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As it calls the wind, dance with the wind and became the wind, a superior dragon will appear.
— The words that was engraved on the wooden dragon statue's head in Radicon Boy.

The Super Dragon Junior (Japanese: スーパードラゴンJr., Sūpā Doragon Junia) is a Racing Mini 4WD car released by Tamiya on August 6, 1987.

It is based on the Super Dragon R/C buggy, which only released as a body set for the Hornet R/C Buggy. The R/C buggy counterpart is the primary machine of Gou Kuruma in the manga Radicon Boy by Kaoru Ohbayashi. The Mini 4WD car itself also appear in Ohbayashi's manga short Mini 4WD Ryuuta.

It was also featured in the manga and anime Dash! Yonkuro as Peiji 'Punkuro' Jimi's machine. Decades later, it made a cameo appearance in Hyper Dash! Yonkuro.

General info

The Super Dragon featuring the body design that is similar to the head of a dragon. There's the CoroCoro Dragon decals and the CoroCoro Comic decal on the bodyshell. The bodyshell has the car number 18. It is mainly in white, with red and blue highlights and yellow trims on it.

The original Super Dragon comes with the medium diameter 4-spoke Hotshot-type wheels paired with the black high-profile spike tires, while the Premium variant comes with the neon green large diameter 6-spoke Manta Ray-type wheels paired with the black MS-type spike tires. The original model has its chassis molded in black, while the Premium variant has its chassis frame and A parts molded in light gun metal.

Unlike most VS Chassis car, the Premium variant doesn't come with the rear roller stay and instead, it includes the plastic double rollers.

About the Super Dragon 1/10 R/C Buggy

The Super Dragon was available as the spare body set for the Hornet. It was originally retails exclusively via CoroCoro Comic magazine, but later had a general release.

Tamiya later re-released the Super Dragon, now renamed as Super Storm Dragon due to possible trademark problem, on November 14, 2020. The full kit borrows the Grasshopper-based chassis from the updated Hornet re-release.

In media

Spoiler alert!

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!

Radicon Boy

In Radicon Boy, the bodyshell of the Super Dragon was made using the head of a wooden dragon statue as a mold. The wooden dragon statue was crafted by a no-name craftman in the past, but as times passes it was missing all but the head prior to being brought by the Tamiya staffs. After the Super Dragon body was made, the head of the wooden dragon statue was then self-dissolved into dust, hinting that it have accomplished its role. The body, originally made for the Hornet, was given to Gou after a series of race tests, who then swapped his Hotshot's body with it.

The Super Dragon has the special running technique known as the 'Dragon Running (ドラゴン走行)', in which the buggy's ride height is lowered itself to give it a sudden acceleration boost with the help of the winds.

Mini 4WD Ryuuta

Ryuuta, a protagonist of this one-shot, own a Super Dragon Jr. Mini 4WD car. Interestly, Gou Kuruma made a cameo in this manga.

Hyper Dash! Yonkuro

In Hyper Dash! Yonkuro, Mr.G released the dragon Mini 4WD cars (including the Super Dragon Jr.) to stop Yonkuro's Emperor by ramming the car during the first course. The car, along with other dragon Mini 4WD cars, were smashed away by the newly-upgraded Rise-Emperor.

Technical info

Variant Body Chassis Wheels Tires Motor Dimensions Gear

Standard
(18007)

Color: White
Material: PS

Type: Type-1
Frame: Black, ABS
A parts: Black, ABS

Size: Medium
Type: Hotshot-Type
Spoke: 4
Fitment: Staggered
Color: White
Material: Polypropylene

Size: Medium
Type: Spiked
Color: Black
Material: Med. Elastomer

Standard

Length: 127
Width: 81
Height: 48

11.2:1
6.4:1

Premium
(18067)

Color: White
Material: ABS

Type: VS
Frame: Light Gun Metal, ABS
A parts: Light Gun Metal, ABS

Size: Large
Type: Manta Ray-Type
Spoke: 6
Fitment: Staggered
Color: Fluorescent Green
Material: Polypropylene

