Big things with little cars

The other day I discovered a 2017 Johnny Lightning release that totally slipped under my gotta-have radar. A 1981 Chevy Citation Derby car (though really more of a dirt track racer... more on that later). I picked one up and it made me fall in love with the Derby Series all over again. Here’s my little collection of 7 and a mini review for each one.

First up, we have the 1960 Ford Country Squire. They did a pretty awesome job on this one. Though the wheel selection is a bit glamorous for a potential derby car. I do like that they applied some rim stripes which is a nice touch. The details on this are sharp! Bonus points that they didn’t produce this one with glass since most derbys make you remove all the glass on the car and you can fasten plexi or a mud screen to the front if you want (which is safer).

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Next up we have a 1970 Chevy Caprice wagon. JL opted to only install a windshield on this one (whick would be passable as plexi to a degree). The rims are plain-old steelies with real riders. Headlights are darkened out to mimic being removed. I love all these details on this one. Definitely one of my favorites.

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This one is a ‘67 Plymouth Fury II which is a common car for the JL Derby Series (I have three). Mr. Z’s White Lightning eater is pretty amusing since it’s a parody of JL’s white lightning chase cars. Glad they have a sense of humor when making these cars. No glass in this one, which is cool. Opening hood is a nice touch as well! The wheel choice isn’t steelies, but I kinda like the old School hubcaps. It’s almost like this car went from Grandma’s garage to the Derby :)

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Another Fury II with some awesome details. Here’s where JL got pretty savy with details as well. They opted to keep full “plexi” in this one and mimic the tied down straps on the plexi. After doing some research online, apparently some Derbys allow you to install plexi and then fasten it down with nylon straps to keep it in place when the metal from the twists and bends. Pretty cool! Paint job on this one is stunning!

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Next up is a 69 Lincoln Continental with steelies, real riders, full glass and a weak-sauce paint job. Definitely not my favorite. It’s a little bland and really would pass as a Circle Track race car rather than a derby car.

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Had enough of the Plymouth Fury II? Yes? well too bad. Here’s another one and probably the best in the show. It ticks all the boxes to be pretty awesome. Real riders on steelies with cool derby graphics! Fantastic/sharp paint job. No glass. Opening hood. The only downfall is the hood on this one has a hard time closing completely. But, it’s going to get trashed, who cares?

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Last, but certainly not least, we have the recently released ‘81 Chevy Citation. Once again, full glass (and sponsor decals) makes this really more a circle track racer rather than a derby car. It’s an amusing car with excellent details and still a great addition to the derby stable. I’m hoping that JL is going to release some more in 2018. Yeah, I gotta pick up the 2017 Derby Bus too. :)

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Thanks for looking!

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