No. Regular releases
Limited editions
95409 (Re-release)
Series Mighty Mini 4WD
Chassis(s) VS Chassis
Release Date Regular releases
July 1999
Limited editions
September 1, 2018 (Re-release)
In fictional media
First Appearance Future Racer V-Twin
Owner Bui 'V' Tendou
The Variatron (Japanese: バリアトロン, Bariatoron) is a Mighty Mini 4WD car released by Tamiya in July 1999. It is the first Mighty Mini 4WD car to be equipped with VS Chassis.

It was featured in the manga Future Racer V-Twin as Bui 'V' Tendou's machine, upgraded and repaired from the damaged Vtron in the series.

General info Edit

The Variatron features a futuristic, mechanical body design. Compare to the Vtron, only the body color and the canopy design were changed. It retains most features of the Vtron, such as the pair of movable wings on the rear and the Brain Core on the front. There is a rear diffuser which was attached to the center rear hardpoint underneath its VS Chassis.

It is mainly in blue, with silver highlights and red and yellow trims on it.

It is equipped with the white large-diameter moonface-type wheels paired with Avante-type slick tires. The chassis frame and A parts were molded in black. It doesn't comes with a standard motor.

In the manga Edit

A moment after V's Vtron crossed the finish line in a race against the owner of the VT-5 by an big jump, the car was damaged, unable to withstand the landing impact. The VT-5 pulls the damaged car to Professor Kubota, who then repair the mini car. This lead to the birth of the Variatron.

Since it is a repaired and upgraded form of Vtron, the Brain Core from the original car was remain untouched. Similar to other VT machines, it has its own consciousness within its AI and is often interacts with its owner.

Technical info Edit

Length: 145 mm

Width: 90 mm

Height: 39 mm

Chassis: VS Chassis

Gear Set(s): 5:1 and 4:1 (Original), 4:1 (Re-release)

Gallery Edit

Boxarts Edit

Trivia Edit

  • The Variatron, along with other cars from the manga, were designed by Zaurus Tokuda rather than the series creator Kouichi Mitaka.

External links Edit

Tamiya Japan Edit

Tamiya America Edit

Mighty Mini 4WD series
Super X Dyna-Hawk GX* · Cross-Tiger VR* · Laser-Gill*
VS Variatron · Synchro-Master Z9
* denotes Super XX Chassis version available
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