|No.|| Regular release|
94666 (Special Kit)
94704 (MS Black SP)
94670 (MS Finished Model)
94818 (Type-1 Silver-plated)
92267 (Imperial Force Pearl)
92268 (Imperial Force CRed)
92269 (Imperial Force Orange)
92270 (Imperial Force Smoke)
95296 (MS Black SP reissue)
|Series|| Racing Mini 4WD (Type-1/Type-3/Premium)|
Mini 4WD PRO (MS)
|Chassis(s)|| Type-1 Chassis|
Type-3 Chassis (Type-3)
MS Chassis (MS)
Super-II Chassis (Premium)
VS Chassis (Imperial Force)
|First Released|| Regular releases|
September 20, 1988 (Type-1)
January 25, 1990 (Type-3)
July 12, 2008 (MS)
March 24, 2012 (Premium)
July 12, 2008 (MS Finished Model)
September 12, 2009 (MS Black SP)
April 30, 2011 (Type-1 Silver-plated)
June 2014 (Imperial Force)
February 11, 2017 (MS Black SP reissue)
June 2018 (Memorial)
|In fictional media|
|First Appearance||Dash! Yonkuro|
|“||Mini 4WD cars are not toys! They are racing machines!||”|
— Yonkuro Hinomaru in Dash! Yonkuro
The Dash-1 Emperor (Japanese: ダッシュ１号・
The Emperor features the typical R/C buggy design bodyshell with two-tone stripes. On the front is a mono-shock prop and a pair of upper arm props. There are headlight props mounted on the front side of the canopy while on the rear, there is a rear spoiler with a large 'DASH!' decal.
On the front is the CoroCoro Dragon logo and a decal with the numbers '496'.
Type-1 and Type-3
The original Type-1 and Type-3 variants of the Emperor features the white body color, with blue canopy, red and orange stripes and yellow front mono-shock
Both Type-1 and Type-3 were equipped with the white, middle-diameter 4-spoke Hotshot-type wheels, with the Type-1 comes with the black spiked tires and the Type-3 comes with the black high-profile slick tires. The chassis was molded in black.
MS variant and MS Black Special
The original MS variant features the same coloring as the original Type-1 and Type-3 variants. On the other hand, the MS Black Special variant features the black body color, blue canopy, silver highlights and front mono-shock and two-tone stripes of silver and carbon pattern.
The MS variant was equipped with the white, large diameter 4-spoke MS-type II wheels paired with the black low-profile spike tires. The MS Black Special was instead equipped with the metal gray, 5-spoke narrow lightweight wheels paired with the black arched tires. Both variant comes with the N-02 nose unit and the standard, light gray 16 mm lightweight plastic rollers. The standard MS variant has its nose, center, tail unit and the A parts were molded in black, while the MS Black Special has its nose, center, tail unit and the A parts were molded in neon yellow.
The Premium variant features the same coloring as the original Type-1 and Type-3 variants but with the body decals being changed from paper-type to foil-type to give it the metallic-like appearance.
It was equipped with the metal gray, large diameter 6-spoke Manta Ray-type wheels paired with the black Avante-type slick tires. The chassis frame was molded in black, while the A parts and the easy locking gear cover were molded in blue.
The limited, Charatoru-exclusive Imperial Force variants, has the silver and two-tone red and black stripe-styled body decals, with the metallic red canopy. It has four color variants: Pearl, clear red, orange, and smoke. However, the body decals works best with the pearl color variant.
Depends on the color variants, it either came with the white chassis and white tires, or black chassis and orange tires. All variants were equipped with the black, large diameter 6-spoke Manta Ray-type wheels paired with the Avante-type slick tires.
Based on the MS variant, the Memorial variant of the Emperor was released to celebrate 30 years of Tamiya Mini 4WD Japan Cup.
It features the silver plated bodyshell with the black and carbon-pattern body decals.
It was equipped with the white, large diameter low-profile 6-spoke wheels paired with the super-hard low profile tires. It was equipped with the N-02 and T-01 units molded in red and the center parts molded in black.
In the manga and anime
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!
