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1988 Taiyo Max Hopper 4WD (Global)

BRANDYEARMODELPOWERSPEEDDRIVEAVAILABLEMINT VALUE*RATINGCOMMENT
taiyo logo very small198888499.6VTurbo8xAA Vsml 25km/h
16mph
4WD
Used:
Rare

NIB:
Ultra Rare
value200 300
4.6 out of 5
The most feature packed buggy ever made by Taiyo, and quite possibly the best ever off-road vehicle they ever made.
Rating
4.6
out of 5
Review CommentThe most feature packed buggy ever made by Taiyo, and quite possibly the best ever off-road vehicle they ever made.

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SPECIFICATIONS

ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
1/14Front & RearSingaporeDual 280
SteeringSuspensionGearBoxFreq.
ActiveAll Shocks2-Speed27Mhz

MODEL REVIEW

The Taiyo Max Hopper 4WD is a radio control car released on the global market in 1988.

Seen by some as the pinnacle of buggies ever released by Taiyo, the Max Hopper 4WD is designed to be the ultimate Jet Hopper / Turbo Hopper.

Based on a modified Jet Racer 4WD chassis, it features:

  • 9.6V ‘Turbo’ 8xAA powered (12V with alkalines)
  • Twin Turbo 2 x Mabuchi 280 motors
  • Dual Front AND Rear Differential!
  • 4WD
  • Metal Turnbuckles (Global Version only – photo below)
  • Improved Controller with Chrome Handle and Turbo LED
  • Detailed driver
  • Just all-round bad ass!

Metal vs Plastic TurnBuckles

The metal steering hubs / turnbuckles are especially unique for a ‘toy’ class RC car, and really show that at this time, during Taiyo’s golden years, they really pushed everything as far as they could take it, experimented, and made their best efforts to produce the best possible RC car for the masses.

From our experience, it seems the original Made in Japan versions for that market shipped with Plastic, and only later Made in Singapore (Global) variants had metal turnbuckles. An upgrade due to cracking perhaps?

Collectability and Availability

Personally I feel this is an absolute #1 for any collector of Taiyo or Tyco. And the good news is, many people simply don’t know what this is, or why it’s so darn cool, so it’s not going for ridiculous money like Tyco Bandits and the other popular cars. Yet.

Research shows these pop up occasionally on eBay, so set your saved search and be patient.

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    VALUE / PRICE HISTORY

    Average Price

    $88.50

    Highest Price

    $119.86

    This average price is based on 3 sales we have recorded (max 10 shown).

    DatePriceConditionTypeTitle
    17 Jun 2023$119.86UsedBuyMax hopper turbo 4wd taiyo 4x4 radio controlled car 25km/h working vintage rare!
    17 Mar 2023$36.05Parts OnlyAuctionVintage taiyo max hopper 4wd remote controlled car used spares +vat
    11 Mar 2023$109.13UsedBuy It NowMax hopper turbo 4wd taiyo 4x4 radio controlled car 25km/h working vintage rare!
    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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