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1990 Tyco Mini Typhoon

BRANDYEARMODELPOWERSPEEDDRIVEAVAILABLEMINT VALUE*RATINGCOMMENT
tyco logo very small19902700-27, 2700-499.6vTurboPack sml 14km/h
9mph
Hover
Used:
Common

NIB:
Common
value75 150
4.3 out of 5
Just as good as it's full size brother, only smaller and easier to store. Recommended!
Rating
4.3
out of 5
Review CommentJust as good as it's full size brother, only smaller and easier to store. Recommended!

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SPECIFICATIONS

ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
TBANoneJapanUnknown
SteeringSuspensionGearBoxFreq.
Tank-StyleAir Cushion2-SpeedBlack(27Mhz), Red(49Mhz)

MODEL REVIEW

The Tyco Mini Typhoon is a radio control toy hovercraft manufactured by Taiyo (Japan), and released into the US, UK, and other markets worldwide in 1990.

A small, 60-70% size version of the Tyco Typhoon released the same year, the Mini Typhoon is a real working hovercraft.


2700 27 Tyco RC Mini Typhoon Vehicle Bottom
The underside of a Tyco Mini Typhoon showing the hovercrafts rubber skirt with small vents.

Side of the Tyco Mini Typhoon box emphasizing its ability to drive on ground and water
Side of the Tyco Mini Typhoon box emphasizing its ability to drive on ground and water

Dirt, Water, Snow

The key selling point of the Typhoon was its ability to travel over any smooth surface, whether solid or liquid. It would work just as well in a swimming pool as it would on the lounge room floor, though due to its delicate Teflon coated rubber ‘skirt’ which created the curtain of air it floated on, you’d need to be very careful not to get caught on a jagged edge of some rock, tree, or anything else that could penetrate the rubber or get caught in a vent hole ripping it open.

Features and Performance

Once moving, all Typhoons were notoriously had to control as they had such weight and momentum that they’d slide across the floor like a block of ice, and smack into whatever was on the other direction. Once you became familar with the controls you could typically avoid the first smack into the opposite wall, and guide it away, though you’d then be struggling to prevent it from smacking into something in this new direction. Ultimately you’d end up bouncing or smacking off various things in the room until you drained the battery, and threw it back in the box.

Despite this, the Typhoon is simply a great toy. If you have a large enough area, for example taking it to an indoor sports hall, you can have some real fun flying around without fear of wiping out onto a wall. A chlorine pool is also not bad, though remember to turn it on first! Thankfully it does have styrofoam inside to keep it mostly afloat, but it’s still going to get wet.


2700 27 Tyco RC Mini Typhoon Vehicle Perspective
Model 2700-27 Tyco Mini Typhoon hovercraft (turned off)

Better value

By all accounts, the full size 9.6V Typhoon wasn’t a cheap model, with three motors, a special non-stick rubber skirt, and 8xAA 9.6v pack. I remember getting one for Christmas myself and was surprised how big it was.

And so a smaller cheaper version, 60-70% of the size with all the same power and functionality was always going to sell well, and in this case it was just as good, or even better than the original.

This rings true even 30 years later, with Mini Typhoons popular with collectors, especially those running low on space!

Recommendation

Whether I can recommend the Mini Typhoon or not depends on whether you want the original, or the most functionally best. I think most would agree that the Mini Typhoon 2 is the better model simply as it’s lightened and the design is tweaked, however sometimes it’s better to have the original – you’ll know which one you want. Maybe… both?

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    VALUE / PRICE HISTORY

    Average Price

    $100.50

    Highest Price

    $429.00

    This average price is based on 12 sales we have recorded (max 10 shown).

    DatePriceConditionTypeTitle
    03 Sep 2023$116Brand NewBuyTaiyo tyco 2700-49 rc mini typhoon hovercraft - new open box
    12 Aug 2023$25.43UsedBuyVintage tyco rc mini typhoon hovercraft for parts 9.6v turbo ncc 2700 untested
    01 Aug 2023$49.99UsedBuyVintage tyco rc mini typhoon hovercraft 9.6v turbo ncc 2700 tested working
    24 Jul 2023$85UsedBuyTyco rc 9.6v turbo mini typhoon hovercraft w/ extra battery tested works
    21 Jul 2023$85UsedBuyTyco rc 9.6v turbo mini typhoon hovercraft w/ extra battery tested works
    08 Jul 2023$15.5UsedAuctionVintage tyco rc mini typhoon hovercraft 9.6v turbo ncc 2700 battery charger 
    05 Jul 2023$160UsedBuyTyco r/c mini typhoon hovercraft 9.6v turbo complete w/ original box
    04 Jul 2023$30UsedBuyVintage tyco rc mini typhoon hovercraft for parts 9.6v turbo
    20 Jun 2023$429Brand NewBuy1990 taiyo tyco rc mini typhoon hovercraft - new open box- very collectible
    19 Jun 2023$24.99UsedBuyVintage tyco rc mini typhoon hovercraft for parts 9.6v turbo ncc 2700
    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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