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1989 Taiyo Heads Up Hopper

BRANDYEARMODELPOWERSPEEDDRIVEAVAILABLEMINT VALUE*RATINGCOMMENT
taiyo logo very small198989119.6vTurboPack sml 27km/h
17mph
2WD
Used:
Common

NIB:
Rare
value75 150
4.3 out of 5
Everything about the Heads Up Hopper improves upon the original. They do come up on eBay fairly often, but the price only seems to go up.
Rating
4.3
out of 5
Review CommentEverything about the Heads Up Hopper improves upon the original. They do come up on eBay fairly often, but the price only seems to go up.

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SPECIFICATIONS

ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
1/16RearSingaporeTBC
SteeringSuspensionGearBoxFreq.
UnknownTBA2-SpeedBlack(27Mhz)

MODEL REVIEW

The Taiyo Heads Up Hopper is a 1/14 radio controlled car released into the global market in 1989.

Features

Based on the Taiyo Jet Hopper II, the Heads Up Hopper’s main feature is the drivers head which turns left and right according to steering inputs.


8911 Taiyo Heads Up Hopper Car Front with Controller Credit to Curtis the Tyco King
Tyco version of the Heads Up Hopper – Photo Credit to Curtis the Tyco King

Performance

Unlike the Jet Hopper II, the Heads Up Hopper’s we’ve tested have a solid rear axle (no differential), the same as Heads Up Wild Thing Turbo Hopper, however the overall features remain largely the same:

  • 9.6v ‘Turbo’ 8xAA battery power
  • Chrome plated rims
  • Wider Air Filled Front and Rear Tires
  • Heat Sink on the 280 Mabuchi motor
  • Top Speed of 27kmh/17mph

The Jet Hopper 2 chassis was also used for other Taiyo / Tyco models, many of them highly popular and increasingly rare collectors items today, such as:


8911 Taiyo Heads Up Hopper Carfront
A Taiyo Heads Up Hopper Front On

8911 Taiyo Heads Up Hopper Car Perspective V2
8911 Taiyo Heads Up Hopper Car Perspective

Recommendation

The Heads Up / Jet Hopper II range of cars are some of the best Taiyo ever made, and while it’s evident how they obtained the performance improvements (mainly by lightening the chassis, which is why you’ll see more broken JH2 than JH1), it’s still an absolute classic and a must-have for any Tyco Collector.

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    VALUE / PRICE HISTORY

    Average Price

    $194.50

    Highest Price

    $500.00

    This average price is based on 17 sales we have recorded (max 10 shown).

    DatePriceConditionTypeTitle
    10 Nov 2023$159UsedBuyVintage tyco heads up 9.6v turbo hopper rc car taiyo red w/ battery charger
    20 Oct 2023$107.21UsedBuyTyco wild thing 9.6v rc turbo hopper taiyo remote control car bandit heads up
    20 Oct 2023$103.22UsedBuyTyco wild thing 9.6v rc turbo hopper taiyo remote control car bandit heads up
    25 Aug 2023$225UsedBuyVintage tyco heads up 9.6v turbo hopper rc car taiyo red & black charger read
    25 Aug 2023$225UsedBuyVintage tyco heads up 9.6v turbo hopper rc car taiyo red & black charger read
    21 Aug 2023$199.95UsedBuyVintage tyco heads up 9.6v turbo hopper rc car taiyo red w/ battery charger read
    21 Aug 2023$199.95UsedBuyVintage tyco heads up 9.6v turbo hopper rc car taiyo red w/ battery charger read
    25 Jul 2023$224.99UsedBuyTaiyo tyco rc heads up 9.6v turbo hopper red taiyo wild thing jet hopper 49mhz
    25 Jul 2023$224.99UsedBuyTaiyo tyco rc heads up 9.6v turbo hopper red taiyo wild thing jet hopper 49mhz
    15 Jul 2023$124.99UsedBuyTyco wild thing heads up vintage turbo hopper rc taiyo metro
    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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