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The people at Playing Mantis snapped up the abandoned Johnny
Lightning name. They remade a lot of the old cars, which are harder
to find than Hot Wheels, and some say a bit faster (I only have one
original, and it is VERY fast compared to the new hot wheels).
They've also done a great job with the muscle cars, dragsters, and
Indy 500 commemoratives that give Hot Wheels a run for their money,
and are much harder to find on the pegs.
Now they've revived the Sizzlers and fat track, with an improved Mega
Charger which is a Juice Machine with an electronic timer (like the
Power Pit), and a fat track which is similar to the old Mattell one.
They've been pretty hard to find since xmas. A real original power
pit is still the best way to charge cars without having to run for
fresh D batteries every 15 minutes. The smooth curves seem to cause
cars to spin out much more than the old original Fat Track curves.
Mattel also has sizzler-alikes XV cars, but they lost the trademark.
They changed the name of the Turbo flame FE car to sizzler I guess
just to contest the trademark. This boxed set is in the "correct" color scheme
according to the actual licenced cars. The channel is emptying as of
7/97, but might still be around. Also note the picture of Dragon Lady
AMX in this set, it's some odd plymouth on the carded car.
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This boxed set is in the "correct" color scheme according to the actual licenced cars. The channel is emptying as of 7/97, but might still be around. Also note the picture of Dragon Lady AMX in this set, it's some odd plymouth on the carded car.Color Guide to Series
News Flash! Wacky Winners boxed sets $10!No, not from me, but Toys R Us just reduced them July 7th in the Seattle area, grab them now (scalpers will have to wait until the channel clears out which won't be long at these prices!)
Johnny Lighting CorvettesPictures 2 packs $13 each shipped or $40 shipped for 4 sets I have Sting Ray III 1967 Coupe 427 Corvette Indy 1962 Roadster Aerovette 1957 Roadster 1954 Nomad 1995 ZR-1 1965 Mako Shark 1982 T-top Boxed complete sets are in $35 + $5 ship
I've picked up some of these, contact me if there are any you are looking for in particular, or if you want an entire set.
These are the 1/64 scale, not the bigger cars. Video Capture by Logitech Videoman with Sony Camcorder
1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302, Series 2. This yelow car was going for $50 at the Seattle Toy Show no long ago.
GTO Judge, Cougar Elimnator, Hemi Cuda, 1970 Chevelle SS, Plymouth Superbird
This is what the 10 car set originally looked like
7/97 I got a couple of more of these boxed sets, $35 + $10 ship I still have various carded cars, various series.
1 Plymouth Superbird (flat black on black) 2 Nova, 3 Olds 442, 4 GTO, 5 70 Mustang Boss 302 6 Hemi cuda 7 Dodge Super Bee 8 Judge GTO (might be the chevelle) 9 '70 Chevelle SS 10 Cougar Eliminator
7/97 There used to be plenty of the Sky Show sets around, but the channel is pretty much cleared out by now. I've got one red and 4 brown ones for $25 each plus $10 ship and the extra plastic plane ramp holder part that occasionally breaks even in an unopened package.
It has a _NEW_ '71 Chevy El Camino, very sharp, not the dippy old fleetside, only available in this set. FAO still has the special gold one for lots more money, though it's not that much more than a secondary market original. Evidently, it's a licenced rip off of the old hot wheels set, but since the old sets are worth about $500 now. Funny they didn't sell any better, they charged the same retail price as the Hot Wheels starter set or the standard loop and jump.
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