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1990 Taiyo Jet Typhoon (Global)

BRANDYEARMODELPOWERSPEEDDRIVEAVAILABLEMINT VALUE*RATINGCOMMENT
taiyo logo very small19909014-E9.6vTurboPack sml 14km/h
9mph
Hover
Used:
Occasional

NIB:
Rare
value75 150
4.3 out of 5
Despite a low run time and requiring a large smooth surface to get up to the advertised speed, the typhoon hovercraft is undoubtedly one of the most unique and innovative toy grade RCs ever made and fondly remembered by collectors.
Rating
4.3
out of 5
Review CommentDespite a low run time and requiring a large smooth surface to get up to the advertised speed, the typhoon hovercraft is undoubtedly one of the most unique and innovative toy grade RCs ever made and fondly remembered by collectors.

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SPECIFICATIONS

ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
TBANoneSingaporeUnknown
SteeringSuspensionGearBoxFreq.
Tank-StyleAir Cushion1-SpeedBlack(27Mhz), Red(27Mhz)

MODEL REVIEW

The Taiyo Jet Typhoon is a radio controlled hovercraft released into the global market in 1990.

Jet vs Regular Typhoon

The ‘Jet’ Typhoon is a smaller version of the original full size 1988 Taiyo Typhoon Hovercraft, and is essentially the Taiyo Mini Typhoon (Japan) with an updated color scheme.

typhoon vs mini
Still from the TV advertisement showing the Tyco Typhoon and Typhoon Mini (aka. Jet Typhoon)

The original Typhoon was such a massive success for Taiyo, winning a Tokyo innovation award, and quickly grabbing the attention of children all around the world that Taiyo sought to keep up the momentum by releasing successor and spinoff models – such as the 1990 Taiyo Jet Typhoon.

A year earlier they had released the 1989 Taiyo Mini Typhoon (essentially the same product), and renaming the 1990 model the ‘Jet Typhoon’ just made sense as it coincided with its new range of ‘6.0V Jet Turbo’ cars which were smaller versions of their larger counterparts.

Other models that would be released included:

Performance

The Typhoon really did work like a real hovercraft, for better or worse, and would ‘float’ over virtually any surface – land, water, ice, and snow.

While it must be said that many were ultimately disappointed once they ‘drove’ a Typhoon as it was fairly hard to control – nothing like the TV commercial – most still found it a unique experience, and look back on it all with a smile.

Unlike most ‘Mini’ or ‘Jet’ versions of products which use the lower voltage ‘6.0V Jet Turbo’ battery pack, the Jet Typhoon and Mini Typhoon still used the original 9.6V Turbo (8xAA) battery pack in the same front compartment, due to the power required to run the centrifugal fan and lift the vehicle off the ground.


9014 Taiyo JetTyphoon Global WithBox
Model 9014 Taiyo Jet Typhoon with box, manual, and controller.

9014 Taiyo JetTyphoon Global Top
View of the Taiyo Jet Typhoon’s central fan which powered its hovercraft lift capabilities

Discouraging use of 1.5v Alkaline batteries?

If you look through the gallery, you will notice on one box a sticker saying “Use only Ni-CD Batteries”,  which are 1.2v rechargeable batteries, with 8x 1.2v = the typical 9.6V of many Taiyo / Tyco products.

Of course, many people used (and were encouraged to use) 1.5V Alkaline batteries in other buggies, providing a full 12V power, potentially a reason why a heat sink was introduced in many models from the Jet Hopper 2 model onwards?

Recommendation

As I’ve said before, I like the Jet or Mini versions of the Typhoon even better than the large versions. Why? Because they do the same thing, perform the same way, and the battery lasts longer. They’re also much easier to keep around the house with a smaller box!

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    VALUE / PRICE HISTORY

    Average Price

    $132.50

    Highest Price

    $206.45

    This average price is based on 6 sales we have recorded (max 10 shown).

    DatePriceConditionTypeTitle
    17 Dec 2023$149.99UsedBuyVintage 1990's taiyo japan r/c jet typhoon hovercraft 9.6v nmib tyco nikko
    31 Oct 2023$95.25UsedBuy1990 taiyo jet typhoon hovercraft - red
    28 Jan 2023$206.45Brand Newor Best Offer1988 taiyo rc jet typhoon hoovercraft remote control battery rare vintage toys
    28 Jan 2023$205.08Brand newor Best OfferMib, italian with tyco style box!
    27 Nov 2022$49.2Pre-ownedAuctionVgc in box
    20 Nov 2022$86.09Pre-ownedor Best OfferVgc in box, one front sticker needs easy repair
    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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