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Old 12-13-2012, 11:31 AM   #1
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Default Johnny Lightning Barris Show Rods

If your really into hot rods, chances are you are also into collecting some sort of hot rod-related stuff too. Die cast perhaps? It's hard to name just one car nut I know that didn't play with Hot Wheels, Tootsie Toys, or Matchbox cars as a kid. It's...

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Old 12-13-2012, 11:47 AM   #2
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yeah I could only find sams merc when they were out ... lets see em all guys
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:09 PM   #3
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I have that whole set. They are pretty well done.
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:22 PM   #4
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Those are awesome!
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:51 PM   #5
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I have the Sam Barris Merc, well actually my son has it and now it has patina lol
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:11 PM   #6
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If anyone is looking for a set I have one. The cards have some wear on them
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:38 PM   #7
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Default Re: Johnny Lightning Barris Show Rods

Here's the other three cars in the Johnny Lightning "ShowRods" series:

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Old 12-13-2012, 01:45 PM   #8
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Default Re: Johnny Lightning Barris Show Rods

I have the whole set and can't keep my kids away from them. I had to finally lock my case. Now I'm that toy story guy who locks up toys dang it.
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Old 12-13-2012, 02:46 PM   #9
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I have the whole set and can't keep my kids away from them. I had to finally lock my case. Now I'm that toy story guy who locks up toys dang it.
Kids need boundries, besides toys aren't for them, they're for us!
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:05 PM   #10
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You can let the kids play with the Barris version of the old Chrisman coupe,that thing looks insulting.I can guarantee that Art's feelings would not be hurt either.
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Old 12-13-2012, 05:04 PM   #11
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Old 12-13-2012, 05:26 PM   #12
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Looks like Barris has the whole set on his site for $65. Looks very well done considering the scale indeed.
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Old 12-13-2012, 05:28 PM   #13
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I've got five of them but at the moment it escapes me which ones they are. Dang it, now I gotta go look.
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:21 PM   #14
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You can let the kids play with the Barris version of the old Chrisman coupe,that thing looks insulting.I can guarantee that Art's feelings would not be hurt either.
Rework/repaint one to Chrisman trim. The Barris Merc doesn't look chopped.
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:49 PM   #15
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It is sad Playing Mantis dropped out of site and the Johnny Lightning legacy has been passed to Ertl, if I'm not mistaken. I thought for the price and selection, those cars and series well served even the most nitpicky collectors out there.
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:42 PM   #16
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I have the full set hanging on the pegboard in my shop.
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:03 PM   #17
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I've got five of them but at the moment it escapes me which ones they are. Dang it, now I gotta go look.
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:23 PM   #18
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I have all but the Fireball 500....never liked that car. My favorites are Sams Merc and the Wild Kat.

Johnny Lightning had a really good run of making some awesome stuff. Their funny car line was neat...
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:30 PM   #19
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Default Re: Johnny Lightning Barris Show Rods

all i have is the fireball 500 i got it in a 2 car set it has the car painted as it should be and one in bare diecast
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:19 PM   #20
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You can let the kids play with the Barris version of the old Chrisman coupe,that thing looks insulting.I can guarantee that Art's feelings would not be hurt either.
That's what happened to my coupe. My little niece got a hold of it and listening to her go "vroom, vroom" on the floor...two minutes later...it was destroyed.
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