During the race, the thugs employ a dirty tactic by detonating bombs that have been buried into the race track beforehand. Yonkuro's Boomerang Jr. was severely damaged by the explosions but remembering the box that Mr. Sumeragi gave him, he opened the box and found that it contained the parts of his new car. Yonkuro had only assembled the new car's body and had his busted Boomerang's chassis recycled into his new car. Thanks to the new car, now known as the Dash-1 Emperor, Yonkuro and company won the race against the thugs.
During one of the races in the Mini 4WD Championship arc, The Emperor was struck by lightning at the last minute before it could cross the finish line. Mr. Sumeragi later have it repaired but it was busted again during the semi-final against the Emperor trio in the National Tournament, forcing Yonkuro to use the Great Emperor in the final.
The car was later rebuilt and used in the 2nd round of the Hell Caravan rally during the Black Mistral arc until it was melted due to the high heat of the lava race track.
In Hyper Dash! Yonkuro, the Emperor was, once again, Yonkuro's primary machine. It was used to race against the Dash Warrior members and, later, against Kill Crow. However, the explosion caused by Kill Crow's Night Seek Trigger had severely damaged the Emperor's chassis, rendering it unusable. This forced Mr.Sumeragi to secretly replace the entire car with the new one with part of the Emperor's parts equipped without Yonkuro and co.'s knowledge.
Length: 127 mm (Type-1/Type-3), 152 mm (MS), 150 mm (Premium)
Width: 81 mm (Type-1), 86 mm (Type-3), 92 mm (MS/Imperial Force), 97 mm (Premium)
Height: 53 mm (Type-1/Type-3)
Chassis: Type-1 Chassis, Type-3 Chassis, MS Chassis, Super-II Chassis, VS Chassis
Gear Set(s): 11.2:1 and 6.4:1 (Type-1), 6.4:1 and 5:1 (Type-3), 4:1 (MS), 4.2:1 (Premium)
Manga and anime
- It is the first Mini 4WD car to have more than one chassis variants.
- Although they share the same bodyshell design, the MS variant is not compatible with any shaft-driven chassis.
- It is the first to be not based on any Tamiya R/C buggy.
- It is also the first to have the R/C buggy (albeit a Quick Drive 1/14 scale R/C buggy) based on the Mini 4WD car.
- The original, Type-1 variant of the Emperor was chosen to be a cover car for the 1988 and 1989 seasons of Tamiya Japan Cup, while the Memorial variant (Which was equipped with the MS Chassis) was chosen to be the cover car for the 2018 season to celebrate 30 years of Japan Cup.
- In Dash! Yonkuro, the Emperor was seen equipped with the wheels from the Speed Roller and Wheel Set paired with the Slick Sponge Tire Set.
- Starting with the Premium variant of the Emperor, most future Mini 4WD car with Super-II Chassis were came equipped with the easy locking gear cover.
- In Hyper Dash! Yonkuro, much like the Dash-2 Burning Sun, the Dash-1 Emperor was seen equipped with the Type-1 Chassis instead of Type-3 Chassis. This is because both cars were originally made for Type-1 Chassis.
- In the CoroCoro Comic x Sanrio collaboration project by Shogakukan and Sanrio, the Emperor was being 'sanriolized' along with its owner Yonkuro Hinomaru.
- Dash-01 Super Emperor
- Dash-001 Great Emperor
- Liberty Emperor (Dash! Yonkuro)
- Dash-CB1 Geo-Emperor
- Dash-1 Emperor on Tamiya official website (Japanese)
- Dash-1 Emperor (Type-3) on Tamiya official website (Japanese)
- Dash-1 Emperor Special Kit on Tamiya official website
- Dash-1 Emperor (MS Chassis) on Tamiya official website
- Dash-1 Emperor (MS Chassis) finished model on Tamiya official website
- Dash-1 Emperor (MS Chassis) Black Special on Tamiya official website
- Dash-1 Emperor Premium on Tamiya official website
- Dash-1 Emperor (MS Chassis) Black Special (reissue) on Tamiya official website
- Dash-1 Emperor Special Kit on Tamiya America official website
- Dash-1 Emperor (MS Chassis) on Tamiya America official website
- Dash-1 Emperor (MS Chassis) Finished model on Tamiya America official website
- Dash-1 Emperor Premium on Tamiya America official website
- Dash-1 Emperor (MS Chassis) Black Special (reissue) on Tamiya America official website