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Mangodance's Johnny Lightning Volkswagen Model Page (1969 to present)

This page is meant to be a complete outline of the Volkswagen toy releases in both the Topper & Playing Mantis Johnny Lightning lines. COMING SOON!! --You can see a picture of each model by clicking on the name.

TOPPER JOHNNY LIGHTNINGs (1970)

MODEL

RELEASE

COLOR & PKG

WHEELS

NOTES

Bug Bomb   Aqua, on blister card redline unlike later PM releases, the blister card has a circular-punched hole rather than the J=-hook
Bug Bomb   Blue, on blister card redline unlike later PM releases, the blister card has a circular-punched hole rather than the J=-hook
Bug Bomb   Gold Chrome, on blister card redline unlike later PM releases, the blister card has a circular-punched hole rather than the J=-hook
Bug Bomb   Lime Green, on blister card redline unlike later PM releases, the blister card has a circular-punched hole rather than the J=-hook
Bug Bomb   Olive Green, on blister card redline unlike later PM releases, the blister card has a circular-punched hole rather than the J=-hook
Bug Bomb   Orange, on blister card redline unlike later PM releases, the blister card has a circular-punched hole rather than the J=-hook
Bug Bomb   Purple Chrome, on blister card redline unlike later PM releases, the blister card has a circular-punched hole rather than the J=-hook
Bug Bomb   Red Chrome, on blister card redline unlike later PM releases, the blister card has a circular-punched hole rather than the J=-hook
Bug Bomb   Yellow, on blister card redline unlike later PM releases, the blister card has a circular-punched hole rather than the J=-hook

PLAYING MANTIS COMMEMORATIVE SERIES ONE (1994-5)

MODEL

RELEASE

COLOR & PKG

WHEELS

NOTES

Bug Bomb

A

Emerald Green (metal flake), on blister card redline LTD to 10,000
Bug Bomb

B

Yellow, on blister card redline LTD to 10,000
Bug Bomb

C

Lt. Purple (metal flake), on blister card redline LTD to 10,000
Bug Bomb

D

Chocolate (metal flake), on blister card redline LTD to 10,000
Bug Bomb

E

Cherry Red (metal flake), on blister card redline LTD to 10,000
Bug Bomb

F

Black, on blister card redline LTD to 10,000
Bug Bomb

G

Slate Blue (metal flake), on blister card redline LTD to 10,000
Bug Bomb

H

Hot Pink, on blister card redline LTD to 10,000
Bug Bomb

I

Red-Orange, on blister card redline Target / Shopko Exclusive, LTD to 10,000
Bug Bomb

J

Sky Blue, on blister card redline Target / Shopko Exclusive, LTD to 10,000
Bug Bomb

E, F, G, H, K

Pearl White, on blister card redline LTD to 1,000
Bug Bomb

4-car SET A

Silver Chrome, in window-box redline Toys-R-Us exclusive, LTD to
Bug Bomb

8-car SET

Gold Chrome, in window-box redline Toys-R-Us exclusive, LTD to
Bug Bomb

8-car SET

Red Chrome, in window-box redline FAO Scwarz exclusive, LTD to
Bug Bomb

8-car SET

Ice Blue Chrome, in window-box redline FAO Scwarz exclusive, LTD to
Bug Bomb

4-car SET A

Dark Blue (metal flake), in window-box redline Wal Mart / Target exclusive, LTD to
Bug Bomb, or blister,

Q

unpainted, on blister card redline "Q-car" - questionaire respondants were able to purchase sets of 8,
Bug Bomb

Holiday Drawing

Pearl White, in white mailer box redline Christmas Club Car, tampo is "
Bug Bomb

Drawing

Pearl White, in white mailer box redline JL & NPS 1994 tampos

PLAYING MANTIS CLASSIC GOLD (1999)

MODEL

RELEASE

COLOR & PKG

WHEELS

NOTES

1960s VW Van

Series 2

 sky blue over red, on blister card rubber tires on Cragar Rims  
1960s VW Van

Series 2

sky blue over red, on blister card WHITE LIGHTNING, rubber tires w/ "White Lightning" in white lettering on white Cragar Rims 1% of production
1960s VW Van, 23 Window

Series 3

sky blue w/red, yellow, & blue striping , on blister card rubber tires on Cragar Rims PM calls this teal, but it matches the blue on the bug bomb above. Many "windows" are painted on.
1960s VW Van, 23 Window

Series 3

 sky blue w/red, yellow, & blue striping, on blister card WHITE LIGHTNING, rubber tires w/ "White Lightning" in white lettering on white Cragar Rims 1% of production. PM calls this teal, but it matches the blue on the bug bomb above. Many "windows" are painted on.

