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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 Jet Hopper II (Global)

taiyo logo very small198888679.6VTurbo8xAA Vsml 27km/h

value75 150
4.3 out of 5
The Jet Hopper II improves upon the original MK1/2/3 in every way, yet still feels like a Jet Hopper, without the added gimmick of the Heads Up model.
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Review CommentThe Jet Hopper II improves upon the original MK1/2/3 in every way, yet still feels like a Jet Hopper, without the added gimmick of the Heads Up model.


ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
1/14RearSingaporeMabuchi RE-280
UnknownAll Shocks2-SpeedSilver(27Mhz), Red(40Mhz),


The Taiyo Jet Hopper II (or Jet Hopper 2) is a 1:14 radio controlled car manufactured by Taiyo (Japan), the final version of the Jet Hopper series, released in Japan and other countries across the world under different brands in 1988.

The Jet Hopper series of RC cars began with the original Mark I version, the 1986 Taiyo Jet Hopper MK1, followed by the Jet Hopper MK2 in 1987, and Taiyo Jet Hopper MK3 in 1988.

Upgrades. Lots of Upgrades.

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

  • 9.6v ‘Turbo’ 8xAA battery power
  • Chrome plated rims
  • New Larger 1:14 Chassis (original was 1:16)
  • New Rear differential
  • New Wider Air Filled Front and Rear Tires
  • New Heat Sink on the 280 Mabuchi motor
  • New Redesigned and lightened chassis which improved performance and handling
  • Top Speed of 27kmh/17mph

The Jet Hopper series was one of the few major global successes from Taiyo that never had a 9.6V Battery Pack due to its core design requiring the batteries within the cockpit area.


The Jet Hopper II came in Red (27Mhz), and Black (49Mhz), but also this rare silver color.

A popular chassis

The Jet Hopper II chassis was used in many different Taiyo and Tyco vehicles for many years after it’s released, including:

And no doubt many others…


We have nothing but great things to say about the Jet Hopper II / Jet Hopper 2 and its shared chassis variants. Any Taiyo / Tyco collector is sure to have at least one, and more likely several in their collection, making it an excellent car to purchase if you’re just starting out in the hobby.


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    This average price is based on 7 sales we have recorded (max 10 shown).

    28 Aug 2023$47.36UsedAuctionJet hopper ii taiyo radio control boxed remote control car
    28 Aug 2023$49.21UsedAuctionJet hopper ii taiyo radio control boxed remote control car
    26 Feb 2023$161.66UsedBest offer acceptedTaiyo jet hopper ii 2 rc radio control car buggy riko tyco silver vintage
    13 Jan 2023$184.49Pre-ownedor Best OfferVgc in box
    18 Nov 2022$43.04Parts onlyBuy it nowGc car only, dirty, small edge snapped off
    11 Nov 2022$50.43Pre-ownedAuctionGc+ in box
    07 Nov 2022$31.37Pre-ownedAuctionNear mint with controller insane bargain!
    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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