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1996 Tyco Dagger

tyco logo very small19962859-496vJetTurbo Vsml 17km/h

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4 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.
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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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ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
1/12NoneChinaMabuchi 260
PassiveLimited1-SpeedBlack(27Mhz), Silver(49Mhz)


The Tyco Dagger is the US/Western version of the original Japanese Taiyo Dagger, with the benefit of Tyco’s improved style and artistry in their packaging and box art.

9510 Taiyo Dagger Perspective
The Tyco Dagger

How does it work?

If you look closely at the photos and artistry, you can see on the side of the vehicle a range from red, orange, then yellow. Along this range is a lever with various notches, allowing you to set the vehicle in the mode that you prefer.

  • Speed Zone
  • Stunt Zone
  • Extreme Wheelie Zone

Moving the lever back and forth actually moves the entire battery pack, since that’s the heaviest part of the car, allowing you to adjust the vehicles center of gravity rather ingeniously.

With the pack fully back, the car will raise up on it’s rear wheels anytime you move forward, and lever fully forward it will tend to stay flat on the ground. Allowing kids to experiment with this provides much of the fun factor.

2859 Tyco Dagger Car Side with Stunt Zones and Lever
Tyco Dagger showing Stunt Zones and Lever

Design and Features

Functionally, it’s a unique stunt dragster that was fun for its raw acceleration and its adjustable wheelie system. While it’s not to everyone’s taste, personally these mid-90s Tyco boxes with the incredible artwork and open-window boxes are amongst the most desirable RC collectors items I can think of.

Like the Taiyo version, the Tyco Dagger was engineered with a single-minded focus on grabbing the attention of children back, even momentarily, from the video game consoles which had consumed much of their market, and which would ultimately lead to the demise of both Taiyo RC and Tyco RC.


Whatever you think of the Dagger and the other outlandish designs of this era, you have to admit that they 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 Fire Power, with all four being translated to Tyco and marketed in the USA.

Based on the number of Tyco Dagger and Taiyo Dagger models still around today, both used and new-in-box, it seems the Dagger was successful enough to be produced in large quantities, and also spawned a sort-of successor, the Dagger SC which is a shortened version of this original.

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    Average Price


    Highest Price


    This average price is based on 13 sales we have recorded (max 10 shown).

    22 Jul 2023$49UsedBuyVintage tyco dagger r/c stunt car maximum heat - untested as-is for parts
    27 Mar 2023$18.64Parts OnlyBuy It NowTyco r/c dagger 6.0 jet turbo remote control radio car only parts
    15 Mar 2023$16.99UsedBest offer acceptedVtg tyco dagger rc car drag racer black dragster untested for parts or repair
    15 Jan 2023$18UsedBuy It NowTyco dagger rc maximum heat 6v jet turbo 27mhz no controller untested
    15 Jan 2023$18UsedBuy It Now
    22 Dec 2022$99.99Usedor Best Offer
    12 Dec 2022$10.5UsedAuction
    08 Dec 2022$95Brand NewAuction
    30 Nov 2022$42.99UsedBuy It Now
    24 Nov 2022$75UsedBest offer accepted
    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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