PLAYING MANTIS .COM RACERS (2000)

MODEL

RELEASE

COLOR & PKG

WHEELS

NOTES

Y2K (1960s) VW Van

453-10 

orange & blue w/"Y2K" tampo, on blue .com blister card

plastic tires on Cragar rims,  

PLAYING MANTIS SURF RODS (2000)

MODEL

RELEASE

COLOR & PKG

WHEELS

NOTES

1960s VW Van "Huntington Honey's"   orange & blue, on blister card plastic tires on Cragar rims,  
1960s VW Van "Huntington Honey's"   orange & blue, on blister card plastic tires on astroblade rims,  
1960s VW Van "Huntington Honey's"   orange & blue, on blister card WHITE LIGHTNING, whitewall plastic tires on Cragar rims, 1% of production

PLAYING MANTIS TEAM LIGHTNING (2000)

MODEL

RELEASE

COLOR & PKG

WHEELS

NOTES

Bugaboo   white over blue w /Bozo the Clown tampos on a ____ blister card    
Bugaboo   white over blue w /Bozo the Clown tampos on a ____ blister card WHITE LIGHTNING: white tires  

PLAYING MANTIS THUNDERJETS (1999-2000)

MODEL

RELEASE

COLOR & PKG

WHEELS

NOTES

VW Baja Bug

393-01

pink, in hanging window box rubber snap-on body, pullback chassis,
VW Baja Bug

393-01

purple, in hanging window box rubber snap-on body, pullback chassis,
VW Baja Bug

393-01

blue chrome, in hanging window box rubber snap-on body, pullback chassis,
VW Baja Bug

393-02

pink, in hanging window box rubber snap-on body, pullback chassis,
VW Baja Bug

393-02

purple, in hanging window box rubber snap-on body, pullback chassis,
VW Baja Bug

393-02

blue chrome, in hanging window box rubber snap-on body, pullback chassis,
VW Baja Bug

393-02

blue & lime green w/cream highlights, #4 tampo, in hanging window box rubber snap-on body, pullback chassis,
VW Baja Bug

393-02

orange & red w/cream highlights, #4 tampo, in hanging window box rubber snap-on body, pullback chassis,
VW Baja Bug

393-02

cream, in hanging window box rubber snap-on body, pullback chassis,
VW Baja Bug

393-02

blue & lime green w/cream highlights, #4 tampo, in hanging window box WHITE LIGHTNING: white rubbertires & white base snap-on body, pullback chassis,
VW Baja Bug

393-02

orange & red w/cream highlights, #4 tampo, in hanging window box WHITE LIGHTNING: white rubbertires & white base snap-on body, pullback chassis,
VW Baja Bug

393-02

cream, in hanging window box WHITE LIGHTNING: white rubbertires & white base snap-on body, pullback chassis,
VW Baja Bug   Silver Mirror Chrome rubber LTD direct mail edition, snap-on body, pullback chassis,
VW Baja Bug   Gold Mirror Chrome rubber LTD direct mail edition, snap-on body, pullback chassis,

PLAYING MANTIS STORE EXCLUSIVES

MODEL

RELEASE

COLOR & PKG

WHEELS

NOTES

1960s VW Van

1997

Antique White over Sky Blue, in hanging window box Firestone Firehawk SS tires on Cragar Astroblade Rims Venture Exclusive, LTD to 4,800
1960s VW Van

1997

Black over Red, in hanging window box Firestone Firehawk SS tires on Cragar Astroblade Rims Venture Exclusive, LTD to 4,800
Y2K VW Concept One

2000

red & black, w/red, black & white tampos plastic tires on Cragar SS Mag wheels Target Exclusive, LTD to
Y2K VW Concept One

