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1992 Tyco Mini Bandit (China)

BRANDYEARMODELPOWERSPEEDDRIVEAVAILABLEMINT VALUE*RATINGCOMMENT
tyco logo very small19922335-274xAA Vsml v2 km/h
mph
2WD
Used:
Rare

NIB:
Rare
value25 50
2.8 out of 5
Best left for a collector who must have every model named 'Bandit' regardless of specification!
Rating
2.8
out of 5
Review CommentBest left for a collector who must have every model named 'Bandit' regardless of specification!

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SPECIFICATIONS

ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
1/20NoneChinaUnknown
SteeringSuspensionGearBoxFreq.
PassiveNone2-SpeedBlack(27Mhz)

MODEL REVIEW

Note: All 3 models (‘Wild Thing’, ‘Bandit’ and ‘Phantom’) had the same model number 2335-27.

The Tyco Mini Bandit is a small 1/20 scale radio controlled car, manufactured by Taiyo (Japan), and released in the US, UK, and other markets worldwide in 1992.

It is a version of the larger, massively successful Tyco Bandit 9.6V Turbo, and was sold as part of a collection of 3 ‘Mini’ variants which included the Bandit, Wild Thing, and Phantom.

These models were smaller, less powerful, lacking suspension systems of the larger models, but had near identical naming, identical vehicle styling and box art.


2335 27 Tyco Mini Bandit Right e1655899605558
Model 2335-27 Tyco Mini Bandit – Made in China version

2335 27 Tyco Mini Bandit Box Opened e1655899622908
2335-27 Tyco Mini Bandit Box and accessories

Sneaky design decision

It was common for Taiyo and Tyco to have ‘Mini’ versions with lower specification, however those are always clearly marked “Mini” or “Micro” to make it clear they had reduced specifications, so the fact just the core name ‘Bandit’ made it to the packaging and on the car itself is unusual, especially with the classic ‘Bandit’ illustration on the box, making us wonder how many parents and grandparents were caught out buying a ‘Bandit’ for a ‘good price’, only for their kid to be disappointed at Christmas or Birthday time.


Original Mini Bandit vs Made in China Bandit
Original Mini Bandit vs Made in China Bandit

We’ll give Tyco the benefit of the doubt here, and assume it was a mistake or oversight, as we do find other examples of the product which are clearly marked ‘Mini Bandit’ on the car (and likely packaging too). Nevertheless, we’d love to know how widespread these cars were, and whether Tyco was challenged on it.

Sign of the future

Also interesting, and perhaps related, is the fact these ‘Bandits’ (and Wild Thing, Phantom) are all Made in China. This appears to be one of the first forays by Taiyo/Tyco outside of their usual Japan/Singapore/Malaysia production lines, adding to the possibility it was just an oversight in an initial production run.

Performance

In terms of performance, we have typical 4xAA chassis, nothing to write home about, however perfectly fine for young kids to drive around the home, or smooth surfaces outdoors.

Recommendation

Certainly one to keep an eye out for if you wish to have the whole ‘Bandit’ set, otherwise I’d probably give it a pass.

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    VALUE / PRICE HISTORY

    Average Price

    $33.90

    Highest Price

    $69.00

    This average price is based on 25 sales we have recorded (max 10 shown).

    DatePriceConditionTypeTitle
    05 Nov 2023$46UsedAuctionVintage 90’s tyco r/c mini bandit pickup truck
    05 Nov 2023$46UsedAuctionVintage 90’s tyco r/c mini bandit pickup truck
    02 Nov 2023$10UsedBuyRare tyco rc harley davidson mini bandit truck not tested no remote
    02 Nov 2023$10UsedBuyRare tyco rc harley davidson mini bandit truck not tested no remote
    21 Oct 2023$29.99UsedBuyTyco r/c rare mini bandit pickup truck untested no batteries no remote as-is
    21 Oct 2023$29.99UsedBuyTyco r/c rare mini bandit pickup truck untested no batteries no remote as-is
    16 Oct 2023$29.99UsedBuyTyco r/c rare mini bandit pickup truck untested no batteries no remote as-is
    16 Oct 2023$29.99UsedBuyTyco r/c rare mini bandit pickup truck untested no batteries no remote as-is
    11 Oct 2023$39UsedBuyVintage tyco racing team mini hopper r/c car bandit turbo excellent tested works
    11 Oct 2023$39UsedBuyVintage tyco racing team mini hopper r/c car bandit turbo excellent tested works
    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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