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The Proto-Saber Evolution (Japanese: プロトセイバー エボリューション, Puroto Seibā Eboryūshon) is a Mechanical Mini 4WD car released by Tamiya in December 1996. It was also released as a Fully Cowled Mini 4WD car on July 30, 2016 with AR Chassis.

It was featured in the manga and anime Bakusou Kyoudai Let's & Go! and Bakusou Kyoudai Let's & Go! WGP as J's second machine. It was later upgraded into Proto-Saber Evolution Stage-3 in Bakusou Kyoudai Let's & Go! Return Racers!.

General info

Although it bears the name 'Proto-Saber', the Proto-Saber Evolution's body design is no longer resembles to that of Proto-Saber JB's (and Avante Jr.'s for that matter). Bearing the dolphin motif, the bodyshell was designed to be both sharp and smooth and has a pair of fins on the rear of the front cowl. There are holes that exposes part of its mechanical chassis, such as the micro-chip prop. On the mechanical version, the cockpit can be opened as it is separated from the main bodyshell. There's also the flame-style decals as well as the 'J' decal on it. It is mainly in purple with red highlights.

There are some key differences between the original Proto-Saber Evolution's bodyshell and the Premium variant's bodyshell. The original's bodyshell was molded in clear plastic (which in turns required painting), while the Premium variant's was pre-painted in purple. Furthermore, the holes that were presented on the original body has been filled in order to increase the strength of the bodyshell.

The Premium variant comes with the silver small-diameter Y-spoke wheels with low-profile tires. The chassis frame and A parts were molded in metallic gray and purple.

In the manga and anime

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In the original manga, the Proto-Saber Evolution was developed alongside Spin Cobra in order to fight against Ogami's group. However, due to time-constraints, J placed development priority on the Spin Cobra. The Evolution was only completed after an incident in Ogami's lab. It uses the same mechanical chassis as Spin Cobra.

The backstory was changed in the anime: in order to make a return to the Mini 4WD racing scene, J designed the Proto-Saber Evolution with his friend Go Seiba, who convinced J to return and take part in the Great Japan Cup Big Challenge race. The car has the same chassis as Go's Cyclone Magnum, complete with rollers (unlike in the manga and the Mechanical product) In WGP, It received a upgrade in a form of Dolphin System, which includes a pair of self-adjusting fins (similar to present-day F1 drag reduction system), changing the body aerodynamics to stabilize the car.

Before the final race against the Savanna Soldiers, J, who is under pressure, accepted his former friend Rei Hijikata's offer and received a program disc that Rei claims that it will allows the Proto-Saber to create the wind barrier around the car. Being impatient due to Retsu's absence and the team's position in the standings, J installed the program into his car, resulting in the activation of the Shark Effect, which turns the car into an battle racer capable of destroying opponents and even the race course. The program was removed after Go persuaded J, but remnants of the Shark system data remained in his car after the disc was removed and the Dolphin System has become the Hyper Dolphin System, in which its 'Dolphin Effect' barrier protects the Proto-Saber as well as other TRF Victorys' cars.

It was later revealed in Return Racers! that J has upgraded the Proto-Saber into the Stage-2 state. However, further improvements on the Proto-Saber was postponed when J was (half forcefully) scouted by a talent agency, thus he doesn't have time to working on his car as he is busy working as a celebrity host. After the Proto-Saber was course out in the race against Go and his self-proclaimed son Tsubasa's Z Wing Magnum due to Go's reckless way (in which Go intentionally causing the circuit to shakes by having the Z Wing Magnum hitting the fences very hard, causing the Proto-Saber's sensors to not working properly.), J upgrade his Proto-Saber into the Stage-3 state.

