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1990 Tyco Heads Up Turbo Hopper

tyco logo very small19902600-279.6vTurboPack sml 27km/h

value200 300
4.5 out of 5
Rare, highly sought after, and increasingly expensive. An excellent example of Taiyo/Tyco's best.


ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
1/14RearSingaporeMabuchi RE-280
ActiveAll Shocks2-SpeedRed(27Mhz), Black(49Mhz)


The Tyco Heads Up Turbo Hopper is a radio control car manufactured by Taiyo (Japan), and released into the United States, United Kingdom, and other markets worldwide in 1990.


The final successor in a long line of Tyco Turbo Hoppers that began the Tyco RC business in the mid 80s, this car is the western version of the original 1989 Taiyo Heads Up Hopper sold in its home country of Japan.

Widely regarded as one of the best ‘Hoppers ever made, it is highly sought after by collectors over 30 years later, due to it being the first RC car many 90s kids experienced (or wished they had), and because it’s simply a great RC car no matter when it was released.


Based upon the Taiyo Jet Hopper 2 chassis,  it has most of the improvements of the modernized platform, including:

  • 9.6V ‘Turbo’ Battery Pack instead of inserting 8xAA batteries
  • Built-in Charge Port & LED (Battery Pack, Charger sold separately)
  • Aggressive stance
  • Rear Tires Extra Wide and Air-Filled
  • Front Tires Wide and Air-Filled
  • Chrome Rims
  • Solid Rear Axle (no differential)
  • ‘Heads Up’ Feature of Drivers Head Turns with Steering
  • Updated Controller with ‘Turbo’ Light and Chrome Handle

TV Advertisement from 1990

Action packed TV commercials were core to the Tyco RC (and Taiyo) business model since it all began in the mid-80s, and no expense was spared for the launch of the Heads Up Turbo Hopper. Compare this to some of the later advertisements in the mid 90s and you can see when the energy and focus had left the company, later leading to its buy-out.


As a Tyco Collector, there are three distinct generations of cars that stand out to me.

Setting aside the pre-1986 models for simplicity, we start with the original era from 1986-1988 where the Turbo Hopper, Super Turbo Hopper, Twin Turbo Lamborghini and many others were the greatest, just so many good ones at that time. Next there was the 1989-1992 era, with the Wild Thing, and Heads Up / Turbo Hopper 2 (this one) and similar chassis cars being amongst the best. And finally, the 1993-1996 era where the Tyco Rebound, Tyco Mutator and a few others.

And so this Heads Up Turbo Hopper is simply one of those “must-haves” from that 2nd generation of Tyco and Taiyo models that really stands out. It’s looks great, runs brilliant, has no inherent defects or material issues like earlier models (though the bumpers love breaking), and it’s just an all-round excellent design.


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    Highest Price


    This average price is based on 61 sales we have recorded (max 10 shown).

    02 Sep 2023$150UsedBuyTyco heads up turbo hopper rc buggy with box, battery and charger
    30 Aug 2023$24.99UsedAuctionVintage tyco heads up 9.6v turbo hopper rc car, red (untested)
    25 Aug 2023$225UsedBuyVintage tyco heads up 9.6v turbo hopper rc car taiyo red & black charger read
    24 Aug 2023$162.61UsedBuyRare vintage tyco rc 9.6v heads up! 9.6v turbo hopper monroe rare
    21 Aug 2023$199.95UsedBuyVintage tyco heads up 9.6v turbo hopper rc car taiyo red w/ battery charger read
    20 Aug 2023$76UsedAuctionVintage tyco heads up 9.6v turbo hopper rc car, red (untested) grt cond
    12 Aug 2023$155UsedBuyRare vintage tyco rc 9.6v heads up! 9.6v turbo hopper monroe rare
    02 Aug 2023$290UsedBuyTyco 9.6v heads up turbo hopper wild thing jet hopper buggy 49mhz near mint
    26 Jul 2023$200UsedBuyRare vintage yellow tyco wild thing heads up turbo hopper rc w/batteries charger
    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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