The Spin Cobra (Japanese: スピンコブラ, Supin Kobura) is a Mechanical Mini 4WD released by Tamiya on July 10, 1996. It was the first Mini 4WD car in the Mechanical Mini 4WD car lineup. A Premium variant of the car was released as a Fully Cowled Mini 4WD car on May 27, 2017.

It was featured in the manga and anime Bakusou Kyoudai Let's & Go! and Bakusou Kyoudai Let's & Go! WGP as Tokichi Mikuni's second machine, replacing his Spin-Axe in the series.

General info[edit | edit source]

Compare to the Spin-Axe, the Spin Cobra has some major differences: The inclusion of the triangle side wings on the rear of the front wheel fenders, the removal of the front wheel guards, the change from vertical fins to straight fins as well as the use of the silver-plated chassis. The silver-plated, bellows-shaped bonnet on the front of the original Spin Cobra can be removed, revealing part of the mechanical chassis. The decal design, unlike the Spin-Axe, is mostly symmetrical, with the 'Spin Cobra' decal on the front.

As the bodyshell of the original Spin Cobra was molded in clear plastic, it can be painted in any color. The preferred color is mach blue. It has the yellow and red, thunder-styled body decals. When given modification, it can be attached to any shaft-driven chassis, preferably Super-1 Chassis, Super-II Chassis, VS Chassis, Super TZ, Super TZ-X, Super-FM and AR Chassis.

The Premium variant has the bodyshell molded in metallic blue, and like the Proto-Saber Evolution Premium, the front bonnet is now part of the bodyshell rather than a separate piece and is not removable. The foil sticker set of the Premium variant also includes parts for the bonnet and side wings. Minor design changes has been made in order to make it fit onto the rear-motor chassis.

The Premium variant was equipped with the deep gold, 3-spoke Fully Cowled-type wheels paired with the black treaded radial tires. The Premium variant was equipped with the polycarbonate-mixed ABS chassis.molded in white, with A parts molded in gun metal. It was also equipped with the easy locking gear cover molded in blue.

In the manga and anime[edit | edit source]

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In the manga, the Spin Cobra was developed alongside Proto-Saber Evolution in order to fight against Ogami's group. However, due to time-constraints, J placed development priority on the Spin Cobra and thus it was the first car to be completed and was given to Tokichi. In the anime, the Spin Cobra was being developed by the Mikuni Group with the help from Dr.Tsuchiya. However, its development was delayed as the chassis was snatched by Tokichi's little sister Chiiko and used to create the Flower-Axe with the bodyshell she made (which was based on Tokichi's Spin-Axe's). Tokichi eventually managed to get back the chassis as soon as the Flower-Axe's bodyshell was destroyed by Beak Spider's wind cutter, thus the development of Spin Cobra was completed.

In both media, the Spin Cobra has the aerodynamic adjustment system on the rear of the front cowls. In the manga, it has the rollers hidden in the side wings as well as the electronic steering system which was controlled by the microchip inside it, while in the anime it has the aluminum honeycamb-like composite bodyshell that can neutralizes the Beak Spider's wind cutter attack. Where the manga version has the mechanical chassis, the anime version has the white, front-motor chassis.

In WGP, it was once converted into the double-motor setup, but was later reverted back to the front-motor setup after the trouble caused by said setup. During the race against Rosso Strada, the Spin Cobra was severely damaged when it was impaled on a statue. While the Spin Cobra was quickly replaced by the Spin-Viper following the race in the manga, the anime has the Spin Cobra repaired and Tokichi enter the race with both machines, temporaily filling a empty grid spot left by Retsu when he was absence due to injury. Following the race, the Spin Cobra was retired from the WGP and reverted into a normal Mini 4WD car, as its techniques were passed onto the Spin-Viper during the race.

Technical info[edit | edit source]

Variant Body Chassis Wheels Tires Motor Dimensions Gear

Display model
(19301, 95567)

Color: Clear
Material: PS

Type: Display model
Frame: Silver Plated, PS
A parts: Gun Metal, PS

Size: Small
Type: Mecahnical (Spin Cobra)
Spoke: N/A
Fitment: Staggered
Color: Silver Plated
Material: PS

Size: Small
Type: Mechanical Treaded
Color: Black
Material: Med. Elastomer


Length: 129
Width: 86
Height: 37



Color: Metallic Blue
Material: ABS

Type: Super-II
Frame: White, Polycarbonate-mixed ABS
A parts: Gun Metal, ABS

Size: Small
Type: Fully Cowled-Type
Spoke: 3
Fitment: Staggered
Color: Deep Gold
Material: Polypropylene

Size: Small
Type: Treaded Radial
Color: Black
Material: Med. Elastomer


Length: 150
Width: 97
Height: 38


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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Despite being made for the rear-motor chassis, the bodyshell of the Premium variant has the cutout lines pre-engraved under its bonnet, allowing racers to modify it for the front-motor chassis.

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Tamiya America[edit | edit source]

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
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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
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