The Taeyoung does not have a Japanese mount compatible plate, and its 35mm collar does not fit Japanese style Fightstick without modification. Please consider purchasing the KOWAL Flat Plate Converter for mounting in a Japanese style Fightstick, and only after modification or native Korean 35mm compatible joystick hole is present on the Fightstick control panel.
Among the growing family of Fanta levers now available, the Taeyoung Fanta is where is all started. The name 'Fanta stick' originated from Taeyoung Fanta, as it was used and popularized in South Korea's Fantasia Arcade of Tekken fame. Find out why this model is respected among serious Tekken players.
Setting the Standard
Much like the iconic Sanwa JLF-TP-8YT set the standard for Japanese lever experience, the The Taeyoung Fanta arguably provides consistency in performance and feel that Tekken players desire in a standard Korean stick. The Fanta is designed with a durable, plastic housing manufactured from a high-quality mold.
Medium-Soft Grommet, Quick Neutrals
Taeyoung's black rubber grommet is regarded as medium tension, similar to the ST-35 Medium Tension Rubber Grommet for CWL-300 Series Lever. It feels solid, but able to give way deliberately when a directional input or corner input is needed.
Tekken's Mishima players will appreciate the Taeyoung's longer throw. Opposite from Japanese levers which are encouraged to have a shorter throw, this allows the grommet to compress more, quickly snapping back to center.
Flip the Actuator
Similar to the Samducksa SDL-301-DX-S Joystick Lever (2018 Model), the Taeyoung features a reversible actuator. This can change the neutrals and corner access - worth trying if you feel the corners are harder to reach under the default actuator configuration.
For vast majority of players, the standard position is the wider end of the actuator. This provides the best balance in neutral, cardinal directions, and diagonals.
A smaller number of players (Tekken players with certain characters) the actuator can be flipped to have the narrower end toward the bottom. This offers a larger neutral and smaller cardinal/diagonal directions.
Important note: If you install the actuator in the narrower orientation by mistake, you could mistakenly get the impressions that the stick is hard to use and the diagonals are hard to hit. If you notice this issue, please flip the actuator back to the standard wider orientation.
Tight Switch Spacing and Flat Mount Position
The Taeyoung has a shorter switch spacing distance, encouraging a quicker engagement of its Gersung GSM-V1623A2 .187" Hinge Lever Microswitch. Additionally, the solid housing keeps the microswitches flat and tightly attached. This provides a consistent feel overall, making the Taeyoung a reliable daily driver for 3D games.
Compatibility with Myoungshin Fanta Mods
Among most K-Stick enthusiasts, the Taeyoung is regarded as the best for its price, and doesn't need much in the way of mods to improve it. That said, the Myounhshin Fanta has introduced a number of modifications over time, and those mods are largely compatible with the Taeyoung. An exception is the Arcade Stick Indonesia Golden Collar Mod, which will not fit. We provide the mods as optional add ons with your purchase while supplies are available.
The Taeyoung Fanta comes disassembled. Assembly is straightforward, securing the shaft to its base via the included e-clip.
- Taeyoung Fanta base (35mm collar and mounting plate are not compatible with most commercial joysticks that use a Sanwa mount)
- Matte color battop available in Black, White, Red or Green
- Two (2) E-clips
(Much thanks to participants in the "Korean Grommet Sniffers" Discord Channel, Timothy Purcell (aka Moonchilde) and Johnathan Buttero (butteroj))