Johnny Lightning® Toys Johnny Lightning cars have thrilled collectors with their speed, detail, and quality since 1969. The original emphasis was to make our cars the fastest in downhill racing and on oval track sets. The direction later turned to realism, with production of popular muscle cars leading the way. We’re proud to be known as the creator a new genre of toy car: the collectible die-cast car for the adult collector. While our toys are tough enough for kids, their realism and subject matter appeal to adults. For many of those collectors, Johnny Lightning cars transport them back to a time when they remember the real muscle cars prowling the streets. These models remain the core of the Johnny Lightning brand.