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1992 Tyco Shocker

BRANDYEARMODELPOWERSPEEDDRIVEAVAILABLEMINT VALUE*RATINGCOMMENT
tyco logo very small19922209-279.6vTurboPack sml 25km/h
16mph
2WD
Used:
Rare

NIB:
Rare
value350plus
4.4 out of 5
Based on the Jet Hopper 2 chassis which is near perfection, the Tyco Shocker is a rare compliment to any collection.
Rating
4.4
out of 5
Review CommentBased on the Jet Hopper 2 chassis which is near perfection, the Tyco Shocker is a rare compliment to any collection.

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SPECIFICATIONS

ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
TBARearSingaporeMabuchi RE-280
SteeringSuspensionGearBoxFreq.
UnknownFront Wishbone, Rear Shocks2-SpeedBlack/Pink(27Mhz)

MODEL REVIEW

The Tyco Shocker is a radio controlled car manufactured by Taiyo (Japan), and released onto the US, UK, and other markets worldwide in 1992.

Following the success of it’s Turbo Hopper, Tyco would seek to extend it’s domination of the market and the extraordinary sales volume by:

  • Progressively upgrading the Turbo Hopper (MKI > II > III > Hopper 2)
  • Offering new variants such as the Aero Jet Hopper
  • Offering new vehicles with a simple body change (eg. Wild Thing)

Different Variants of the Tyco Turbo Hopper
Different Variants of the Tyco Turbo Hopper (Photo thanks to Curtis BigWhop King)

The Tyco Shocker fits into the last category, based on the Jet Hopper 2 chassis that was already in production, was known to be reliable and with excellent performance that could be easily styled and marketed to complete with other products by its core competitors, including Nikko, which were often more aggressively styled.

More importantly, it would also bolster sales of the Tyco 9.6V Battery Packs that were required to run the cars and were no doubt high margin.

This strategy by Taiyo/Tyco in the late 80s would have doubled their profits overnight, and they continued to protect these profits with scare tactics, warning against use of ‘non-genuine’  (ie. Nikko?) packs which could damage electronics well into the late 90s.

96v Tyco Battery Pack


2209 27 Tyco Shocker Car Rear 1
A beautifully maintained Tyco Shocker. Photo thanks to Curtis BigWhop King.

Features and Performance

As we’ve started, it’s a Jet Hopper 2 chassis, and so the standard specifications apply:

  • 9.6v ‘Turbo’ 8xAA battery power
  • Differential: Rear
  • Chrome plated rims
  • Wider Air Filled Front and Rear Tires
  • Heat Sink on the 280 Mabuchi motor
  • Top Speed of 27kmh/17mph

Recommendation

Tyco Shockers are great cars, but rare. You’ll be waiting a long time for one of these to pop up on eBay. We’d suggest asking around forums and Facebook groups, or setting a Saved Search on eBay – be sure to include “-shell” to avoid the similarly named Tyco Shell Shocker which is no doubt filling up our automatic eBay search on the right…

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