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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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1996 Tyco Fast Traxx (China)

tyco logo very small19962608-27, 2608-499.6vTurboPack sml ?km/h

value75 150
4 out of 5
It's a Fast Traxx alright, but not quite as it seems! Until we can test it ourselves, or hear from an owner, we must hold back on giving it the same high score of original models.
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Review CommentIt's a Fast Traxx alright, but not quite as it seems! Until we can test it ourselves, or hear from an owner, we must hold back on giving it the same high score of original models.


ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
1/14NoneChinaDual Unknown
Tank-StyleLimited2-SpeedOrange(27Mhz), Green(49Mhz)


This 1996 model of the Tyco Fast Traxx is a re-release of one of Tyco’s most popular models, the 1991 Tyco Fast Traxx.

The End of an Era

By 1996, Tyco was very much struggling to survive. After the ‘Golden Age’ of Toy R/C where profits were soaring, they took over many smaller competitors and international operations, so many that executives later admitted they could not manage them all effectively.

A few years earlier Tyco had begun a cost cutting exercise where all manufacturing was moved from Taiyo’s Singapore plant to China, and all previous models which had proven popular such as the Tyco Bandit, Scorcher, Hammer, and many others were resigned to the archives.

Newer models were designed to focus solely on the toy market, such as the Python, FirePower, Triple Wheels, Tantrum, and others.

Yet by 1996 both sales and new toy concepts were hard to come by, leading to re-releases of previously popular models – among them, the Tyco Fast Traxx.

Differences with the original Fast Traxx

While Taiyo had worked very hard during the 80s and early 90s to ensure quality was broadly consistent between their Japanese and Singapore plants, by 1996 Tyco was calling the shots. Can you see the differences between the 1991 Japan/Singapore and 1996 China versions?

Top: 1990 Fast Traxx Made in Japan. Bottom: 1996 Fast Traxx Made in China.
Top: 1990 Fast Traxx Made in Japan. Bottom: 1996 Fast Traxx Made in China.

Tyco Fast Traxx Re-Release with Made in China across the battery cover.
Available in Orange (27Mhz) and Neon-Green (49Mhz), as the re-release is close enough to the original that most bidders on eBay would not notice. 

Tyco did’nt stop here with the re-releases however, and also produced a version of the Tyco 9.6V Lamborghini Countach , which didn’t fare so well and cannot be considered roughly equal.

Read about that in our Made in China Lamborghini product page here.

It should be kept in mind that the Chinese factory did produce some of the best late period Tyco and Taiyo toys, namely the Rebound 4×4, Mutator 4WD and others, however they are remembered more for their overall fun and gimmick factor, rather than their quality.


Would I purchase a 1996 Tyco Fast Traxx (China) over the original 1990 version? No, I’d take the original any day. However I’d also love to have this version of the Fast Traxx in my collection – the box is exciting, its available in unique colors, and is roughly equivalent to the original, and I’m sure most collectors feel the same way.


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    10 Oct 2023$69.99UsedBuyAs-is vintage tyco 9.6v turbo fast traxx rc car untested parts
    09 Oct 2023$59UsedAuctionVintage tyco/taiyo fast traxx 27mhz tested working - read description
    09 Oct 2023$42UsedAuctionVintage tyco 9.6v turbo fast traxx rc car missing controller & battery cover
    09 Oct 2023$99.99UsedAuctionVintage tyco fast traxx - yellow 49 mhz 9.6v tested works well. New battery
    08 Oct 2023$57UsedAuctionTyco fast traxx rc car remote control transmitter 9.6v turbo 27mhz holy grail
    08 Oct 2023$56.45UsedAuctionAs-is vintage tyco 9.6v turbo fast traxx ncc 2608 rc car untested parts
    07 Oct 2023$140UsedBuyTyco r/c 9.6v turbo red car vintage fast traxx ncc 2608 box + manual
    04 Oct 2023$15UsedBuyVintage tyco fast traxx rc shell - yellow - with some body damage (#3)
    04 Oct 2023$39.99UsedBuyTyco fast traxx remote control car - no remote! Parts or repair! Bad battery
    03 Oct 2023$17.85Brand NewBuyTyco fast traxx replacement high low gear w/ ball bearings for stripped gearbox
    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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