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1988 Tyco Racin Hoppers

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19886225Magnum 440 X2 VSml

value75 150
4.3 out of 5
Possibly the most well known and popular Tyco set of the late 80s, still available for a decent price!
out of 5
Review CommentPossibly the most well known and popular Tyco set of the late 80s, still available for a decent price!

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The Tyco Racin Hoppers was a slot car set based on the off-road radio control cars of the same name, and released into the US, UK, and other markets worldwide in 1988.

Box Art

In the United States the Tyco version was released in 1988 with two versions, one featuring only  Tyco Turbo Hopper style slot cars, and the other which included a Tyco Aero Turbo Hopper style slot car. They appear to have been released at the same time, but if you have evidence that proves otherwise, please let me know in the comments!

Concept and Features

The Racin Hoppers slot car sets were based on the radio control cars of the same name, with a track stylized as a dusty baja desert. It allowed racers to cross a river, drive through a rocky tunnel, climb a mountain, speed down a canyon, and smash through ‘boulders’ on the track.

Included Contents

From the 1990 Tyco Catalog intended for industry buyers, the product was advertised as follows:

Authentic HO scale replicas of real off-road Racing Hoppers squeeze through the terrible turns, climb monster mountain, dive down the cliffs, blast through the boulders, jump the creeks, tame the tunnel! It takes skill—and guts—to drive Racin’ Hoppers!
Contents: 2 Hopper Cars, X2 Hopper and Aero X2 Super • Mountain Scenery • Boulders • Start and Finish Sign • 28 Sections of Track (2-9″ Straight, 3-6″ Straight, 10-9″ Radius, 1-15″ Straight, 1-5’ Cut off Squeeze, 5-Transition, 5-Hump and 1-9″ Terminal Track) • 8pc. Apron Set • Piers • Guard-rails • 2 Plug-in Controllers • Wall Power Pack, U.L. Listed.

– 1990 Tyco Catalog

Track Layout

The actual track layout was fairly tame and simple compared to some other Tyco sets which featured wilder elements, however it did fit very nicely into the Baja Racing theme.


Of course, it’s the included Magnum 440-X2 slot cars that make this set popular, and many simply collect the cars by themselves.

There was the Turbo Hopper release with a red and black car each.

And the Aero Hopper release, with a Black Aero Hopper, and Red Turbo Hopper.

More Incredible Box Art

There are so many packaged versions of the Racin Bandits that I had trouble identifying all of them. Apart from the 1988 boxes already shown, there were also…

1987 Tyco Racing Hoppers (UK version) featuring this wicked artwork!

As if I wasn’t blown away already with that ‘new’ artwork, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this…

1987 Tyco SuperCircuit S-250 Racing Hoppers (Japanese version) –  Unbelievable!

Availability and Collectability

As a collector of Taiyo and Tyco R/C cars myself, this set has always been a source of fascination for me, having never seen it as a kid.

And while the track itself isn’t the most interesting or exciting of Tyco’s bunch, it’s not bad, and the vehicles alone are collectors items, without even needing the entire track set.

Thankfully the Tyco Racin Hoppers is widely available online, and at a fairly decent price too – but for how long I don’t know.

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    This average price is based on 11 sales we have recorded (max 10 shown).

    14 Aug 2023$25UsedBuyVintage tyco racin' hoppers electric slot car race track parts.
    13 Aug 2023$14.99UsedBuyTyco tan 9" curve b5843 b5846 slot car 1/4" 1/8" circle racin hoppers track
    18 Jul 2023$36.73UsedBuyVintage tyco racin' hoppers electric slot car race track parts.
    11 Jul 2023$19.38UsedAuctionTyco racin hoppers electric racing 1987 both cars, full track, both remotes
    20 Jun 2023$59.99UsedBuyTyco racin' hoppers electric ho slot car track set w/ box 1987 no cars
    19 Mar 2023$105.5UsedAuctionTyco racin' hoppers ho electric off-road functional slot car racing track set
    04 Mar 2023$54.99UsedBest offer acceptedVintage tyco racin hoppers electric racing track
    19 Feb 2023$85.99UsedBest offer acceptedTyco ho racin hoppers electric slot car set -track only no slot cars
    15 Feb 2023$100UsedBest offer acceptedTyco racin' hoppers ho electric off-road slot car racing track set #6225 works
    02 Feb 2023$19.51UsedAuctionTyco ~ racin' hoppers slot car track set with 2 cars, non-working bad condition 
    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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