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1988 Tyco Aero Turbo Hopper

BRANDYEARMODELPOWERSPEEDDRIVEAVAILABLEMINT VALUE*RATINGCOMMENT
tyco logo very small19882402-279.6VTurbo8xAA Vsml 25km/h
16mph
2WD
Used:
Common

NIB:
Rare
value25 50
4.3 out of 5
A MK2 Turbo Hopper with a "90s cool" Aerodynamic hard body.
Rating
4.3
out of 5
Review CommentA MK2 Turbo Hopper with a "90s cool" Aerodynamic hard body.

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SPECIFICATIONS

ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
1/16UnknownSingaporeMabuchi RE-280
SteeringSuspensionGearBoxFreq.
UnknownAll Shocks2-SpeedGreen(27Mhz), Orange(49Mhz)

MODEL REVIEW

The Tyco Aero Turbo Hopper is a radio controlled car manufactured by Taiyo (Japan), and released into the US, UK, and other markets worldwide in 1988.

Essentially a Tyco Turbo Hopper with a new more aerodynamic body, the Aero Turbo Hopper was part of a range of ‘Aero’ toys that Tyco released to essentially double their catalog of R/C cars without significant investment in new chassis or features.

Originally sold by Taiyo in Japan as the Taiyo Aero Hopper, it was also sold in Australia as the Metro Aero Jet Hopper, and in various other countries under license. 

Why “Aero”?

As Computer Aided Design (CAD) became a standard tool in designing conventional automobiles, the resulting car shapes were frequently characterized as more “aerodynamic.” Consequently, this term gained traction and turned into a widely-used marketing strategy.

In an effort to leverage this growing trend, Taiyo and Tyco introduced numerous “Aero” variants of their best-selling RC cars during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Features and Performance

This particular version is the ‘Aero’ version of the Tyco Turbo Hopper (MK2).

It came with the following core features:

  • 9.6V ‘Turbo’ battery power
  • Top speed of 25km/h
  • All round shocks / suspension system
  • 2 Speed Gearbox
  • Built-in charge plug and LED light

Recommendation

The Aero Turbo Hopper is one of those cars you’ll either love because you had it as a child (or always wanted it), or that you don’t really think much about as you probably prefer the original. Ultimately it’s just as good as the Turbo Hopper, but whether or not you like or more or less comes down to personal taste.

From a financial sense, they are generally cheaper however it’s very very rare to find an Aero in decent condition – most of them were played to pieces a long time ago.

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    VALUE / PRICE HISTORY

    Average Price

    $73.50

    Highest Price

    $499.99

    This average price is based on 46 sales we have recorded (max 10 shown).

    DatePriceConditionTypeTitle
    04 Nov 2023$99.95UsedBuyVtg 1988 tyco aero turbo hopper rc radio control buggy w/remote 4 parts/ repair
    04 Nov 2023$49.99UsedAuctionVtg 1988 tyco aero turbo hopper rc radio control buggy w/remote & box untested
    27 Oct 2023$39.99UsedAuctionTyco aero turbo hopper r/c car buggy vintage retro
    19 Oct 2023$53UsedBuyVtg 1988 tyco aero turbo hopper rc radio control buggy w/remote 4 parts/ repair
    11 Oct 2023$60UsedBuyTyco 9.6v 9.6 v twin turbo black aero hopper taiyo r/c car lot #4
    11 Oct 2023$60UsedBuyTyco 9.6v 9.6 v twin turbo black aero hopper taiyo r/c car lot #4
    25 Sep 2023$31UsedAuctionVtg 1980s used tyco 49 mhz aero turbo hopper rc radio buggy w/remote untested
    25 Sep 2023$31UsedAuctionVtg 1980s used tyco 49 mhz aero turbo hopper rc radio buggy w/remote untested
    22 Sep 2023$17.85Brand NewBuyTyco twin turbo aero hopper replacement high low gear w/ ball bearings
    22 Sep 2023$17.85Brand NewBuyTyco twin turbo aero hopper replacement high low gear w/ ball bearings
    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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