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M2 Machines Auto Japan Series One (Walmart Exclusive)

Here's the latest M2 Machines set that I found at Walmart.  It's the Auto Japan series.  Looks like M2 Machines wants to cash in on the recent success of Hot Wheels Japan Historics series.  This Walmart exclusive series features three different Nissan models, adorned both as daily drivers and race versions, for a total of 6 cars in this set.

 The first pairing is called the 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z Z432.  The race version is dark green and the stock version is yellow.   The stock yellow version has bumpers and should have silver rims and wheel covers, not the black race rims.  According to people who have opened this model, the mirrors are really flimsy and fall off quite easily. 

 The second pairing is the 1969 Nissan Bluebird 1600 SSS in race version red and stock version light green.  The stock version gets stock rims.

The last pairing is the 1971 Nissan Skyline GT-R.  The Race version is silver and the stock version is yellow. 

These models were priced at just under $10 CDN each, which makes them quite expensive.  I recall that the Hot Wheels Japan Historics retailed at about $5.99 each and those flew off the shelves.  I imagine these cars will as well given the current craze of JDM diecast.

M2 Machines AutoLift R14

1965 Ford Falcon Club Wagon.

1969 F-100 Ford Ranger Pickup.

Both sets were on sale at my Walmart for $10 each.

Johnny Lightning 5 Car Value Pack Collection

These Johnny Lightning 5 Car Value Packs came out in 2000.  Each Value Pack had a different assortment of cars.  I collected the ones that had the Spoiler type cars in them.  There were 9 Spoiler cars, and I was able to get them all by buying the 4 different packs below.

This set has the Dodge Challenger (#3),  Ford Mustang (#4), the Dodge Demon (#8), and the AMC Rebel Machine (#9).  Also included in this pack is a blue Corvette Mako Shark.

This set has the Ford Torino (#6), and Shelby Mustang (#7).  Also included in this pack:  a green 40s Willys, an orange Dodge Ram pickup and a blue Firebird Trans Am.

This box has the Ford Mustang Mach 1 (#1), Pontiac GTO (#2), and another AMC Rebel Machine (#9).  The other cars are a burgundy Chevelle SS and a Dan Fink Speed Wagon.

Finally, this set has the another Pontiac GTO (#2) and the Dodge Charger (#5) to complete numbered cars.  There's also a yellow Dodge Charge funny car,  a green Dodge Superbee , and burgundy Chevy Corvette.

Here's the same box set as the previous one, but with an error car.   The Dodge Charger  is missing the number 5 on it.

Here's a closeup of the Dodge Charger.

Johnny Lightning Pony Power Garage Box sets

After Johnny Lightning was sold to Tomy, it was only a matter of time before the brand declined in quality and offerings.  Towards the end of 2011, two box sets were my last purchases of Johnny Lightning die-cast.  It wasn't long afterwards that production stopped entirely.

I found these Pony Power Garage sets on ebay.  Each box set included two cars, a collector card, a pair of ramps, a car cover, two sets of rubber wheels and rims, and a tool shelf.   The extra tires and rims are nice for guys like me who like to switch out the wheels.  The ramps and tool chest make nice diorama pieces.   Not sure if I'd ever use the car cover, though.

In this box set, it comes with a yellow 1970 Dodge Challenger and a gold 1965 Ford Mustang fastback.  The Challenger is adorned with Rallye rims and Goodyear tires.  The Mustang has chrome mag rims on rubber whitewall tires.  Both cars sport opening hoods for easy access to the engine compartment.

Here's the second set with the same accessories but different collector card and cars.

This set includes a blue 1970 Plymouth Barracuda and a black 1969 Chevy Camaro.  Both vehicles have rubber tires, chrome rims and feature opening hoods.    With the purchase of these box sets,  my collecting of Johnny Lightning die-cast came to a close after eleven years.