Found in the Letterbox
The following are e-mail responses to 'Tales of Toy Cars' and The Breithaupt Miniature Motorcar Museum. Your letters are welcome and may be submitted via the 'Guest Book'.
Thank you very much for the nice write up on Playing Mantis/Johnny Lightning. It is very much appreciated. You are one of the few that realize how much Johnny Lightning has impacted the die cast car industry although this trend seems to be growing. My competitors who copy many of my ideas/licenses/packaging/quality/models, etc. sure are aware of the impact. If there is anything I can do for you in the future, please do not hesitate to ask. Thanks again!"
Tom Lowe, President - Playing Mantis/Johnny Lightning
Editor's response: Watch for a full interview with Tom next month.
I just finished the article upon Beetles in Tales of Toys Cars (ho, by the way, did I told you that it's excellent and very instructive ?). I happen to have discovered a real New Bettle VW in a commercial fair in la Roche sur Yon. The whole car is made of plastic. Front and rear lights are detailed in transparent and orange. It has a friction motor on the rear wheels, and white seats with a black wheel. Colors are black or yellow. The scale seems equal to the Concept One Matchbox, perhaps more little. Nothing is written under the car except "made in China". The car is connected to a key ring, but easy to free."
FrÈdÈric Laurent, la Roche sur Yon, France
Editor's response: I think I found the same car in the US, Here is
an image of the car I found in white (shown with a Johnny Lightning (yellow)
and generic wind-up bug (black). It is actually a very nice model.
Lori Keeley - Taylor, Michigan
Editor's response: I was able to find both the Hot Wheels and Yat Ming Citation models for Lori.