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1997 Tyco Slammer

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tyco logo very small19972875-27,2875-496vJetTurbo Vsml km/h
mph
2WD
Used:
Common

NIB:
Rare
value25 50
3.5 out of 5
Another Tyco mid 90s 'Gimmick' car with incredible packaging illustrations, though unfortunately the vehicle inside was'nt quite as imaginative.
Rating
3.5
out of 5
Review CommentAnother Tyco mid 90s 'Gimmick' car with incredible packaging illustrations, though unfortunately the vehicle inside was'nt quite as imaginative.

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SIMILAR MODELS

SPECIFICATIONS

ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
TBANoneChinaDual Unknown
SteeringSuspensionGearBoxFreq.
Tank-StyleTBA2-SpeedPurple(27Mhz), Black(49Mhz)

MODEL REVIEW

The Tyco Slammer is a radio control toy manufactured by Taiyo (Japan), and released into the US, UK, and other markets worldwide in 1997.

The Last Years of Tyco and Taiyo

In the last years of their existence as independent toy companies (and not just a department or brand), both Tyco and Taiyo continued to stretch the limits of what an toy R/C might be. Taiyo in Japan would focus on aircraft, nitro motors, and miniature collectable Radican cars amongst other things. Tyco USA would double down on its strategy of more and more outrageous ‘gimmick’ cars, and with their entire product line now Made in China, the decades of Singapore and Japanese manufacturing coming to an abrupt halt, along with any semblance of their late 80s – early 90s design language.


2875 49 Tyco Slammer Car With Controller Battery And Charger
Tyco Slammer Car with Controller, battery and charger

The Tyco Slammer was one of these ‘gimmick’ cars, aimed at regaining the attention of youngsters and their parents who were now almost entirely captivated by the all-consuming home video game market. In 1997 the average American, Australian, or British child would no longer be out in the yard kicking around a ball, or driving this years latest RC toy sensation of an ambitious ramp.

Nope, they’d be sitting on their bum, smashing buttons, and screaming at the TV. And while the 90s gamer in me says that’s not so bad, there’s something to be said for real-world toys and sunshine.

Features and Performance

The draw card of the Slammer was its large rear wing which would allow it to ‘transform into 3 slamm’in vehicles!‘. The vehicles appearance would change depending on whether the wing was up, halfway, or all the way down.

The car was also capable of running ‘upside down’ like the Rebound, and was painted in a different color scheme on each side to give the impression of two different vehicles.

It’s a somewhat unique design, like a Tyco Dagger crossed with a Tyco Rebound, and the artwork and packaging is excellent as usual, but this was very much a toy-toy, for kid-kids. While in the past you might catch dad bashing your 1991 Tyco Fast Traxx, or 1989 Tyco Twin Turbo Lamborghini down the hall, you’d be unlikely to find him, or your elder brother giving one of these a bash.


2875 49 Tyco Slammer Box Side

The 6.0V ‘Jet Turbo’ battery provides more than enough power for this toys purpose, and the rear wheels (identical to the ones on the Tyco Rebound) provided plenty of cushioning from impacts.

2875 49 Tyco Slammer Car Bottom
2875 49 Tyco Slammer Car Top

Recommendation

This is not a car we’ve seen often, leading us to suspect it wasn’t all that successful, or perhaps the Tyco / Mattel merger dampened its success a little.

If you remember having fun with this as a kid we’d love to hear from you! Comment below.

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    VALUE / PRICE HISTORY

    Average Price

    $46.90

    Highest Price

    $132.83

    This average price is based on 17 sales we have recorded (max 10 shown).

    DatePriceConditionTypeTitle
    30 Oct 2023$49.97UsedBuyVintage tyco slammer rc remote control car - read
    15 Oct 2023$25UsedBuyVintage 90s tyco slammer rc car only - parts - as is - untested - read
    07 Oct 2023$44.38UsedBuyRare 1997 tyco slammer vintage rc car remote control 6v battery & charger
    07 Oct 2023$42.89UsedBuyRare 1997 tyco slammer vintage rc car remote control 6v battery & charger
    27 Sep 2023$132.83Brand NewBuyVintage tyco jet turbo 6.0v slammer rc car new in box
    27 Sep 2023$128.25Brand NewBuyVintage tyco jet turbo 6.0v slammer rc car new in box
    24 Sep 2023$15.83UsedBuyVintage tyco slammer rc remote control car as-is untested no remote
    24 Sep 2023$15.83UsedBuyVintage tyco slammer rc remote control car as-is untested no remote
    30 Aug 2023$69.95UsedBuyTyco r/c slammer remote control car - parts or repair. Read more
    30 Aug 2023$69.95UsedBuyTyco r/c slammer remote control car - parts or repair. Read more
    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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