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1990 Tyco Twin Turbo Aero Hopper

BRANDYEARMODELPOWERSPEEDDRIVEAVAILABLEMINT VALUE*RATINGCOMMENT
tyco logo very small19902628-279.6vTurboPack sml 31km/h
19mph
2WD
Used:
Occasional

NIB:
Ultra Rare
value200 300
4.5 out of 5
One of several underappreciated gems using this mad chassis.
Rating
4.5
out of 5
Review CommentOne of several underappreciated gems using this mad chassis.

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SPECIFICATIONS

ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
1/12UnknownSingaporeTwin Mabuchi RE-280SA-2295
SteeringSuspensionGearBoxFreq.
UnknownAll Shocks2-SpeedBlack(27Mhz), Silver(49Mhz)

MODEL REVIEW

The Tyco Twin Turbo Aero Hopper is a radio controlled car manufactured by Taiyo (Japan) and released into the US, UK, and other markets worldwide in 1990.

How to identify 1988 vs 1990 model

It can be difficult to differentiate between the original 1988 Tyco Twin Turbo Hopper and this 1990 Tyco Twin Turbo Aero Hopper, as they both have the same body and chassis, with just slightly different decals. In fact we even had the incorrect model displayed here for some time, doh!

The easiest way to tell the difference is the 1990 version has a large ‘9.6V’ on the side, as you can see in both 27Mhz and 49Mhz variants below.

Features and Performance

One of the most well equipped cars Tyco ever made.

  • Large 1/12 scale with aerodynamic body
  • 9.6v Turbo Battery Pack
  • Dual Mabuchi 280 motors
  • Rear Differential
  • 2WD with a top speed of 31km/h
  • Pistol grip controller with hand guard
  • Front and rear shock absorbers
  • Adjustable front wing and super-sized rear wing
  • Extra wide front wheels
  • Silver (49Mhz) and Black (27Mhz)

1/12 or 1/14 Scale?

The original vehicle this is based on, the Aero Jet Fighter, quotes a 1/14 scale car on the box – already quite large for Taiyo. Yet on this Tyco (US) edition it says 1/12 scale. So what is it? Well, as there’s no real life Aero Jet Fighter to base the scale of this model on, it’s tough to say, however this is one large model, and personally I think it’s somewhere between 1/12 and 1/14, so either is fine.

Recommendation

Clearly in the running for the best Taiyo/Tyco ever made, the Twin Turbo Aero Hopper is a huge car compared to its siblings, a ‘toy grade’ with serious power, and an excellent example of what Taiyo/Tyco were capable of – a true high performance RC for a reasonable price.

What’s more, these are often easier to pickup than a Turbo Hopper MK1 or MK2, or Wild Thing,  despite being twice as large, fast, and sophisticated. In my opinion the market for these just has’nt caught up yet, but when people realise how incredibly awesome these cars are (wildly better than a Turbo Hopper), they’ll suddenly get very scarce.

So, if you’re thinking of grabbing a Twin Turbo Aero Hopper, do it at the first available opportunity, as it won’t be long until they’re near impossible to find.

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    VALUE / PRICE HISTORY

    Average Price

    $69.90

    Highest Price

    $250.00

    This average price is based on 8 sales we have recorded (max 10 shown).

    DatePriceConditionTypeTitle
    22 Sep 2023$17.85Brand NewBuyTyco twin turbo aero hopper replacement high low gear w/ ball bearings
    05 Sep 2023$250UsedBuyTyco 9.6v 9.6 v rc twin turbo red lamborghini countach & black aero hopper
    31 Jul 2023$35UsedBuyTyco twin turbo aero hopper body! 49mhz version!
    20 Jun 2023$16.85Brand NewBuyTyco twin turbo aero hopper replacement high low gear w/ ball bearings
    31 Mar 2023$119.95UsedBuy It NowTyco 9.6v twin turbo aero hopper rc buggy tested works
    12 Mar 2023$16.85Brand NewBuy It NowTyco twin turbo aero hopper replacement high low gear w/ ball bearings
    14 Dec 2022$41UsedAuctionBargain! Vgc, with controller.
    04 Nov 2022$59.99UsedBuy It NowBargain! Vgc, with controller.
    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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