Well, it’s been ages since my last post, but there’s been some recent activity in the oh-so-small Tyco collector world that I thought it was time to come back. I’ve actually had to recently curb my collecting and have sold some models, but that’s only because I had acquired so many since my last post. 😉 I have a lot of catching up to do, so let’s get started:
The first model I’d like to show off is my Tyco Dagger prototype. This was a pre-production model that I bought off eBay, and was supposedly used in a toy show before the car was sold in stores. While the vehicle itself looks nearly identical to the production model, the box is a mockup, covered in stickers. There’s even a cardboard insert that shows an earlier prototype. I was a bit disappointed when I received this, as I thought I was getting the early prototype on the mockup box, but quickly got over it. 🙂
The radio was also a prototype, I think. Although it had a Dagger label on it, it did not control the vehicle, and was the newer ergonomic style Tyco used in the late 90s. Production models that I’ve seen had the older boxier style radio (this style was also shown on the prototype box). No worries, it uses the same radio as other Tyco twin-stick controllers of that era (Fast Traxx, Rebound, Triple Wheels, Maxx Traxx) so I can still drive it!
The car is highly detailed and lots of fun. The real working front shocks, oversized tires, roll cage, wing, and driver figure add to the cool factor, but it’s also pretty big for a Tyco, at almost 1.5 feet long! But what makes this model really cool is this slider:
It allows you to adjust the battery position, which in turn adjusts the weight balance of the car. You can slide it towards the rear to easily pop wheelies, or move it to the front for speed runs. The center “Stunt Zone” positions allow you to easily control wheelies, which allows you to do some pretty impressive 360-degree spins.
The car uses a standard 6.0v pack, which doubles as the adjustable weight. There are also wheelie bars in the rear, which are pretty much essential since the car loves to wheelie! Well, actually, it HAS to wheelie. It might not be so bad on a really smooth surface, but on most surfaces, the car is pretty difficult to steer unless you lift the front tire off the ground. Of course this happens at high speeds and when when slider is adjusted back, but the front tire drags when trying to turn at low speeds or from a stop.
All in all, I’m really glad to have this model in my collection. Aside from being a cool rarity, the Dagger itself is one of Tyco’s more original designs, without the futuristic body designs that came with most of the original/stunt vehicles. Although the driving experience is somewhat limited to straight-line runs and 360 spins, I’m a big fan of it’s styling, size, and build quality.