94720 (VS Pearl Blue SP)
92316 (VS Black SP)
95329 (VS Pearl Blue SP reissue)
|Series|| Mechanical Mini 4WD|
Fully Cowled Mini 4WD (VS variants)
|Chassis(s)|| Mechanical chassis|
VS Chassis (VS variants)
|Release Date|| November 1997|
December 25, 2002 *VS)
February 27, 2010 (VS Pearl Blue SP)
July 8, 2017 (VS Pearl Blue SP reissue)
|In fictional media|
|First Appearance||Bakusou Kyoudai Let's & Go! WGP|
The bodyshell of the Spin-Viper was consist of 3 parts: the silver-plated base, the front cowls and the rear cowls. The rear cowls can be open up while the side locks were unlocked. There are separate parts on the front and on the rear that can be removed, allowing the bodyshell to be fitted onto either the rear-motor chassis or the front-motor chassis.
Compare to its predecessor, the Spin-Viper resembles more to the Spin-Axe, with the protruding rear fins and the wide front cowls returns. The side wings were replaced by the silver-plated side locks that locks the rear cowls in place. It is also has more exposed mechanical details than that of Spin Cobra. The car has the red and yellow thunder-styled decals, with the thunder marks on the front of the canopy and the 'Spin Viper' on the front edge.
With the exception of the original display model, all the VS variants were equipped with the small diameter 6-spoke TZ-type wheels paired with high-profile slick tires.
Spin-Viper and VS variant
As the front and rear cowls of the original Spin-Viper were molded in clear plastic, it can be painted in any color. The preferred color is mach blue. Unlike other cars in the Mechanical Mini 4WD lineup, the entire bodyshell can be attached to most (if not all) rear-motor chassis as well as the front-motor chassis without prior modification. For the VS variant, the cowls were molded in metallic blue.
The VS variant was equipped with white wheels and black tires. It doesn't comes with a standard motor.
Pearl Blue Special
The Pearl Blue Special has the cowls molded in pearl blue. In addition, the base parts of the bodyshell, specifically the lock parts, were altered.
It was equipped with white wheels and blue hard-compound tires. It was equipped with the polycarbonate-mixed ABS chassis and, instead of the default 13 mm rubber-ring plastic rollers most VS Chassis cars has, it was equipped with the black, 16 mm lightweight plastic rollers on the front bumper.
The Wanko-exclusive Black Special had the black body color. It shares the same molds with the Pearl Blue Special variant.
The entire setup is the same as the Pearl Blue Special, but with yellow wheels, red tires and red chassis.
In the manga and anime
This section of the article may contains details concerning the progression of the plot. If you do not want it to be spoiled for you, skip this section!
In the anime, the car was created with the idea from his teammate Ryo Takaba. The Spin-Viper in the anime has the suspension system which allows it to run smoothly on rough roads. Because of Retsu's absence due to injury, Tokichi has to enter the race to temporaily filling a empty grid spot with both Spin Cobra and Spin-Viper. Each of Spin Cobra's techniques were passed down to the Spin-Viper during the race. Following the race, Tokichi retires the Spin Cobra and makes the Spin-Viper his only machine in the world grand prix.
In Return Racers, the Spin-Viper was placed and displayed inside the Sagami model shop, until one Mikuni group's worker who, like the grown-up Tokichi, has a crush on Jun, challenge Tokichi in a race. Unfortunately, Tokichi has installed too many parts onto the Spin-Viper and not only making it heavier (in which Go say that the car is heavy just like his owner.) and slower, but also causing it to course out as a result.
Length: 130 mm (Original), 145 mm (VS)
Width: 82 mm (Original), 90 mm (VS), 92 mm (VS PBS/VS BS)
Height: 38 mm (Original), 39 (VS)
Chassis: Mechanical chassis (Original), VS Chassis (VS)
Gear Set(s): 4:1 (VS)
- The Spin-Viper is the first Mini 4WD car that was released on two Mini 4WD lineups. In this case, the Mechanical Mini 4WD series and the Fully Cowled Mini 4WD series.
- Spin-Viper on Tamiya official website (Japanese)
- Spin-Viper (VS Chassis) on Tamiya official website (Japanese)
- Spin-Viper (VS Chassis) Pearl Blue Special on Tamiya official website
- Spin-Viper (VS Chassis) Pearl Blue Special (Reissue) on Tamiya official website
- Spin-Viper (VS Chassis) Pearl Blue Special on Tamiya America official website
- Spin-Viper (VS Chassis) Pearl Blue Special (Reissue) on Tamiya America official website
|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†|
|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|