Hey, guys! VioFitz is here for another review! This time it’s all about Tamiya Racing Mini 4WD line, here is The BIGWIG Jr. Anime Ver.!! Firstly, Tamiya is a Japanese manufacturer of plastic model kits, radio controlled cars, battery and solar powered educational models, sailboat models, acrylic and enamel model paints and various modeling tools and supplies. The company was founded by Yoshio Tamiya in Shizuoka, Japan, in 1946. Mini 4WD is any miniature model within the mini scale of between 1/20 (1:20) to 1/48 (1:48) Scale (ratio). From 1986 to present day, the term is popularized predominantly (99%) by a 1/30 (1:30) scaled, AA battery powered plastic model race car without remote control. Their history is a long shot so, I’m going to skip this one. The Bigwig Jr. is a Racing Mini 4WD car released by Tamiya on March 26, 1987. It was based on the 1/10 scale Bigwig R/C buggy by the company, whose body was designed by the famous car designer Takuya Yura. Currently, there are 4 versions available, 1st is the original RC version, 2nd is the Mini 4WD version, 3rd is the Special Version of the Mini 4WD and 4th one is the RS version which was released in 2017 and features with Super-II chassis. Perhaps there’s more that I don’t know… The kit was also featured in the manga and anime Dash! Yonkuro as Mike’s machine of Jet Gang. It was briefly shown in episode 13 of Dash! Yonkuro and made it’s debut in episode 14, the episode centers the Skateboarder VS Mini 4WD but, also introduced the Jet Gang which appeared to be Team-U’s opponent. Despite the short story but, it was actually saddening, not only Jet Gang was completely defeated by Jin Kidouin alone but, Mike’s Bigwig was accidentally destroyed by his fellow the skateboarder. After that episode, the kit never make another appearance anymore… For sure, it was easily forgotten but, this review will instead focussing the anime version of that Bigwig. In short, this is a custom Mini 4WD, I did this review to reintroduce of that forgotten version because until now no one has ever done this. Atleast from what I saw so far… I actually liked the kit since it has slight differences from the original Bigwig. The custom was done by Cluster Model Kit which mainly repainting the whole kit and added slight modifications.
Since this is a custom so, the contents only consists the kit fully assembled and customized. The original one was preassembled and got different color and wheel set.
The Bigwig Jr. featuring the aerodynamic, open-wheel buggy design, with a partially-exposed canopy with driver figurine, a rear spoiler on the rear and a roof air intake prop on the roof. Before the repaint, this Bigwig got deep blue colored body along with the driver figurine and was supposed to have their own decals but, in this version the overall body was repainted into coral blue, dark red, lavender, white, silver, and gun metal. While inside the canopy, the lower interior and steering wheel was repainted black and the driver’s getup is blue helmet, yellow long sleeved shirts with white gloves and dark brown with silver seat belt. The original Bigwig was equipped with the white middle diameter 4-spoke Hotshot-type wheels paired with the black high-profile spike tires but, in this custom. It was equipped with blue colored hard large diameter low profile tire and white carbon wheel set. Yes, I know the wheel set doesn’t feel old/classic but, atleast they resembles enough to the anime version, which is why I’m keeping this instead of using the original wheel set. In this version, the 2 front part blocks near the shocks was equipped with 2 lights and the side gap between the wings was attached with 2 ducts, which replicates how the anime version looks while the original Bigwig doesn’t have these. Bigwig uses type-1 chassis and originally plain black color but, in here the chassis was repainted into metallic black, dark grey and white. Most of the kit’s material was made from plastic but, some parts was done with metal and rubber plastic however, this kit would likely be stored in the display case only and will never run into the track because, the kit and the custom treatment isn’t cheap….
The partial half exposed driver’s helmet was repainted blue and black for sweat protection, his helmet also show a brief of his face, you can see his eyes and there’s 6 lines on the lower part. The actual face of the driver is never shown until now, it can be assumed his eyes was sculpted from the past legendary racers back in 70s or 80s… Eh, I’m not sure… But, this version seemingly was drawn with anime-ish eyes because of a glimpse of typical anime’s large eyes. But, it’s fine by me it’s more showing like this is an anime styled Mini 4WD. However, in the anime his helmet was supposed to be plain white but, the reason he gets blue helmet is because I plan on swapping his head on the begining with my Mini F1 driver’s head since the helmet looks accurate to the anime but, it turns out the size is a little different and won’t fit to the Bigwig’s canopy. So, Bigwig gets his original helmet back.
Comparing between the anime series, Mike’s Bigwig appeared to have different type of body compared to the original Bigwig but, still retain some similarities. In the anime, the driver’s got white colored helmet with his face covered with the helmet black glass and the body seems to have it’s own back seat. The chassis of the anime counterpart appeared to be slightly different as well, the anime version seemingly uses the first released type-1 chassis where there’s no roller holes on the front bumper and got different 3 oval mold instead of circular and the side wings were also drawn differently. Well, we are talking about anime which the difference can be wild apart and out of the reality but, atleast we did our best reimagining these forgotten kit. Comparing between the wheel sets, the type-1 chassis usually comes with their own classic wheel set and I actually happened to have the counterfeit version of the slick tires with blue color but, frankly… I’m not happy with this since they looked different from the anime counterpart and the coloring of the tires doesn’t really match. Well, you cannot expect a bootleg to be perfect.
Between Dream Tomica and the vintage Zyuranger bike, the scale size is very different but, if you take a good look between the driver’s size. They seemed to be almost equal but, driver’s size can be vary as some company may actually did their own non scaled figure to be like super deformed/chibi size or something different. You can check my review of Mario Kart 7 and Zyuranger bike review in here and here.
Overall impression, I’m liking this very much because Tamiya Mini 4WD is also part of my childhood playful times but, I don’t play much.. I’m more into collecting them and watching Dash! Yonkuro anime, I plan on recreating some Mini 4WD that exclusively appeared in the anime. By this time, Bigwig Jr. price tag is getting high especially the first release but, you won’t need to worry much since Tamiya released the RS version which Bigwig now is easier to get. However, if you’re hunting the type-1 chassis without the roller’s holes, that can be very troublesome since the original first release of Bigwig cost more than 200-300 usd but, you can get the alternative one by buying the Memorial Edition version or take any type-1 chassis from other kit.
- Good details and repaint work.
- Good for your collection display.
- Can run like how racing Mini 4WD works.
- Very fragile due to the attached 2 lights.
- Paint app may rub off easily.
- Not recommended for racing due to the fragility.
- Expensive customization.
Small Parts: 0/5
Accuracy sculpt: 3/5
Lol… Women sure have more hiding places than men….
You’re gonna race only with bikini?
Hey, that bracelets?!
To be Top!!
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I’ll kill you, KibaRanger!!
To be continued in Variable Action Heroes Haruna Sairenji review….