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1988 Tyco Tiger Tank

BRANDYEARMODELPOWERSPEEDDRIVEAVAILABLEMINT VALUE*RATINGCOMMENT
tyco logo very small19862453-274xC9V Vsml 15km/h
9mph
Treads
Used:
Common

NIB:
Occasional
value75 150
4 out of 5
The only tank created by Taiyo/Tyco, it's high quality, fun to drive, and got plenty of grunt for the indoor battlefield.
Rating
4
out of 5
Review CommentThe only tank created by Taiyo/Tyco, it's high quality, fun to drive, and got plenty of grunt for the indoor battlefield.

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SPECIFICATIONS

ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
1/16NoneSingaporeUnknown
SteeringSuspensionGearBoxFreq.
Tank-StyleLimited1-SpeedGreen(27Mhz)

MODEL REVIEW

The Tyco Tiger Tank is a radio controlled toy tank in 1/16 scale, manufactured by Taiyo (Japan), and released into the US, UK, and other markets worldwide in 1986.

History and Concept

Based on the actual World War 2 era King Tiger Tank, it may seem unusual that Tyco USA would release only a German World War II tank, and not a modern M1 Abrams or similar, however it makes more sense knowing that the original was created by Taiyo (Japan) for the Japanese market (Japan being allies of Germany in WW2), and the Tiger itself being one of the most recognizable armored vehicles in history.


King Tiger Tank
King Tiger Tank, credit to Roland Turner, original here

2453 27 Tyco Tiger Tank Box Front e1680521188327
Artwork on the box of the Tyco Tiger Tank

Features and Performance

In the original Japanese version, the tank fires BB pellets which are loaded in through the top hatch. In the US, UK, and Australian versions this is replaced by electronic sounds including engine noise, machine guns, and the main gun firing. Pretty cool still!

The tank itself moves as expected, with the turret also rotating left and right, and the up/down of the turret able to be changed manually. Additionally, on the side of the turret is a working ‘search light’.

As for speed and torque, the tank has plenty of go and none of the characteristic ‘gear crunching’ found in many cheaper tanks and large toy R/C vehicles.


2453 27 Tyco Tiger Tank Front With Controller e1682819112347
Tyco Tiger Tank with Controller (Model 2453)

Controls and Sound Effects

The controller is a standard Taiyo/Tyco model, with additional buttons for tank specific operations.

Turning the turrent is achieved by pressing the Turret Left, and Turret Right buttons under each stick.

On the tip right are two tactile buttons for cannon firing and machine gun noises.

Switching the vehicle on will start its engine running sound.

Unusual Battery System

The vehicle is powered by 4x C size batteries, plus an onboard 9V battery, making me suspect that perhaps its circuitry is based on the early 1980s Taiyo R/C cars such as the 1984 Taiyo 4WD Toyota  Hilux which used similar battery setups.


2453 27 Tyco Tiger Tank Battery Compartment
Tyco Tiger Tank Battery Compartment

Recommendation

The Tyco Tiger Tank is a high quality model typical of its manufacturer Taiyo (Japan), and continues to operate well almost 40 years after its release, with no known material defects or degradations.

Since this isn’t a model likely to crash at high speed, most items you’ll find online are in good condition, and many are available with the original box.

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    VALUE / PRICE HISTORY

    Average Price

    $109.50

    Highest Price

    $283.97

    This average price is based on 16 sales we have recorded (max 10 shown).

    DatePriceConditionTypeTitle
    30 Aug 2023$100UsedBuyVintage rare tyco tiger tank military rc wwii tank 1/16 tested/working in box
    29 Jul 2023$35UsedBuyVintage tyco tiger tank military rc wwii tank as is dry rotted tracks tested
    16 Jul 2023$60UsedAuctionVintage working tyco tiger tank military rc wwii tank 1/16 tested/working
    20 Jun 2023$28UsedBuyTyco tiger tank 1/16 no remote
    19 Jun 2023$59.97UsedBuyVintage working tyco tiger tank military rc wwii tank 1/16 tested/working
    26 Apr 2023$49.99UsedVintage tyco tiger tank military rc wwii tank works but the right side is slow
    04 Apr 2023$69.99UsedVintage tyco tiger tank military rc wwii tank
    22 Mar 2023$20UsedAuctionParts only!!!tyco rc tiger tank military, wwii tank 1/16, some things work
    03 Mar 2023$99.99UsedVintage tyco rc wwii tiger tank military 1/16 scale parts repair lot of 2 remote
    01 Mar 2023$237.3UsedBest offer acceptedVgc in box
    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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