Perfect Choro Q Ultimate Tiger

Back in the late ’90s there was a particular line of Choro Q toy cars which could do more than just run straight when you wound them. Some had off-road suspension while others could move on water or on a tightrope. This particular toy has done away with trying to be part Choro Q, taking on what appears to be a specialised function.

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Instead of being packaged in a blister tray, it comes in a bag. Also, it requires another Choro Q car from during its time (ie. “Perfect Choro Q” or “V2 Super Customable Choro Q”). Looks like it’s some sort of booster kit rather than an almost ready to run starter set.

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Assembly is mostly straightforward with parts on two large runners, except there’s a blister body you have to cut out. The toy is completed after you slap in two V2/Perfect Choro Q motors and clip on the large offset off-road tyres. The reason why a second car is needed is because only one motor is provided. Maybe providing two of the fancy motors that came with this toy would make it even more expensive.

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Apart from what they can do, another unique thing about the Perfect series is their motor. Unlike other motors it uses switchable Cartridge Gears, with 3 different performance characteristics: blue for endurance, red for speed and yellow for balanced performance.

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This toy comes with a red cartridge for speed. You can swap the cartridges by inserting a wedge-like tool in a slot underneath to remove them.

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Despite claiming to have the best off-road performance, this toy doesn’t have a spring suspension system. It’s made up of two sections connected with a swiveling joint so the car can twist. Its predecessor Land Tiger has spring suspension on a twisting front axle which makes it appear way cooler.

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It comes equipped with removable bumpers that have guide rollers but this thing is too large to run on a normal Choro Q-sized track, and the bumpers reduce the clearance between the already low-riding underside and the ground.

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Size comparison with a normal-sized Choro Q.

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Not sure why but if you use the smaller Max motors for the rear there’s a cover provided.

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It also comes with a pair of adapters for mounting compatible smaller-sized motors (only one is shown here as the other one is being used), and five locking chips to keep the articulating section in a fixed position (neutral and two degrees of left and right twist)

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Having played with a ton of Takara-made toys in the ’90s I concluded that they had many ideas that were great in theory but could never translate well in reality. Like these toys for instance; they are too fragile to survive anything from a drop to a hard crash. Maybe it’s why they don’t fetch ridiculous prices on the secondary market unlike B-Daman toys which are far more durable.

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