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1993 Tyco Mini HiJacker 2-in-1

BRANDYEARMODELPOWERSPEEDDRIVEAVAILABLEMINT VALUE*RATINGCOMMENT
tyco logo very small199323434xAA Vsml v2 0km/h
0mph
2WD
Used:
Common

NIB:
Occasional
value25 50
3.3 out of 5
Like most 'Mini' versions, the loss of power makes it better for younger children, though overall this is a nice example of 90s 'gimmick' cars, and would look great in a collection - if you can find a clean one!
Rating
3.3
out of 5
Review CommentLike most 'Mini' versions, the loss of power makes it better for younger children, though overall this is a nice example of 90s 'gimmick' cars, and would look great in a collection - if you can find a clean one!

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SPECIFICATIONS

ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
TBANoneMalaysiaUnknown
SteeringSuspensionGearBoxFreq.
UnknownFront Wishbone, Rear Shocks2-SpeedNeon Lime(27Mhz), Orange(49Mhz)

MODEL REVIEW

The Tyco Mini Hi-Jacker / Mini HiJacker is a smaller version of the Tyco 9.6v Turbo Hijacker, whose core feature is it’s ability to turn from ‘normal’ sports car to ‘off-road’ vehicle with the press of a button.

Design

As per the original full size model, the Mini Hi-Jacker is stylized to look like the popular Tyco Twin Turbo Lamborghini Countach, with mild modifications in key areas to lend it a more muscle-bound, heavy-duty look. The effect works well, and like all Taiyo / Tyco investments they did’nt let it go to waste on a single model. The same full size body would also be used on the Tyco Devastator, released in the same year.

Features and Performance

The core feature of the Hi-Jacker is its ability to turn from ‘normal’ looking sportscar to an ‘off-road’ vehicle. While the full size 9.6V Hi-Jacker would do this with the push of a button on the controller, the Mini Hi-Jacker requires a manual push on the top of the car to spring up and down, which is fine.

As with the larger version, there is no extra ground clearance added when the vehicle ‘transforms’ into off-road mode, it’s more for visual effect. Still, it has good off-road tires and decent ground clearance anyway, so should be fine on either road or light terrain.

Running 4xAA batteries like most Mini cars, this is not especially fast, but was great for younger kids, especially if the elder sibling had a proper 9.6V Turbo version that was much too fast for them.

Collectability and Availability

Both the Hi-Jacker and Mini Hi-Jacker are available widely on eBay, however as they were popular and well played with, finding one that’s not completely wrecked will be a challenge. If you like this model, we’d recommend looking for the Japanese version as in our experience they’re usually more well taken care of!

Checkout this video we found of a collector re-assembling the Mini Hi-Jacker. Note the huge spring!

Re-assembling the Mini Hi-Jacker, post service.

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    VALUE / PRICE HISTORY

    Average Price

    $40

    Highest Price

    $49.99

    This average price is based on 2 sales we have recorded (max 10 shown).

    DatePriceConditionTypeTitle
    26 Dec 2022$30.00Usedor Best Offer
    08 Jan 2023$49.99Usedor Best Offer
    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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