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.
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.
I was pleasantly surprised when Johnny Lightning came out with this new VW Samba Van casting back in 2002. Because it was a new model, it was really hard to find on the shelves. I remember finding the first issue, only to realize that it came on a generic Canadian card, and not the regular issue card found in the U.S.
Here is the generic Canadian card that says Classic Car instead of Volkswagen. Luckily it still came with the collector card identifying the vehicle as a 1965 23 Window Samba bus.
The van itself comes in a two tone paint job, white w/dark red. The wheels are one piece molded plastic wheel and rim. It has a tan coloured tonneau cover over the roof.
Around this item, there was an on-line retailer that sold Johnny Lightnings called CollectorNetUSA.com. I ended up buying quite a few Johnny Lightning die-cast from them and remember getting this special edition version made expressly for them.
The VW bus was the exact same casting as the regular one, except that it had redline wheels instead of the blackwalls. Not sure if you can see the difference in the close-up shots between this model and the top one.
The second release of the Volkswagen series featured the 1966 version of the VW bus in green and white, again with collector card. As you can see, I splurged on this model when I found it at a local die-cast shop.
This model looks particularly sharp with the whitewall wheels.
This blue and white model was featured in Volkswagen release 3.
This 1966 model reverted back to the blackwall wheels but sported a blue roof cover.
For the series 4, this VW bus was painted white and tan.
Instead of the one piece wheels featured in the three previous releases, this model sported two piece wheels with chrome rim inserts. Definitely gives a sportier appearance.