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Lemon Cars Diecast: Johnny Lightning & Tomy 1981 Chevrolet Citation

We do not get a lot of lemon car diecasts but it looks like Johnny Lightning has licensed one from Tomy …

Great detailing.

This was during the era where GM would issue one auto and then “spiff” it up with a lot of chrome bits for all the other divisions – This Citation was also released as the Buick Skylark, Oldsmobile Omega, and Pontiac Phoenix. You can read more at Wikipedia.

“… The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) cited a tendency to lose control under heavy braking and power steering problems. The X-body cars were recalled many times …”

And it interesting that Johnny Lightning is re-purposing Tomy releases – when I saw this, I was stunned the current Johnny Lightning would create a diecast with such detailing until I saw the Tomy logo … a lemon as a real car but a sweet diecast.

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12 September 2012 Toys 4 Comments


  • pwschuh says:

    Johnny Lightning did not license this casting from Tomy. This is a Johnny Lightning original casting. It says “Tomy” on the package because Tomy owns Johnny Lightning now.

  • Tom says:

    There is also a 1:24 “American Classics” set at Walmart made by Motormax that features an old Plymouth pick-up with trailer and Gremlin, it is actually a really nice set, you get a LOT of metal for $20.

  • chuki_mama says:

    Why would one want to make a die-cast of a ‘Lemon’ that is not a Cars die-cast?

    • Stig McQueen says:

      So that we never forget how bad things once were! There was also a line of diecasts in 1:64 and 1:24 called “Fresh Cherries” that included a 1972 Pinto, AMC Pacer, Chevy Vega — all the “classics.” Look on Ebay, and you’ll also find a diecast 1981 Plymouth Reliant K-car in 1:24…

      The only thing missing is a Cadillac Cimarron!

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