Size: Large
Type: Avante-Type Spiked
Color: Black
Material: Med. Elastomer

Standard

Length: 128
Width: 93
Height: 48

4.2:1

Gallery

Boxarts

See also

Related cars

Dragon series

Mini 4WD New Year's limited edition

  • Super Dragon Jr. - Year of the Dragon 2000

External links

Tamiya Japan

Tamiya America

R/C buggy that the Mini 4WD car is based on

Mini 4WD cars from Dash! Yonkuro franchise
Dash Warriors Mini 4WD Championship arc Boomerang Jr. · Monster Beetle Jr. · Hotshot Jr. · Falcon Jr. · Super Dragon Jr. · Hornet Jr. · Dash-1 Emperor · Dash-2 Burning Sun · Dash-3 Shooting Star · Dash-4 Cannonball · Dash-5 Dancing Doll · Dash-01 Super Emperor · Dash-0 Horizon · Dash-W1 Wild Saurus · Dash-02 Neo Burning Sun · Dash-001 Great Emperor
Black Mistral arc Horizon Boundless · Liberty Emperor
Shin Dash! Yonkuro Dash-CB1 Geo-Emperor · Dash-CB2 Blazing Sun · Dash-03 Super Shooting Star · Dash-04 Cannonball Wail · Dash-05 Dame the Dancing Doll · Dash-CBW Command Saurus
Hyper Dash! Yonkuro Rise-Emperor · Shooting Proud Star · God Burning Sun · Cannon D Ball · Dancing Divine Doll
Mini 4WD Championship participants Fire Dragon Jr. · The Fox Jr. · Thunder Dragon Jr. · Rising Bird · Bigwig Jr. · Avante Jr. · Thunder Shot Jr. · Clod Buster Jr. · Lunch Box Jr.
U Team and U Team 2 Dash-X1 Proto-Emperor · Crusader · Black Chopper · Black Bomber · Black Fighter · Black Attacker · Proto-Emperor ZX · Proto-Emperor Coretank
Team Momotaro Samurai Crimson Glory · Crimson R · Crimson T · Crimson E · Crimson A
Team Ninja Warriors Terra Scorcher Jr. · Dash-X5 Shadow Emperor
Team Heavy Metal Dash-X2 God Emperor · Dash-X3 Hurricane Emperor · Dash-X4 Devil Emperor
Amazon Horizons Sid Horizon · Buzz Horizon · Gal Horizon · Luke Horizon · Coco Horizon
from Black Mistral arc Aero-Solitude · Manta Ray Jr. · Black Mistral
Dark Dominion Night Seek · Night Seek Trigger · Night Seek Shield · Night Seek Rod · Night Seek Edge · Night Seek Saucer · Night Seek G · Over the Horizon · Dancing Bloom Doll · Beast Emperor · Big Burning Sun · Shooting Billion Star · Cannon Bad Ball
Others Daihatsu Kopen XMZ · Astralster · Abilista · Raikiri · Festa Jaune · Silwolf
Racing Mini 4WD series
Type-1 Hotshot Jr. · Hornet Jr. · The Fox Jr. · Boomerang Jr. · Bigwig Jr. · Falcon Jr. · Super Dragon Jr.* · Thunder Dragon Jr.* · Thunder Shot Jr. · Super Sabre Jr. · Fire Dragon Jr.* · Dash-1 Emperor* · Dash-2 Burning Sun
Type-2 Avante Jr. · Grasshopper II Jr. · Vanquish Jr. · Terra Scorcher Jr.
Type-3 Rising Bird · Dash-3 Shooting Star · Saint Dragon Jr.* · Dash-4 Cannonball* · Dash-5 Dancing Doll* · Winning Bird · Dash-01 Super Emperor* · Nissan Be-1
Type-4 Egress Jr.
Zero Dash-0 Horizon* · Avante 2001 Jr. · Astute Jr. · Manta Ray Jr. · Dash-001 Great Emperor* · Super Astute Jr. · Proto-Emperor ZX · Dyna Storm Jr. ·
FM Crimson Glory · Dash-02 Neo Burning Sun · Aero-Solitude
Type-5 Bear Hawk Jr. · Top-Force Jr. · Terra Conqueror Jr. · Dash-03 Super Shooting Star · Super Avante · Dash-CB1 Geo-Emperor*
Super TZ-X Mad Bull Jr. · Baja King Jr.
VS Dash-X1 Proto-Emperor* · Slash Reaper · Super Sabre Open Top · Top-Force Evolution Open Top · Daihatsu Kopen RMZ and XMZ · Daihatsu Kopen RMZ · Mini 4WD Lupine Racer · Mach-Bullet · Mini 4WD Koala Racer
Super-II Astute Open Top · Terra Conqueror Open Top · Racing Miku 2012 ver. drives Astute Special · Saber drives Super Sabre Special · Mikoto Misaka drives Thunder Shot Special · Daihatsu Kopen XMZ · Mini 4WD Shirokumakko · Mini 4WD Panda Racer · Mini 4WD Kumamon Version · Mini 4WD Merlion Edition - Singapore 50th Anniversary · Mini 4WD Dog Racer · Mini 4WD Hawk Racer · Mini 4WD Owl Racer · Mini 4WD Pig Racer · Mini 4WD Panda Racer 2 · Mini 4WD Cat Racer
Super XX Thunder Shot Open Top
VZ Neo-VQS · Dual Ridge Jr. · Toyota GR Yaris · Honda e · Iron Beak · Ray Spear · Mini 4WD Elephant Racer · Mini 4WD Penguin Racer · Eleglitter
Starter Pack Zenquish Progress · Azente Progress · Neo-VQS Advanced Pack
* denotes Premium version available
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