What Is Johnny Lightning?

What Is Johnny Lightning?

Johnny Lightning is a brand of die-cast toy cars founded in 1969 and produced by Topper and Tomy toys until 2013, when the company discontinued the line. Though Johnny Lightning is not a real person, the toy line has sponsored five Parnelli Jones race car drivers.

Popular Johnny Lightning models include the Dodge Rebellion Truck, NASCAR race cars and Speed Racer replica. The Johnny Lightning product line inspired many car names in television and popular culture, such as Lightning One and Speed Racer. As of 2015, Johnny Lightning cars are collectible items listed in the Standard Catalog of Die-Cast Vehicles.