


ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
PassiveAll Shocks2-SpeedYellow(27Mhz)


The Taiyo Grabber 4WD is a 1/14 scale radio controlled car manufactured by Taiyo (Japan), and released into the Japanese market in 1988.

With its angular utilitarian design somewhat reminiscent of a clown colored Stealth Fighter, the Grabber 4WD won’t win any beauty competitions, however you’ll forgive its paint scheme given how close it was released to the ’90s where such color / design transgressions were fashionable!

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Model 8821 Taiyo Grabber 4WD front-on

Features and Performance

I’d always thought the Grabber 4WD was a 6xAA model based on my experience driving it a few years ago, not an 8xAA / 9.6v Turbo equivalent.

This and it’s underwhelming 20km/h (12mph) top speed is forgivable when you realise it’s geared low and slow for a purpose – designed purely for off-road outdoors use.

Sadly I’ve never had a chance to drive this one in its ideal conditions, though I’d love to hear from anyone who has (comments below).

The addition of 4WD only serves to reduce the speed and increase the traction further.

8821 Taiyo Turbo Grabber 4WD Battery Compartment
Battery compartment of the Grabber 4WD where the drive train cuts straight through the middle

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Side profile of the Grabber 4WD showing its angular ‘Stealth Fighter’ cockpit


This is a car that deserves more time to investigate its strong points, whether its low gearing and high traction makes up for the lackluster speed despite the high voltage, or whether it was just a straight up fail.

Given Taiyo’s overall high quality and lack of serious failures in any of its cars, I’d be surprised if this one  couldn’t capture a smile on my face – in the right conditions.

Fortunately if you do want a chance to test it out, there’s enough Taiyo Grabbers around, unlike its American cousin the Tyco 4WD Grabber which is almost extinct


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    This average price is based on 5 sales we have recorded (max 10 shown).

    25 Aug 2023$31.54UsedBuyRare taiyo grabber 4wd radio control car / buggy - 20km turbo boost boxed
    18 Mar 2023$69.99Usedor Best OfferRare vtg 1989 tyco 9.6v turbo grabber 4wd taiyo rc r/c untested no remote
    10 Jan 2023$67.99UsedBest offer acceptedTaiyo grabber 4wd radio control car 20km/h turbo boost origional box
    10 Jan 2023$67.64Pre-ownedor Best OfferVgc in box
    31 Dec 2022$70.53Pre-ownedor Best OfferMib
    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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