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12th November 2023
If you’re looking for the perfect nostalgic gift from the 80s and 90s, a vintage Tyco Mini Hopper is my pick! They’re great collectors items and are still fairly affordable.


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1989 Tyco Turbo Fighter

tyco logo very small198926249.6VTurbo8xAA Vsml 27km/h

Ultra Rare
value200 300
4.4 out of 5
This Tyco version of the Taiyo Jet Fighter is just as good as the original, and with an upgraded pistol grip controller, it's a great car.
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Review CommentThis Tyco version of the Taiyo Jet Fighter is just as good as the original, and with an upgraded pistol grip controller, it's a great car.


ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
1/14NoneSingaporeMabuchi RE-280
ActiveFront Wishbone, Rear Shocks2-SpeedWhite/Grey?(27Mhz), White/Orange(49Mhz)


The Tyco Turbo Fighter is a radio controlled model manufactured by Taiyo (Japan) and released by Tyco into the US, UK, and other markets worldwide in 1989.

Originally released as the 1987 Taiyo Jet Fighter (Global) / 1987 Jet Fighter (Japan).

Jet Fighter vs Turbo Fighter

This Tyco variant of the original Taiyo model brings with it an upgraded controller (Pistol Grip) and also changes to the decals / livery.

Unknown Tyco Turbo Fighter Car Perspective 1
Tyco Turbo Fighter with Pistol Grip Controller

A little too much inspiration?

Taiyo Jet Fighter vs Tamiya Boomerang

The original Taiyo Jet Fighter is a gorgeous looking car, with a very aggressive feel to it. So why did Tyco change such a good thing?

I’d suggest there was a very good reason for this – Tyco USA were almost certainly concerned of legal action from Tamiya USA if they released a car that looked  almost exactly like the Tamiya Boomerang!

Go on – take a close look. It’s easier to spot things that don’t look the same!

Features and Performance

Bringing all the performance of the original, the Turbo Fighter is no slouch, and is at home outdoors on a dirt track, or doing donuts in the dust.

  • Big 1/14 scale (compared with 1/16 of the Turbo Hopper)
  • ‘9.6V Turbo’ powered by 8xAA Batteries
  • Pistol Grip Controller
  • Easy battery access along the base of vehicle
  • Unique front suspension system
  • Rear Shock Absorbers
  • LED ‘On’ light
  • Large air filled off-road tires
  • Top speed of 27km/h (17mph)
    (Equal to the Turbo Hopper MK3 despite the larger size)


If you’re looking to buy a Turbo Fighter, the chances of picking one up almost 40 years after release isn’t too great, but there are some models popping up occasionally – though you’ll have to be fast. We’ve only seen one sold in a box, with the majority sold as car + controller, making any boxed item likely to fetch a premium.


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    This average price is based on 8 sales we have recorded (max 10 shown).

    02 Apr 2023$74.99UsedBest offer acceptedVintage TYCO RC 9.6V Wild Thing Turbo Fighter No Remote Control UNTESTED / Parts
    01 Mar 2023$149.95UsedBuy It NowVGC with controller
    13 Feb 2023$149.95Usedor Best OfferVintage Tyco Turbo Fighter RC Buggy 9.6 Volt Remote Control With Box 1/10th Scal
    22 Jan 2023$55UsedAuctionTyco Turbo Fighter RC Car 9.6v With Remote Control **WORKING PROJECT**
    22 Jan 2023$55UsedAuctionGC, broken bumper, with controller
    26 Dec 2022$131.89UsedAuctionGC, dirty, with controller, charger.
    20 Nov 2022$20.5UsedAuctionPoor cond. Broken, no controller
    05 Nov 2022$49.99UsedBest offer acceptedGC with controller
    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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