2000

lt "milky" green, w/black green & white tampos plastic tires on Cragar SS Mag wheels Target Exclusive, LTD to

PLAYING MANTIS SPECIAL EDITION (Club Member Cars) - links in "NOTES" section connect to purchase source

MODEL

RELEASE

COLOR & PKG

WHEELS

NOTES

1960s VW Van

SE

Cherry Red, on red SE blister card Firestone Firehawk SS tires on Cragar Astroblade Rims LTD to 5,000, JL Direct Club Car
1960s VW Van

SE

Off-White & Lime, on red SE blister card Firestone Firehawk SS tires on Cragar Astroblade Rims LTD to 5,000, JL Direct Club Car
VW Thing

SE

Orange w/black top, on red SE blister card Firestone Firehawk SS tires on Cragar Astroblade Rims LTD to 5,000, JL Direct Club Car
VW Thing

SE

Yellow w/black top, on red SE blister card Firestone Firehawk SS tires on Cragar Astroblade Rims LTD to 5,000, JL Direct Club Car
VW Concept One

SE

Red, on red SE blister card Firestone Firehawk SS tires on Cragar Astroblade Rims LTD to 5,000, JL Direct Club Car
VW Concept One

SE

Lime, on red SE blister card Firestone Firehawk SS tires on Cragar Astroblade Rims LTD to 5,000, JL Direct Club Car
Bugaboo

SE

purple, on red SE blister card Firestone Firehawk SS tires on Cragar Astroblade Rims LTD to 5,000, JL Direct Club Car
Bugaboo

SE

yellow, on red SE blister card Firestone Firehawk SS tires on Cragar Astroblade Rims LTD to 5,000, JL Direct Club Car
Milennium VW Bus   gold w/white "Milennium" tampo on a .com purple & blue blister card rubber tires LTD to 10,000, JL Direct Car

PLAYING MANTIS PROMO CARS - look in the notes section for links to sources

MODEL

RELEASE

COLOR & PKG

WHEELS

NOTES

Bug Bomb

SE

Yellow, on red SE blister card Firestone Firehawk SS tires on Cragar Astroblade Rims "Greater Seattle Toy Show" Tampo, LTD to 3,500
Bug Bomb

SE

Black, on red SE blister card Firestone Firehawk SS tires on Cragar Astroblade Rims "Greater Seattle Toy Show" Tampo, LTD to 3,500
EMPI Inch Pincher 2000

SE

light blue with white, teal, and blue graphics, and "EMPI Inch Pincher" tampo on a red SE blister card rubber tires on Cragar SS Mag rims LTD to 5,000, sold by EMPI dealers
Luv Bus (1960s VW Van)   yellow w/white top and flower tampos, on psychedelic blister card rubber tires on Cragar SS Mag rims LTD to 4,000, Dan's Diecast Emporium EXCLUSIVE
Luv Bus (1960s VW Van)   pink w/white top and flower tampos, on psychedelic blister card rubber tires on Cragar SS Mag rims LTD to 4,000, Dan's Diecast Emporium EXCLUSIVE
Luv Bus (1960s VW Van, 23 Window)   yellow w/white top and flower tampos, on psychedelic blister card rubber tires on yellow Cragar SS Mag rims LTD to 1,000, Dan's Diecast Emporium EXCLUSIVE
Luv Bus (1960s VW Van, 23 Window)   pink w/white top and flower tampos, on psychedelic blister card rubber tires on pink Cragar SS Mag rims LTD to 1,000, Dan's Diecast Emporium EXCLUSIVE
Luv (VW) Thing   yellow w/white top and flower tampos, on psychedelic blister card rubber tires on Cragar SS Mag rims LTD to 5,000, Dan's Diecast Emporium EXCLUSIVE
Luv (VW) Thing   pink w/white top and flower tampos, on psychedelic blister card rubber tires on Cragar SS Mag rims LTD to 5,000, Dan's Diecast Emporium EXCLUSIVE
Hot (VW) Thing   Candy apple red with yellow flames on red SE blister card plastic "racer's edge" tires on six-spoke rims LTD to 12,000, Dan's Diecast Emporium EXCLUSIVE

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