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1988 Metro Aero Jet Hopper MKII

BRANDYEARMODELPOWERSPEEDDRIVEAVAILABLEMINT VALUE*RATINGCOMMENT
metro logo very small1988????9.6VTurbo8xAA Vsml 27km/h
17mph
2WD
Used:
Occasional

NIB:
Rare
value200 300
4.3 out of 5
It's a great car, no doubt about it. As good or better than an original Jet Hopper, or regular Jet Hopper 2? It's a matter of personal taste.
Rating
4.3
out of 5
Review CommentIt's a great car, no doubt about it. As good or better than an original Jet Hopper, or regular Jet Hopper 2? It's a matter of personal taste.

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SPECIFICATIONS

ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
1/14RearSingaporeMabuchi RE-280
SteeringSuspensionGearBoxFreq.
ActiveAll Shocks2-SpeedBlack(27Mhz)

MODEL REVIEW

The Metro Aero Jet Hopper MKII was a radio control toy manufactured by Taiyo (Japan), and sold in Australia and New Zealand by Playcorp trading as Metro RC in 1988.


8868 Taiyo Aero Jet Hopper 2 Car Front Quarter 2
Model 8868 Taiyo Aero Jet Hopper II (Japanese version shown)

In the 80s, Aerodynamics were cool

As one of several successors to the original  Metro Jet Hopper in 1986 the Aero Jet Hopper 2 was a result of a resurgence in the popularity of aerodynamic vehicle design in the 1980s thanks to the fuel crisis and government regulations which demanded greater fuel efficiency. To meet these demands, new cars were constructed in CAD (Computer Aided Design) programs instead of pen and pencil.

This allowed concept artists and engineers to attempt more daring, dramatic, and windswept designs incorporating more curves and sleaker looks in passenger cars, eventually finding its way into radio controlled cars and toys.


car design change aerodynamics 1985 to 1991
The language of car design changed dramatically through the 80s-90s as a result of Computer Aided Design, driven by fuel effiency and environmental demands. This new design language naturally found its way into toys.

Features and Performance

Underneath that Aero body was the new Jet Hopper II chassis, arguably the best ‘original’ Jet Hopper / Turbo Hopper ever to be designed, featuring…

  • New Larger 1:14 Scale (previous 1:16)
  • Wider air-filled front tires made of higher quality materials
  • Air-filled rear tires with improved tread pattern
  • Heat Sink added to the Mabuchi 280 motor
  • Pistol Grip Controller
  • And all the other features of the previous MK3, such as 9.6V Turbo Power, Top Speed of 27km/h, Rear Differential, and all-round shock absorbers

Metro Aero Jet Hopper MkII

Note: We have confirmed that while the original series Jet Hoppers were 1:16 scale, all the Jet Hopper 2 based chassis cars were 1:14 scale.

The Rare Australian

Metro was the brand in Australia used by Australian company GTI/Playcorp for marketing and distribution of these cars manufactured by Taiyo (Japan) and customised to their requirements, similar to Tyco (USA) and Dickie Toys (Germany).

Recommendation

It’s a tough market for an Aussie (Australian) looking for an Metro Aero Jet Hopper MKII in decent condition, especially one with a box.

Australia is a much smaller market, so they just don’t come up on eBay as often as they might in Japan or America, and so if you’re looking for one of these in Australia you’d best set an eBay Search and be prepared to wait.

Of course, you can always widen your search by looking for the Taiyo version. Alternatively, you may find someone ready to sell in our forum, simply post a message and you’ll have an audience of collectors, many of whom live in Australia too!

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    VALUE / PRICE HISTORY

    Average Price

    $40.50

    Highest Price

    $142.99

    This average price is based on 9 sales we have recorded (max 10 shown).

    DatePriceConditionTypeTitle
    26 Nov 2023$31.53UsedAuctionTaiyo radio controlled aero jet hopper.
    12 Aug 2023$5UsedBuyVintage taiyo tyco r/c wild thing aero jet hopper hobby grade conversion.
    12 Aug 2023$5UsedBuyVintage taiyo tyco r/c wild thing aero jet hopper hobby grade conversion.
    05 Aug 2023$18.22UsedBuyTaiyo aero jet hopper turbo tyco rc wild thing spares
    05 Aug 2023$18.93UsedBuyTaiyo aero jet hopper turbo tyco rc wild thing spares
    03 Aug 2023$5UsedBuyVintage taiyo tyco r/c wild thing aero jet hopper hobby grade conversion.
    03 Aug 2023$5UsedBuyVintage taiyo tyco r/c wild thing aero jet hopper hobby grade conversion.
    18 Feb 2023$142.99Usedor Best OfferTaiyo aero jet fighter rc "working" 1987 like tyco turbo hopper metro phantom
    17 Jan 2023$130.94Usedor Best OfferVintage taiyo aero jet hopper car controlled radio rc
    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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