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1995 Taiyo Dagger 6.0V Jet Turbo

BRANDYEARMODELPOWERSPEEDDRIVEAVAILABLEMINT VALUE*RATINGCOMMENT
taiyo logo very small199595106vJetTurbo Vsml 17km/h
11mph
2WD
Used:
Common

NIB:
Occasional
value75 150
3.8 out of 5
Whatever you think of the Dagger, you have to admit it's unique, memorable, and until this day there's been nothing like it.
Rating
3.8
out of 5
Review CommentWhatever you think of the Dagger, you have to admit it's unique, memorable, and until this day there's been nothing like it.

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SPECIFICATIONS

ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
1/12NoneChinaUnknown
SteeringSuspensionGearBoxFreq.
PassiveLimited1-SpeedBlack(27Mhz)

MODEL REVIEW

The Taiyo Dagger, or 6.0V Jet Turbo Dagger, is a radio control car released by Taiyo into the Japanese market in 1995.

The Dagger is a car that will grow on you. At first, yes, it’s a gimmick, but is it any good?

Features and Design

On one side of the Dagger is a lever which can be pulled outward, and moved up or down to select a new notch position which provides a different vehicle behavior. Along the notches it is marked:

  • Extreme Wheelie Zone (Back/Red)
  • Stunt Zone (Green/Middle)
  • Speed Zone (Yellow/Forward)

9510 Taiyo Dagger Perspective
Model 9510 Taiyo Dagger Perspective

If we look carefully, we can see that moving this notch actually moves the internal 6.0V Jet Turbo battery forward and backward, adjusting the vehicles center of gravity. With the battery all the way towards the back, the vehicle will tilt back on its rear wheels frequently (‘wheelie’), and fully forward it will stay level on the ground. Adjustable between 5 positions, you can make it behave as you like.

Target Audience

One of a handful of eye-catching Taiyo designs in the mid-90s created and marketed with a single-focus on grabbing the attention of children back from the video game consoles which had consumed much of Taiyos market, and would ultimately lead to its demise.

Performance

Despite the max speed being fairly tame for a dragster, at just 17km/h (11mph), but it does have proper acceleration and despite the weird setup you can drive it fairly normally.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZhC9HbAj5Y

So is it any good?

Overall we just have to say YES,  it’s actually pretty good! No, you won’t be zooming around an off-road track, but you CAN and SHOULD be zooming off some homemade jumps, and cutting sick donuts like it’s nobodies business! This is a toy for kids who want to have some good dumb fun. Awesome.

Recommendation

Whatever you think of the Dagger and those like it, you have to admit that Taiyo obviously put everything they had into these last few models, and many of them were very successful – particularly the Rebound 4×4, Triple Wheels, and the Python and FirePower to a lesser extent, with all four being translated to Tyco and marketed in the USA.

The Dagger is still widely available on eBay used, and you’ll sometimes find near-new or new models on Japanese auction sites for this Taiyo version.

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    VALUE / PRICE HISTORY

    Average Price

    $107.90

    Highest Price

    $149.99

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

    DatePriceConditionTypeTitle
    07 Nov 2023$149.99Brand NewBuyVintage 1996 tyco rc dagger 1/12 radio control 6.0v jet turbo taiyo 2859-49 rare
    03 Apr 2023$65.54UsedBest offer acceptedTaiyo dagger r/c 6.0v jet turbo no nikko
    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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