Technical info

Length: 131 mm (Original), 155 mm (Premium)

Width: 78 mm (Original), 97 mm (Premium)

Height: 40 mm (Original), 41 mm (Premium)

Chassis: AR Chassis (Premium)

Gear Set(s): 3.5:1 (Premium)



See also

External links

Tamiya Japan

Tamiya America

Mini 4WD cars from Bakusou Kyoudai Let's & Go! franchise
TRF Victorys
Let's & Go! Magnum Saber · Sonic Saber · Tridagger X · Spin-Axe · Proto-Saber JB · Victory Magnum · Vanguard Sonic · Neo-Tridagger ZMC · Spin Cobra · Cyclone Magnum · Hurricane Sonic · Proto-Saber Evolution
WGP Beat-Magnum · Spin-Viper · Buster-Sonic
MAX Rising-Trigger · Lightning-Magnum · Blitzer-Sonic
My First Big BisonMagnum · RodeoSonic · Tridagger XX · Spin-Axe Mk.II
Return Racers! Great BlastSonic · Tridagger WX · Spin-Axe Zero · Proto-Saber Evolution Stage-3 · Great Magnum/Great Magnum Revolver · Cosmosonic
Ichimonji brothers
Max Breaker Z-2 · Shadow Breaker Z-3 · Knuckle Breaker Z-1 · Blazing-Max
Team Pegasus
Z Wing Magnum · Super Avante RS · Rowdy Bull · Wolfang · Mini 4WD Panda Racer · Infinity Mobius
Ogami Corps
Beak Spider · Brocken Gigant · Ray Stinger · Fire Stinger · Phoenix Stinger · Beak Stinger G · Haru 100
World Grand Prix Participants Buck Blader (America) · Savanna Zebra (Africa) · Beak Spider Zebra (Africa) · Diospada (Italy) · Kong Long (China) · Shining Scorpion (China) · Omega (Russia) · White Night (Norway) · Native Sun (Australia) · Jammin' RG (Jamaica) · Gun Bluster XTO (Peru) · Bergmasse (Germany) · Bergkaiser (Germany) · Chevalier de Rose (France) · Pyramidal Sphinx (Egypt) · Shining Dragon (China) · Vanishing-Gazer (America) · Desert-Golem (Egypt)
Borzoi School
Adean · P'keta · Phantom-Blade · Vise-Intruder · Diomars-Nero
From L&G Tsubasa Mini 4WD Lupine Racer (Super Animals) · Mini 4WD Hawk Racer (Super Animals) · Mini 4WD Cat Racer (Super Animals) · Mini 4WD Pig Racer (Super Animals) · Brocken Gigant Premium (G Muscles) · Aero Avante Black Special (Black Avante Team) · Gun Bluster XTO Premium (Team Gun Bluster) · White Armor G · Dark Armour G · Geo Glider · Hexagonite · Razorback · Manta Ray Mk.II White Special
The Phantom Thiefs Lord Guile · Baron Viento · Mach Frame · Copperfang
Others Manta Ray Jr. · Super Astute Jr. · Saber 600 · Avante 2001 Jr. · Black Saber · Fighter Magnum VFX · Super Avante · Wild Home Run · Flower-Axe · Dragon Delta · Red Sword · Blue Sword · Storm-Cruiser
Mechanical Mini 4WD series
1990 Spin Cobra · Proto-Saber Evolution · Buck Blader · Spin-Viper · Vise-Intruder · Diomars-Nero
Fully Cowled Mini 4WD series
Super-1 Magnum Saber* · Sonic Saber* · Tridagger X* · Black Saber · Spin-Axe · Proto-Saber JB · Victory Magnum* · Vanguard Sonic* · Beak Spider* · Neo-Tridagger ZMC · Fighter Magnum VFX* · Ray Stinger* · Shining Scorpion* · Bergkaiser*
Super-FM Brocken Gigant · Gun Bluster XTO*
Super TZ Cyclone Magnum* · Hurricane Sonic* · Cyclone Magnum TRF · Diospada* · Beat-Magnum* · Buster-Sonic* · Beat-Magnum TRF · Fire Stinger
VS Spin-Viper· Diomars-Nero
Super-II Spin Cobra
AR Z Wing Magnum · Great BlastSonic · Beak Stinger G · Proto-Saber Evolution· Tridagger WX
FM-A Great Magnum R · Cosmosonic
* denotes Premium version available; † denotes racing chassis re-release of a Mechanical Mini 4WD car