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1989 Taiyo Wave Hopper

BRANDYEARMODELPOWERSPEEDDRIVEAVAILABLEMINT VALUE*RATINGCOMMENT
taiyo logo very small198989109.6vTurboPack sml ?km/h
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Used:
Occasional

NIB:
Rare
value200 300
4.3 out of 5
Gives any modern 'toy' boat a run for its money, even 30 years later. Testament to the quality of RC toys in the late 80s.
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4.3
out of 5
Review CommentGives any modern 'toy' boat a run for its money, even 30 years later. Testament to the quality of RC toys in the late 80s.

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SPECIFICATIONS

ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
1/10NoneSingaporeMabuchi 370 (Boat)
SteeringSuspensionGearBoxFreq.
ActiveNone1-SpeedRed(27Mhz)

MODEL REVIEW

The Taiyo Wave Hopper is a large 1/10 scale 9.6V ‘Twin Turbo’ radio control speed boat, manufactured by Taiyo, and released into the Japanese market in 1989.

The Wave Hopper is also known as the Tyco Unlimited Hydroplane in the US, UK, and other western countries.

Features and Performance

Available in a single color and frequency (27Mhz Red) to our knowledge, it performs reasonably well in the water but can’t be compared with a modern brushless lithium R/C Jet boat.

Whatever the case, this model looks HOT! Yes sure, the intakes and ‘engines’ on the top aren’t real, obviously, but it still manages to look menacing.

8910 Taiyo Wave Hopper Open Box
Taiyo Wave Hopper in Open Box #8910

The Wave Hopper does’nt just look great, it means business with 2 x Mabuchi RK370 motors, the second largest motors Taiyo ever used in their radio control vehicles, second only to the Mabuchi 380 motors in the Super Fast Traxx.

Below we have photos of the motor assembly inside the boat, showing the twin RK370 Mabuchi, one of them with the heat sink removed, and the control unit on the opposite side.


8910 Taiyo Wave Hopper Inside Motor 2
8910 Taiyo Wave Hopper Inside Motor Bay (one heat sink removed)

Recommendation

Both the Wave Hopper and the Tyco Unlimited Hydroplane don’t appear very often for sale online, and when they do they’re not very cheap.

At time of writing there’s one available in the UK, though it’s not cheap, and so is likely to sell only to serious Taiyo collectors and R/C boat fans.

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    VALUE / PRICE HISTORY

    Average Price

    $191.90

    Highest Price

    $323.57

    This average price is based on 6 sales we have recorded (max 10 shown).

    DatePriceConditionTypeTitle
    09 Nov 2023$133.76New (Other)BuyTaiyo vintage r.c. Wave hopper, boat, catamaran.
    09 Nov 2023$129.02New (Other)BuyTaiyo vintage r.c. Wave hopper, boat, catamaran.
    15 Oct 2023$126.12UsedBuyRare vintage 1980's taiyo wave hopper large twin turbo 9.6v r/c speedboat - mint
    15 Oct 2023$121.65UsedBuyRare vintage 1980's taiyo wave hopper large twin turbo 9.6v r/c speedboat - mint
    08 Aug 2023$315.92Brand NewAuctionTaiyo wave hopper 2 motors 9.6v
    08 Aug 2023$323.57Brand NewAuctionTaiyo wave hopper 2 motors 9.6v
    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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