Sometimes patience pays off. Or, in this case, waiting so long to find something that you forget that it’s out there. I found the Ice Age version of the Johnny Lightning 2016 Zingers! 1963 Chevy Nova way back in November of 2016. Almost a year later, I was surprised to find this Orange Rush Nova at Toys R Us.
I recently found two more of the Racing Champions Mint 1966 Novas from Release 2. The white model is Version C and the blue one is Version D. I previously found the green Version B, so the only one I am missing is the pale yellow Version A.
I added several Johnny Lightning Zingers to my collection during the RC2-era. But I never thought much about where Zingers originated until I came across this ad in a 1970s comic book.
According to a 2005 article in Hot Rod, Zingers originated in 1971 when MPC created a line of plastic model kits which featured vehicles with huge blown engines and enormously oversized rear wheels. The article suggests Muscle Machines diecast cars were inspired by Zingers, and that may be true. But by 2005, I suspect RC2 bought the rights to the Zingers name from MPC, since Johnny Lightning was already releasing Zingers in their Street Freaks line. (RC2 – now Round 2 -fully revived the MPC brand in 2008 and purchased MPC’s tooling in 2012.)
When I saw that Johnny Lightning was bringing back the Zingers last year, I spent months searching for the 1963 Nova. Finally, on a Thanksgiving trip to Shreveport, I found one in a Target store. It might have been left behind by other collectors because of the creased blister card, but that didn’t stop me from claiming it. In addition to my beautiful blue “Ice Age,” there is also an orange version called “Orange Rush”.
The 2006 1959 Chevy Impala is the only RC2-era Zingers that I have still on the blister card.
The next three Zingers I have – three generations of Nova body styles – were all freed from their original packaging.
And finally, this Johnny Lightning Collector Club Exclusive from 2006 isn’t in Zingers packaging, but it sure looks like a Zinger to me.
This is the second Maisto Design Elite Transport combo from 2016 that I’ve added to my collection, the other being the 1970 Nova with a 2004 Silverado SS. Interestingly, unlike the 19970 Nova which could also be found individually, the 1959 Impala was not included in the Maisto Design 1:64 Muscle series. These car haulers are always fun and I enjoy the paint job paired with those wide white-walls on this Impala.
It seems the folks over at Auto World have been busy. I was happy to have found both sets A and B of the Vintage Muscle Premium Series Release 5 1966 Chevy Impala SS, only to realize there are also sets C and D. I really like the willow green of set A.
Despite the fact that some sellers on eBay are trying to pass this off as a rare “chase car,” I believe this regal red version is the common color under set B.
I’ll be on the lookout for the ’66 Impalas from R5, sets C and D, which are mist blue Aztec bronze.
Also of interest to Impala lovers, the Auto World website is showing a 1970 Chevrolet Impala in the Premium 2017 Release 1. Set A is Mulsanna blue with a flat black roof and set B is Gobi beige with a flat black roof.
I remember being impressed when, about a year ago, I first saw a preview on Facebook of this M2 Machines Special Edition Auto-Drivers release of the 1967 Chevrolet Nova SS. And I was not disappointed when I eventually found one in the store last fall. The “frozen black pearl” paint is really striking against the black interior, black wheels with redlines, and blacked-out grill and bumpers. Unfortunately, my photos don’t do it justice.
I also found the Detroit-Muscle R34 ’67 Nova in “emerald turquoise”, which also sports redlines.
I have quite a few of the M2 Machines 1967 Chevrolet Novas, but this is my first from the Auto-Wheels series. The Auto-Wheels cars are packaged with a little screwdriver and a few sets of replacement wheels. I like the particular graphics on this car because my old ’73 Nova had been outfitted with ET wheels.
Instructions on the back of the package explain how to switch out the wheels.