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1996 Tyco Zig Zag

tyco logo very small19962643-27,2643-499.6vTurboPack sml km/h

value75 150
3.5 out of 5
A highly unusual design, and feedback tells us there's some love out there for this unique model!
out of 5
Review CommentA highly unusual design, and feedback tells us there's some love out there for this unique model!

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The Tyco Zig Zag is a remote controlled toy manufactured by Asahi (Japan), and released into the US, UK, and other markets worldwide in 1996.

Sticking with the mid-90s tradition of eye catching cover art, with a flip-top reveal window, the Tyco R/C Zig Zag is super appealing visually on shelf, though they are extremely rare to find today.

One of the few Tyco cars not made by Taiyo, it was instead manufactured by Tyco competitor Asahi who also gained its start in the Tin Toy business before moving over to plastic-based toy radio control, though was never as successful internationally as Taiyo.

2643 27 Tyco Zig Zag Box Side
Side of the Tyco Zig Zag box showing all its crazy moves

Features and Performance

It’s tough to judge the performance of this vehicle as there’s not many videos around (update! See below) however it’s technical specifications do tell us some of the story.

  • 9.6v Turbo (8xAA) using Tyco Battery Pack
  • Dual Mabuchi Motors (likely RS260 or equivalent)
  • Dual Drive Treads* and 90 Degree Sideways Wheels
  • Sold in Black (27Mhz) and Purple (49Mhz) versions

As this YouTube video demonstrates, it’s got plenty of pep, and is able to dart to the left and right quite quickly, though the tank tracks don’t drive like a regular Fast Traxx, but in their own unique way.

You have to admit, it’s got some moves!

Unusual Control System

It does not drive how you might expect, and has more in common with the Micro ‘Reverse-Turn’ cars than a regular Tyco.

  • LEFT STICK: Forward and 360 Degree Turns
  • RIGHT RIGHT: Zig Left / Zag Right


Despite the unusual design and control system, there appears to be much love out there for this vehicle. That said, there aren’t many around and so getting your hands on one may be tough. As usual, we’d recommend checking our special eBay Tyco / Taiyo finder often, and creating a Saved Search.

Update: Thank you to Yissuz who has uploaded this video to Facebook for us.

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    Average Price


    Highest Price


    This average price is based on 8 sales we have recorded (max 10 shown).

    08 Aug 2023$36.99UsedBuyVintage tyco 49 mhz zig zag maximum heat 9.6 v turbo rc (missing battery) parts
    30 Mar 2023$58.98UsedBest offer acceptedVintage tyco 49 mhz zig zag maximum heat 9.6 v turbo rc (parts or repair)
    29 Mar 2023$199.95Brand NewBest offer acceptedVintage tyco rc zigzag car 9.6v
    15 Feb 2023$63Brand NewAuctionVintage tyco rc zigzag car 9.6v, new in box!! 1996 complete!!
    31 Jan 2023$87.15Parts OnlyAuctionTyco vintage r/c zigzag car
    29 Nov 2022$30Usedor Best OfferParts only
    23 Nov 2022$129UsedBuy It NowMib
    20 Nov 2022$35UsedBuy It NowParts only
    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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