I’m here for another Tamiya review! It’s going to be Mini 4WD featuring The GRASSHOPPER II Jr. Anime Ver.!! The Grasshopper II Jr. is a Racing Mini 4WD car released by Tamiya on March 30, 1989. It was based on the 1/10 scale Grasshopper II R/C buggy by the company. Currently, there are 5 released versions available by Tamiya, 1st is the original RC version, 2nd is the Mini 4WD version, 3rd is the Champion’s Gold version of the Mini 4WD released somewhere in 1992, 4th one is the Pearl SP version of the Mini 4WD which was released in 1995 and 5th one is the Year of Rabbit version released in 1999. Perhaps there’s more that I don’t know… The kit was also featured in the manga and anime Dash! Yonkuro as Sou Kanzaki’s machine of Team-U Gang. It was shown 1 time only in episode 16 of Dash! Yonkuro, the episode tells Yonkuro wanting to challenge Jin Kidouin, before challenging him Kidouin’s gang asked to test him first. Sou Kanzaki is known to have skills close to Jin and he owned Black Attacker machine (alternate version of Proto Emperor). In the first challenge with Yonkuro, they race in the road of Equilibrium, this is the only time where he uses Grasshopper II machine but, he lost to Yonkuro’s determination. His Grasshopper is shown to run very slow due to the balancing the machine’s run on the plank. Again, this version of Grasshopper II was completely forgotten due to the very short appearance but, this review will instead focussing the anime version of that Grasshopper II. Yes, it’s another custom Mini 4WD but, unlike Bigwig anime, this customs only cost full painting of it’s bodyshell. And I want to reintroduce this forgotten version because until now no one has ever done this. The full paint of Grasshopper II bodyshell was done by Ridho.
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 Grasshopper II Anime Ver. featuring 2 color, undersized R/C buggy bodyshell, with the partially-exposed canopy with driver figurine in it. The damper props were placed near the wheels. The center of it’s bodyshell was painted light purple-blue-ish while the side to spoiler was painted dark blue and the shocks was painted orange with black while the connector was left white/unpainted. The interior was painted whole black with the exception of the driver which painted wearing yellow suit, white gloves and dark brown colored seatbelt. The chassis was molded in gray and it was a type-2. In the anime, Grasshopper II bodyshell is seemingly using type-1 chassis while the actual Grasshopper II bodyshell did not fit into type-1 so, I couldn’t able to make it accurate as in the show. But, here I actually added tune up for my type-2 chassis based on the side box of the kit. Now, this Grasshopper II was equipped with the white low-height sponge tire set with white bumper on the front and rear roller and stab set. And the original motor was replaced with the Hyper Mini motor, original bearing swapped with ball bearing and original shaft replaced with hard shaft. Most of the kit’s material was made from plastic but, some parts was done with metal and rubber plastic.
The partially-exposed driver’s helmet was left white but, added with driver’s face details like eyes and black for sweat protection, his helmet also got 6 lines on the mouth 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… His face was drawn based from the other customizer who painted this for my reference which shows realistic face but, expressions seems like he suffered insomnia. But, it’s still fine by me. In the anime, Grasshopper II driver figurine got white colored helmet with his face completely painted dark dull blue or covered by visor.
Comparing between the anime series, Kanzaki’s Grasshopper II appeared to have different type of body compared to the original but, still retain some similarities. In the anime, the bodyshell fits to type-1 chassis while the actual couldn’t. Yes, I messed up for not going accurately but, the type-1 chassis in the anime seemingly similar to Mike’s Bigwig chassis which got white bumper & side wings. I know I could have just simply paint that part into white in type-2 chassis but, type-2 chassis got different build but, other problem is the chassis is now completely modified and I’m out of my type-2 chassis for Grasshopper II. And I’m also going to get another medium diameter wheels and red high-profile slick tires since they’re in progress for another project. I will update this review after I completely finished with the chassis. The chassis of the anime counterpart uses the very first released type-1 chassis where there’s no roller holes on the front bumper.
The bodyshell of Grasshopper II with the tune up chassis made the kit build to be thin and slender compared to Bigwig, you can actually tell the difference by their height since the tune up uses small type wheel-set and having rear roller and stab set. While Bigwig features slight heavy build and equipped with large diameter wheel-set. Despite the large build of Bigwig, the partially-exposed canopy size is way smaller than Grasshopper II. You can check my review of Bigwign in here.
So far, I like it although I still need to make it more show accurate on the chassis and I will definitely update the review after I got my spare type-2 chassis. Now, my plan on recreating some Mini 4WD that exclusively appeared in the anime is getting realized slowly. The Grasshopper II Jr. current price is relatively high especially the other version releases but, atleast they still don’t cost like buying new cellphone or used laptop. Originally, Grasshopper anime version wasn’t in my plan since I only want to paint the kit based on the box with side box tune up, and I didn’t noticed during the first rewatch of the show maybe it’s because of the very short appearance until the 2nd rewatch which I came to noticed this Grasshopper II.
- Good details and paint work.
- Good for your collection display.
- Can run like how racing Mini 4WD works.
- Very fragile.
- Paint app may rub off.
- Not recommended for racing due to the fragility.
Small Parts: 0/5
Accuracy sculpt: 3/5
Another racer gal, huh?
Okay, let the racing begin!
Lol, the driver seems very sleepy….
But, still dashing with cool style!
Hey, watch out!!
Oops! He did it again!
And KibaRanger doesn’t seem to notice something he crashed.
Totally understand the anger lol….
I’ll kill you, KibaRanger!!
Uh’oh… He mentioned something she really hate!
Shun Goku Satsu?!
Player Girl Win!!