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3210 Tyco US1 Electric Trucking Track Setup Photos 2 copy

Buyers Guide to Tyco US1 Electric Trucking

Throughout the 80s and 90s, Tyco Toys produced some of the most popular toys, radio control cars, and  action figures in the world. But it was slot cars and HO trains that put Tyler’s Company (Tyco) on the map, and it was a product they’d continue to manufacture from beginning until the end.

The Tyco US1 Electric Trucking series, launched in 1981 with the titular Tyco US-1 Electric Trucking set, became one of their most popular ever, combining Tyco’s talent for play sets and action figures with their decades of experience in HO scale trains and HO slot cars. US-1 sets would be neither slot cars, nor play sets, but a combination of both.

Seeing this success, they’d continue to expand the range beyond this initial set to include many more themed sets, some of which we have reviewed at Tyco Collectors.

Top 5 Tyco US-1 Electric Trucking Sets

Tyco US 1 Trucking Slot Cars
#3217 US-1 G.I. Joe Electric Trucking Box Set

1982 Tyco US-1 GI Joe Electric Trucking

What a combination! Hasbro licensed the G.I. Joe brand to Tyco for this occasion, and what a combination of 80s megabrands! Rare as hens teeth in decent condition, between this and Fire Alert I’m not sure what I’d prefer most.

See the full article here.

 

3206 Tyco US1 Interstate Delivery Set Box Front 2
#3206 Tyco US-1 Interstate Delivery Box Set

 

1981 Tyco US-1 Electric Trucking Interstate Delivery Set (3206)

One of the first US-1 Electric Trucking Interstate Delivery Set was first released in 1981, with subsequent re-release in 1984.

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3214 Tyco US1 Fire Alert Electric Trucking Box Front
#3214 Tyco US1 Fire Alert Electric Trucking

 

1983 Tyco US-1 Fire Alert Electric Trucking

One of the most popular of all US-1 sets, Fire Alert is a classic, with multiple fire trucks and great action set pieces in a beautifully illustrated 80s style box.

See the full article here.

3204 Tyco US 1 Army Transport Electric Trucking Box Front
#3204 Tyco US-1 Army Transport Electric Trucking

 

1983 Tyco US-1 Army Transport (3204)

Potentially inspiring the opening scene of the 1986 film Return of the Living Dead , you drive an army truck carrying barrels waste to a dump zone, just make sure you don’t lose a barrel on the way!

See the full article here.

3209 Tyco US1 Electric Trucking Motor City Box 2
#3209 Tyco US1 Electric Trucking Motor City

1983 Tyco US-1 Motor City Electric Trucking

So many incredible sets, Motor City sees you driving a vehicle carrier complete with a bunch of plastic cars, plus a dump truck with a load, great set with classic Tyco 80s artistry on the box.

See the full article here.

There are many more we’re in the process of documenting right now, including:

  • US-1 Big City Trucking (3201)
  • US-1 Electric Trucking Highway
  • US-1 Gravel Quarry
  • US-1 Cross Country Trucking (3205)
  • US-1 Long Haul Trucking (3215)
  • US-1 Coast to Coast Trucking (3225)
  • US-1 Road and Rail (3235)

Tyco US1 Electric Trucking Expansion Sets and Add-Ons

As well as complete sets with everything needed to play, Tyco would also produce smaller expansion sets with specific play modes, vehicles, and destinations.

  • Crane Pipe Loader
  • Log Loading Bulldozer
  • Gravel Hopper with Dump Site
  • Gravel Terminal with Unloader
  • Car Crusher with Dump Site

Buying Considerations – how to much to pay, how easy to repair?

Age and Compatibility

  • Recommended for ages 8+, kids love these sets as there’s just nothing like them today.
  • All Tyco US-1 tracks are compatible with one another, and technically compatible with regular Tyco HO scale slot car sets, with some caveats (see ‘Compatibility’ below)

Availability

Most Tyco US-1 sets are widely available on eBay, though some are more popular and so more expensive.

See our individual articles on each set (listed above) with links to current items on sale.

Vintage Tyco Toys are coming more popular each year as the kids from the 80s and 90s get older, and become more nostalgic, and now with full time jobs they can finally enjoy all the toys they missed out on in their youth, or ones they simply remember fondly. In other words, they’re not getting any cheaper!

Price Guide

  • Factors affecting cost include completeness of set, condition, popularity, and rarity.
  • Price ranges from $100 for used sets in average condition and perhaps incomplete to $350 USD + for popular and excellent condition used sets.
  • New unopened boxes are rare and easily exceed $500 USD +

Maintenance and Repair

  • Repairing and replacing plastic models, gears, road signs, billboard signs, stickers, and other accessories is part of the fun, and isn’t difficult. If you’ve got access to eBay to find parts, and are handy with cleaning, greasing, gluing, and dusting then that’s all the skills you’ll really need for this hobby.
  • Stickers are the most commonly replaced item, with faded stickers easily replaced with replicas and reproductions found online, or unused sticker sets from other packs.
  • Repair guides can be found on YouTube, and simply asking in our forum, or a larger slot-car based forum will usually find you can answer to any question.
  • Sanding and painting can be a useful skill, but it’s not as necessary with these small scale cars and accessories which are simpler built, and often a single color plastic (which can be polished instead of painted) with stickers on top. What can come in handy is a simple black market, and a chrome paint pen, depending on what you need to fix.

Track Compatibility between Tyco US-1 and Tyco HO Scale Slots

Looking at the underside of a typical US-1 Electric Trucking vehicle we can see the connection to the track extends the entire length of the vehicle – necessary to ensure they could reverse just as well as moving forward, while keeping stable, or even towing other toys.

The US-1 track itself is a gray colored version of the Tyco Quick Clik track used since the 1970s on all Tyco HO scale Slot Car sets. There are reports online of compatibility between the two track types, with some being directly compatible, and others requiring only minor modification to click together.

Additionally US 1 Electric Trucking vehicles also work on regular Tyco HO scale slot track, making for some interesting opportunities. Given the differences in speed and dynamics (US-1 controller, reverse, etc.) between typical slot cars and electric trucking, you’ll have to do some thinking about a track combination that’s going to be fun to play.

Community and Resources

  • Say hello in our Tyco Collectors Forum – we’re new to US-1 and slot cars, and welcome your knowledge and excitement into our collectors community!
  • Possibly the most comprehensive resource on Tyco US-1 is located at Tripod.com here: TYCO US-1 TRUCKING (tripod.com)

That’s all for now

These Vintage Tyco US1 Electric Trucking Slot Sets personally give me a warm and fuzzy feeling just looking at them. It’s that combination of 80s box art, simple yet exciting play modes, and the lack of any fancy electronics gadgetry that draw me to them.

Whether you’re a seasoned collector or just beginning your journey into the world of Tyco Toys, Tyco RC, and Tyco Slot Cars, this Tyco Trucking series is a great start, and sure to bring a smile to your face, just as much as it did mine. So what are you waiting for? Jump on eBay, run to your local garage sale or Goodwill, and find those Vintage Tyco Toys! Happy trucking!

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