2017 Johnny Lightning Muscle Cars USA 1968 Chevy Impala Convertible

I found this beautiful Butternut Yellow version of the 2017 Johnny Lightning Muscle Cars USA 1968 Chevy Impala recently at Toys R Us. I already have the Grotto Blue variation. Of the two, I’m having a hard time deciding which I prefer. How about you? The other two color versions in this series that I have yet to find are Seafrost Green and Rally Red.

Johnny Lightning | JLMC003 | 2017 Muscle Cars USA R1, Version D | 1968 Chevy Impala Convertible | Butternut Yellow


2016 Racing Champions Mint 1966 Nova and 1964 Impala

With the recent announcement that Toys R Us will be closing its last Wichita store, it’s safe to say that the Round 2 products (Johnny Lightning, Auto World and Racing Champions) will be harder to find locally. WalMart – which doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon – is where I found these two models from the 2016 Racing Champions Mint series. By adding this pale yellow 1966 Chevy Nova to my collection, I’ve actually completed the set of four versions.

2016 | Racing Champions Mint R2 | 1966 Chevy Nova (Version A) | pale yellow

This dark green 1964 Chevy Impala is the second of four versions that I’ve found – I also have the silver variation.

2016 | Racing Champions Mint R2 | 1964 Chevy Impala (Version A) | dark green

2017 Auto-Drivers R44 1958 Chevrolet Impala

M2 Machines Auto-Drivers release 44 continues their recent practice of partnering with well-know automotive aftermarket industry brands in the decoration of both the packaging and the model. This MSD 1958 Impala makes a nice companion to the Weiand 1967 Nova from R43 that I picked up awhile back.

M2 Machines | 2017 Auto-Drivers R44 | 1958 Chevrolet Impala | gloss black with bright red top, MSD graphics

MSD is headquartered in El Paso, Texas, where it has been designing, testing and assembling a range of ignition system products since 1970.

If you’d like to see more of my M2 ’58 Impalas, you can follow a link trail starting with this Auto-Vault version from 2017.

Greenlight 2017 Hot Pursuit Indiana State Police 1967 Chevrolet Impala

Sometimes, after I’ve scoured all of the Targets and Walmarts in town, I remember that Hobby Lobby has a small diecast car section. And sometimes I’m even willing to wait in the long lines of crafters at the check-out to make a purchase.

I enjoy the Greenlight Hot Pursuit series and have several already, including the Glendale Police ’67 Biscayne from series 18. I like the look of this stripped-down Indiana State Police ’67 Impala cruiser with its stock wheels, simple door badge and the single cherry on the roof.

2017 Greenlight Hot Pursuit | Series 23 | 1967 Chevrolet Impala | white with Indiana State Police trim

Hot Wheels 1998 Jiffy Lube ’65 Impala

This is another one of those cars I’ve had on my want list for awhile. About the same time I was on eBay to buy my Marcus Forklift, I decided to grab a Hot Wheels Jiffy Lube Special Edition ’65 Impala as well. It looks like there are at least 10 different Hot Wheels castings that were given the Jiffy Lube Special Edition treatment between 1998 and 2001. The Jiffy Lube ’65 Impala came out the first year of the casting, in 1998. Though the Jiffy Lube graphics are not my favorite, it has nice pearl white paint and wears a sharp set of Real Rider whitewalls.

23398 | 1998 | Jiffy Lube Special Edition | ’65 Impala | white with red and blue Jiffy Jube graphics | RRww

Of the 35 or so variations of the Hot Wheels ’65 Impala, I have many of them, including the gold beauty that was included in the 2017 HW Flames 5-pack.


2016 Johnny Lightning Muscle Cars USA 1967 Nova and 1968 Impala

Back in July, I showed a ’68 Impala from the Johnny Lightning 2017 Musclecars U.S.A. series. Just a few days later, I found these 2016 Musclecars U.S.A. models at Walmart. I find it interesting that in 2016 the series included a collector’s card and came sealed in a plastic clamshell, while the 2017 series uses a simpler blister card. Could this be a cost-cutting measure? Is our favorite on-again, off-again brand struggling once again?

I have to say, I’m just speculating. During the RC2 era, packaging seemed to vary depending on the series. And personally, I prefer the simpler blister cards to these plastic encasements – even though, as a collector, I should probably prefer them for the protection they offer.

Another interesting note is that these two packages have a red sticker over the top of the blue bug that says “Exclusively at Walmart”. Apparently, whatever exclusive deal JL had with Walmart has expired.

Regardless of the packaging, I really like the cars inside them. The paint on this ’67 Chevy Nova SS is similar to the green gold metallic of the ’73 Nova that was my first car.

JLMC002 | 2016 Musclecars USA R2, Version A | 1967 Chevy Nova SS | metallic green

I love the wheels on this 1968 Chevy Impala.

JLMC002 | 2016 Musclecars USA R2, Version A | 1968 Chevy Impala | red

1998 Racing Champions Police U.S.A. Series

I saw this Racing Champions Police U.S.A. 1960 Chevy Impala at Scale Model Supplies in June. I had always enjoyed this series and have a few of these in my collection from the late 1990s. When I realized the package had been slit open, I asked for a discount when I took it up to the counter. He reluctantly agreed and I’m glad he did. When I got it home and took it out of the blister to inspect it closer, the hood – which has badly cracked paint – fell off.

1998 Police U.S.A. #34 | 1960 Chevy Impala | light blue Pennsylvania State Police, opening (falling off) hood | package slit open

The following cars I picked up years ago when I was still taking them out of the packages. Kansas City is a great town and the ’66 Nova is one sweet ride, so this combination works well for me.

06130 | 1998 Police U.S.A #46 | 1966 Chevy Nova | light blue with K.C.MO. Police trim, opening hood | 1:56

One of my all-time favorite cars, this beautiful tan 1960 Impala bears the State Patrol livery of my home state.

1997 Police U.S.A. #48 | 1960 Chevy Impala | tan North Dakota State Patrol, opening hood

The Twin Cities are another of my favorite places. Here’s a nice ’57 Bel Air St Paul police black and white. This model also has badly cracked and flecked paint.

1996 | ’57 Chevy Bel Air | black and white St. Paul Police | opening hood

I display my North Dakota State Patrol car atop this limited edition Swifty’s Garage Greenlight International Durastar car hauler. I think it looks pretty great.