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1979 Taiyo Sears Custom Van / Thunder Van

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2WD
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NIB:
Rare
value25 50
3.5 out of 5
If you were young in the 1970s then perhaps this will have some nostalgic value. For me though, it's still pretty darn cool.
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3.5
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Review CommentIf you were young in the 1970s then perhaps this will have some nostalgic value. For me though, it's still pretty darn cool.

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SPECIFICATIONS

ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
TBANoneJapanUnknown
SteeringSuspensionGearBoxFreq.
UnknownNone2-SpeedWhite(27Mhz)

MODEL REVIEW

The Sears Custom Van, also known as the Taiyo Thunder Van, is a radio controlled vehicle manufactured by Taiyo (Japan), and released into the US market in 1979.

At the dawn of the toy radio control age, Taiyo was making highly detailed full function toys of a quality that’s still lasting to this day – over 40 years later.

In the mid-late 70s, custom vans were a big part of pop culture, with the real life-size vehicles customized to have all sorts of creature comforts inside.

They all followed a similar style, with bed in the back, perhaps a table in the middle, porthole windows to let in light, and often highly detailed fantasy paint work on the exterior.

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Features and Performance

Like all 1970s vehicles, the Taiyo Custom Van isn’t about speed, it’s about the cool factor… and baby… it’s cool!

7925 Taiyo Sears Custom Van in Sears Box e1656843098325
7925 taiyo sears custom 20220703024152 standard x4

The van features headlights that turned on/off with a large switch at the back, and the upgraded 3xAA+9V batteries for the car itself, which was the 2nd generation Taiyo ‘full function’ chassis.

Recommendation

The vans are not readily available on eBay, but do pop up occasionally. If you want one we’d recommend searching for “1979 sears van” and then saving that key search if you don’t get any results – ensuring it gets emailed to you when a car does pop up.

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    VALUE / PRICE HISTORY

    Average Price

    $55.29

    Highest Price

    $94.04

    This average price is based on 3 sales we have recorded (max 10 shown).

    DatePriceConditionTypeTitle
    12 Feb 2023$94.04UsedBest offer acceptedPC in box, damaged
    13 Mar 2023$38.84UsedBuy it nowPC in box, damaged.
    19 Mar 2023$34.99UsedAuctionGC in box, with all manuals and accessories
    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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