The Taiyo Offroad Tiger is a radio controlled monster truck manufactured by Taiyo (Japan) as a callback to the classic RC trucks of the early 80s, it was released in markets worldwide under many different brands and names, beginning in 1991.
Features and Performance
The Offroad Tiger was essentially a re-release, or re-imagining of the 1983 Taiyo Offroad Champ, sharing most of the same features and specifications. Most of all, those huge air-filled tires and that boxy 80s monster pickup style.
These tires would later be used in the (also classic and timeless) 1994 Taiyo Rebound / 1996 Tyco Rebound which goes down in history as one of the greatest RC toy designs ever made, at least in my opinion. Together with the large rear wing, and the chromed supercharged engine sticking out of the bonnet, and it’s classic 80s style chrome grill and oversized bumper, it’s a real beauty to display and just looks like a bundle of fun to drive.
Sadly I don’t have one of these in my own collection yet, so I’d love to hear from owners on how it drives, though based on its heritage I’m fairly sure it’s also inherited that early 80s “crunchy gear” syndrome which hampered all early RC toy designs (especially 4×4) which had a weaker motor coupled with overengineered gearbox resulting in a lot of noise, but very little torque. Is this summation true? I’d love to get a confirmation either way.
It was sold in both Red and Black variants, but I’ve yet to confirm which is 27Mhz and 49Mhz, if you have this information please let me know!
Of course, that’s not why we love the Offroad Tiger or any other is similar colleagues, it’s the design and nostalgia factor which makes you just want to grab this thing and run away with it to your garage, to squeeze its squishy air tires, try to drive over a few cushions, and place it in a proud position on your shelf.
The Offroad Tiger was also sold as the Giant Roader 4×4, and of course the Radioshack variant which is a little more common.
Availability and Collectability
These Taiyo versions come up infrequently on Japanese auction sites, so if you’re looking for the same thing which is more common, try looking for the RadioShack variety.
If the design of this truck tickles something within you, then you’ll no doubt love it, as I do and many others. But if you’re looking for a powerful 80s/90s 4WD then you may want to seek something more in the Tamiya price range, or perhaps get into some brushless / lithium battery mods to make this tiger roar.