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1992 Tyco Bandit 9.6V Turbo

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4.5 out of 5
The Bandit is the perfect mix of 9.6v power, perfect suspension for bashing around, and killer style that makes this one of Taiyo/Tyco's best ever RC models.
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Review CommentThe Bandit is the perfect mix of 9.6v power, perfect suspension for bashing around, and killer style that makes this one of Taiyo/Tyco's best ever RC models.

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ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
1/14RearSingaporeMabuchi RK370SD
ActiveAll Shocks2-SpeedBlack(27Mhz), Red(49Mhz)


The Tyco Bandit is a ratio control car manufactured by Taiyo of Japan, and released onto the US, UK, and other markets globally in 1992. 

This is the 2nd Generation Tyco Bandit, with first generation being the 1990 Tyco Baja Bandit, easily identified by its ‘stripes’ paint scheme, and a key improvement being the rear differential.

The Bandit is King

If the Jet Hopper was king of the 80s RC toys, then the Tyco Bandit was king of the 90s. No other car has captured the imagination of 90s kids like the Bandit, and no other still has such a consistent cultural memory as the Bandit still does,  with Bandits consistently selling on eBay 30+ years later for more than they cost back in 1992. Read our article: eBay Price Report: 1992 Tyco Bandit

These things have maximum nostalgia factor!  Even better, they’re still fun!

Being so successful, there are many out there, and used examples of the Gen2 are available on eBay in varying conditions. The problem is, everybody wants one, so prices are high, and since kids loved them to death in the 90s, most examples you’ll find are beaten up bad. Genuine NIB / New in Box is very rare, and will cost you more than you’d expect!

History and Development

To tell the story of the Bandit, we have to start with it’s predecessor. As the story goes, Taiyo Japan offered their 1987 Taiyo Racing Pickup to Tyco as a potential flagship, like the Jet Hopper had been.

Tyco agreed, and after repackaging for the English market, Taiyo would release the 1988 Taiyo Racing Pickup (Global) onto the European market, and Tyco would release the 1988 Tyco 4WD Turbo Racing Pickup onto the US market. This was a high-spec car, with dual motors, front differential, pistol grip controller, and of course the 9.6V Turbo battery pack, all stylized after the 1987 Nissan 4×4 King Cab that won the Baja 1000.

Unfortunately for Tyco, Americans just didn’t gravitate to the Japanese brand (Nissan), or perhaps it was the higher cost of the truck due to its complex high speed 4WD system with front differential. Within just 1 year the 4WD Racing Pickup was off the shelves.

But Tyco wouldn’t let a good idea die. Taking the Racing Pickup’s hard-body, they combined it with a simplified 2WD drive-train and solid rear axle (no differential) to reduce the cost, and jazzed it up with an eye catching paint scheme and shiny chrome. What eventuated was a buggy that was better than its individual parts.

The Baja Bandit was born, and was an immediate hit.


One of the most fun Tyco vehicles to drive, and easily the most popular.

  • Mabuchi RK370 motor, largest used in any regular car by Tyco*
  • Shocks all around
  • Large off-road tires
  • Rear differential in this 2nd generation model
  • Pistol Grip Controller
  • Two-Speed Gearbox
  • Chrome accents on front bumper, rear bumper, wheels, rear tray, scoop and windows
  • Spare wheel and tire

*All vehicles using the Bandit chassis utilize a single Mabuchi RK370 motor, the largest motor ever in use by Tyco in regular RC cars (the only one bigger was the very unique Super Fast Traxx’s hobby grade motor), giving the car plenty of go.

Gen1 vs Gen2

The obvious difference is the paint scheme, with the 1990 Tyco Baja Bandit having a striking Red or Yellow stripes on black, whereas the 1992 Tyco Bandit had a typical 90s ‘cool’ graphic art design on black. 

The most important difference is that some Gen2 (1992) models have an improved rear suspension pin / mount design which is less likely to snap off.

We have seen the older/weaker design on both 1990 and 1992 Bandit models, and the improved/strengthened design only on some 1992 Bandits. So if this concerns you, look very closely in photos before bidding.


There is no need to write a ‘recommendation’ for the Baja Bandit, this car sells itself. The only question is whether you can find one, and whether you’re prepared to pay the eye-watering price!

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    Average Price


    Highest Price


    This average price is based on 76 sales we have recorded (max 10 shown).

    13 Dec 2023$203.5UsedAuctionTyco baja bandit 9.6v 27mhz with remote radio control
    11 Dec 2023$150UsedBuyVintage 80’s tyco r/c 9.6v turbo bandit pickup truck. Includes battery. Read
    10 Dec 2023$130UsedBuyTyco rc 9.6v turbo baja bandit black yellow 27mhz untested
    08 Dec 2023$172.5UsedAuctionTyco bandit rc. Great condition. Tested/works!
    04 Dec 2023$450UsedBuy1993 vintage tyco 9.6v turbo black bandit hammer truck new battery tested works
    01 Dec 2023$165UsedAuctionTyco bandit rc. Tested/works!
    01 Dec 2023$198UsedBuyVintage rare tyco r/c 9.6v turbo bandit pickup truck the holy grail!!
    30 Nov 2023$190UsedAuctionVintage 80’s tyco r/c 9.6v turbo bandit pickup truck (untested)
    27 Nov 2023$150UsedBuyVintage 80’s tyco r/c 9.6v turbo bandit pickup truck working
    24 Nov 2023$150UsedBuyVintage 80’s tyco r/c 9.6v turbo bandit pickup truck (untested)
    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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