|Johnny Lighting Collector Club|
There are probably a fair amount of collectors who don't remember Johnny Lightning back in its Praying Mantis days, and didn't know it ever vanished. But if you are a fan of Greenlight, M2, or Auto World, you need to know about Johnny Lightning.
JL did a lot of things, from the crazy Zingers to movie cars, but how I remember them is the brand that did higher quality, realistic looking, mostly American cars. Very much in the style we see from other higher-end brands now. There were a lot of JL collectors back then, but over time the brand struggled and eventually folded. I was never a heavy collector of JL - I was exclusively focused on the Mattel brands at the time - but it was odd to not see them on the pegs.
Well, Johnny Lightning is back, having been revived by Round 2, the maker of both Auto World and Racing Champions. We have seen JL on the pegs in both Walmart and Target, and collectors are returning to the old days of flipping through the pegs looking for White Lightnings.
I have professed my love for Auto World here on the blog several times, and will continue to showcase AW releases. In talking to Mac and the gang over at Round 2, however, we got on the subject of Johnny Lightning, and I thought it was very cool that JL had started a Collector Club.
While I am not a JL collector - but I do pick up the occasional model - I love the idea of the Collector Club, and Round 2 was kind enough to send a kit over to preview for Lamley Readers.
I love that it is a kit - very old school - and I love that a lot of thought and care has gone into making it special. Being a Club Member should be more than just having a special username and password on a website, and that is one of the reasons being a member of this club is so cool. The kit is beautiful, and the inclusion of a classic Praying Mantis Era JL is a nice touch (White Lightning Chase for Gold members).
Of course having that special access is part of being a club member too, and there are a ton of benefits outside of what is in the kit, including a conference call with Round 2's owner for Gold Members. But one of the best benefits is a flat shipping rate on all orders at the Round 2 store over $50 for Gold Members. That doesn't seem too exciting, but if you are a fan of any Round 2 brand, like I am for Auto World, it means a ton. Getting all of these cars in stores can be hard, so this allows you to buy everything there and get it shipped for cheap.
It is a great club to be a part of, and I am excited to be a member. And with some of the things JL has coming, I can see many more models joining the collection:
GONE FISHING JOHNNY LIGHTNING GONE FISHING 2-VEHICLE SETS Only 2,400 of Each Set 3 Vehicle Castings, 3 Boats (JL and former Racing Champions) A & B Paint Schemes, 6 Sets Total More Photos to Come Pre-production samples shown - Production models due late January #johnnylightning #fishing #fishingboats #chevypickup #rustypickup
You can find all the information on the Johnny Lightning Collector Club Website.
The Club exclusive 1969 Royal Bobcat GTO: