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12th November 2023
If you’re looking for the perfect nostalgic gift from the 80s and 90s, a vintage Tyco Mini Hopper is my pick! They’re great collectors items and are still fairly affordable.


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1993 Taiyo Mini Cyclone 6×6

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3.8 out of 5
A good, fun, unique model, relatively easy to find in great condition. Slightly tamer looking in its 'Cyclone' guise, but just as fun.
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Review CommentA good, fun, unique model, relatively easy to find in great condition. Slightly tamer looking in its 'Cyclone' guise, but just as fun.


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ActiveNone1-SpeedRed(27Mhz), GunMetal(40Mhz)


The Taiyo Mini Cyclone 6×6 is a six wheel radio control car released in Japan in 1993.

A 1/18th scale version of the larger Taiyo Cyclone 6×6, which was also known as the Tyco Scorcher in the USA. It retains the “pop up” functionality of the larger version, and like all Cyclone/Scorcher RCs, only the first 4 wheels are driven, with the front two wheels free wheeling.

Looking for a clean Scorcher?

It’s easy to see just how popular the western version of the Cyclone was, with the Scorcher 6×6 (full size and mini) widely available on eBay, but 99% of them show heavy signs of wear, scratched and battered, with pieces broken off, they were well loved and played with, which is great to see. Unless you’re a collector looking for a good clean example!

So if you’re looking for a decent Scorcher, drop the name and consider a Cyclone instead. Almost all of the Japanese ones are in far better condition than any Scorcher, and if you know where to look, they are relatively easy to find.


Despite a meager 4xAA power, they remain highly lively and fun to play with, driving similarly to a tank or a Rebound 4×4.

9301 Taiyo Mini Cyclone 6x6 Car
Taiyo Mini Cyclone 6×6 in Pop Up mode.

6×6 or 4×6?

It is easy to get confused, with various Taiyo and Tyco Cyclone/Scorcher models named either 6×6 or 4×6 (or both) despite being functionally identical. 

The 6×6 and 4×6 designation seems completely meaningless to us, these models are identical. This leads us to believe it’s a result of legal issues with naming the car 6×6 when only 4 wheels are actively driven. So consider this your opportunity to snap up a Scorcher or Cyclone cheap, knowing that the 4×6 version is just the same – and likely a little rarer.

One way you can get caught out however, is the 6.0V Jet Turbo versions of the Scorcher, whether named 4×6 or 6×6, are in fact Mini Scorcher / Mini Cyclone sized vehicles, as per our example below.

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A Tyco Scorcher labelled both 4×6 and 6×6. Eh?


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    This average price is based on 1 sales we have recorded (max 10 shown).

    06 Oct 2023$95UsedBuyTaiyo cyclone mini tyco scorcher 6x6 4aa’s works %100!
    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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