Rising Bird
No. 18017
Series Racer Mini 4WD
Chassis(s) Type-3 Chassis
Release Date 1989
In fictional media
First Appearance Mini 4 Top
Owner Toppu Kudo
The Rising Bird (ライジングバード) is a Mini 4WD car released by Tamiya in 1989. It is the first to ultilizes Type-3 Chassis, after the disastrous body and chassis compability problem on Type-2 Chassis with bodies designed for Type-1 Chassis.

It is featured in manga Mini 4 Top as Toppu Kudo's first machine.

General Info

The Rising Bird is the very first machine created from the Dream Attack project planned by Tamiya where everyone can design their own machine.

The Rising Bird's body is dominated by blue color, with some white, yellow and orange mix onto it. The body is designed to have more curved lines, reducing the drags. Pair of wings and the T-shaped spoiler that are placed on rear of the car provides the downforces onto the rear wheels.

The chassis, along with the high-profile spike tires, are molded in bright red, unlike the others.

In the Manga

In the manga, Toppu received the Rising Bird, though the way how he get it is different on each version of the same story.

In Top 2, Top 3, Top 4 and Top 5 versions of the manga, the T-wing wasn't added to the car but later added for various reasons that was depends on the story version. In Top 5 version, Toppu modify it into the light-weight version by drilling holes and patches the meshes on the bodyshell.

For various reasons, Toppu later replaced the Rising Bird with the Winning Bird. In Top 6 version of the manga, however, Toppu own the Winning Bird right from the beginning.

Technical Info

Length: 127 mm

Width: 86 mm

Height: 53 mm

Chassis: Type-3 Chassis

Gear set(s): 5:1, 6.4:1




  • The Rising Bird is the first non-limited edition Mini 4WD car to have chassis and tires to be molded in different color.
  • It is currently the tallest Mini 4WD car ever released, followed by the Nissan Be-1.

See Also

Winning Bird - Rising Bird's successor, also the second Mini 4WD car in Dream Attack project.

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