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1989 -1990 Tyco POCKET POWER

BRANDYEARMODELBATTERYAVAILABLEEST. VALUE*RATINGCOMMENT
tyco logo very small
1410, 1415, 1420
19891410, 1415, 1420
Used:
Common

NIB:
Common
value75 150
4.1 out of 5
Just a great idea from the start, Pocket Power toys continue their appeal to this day, and the more I write about them, the more I want to build a complete collection myself.
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out of 5
Review CommentJust a great idea from the start, Pocket Power toys continue their appeal to this day, and the more I write about them, the more I want to build a complete collection myself.

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MODEL REVIEW

Tyco Pocket Power was a collection of portable mini toys in a pocket sized rectangular case that were created by SEGA Toys (Japan), manufactured in Thailand, and licensed by Tyco Toys for distribution in the US, UK, Mexico, Philippines, and other markets worldwide.

The first set of 10 toys were released in 1989 beginning with Thunder Blade, Rapid Fire, Top Fight, Road Blaster, G.I. Supply, Target Master, Glo-Bones, Turbo Prop, Hovercraft and Indy Racer.

The following year Series 2 was released with several making a return including Thunder Blade, Roadblaster, Indy Racer, and Turbo Prop, however there was also new designs introduced – Speed Boat, Top Fueler, UFO, Survival Kit, Baseball, and Trick Squirt.

It’s interesting to note that all three projectile toys (Rapid Fire Uzi, G.I. Supply Bazooka, and Target Master Pistol) were all missing from the 1990 release, despite these surely being the most popular versions, right?

I mean I don’t have any hard facts, but if you had to get one as a kid, there’s no way you’re picking Baseball over a ‘Rapid Fire’!

With the toys originally designed for the Japanese market it’s no surprise that they had Airsoft-style spring firing toys included, as these are (or were) common in Japanese toys at the time, though other countries such as the U.S. were a little more cautious. For example, the Taiyo (Japanese) version of the Radio Controlled Tiger Tank shoots airsoft pellets, whereas the Tyco (US) Tiger Tank just has a sound effects chip.

In the words of Tyco

Power that packs in your pocket!

10 different action toys you carry in your pocket! No bigger than an audio cassette, you snap out each toy and fire for maximum fun! Launch the UFO Space ship into orbit! Race the Roadblaster Motorcycle! Shoot in three directions with the Trick Squirt Gun! Snap the Indy Racer onto the track!

– Tyco Toy Fair Catalog 1990

Features and Performance

Many of the toys used a geared zip line called the ‘Power Lock’ that could be pulled, converting your linear pull into rotational force, spinning the wheels of the Roadblaster motorcycle, IndyCar and Dragster, or causing the UFO and Turbo Prop to spin up and take off.

Others had their own unique mechanisms or were simple toys in their own right.

Let’s look at each of them, and I’ll include Tyco’s description from the 1990 catalog in Italics where available, or my own comments.

Top Fueler

“Place this top-speed dragster in the starting position—send it screaming down the dragstrip in record time! Contains Power Lock and case.”

Survival Kit

“It’s a compass, signal mirror, telescope, level gauge and whistle—all in one kit! Everything a boy needs to survive in his own backyard!”

Baseball

“Bring the ball to the pitchers mound… release and swing. It’s a hit!”

UFO Assortment

Set the UFO on the launch pad, pull the Power Lock and watch it take off into orbit. It really flies! Contains Power Lock and case.

Trick Squirt

Selector switch lets you shoot water in three directions—forward, up or backwards!

Indy Racer ™

“Race like a pro! Contains Indy-style race car, barrels and case.”

Thunder Blade ™

“High-flying helicopter in a compact case! Contains helicopter, Power Lock and case.”

Road Blaster ™

Hard-driving motorcycle! Contains motorcycle, Power Lock and case.

Turbo Prop ™

“Be a top gun with a jet fighter! Contains jet fighter, Power Lock and case.”

Top Fight ™

It’s Beyblades but 30 years earlier! Guh, Japan always get the coolest toys way before us it seems.

Glo Bones ™

Articulated glow in the dark skeleton with armored helmet, shield, dagger, and weapon. Nice!

Speed Boat

“Power propelled for speed. Real propeller action for use on water — wheels for land! “

G.I. Supply

Carrying around a Bazooka in your pocket may lead to people thinking you’re rather happy to see them, but it’s the pencil sharpener that worries me the most!

Hovercraft

‘Power Lock Launched All-Terrain Vehicle!’

Series 3 and More Information

While researching for this article I stumbled across a wonderful site called PocketPowerToys.com, which much like TycoCollectors.com is a fan site dedicated to sharing with the world all about these wonderful toys. Even more interesting was they mentioned a Series 3!

I’d only managed to find one of the Series 3 before coming across that site – this awesome little submarine:

So if you’d like more in-depth information about Pocket Power toys, from a site dedicated to the product, I’d highly recommend you check out https://pocketpowertoys.com

Availability and Collectability

One of the best things about Pocket Power toys, apart from being small and affordable, is that they’re also easy to collect, with a plentiful supply of both ‘Brand New’ and Used / Unboxed items available online. Pricing starts from a few dollars for individual items, up to almost a hundred USD for a new fully boxed product.

As for collectability, these toys were designed to be not just collectable, but easy to collect from the very beginning. From their size, their affordability and interesting gimmicks, they’re a collectors item, and with websites popping up dedicated to these toys I can see them continuing to grow in popularity as children of the era get older and start looking back at their younger years with nostalgia.

©SEGA 1988. Distributed by Tyco Toys under license from SEGA Enterprises, Ltd., Japan.

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    VALUE / PRICE HISTORY

    Average Price

    $63.50

    Highest Price

    $157.50

    This average price is based on 20 sales we have recorded (max 10 shown).

    DatePriceConditionTypeTitle
    08 Dec 2023$39.98UsedBuyRapid fire vintage pocket power playset toy complete 1988 tyco sega japan 80s
    03 Dec 2023$19.95Brand NewBuyVintage 1988 sega tyco pocket power top fight battling tops unopened-sealed cut
    03 Dec 2023$24.95Brand NewBuyVtg 1988 tyco sega pocket power thunder blade helicopter knock off pull strap
    03 Dec 2023$49.98UsedBuySubmarine vintage pocket power playset toy complete 1988 tyco sega japan 80s
    03 Dec 2023$19.98UsedBuySurvival kit incomplete vintage pocket power toy near complete 1988 tyco sega
    03 Dec 2023$38.99UsedBuy1990 sega pocket power series 3 skateboard figure complete by tyco
    27 Nov 2023$43.89UsedBuySega pocket power tyco motorcycle vintage toy nr mint 100% complete
    25 Nov 2023$127.5Brand NewAuctionTyco pocket power
    25 Nov 2023$157.5Brand NewAuctionSega tyco pocket power
    24 Nov 2023$9.5UsedBuyVintage 1988 sega pocket power tyco toys rapid fire part
    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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