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Johnny Lightning logo

Johnny Lightning was formed in 1994 as a subsidiary of Playing Mantis and is a company primarily known for producing collectible toy cars.

Star Trek associationEdit

The company produced a line of small painted Star Trek starship miniatures called Legends Of Star Trek from 2004 until 2008, after its parent company was acquired by the RC2 Corporation. The RC2 Corporation was itself acquired by Tomy in 2011. [1]

The ships measured from ten to twelve centimeters long and were made of PVC. Their display stands were cast in zamac.

Johnny Lightning Star Trek starship prototypes

Johnny Lightning Legends Of Star Trek starship prototypes

A USS Constellation, a Copernicus shuttlecraft with "atmospheric re-entry damage", a "cloaked" The Enterprise Incident USS Enterprise, and a Scorpion USS Voyager with "Borg detailing" were slated for possible release but were not produced. [2][3]

Platz, the distributor of many Star Trek models in the Japanese market, re-released the line in Japan from 2011 until 2015.

Legends Of Star Trek: Standard releasesEdit

JL Legends Of Star Trek logo

Series One Edit

Released in 2004; packed on blue-backed cards with removable stickers; includes individually-labeled silver metal display stands

Series Two: Red Alert Edit

Released in 2005; packed on red-backed cards; includes Starfleet insignia (2370s) embroidered fabric patches and individually-labeled silver metal display stands

  • Enterprise NX-01 with Battle Damage - from "Azati Prime"
  • Klingon D7 Battlecruiser Cloaked - translucent plastic
  • USS Enterprise NCC-1701 (refit)
  • USS Enterprise NCC-1701 (refit) with Battle Damage - from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • USS Enterprise NCC-1701 with Battle Damage (TOS)
  • USS Reliant NCC-1864 with Battle Damage - from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Series Three: Uncharted Territories Edit

Released in 2006; packed on purple-backed cards; includes individually-labeled black metal display stands

Series Four: Battlestations! Edit

Released in 2007; packed on red and black-backed cards; includes individually-labeled black metal display stands

Series Five: Sacrifice Edit

Released in 2008; packed on red-backed cards with purple stripe on right; includes individually-labeled black metal display stands

Series Six: Ships Of The Line Edit

Released in November 2008; packed on red-backed cards with green stripe on right; includes individually-labeled black metal display stands

  • Borg Cube - with "phasers and explosions" on hull
  • Romulan D7 Battlecruiser (TAS) - repaint of Klingon D7 Battle Cruiser with Romulan markings
  • USS Excalibur NCC-1664 - repaint of USS Enterprise NCC-1701 (TOS)
  • USS Yamato NCC-71807 - repaint of USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D; with removable saucer section
A repaint of the USS Voyager with Borg detailing was scheduled for Series Six but was replaced by the Romulan D7 Battlecruiser. This D7's top hull has markings as seen in TAS: "The Survivor" and TAS: "The Practical Joker" while the bottom hull is marked similarly to the Romulan D7s seen in the remastered version of TOS: "The Enterprise Incident"

Legends Of Star Trek: White Lightning releases Edit

JL White Lightning logo

Johnny Lightning's Legends of Star Trek starship miniatures were released as both standard versions (as listed above) and as rare "White Lightning" variants with alternate paint schemes. These variants were randomly packed into cases shipped to retailers and made up "less than two percent" of the production run.

Series Five "White Lightning" packaging had a white strip covering part of the purple stripe on the right side of the package front. All other White Lightning releases were sold in standard packaging.

Series One Edit

Johnny Lightning S1 White Lightning ships

JL Series 1 "White Lightning" ships

  • All ships are painted pearlescent white instead of the standard base color


Series Two: Red Alert Edit

  • All ships have an identical paint scheme to the standard releases but a tiny Starfleet "Delta Shield" logo is painted onto the ship's lower hull

Series Three: Uncharted Territories Edit

Johnny Lightning S3 White Lightning ships

JL Series 3 "White Lightning" ships

  • Borg Cube - green plastic with silver detailing
  • Future USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D - "cloaked" translucent plastic
  • ISS Enterprise NX-01 - "cloaked" translucent plastic
  • Romulan Bird-of-Prey - bird of prey logo painted onto "cloaked" translucent plastic
  • USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D - painted pearlescent white instead of the standard base color
  • USS Voyager - painted pearlescent white instead of the standard base color


Series Four: Battlestations! Edit

Johnny Lightning S4 White Lightning ships

JL Series 4 "White Lightning" ships

  • All ships are painted silver instead of the standard base color


Series Five: Sacrifice Edit

Johnny Lightning S5 White Lightning ships

JL Series 5 "White Lightning" ships

  • Columbia NX-02 - repaint of Series Five Enterprise NX-01
  • Columbus Shuttlecraft NCC-1701/2 - repaint of Shuttlecraft Galileo II
  • USS Enterprise NCC-1701 (refit) - post-auto-destruct deco with orange, yellow, and red painted detail in the "damaged" primary hull
  • Klingon D7 Battlecruiser - painted purple detailing on top hull including bridge, no molded "torpedoes" or "explosions"
    According to Johnny Lightning's parent company (and owner of AMT), this D7's paintwork closely resembles the appearance of the Original Series' studio model, but this assertion is highly contentious.[4] Its coloration appears to more closely resemble that seen on the Star Trek: Phase II D7.[[5]]


Series Six: Ships Of The Line Edit

Johnny Lightning S6 White Lightning ships

JL Series 6 "White Lightning" ships

  • Borg Cube - green plastic with silver detailing and orange "explosions" on hull
  • Romulan D7 Battlecruiser - painted pearlescent white instead of the standard base color
  • USS Excalibur NCC-1664 - painted pearlescent white instead of the standard base color
  • USS Yamato NCC-71807 - painted pearlescent white instead of the standard base color


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