Winning Bird
No. 18024
92298 (21st Century Blue)
92299 (21st Century CRed)
92300 (21st Century Smoke)
92301 (21st Century White)
Series Racing Mini 4WD
Chassis(s) Type-3 Chassis
VS Chassis (21st Century Edition)
First Released April 3, 1990
March 2015 (21st Century)
In fictional media
First Appearance Mini 4 Top
Owner Toppu Kudo

The Winning Bird (Japanese: ウイニングバード, Uiningu Bādo) is a Racing Mini 4WD car released by Tamiya on April 3, 1990. It is the second Mini 4WD car from the Dream Attack project started by Tamiya and Shogakukan.

It was featured in the manga Mini 4 Top as Toppu Kudo's upgraded machine from his Rising Bird.

General info

Unlike its predecessor, the Winning Bird has a more blocky body design and is dominated by silver with blue highlights and black and red trims. It also lost the rear wings, harboring a pair of fins in its place which compensates for the lack of a spoiler.

The low-height, flat design was inspired by Formula 1 car body designs as well as a jet fighter's sharp design.

While the boxart depicts the Winning Bird equipped with the standard rollers, the actual assembled mini car can be equipped with the larger rollers as seen in the manga, depending on user's preference.

It was equipped with the white, mid-diameter 4-spoke Hotshot-type wheels paired with the red spike tires. Unlike the Rising Bird, the Winning Bird's chassis is now molded in black.

21st Century Edition

In 2015, Tamiya released the 21st Century Edition of the Winning Bird which comes with several different color schemes and an updated chassis (VS Chassis). It was also a limited prize model.

Change has been made to the bodyshell mold, allowing it to be attach onto later chassis. (the exception of this is the front-motor chassis, the midship-motor chassis and the AR Chassis)

It was equipped with the silver-plated, large-diameter 6-spoke Manta Ray-type wheel paired with MS-type spike tires with the color choices of red and black (Depends on the model).

In the manga

5 of the 6 Shogaku Year serializations of the Mini 4 Top has Toppu replacing the Rising Bird with the Winning Bird though in the Top 6 version, he owns the Winning Bird right from the beginning).

In some versions of the story, the Winning Bird has the lightweight, polycarbonate body version known as the Winning Bird Formula.

Technical info

Length: 127 mm

Width: 92 mm (With large rollers)

Height: 45 mm

Chassis: Type-3 Chassis, VS Chassis (21st Century Edition)

Gear Set(s): 5:1 and 6.4:1 (Original), 4:1 (21st Century Edtion)




See also

External links

Tamiya Japan

Tamiya America


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
* denotes Premium version available