The Tyco Super Duper Double Looper with Upside Down Jump is a slot car set manufactured by Tyco USA, and released into the US, UK, and other markets worldwide in 1991.
Features and Concept
It is a sequel to the original 1979 Super Duper Double Looper HP2 sets (inc. Nite Glow), and as the name implies it features several wild loops. With a lengthy 31 foot track, it’s one of the larger out-of-the-box tracks available, though it makes good use of the space, and has plenty of opportunity for speed.
As we can see from the photo (above), there are three key areas on the Super Duper Double Looper. First the two loops, fairly standard for a Tyco track except there’s two of them, and then the “Super Duper Double Looper” which is an insane upside down section where the track stops (it has a large gap) at the top of the loop. Whew! This isn’t a track I have in my collection yet, but I wonder how often cars just don’t make it!
And finally, there is a squeeze track layer which will force one car off if you don’t time the merge well. This should be mandatory for all drivers where I live who have no idea how to merge in traffic!
The track assembly manual (above) shows all the unique elements, and the overall size and layout of the track, it’s highly involved with several corners and plenty of straights to gain speed.
Being a Tyco track produced in the late 80s / early 90s there’s only one choice for the car inclusion, and that’s the Lamborghini!
The Lamborghini Countach starred in perhaps a dozen Tyco toys over the year due to its status as a pop culture icon, and nobody here is complaining!
The slotcars themselves are Magnum 440-X2 chassis, widely agreed to be the best Tyco would make in its lifetime, and perhaps best of its generation, though the magnets on the underside did tend to scrape the track reducing overall speed to a degree, but most wouldn’t notice since they are plenty fast as-is.
The Tyco Super Duper Double Looper with Upside Down Jump is a BIG set, it’s got two cool cars, heaps of great loops, and is one I’ll have to add to my own collection as soon as possible. It may not be as popular as the US-1 sets, or earlier 80s tracks like Lamborghini Championship, but it’s a good track if you’ve got the space for a permanent setup.