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

It produced a line of small painted Star Trek miniatures called "Legends Of Star Trek" from 2004 until 2008, after the parent company was acquired by the RC2 Corporation. The RC2 Corporation was acquired by Tomy in 2011[1]. Platz Co. Ltd., the distributor of many Star Trek models in the Japanese market, re-released the line in Japan from 2011 until 2013.

The ships measured from ten to twelve centimeters long and were made of plastic while their display stands were cast in metal.

Johnny Lightning Star Trek starship prototypes

Johnny Lightning Legends Of Star Trek prototypes

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


Legends Of Star Trek: Standard Releases

Series One

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

Series Two: Red Alert

Released in 2005; packed on red-backed cards; includes combadge embroidered fabric patches and individually-labeled silver metal display stands

  • USS Enterprise (refit)
  • USS Enterprise (refit) - with battle damage from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • USS Enterprise (TOS) - with battle damage
  • Klingon D7 Battle Cruiser (cloaked) - clear plastic
  • USS Reliant - with battle damage from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • Enterprise NX-01 - with battle damage from "Azati Prime"

Series Three: Uncharted Territories

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

Series Four: Battlestations!

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

Series Five: Sacrifice

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

  • Enterprise NX-01 - with additional silver "aztecing" paint detailing on hull
  • Klingon D7 Battle Cruiser - with explosions and "torpedoes"
  • Shuttlecraft Galileo II - repaint of Shuttlecraft Galileo
  • USS Enterprise (refit) following self destruct sequence - extreme "damage" to saucer section in particular

Series Six: Ships Of The Line

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

  • Borg Cube - with explosions on hull
  • USS Yamato - repaint of USS Enterprise-D
  • USS Excalibur - repaint of USS Enterprise (TOS)
  • Romulan D7 Battle Cruiser (TAS) - repaint of Klingon D7 Battle Cruiser with Romulan markings
A repaint of the USS Voyager with Borg detailing was scheduled for Series Six but was replaced by the Romulan D7 Battle Cruiser. 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

Johnny Lightning's Legends of Star Trek ships have been released in both standard versions (as listed above) and in rare "White Lightning" variants with alternate paint schemes. They were randomly packed into cases shipped to retailers and made up "less than two percent" of the production run. Series Five "White Lightning" packaging has a white stripe covering part of the purple stripe on the right side of the package. All other White Lightning releases were sold in standard packaging.

Series One

Johnny Lightning S1 White Lightning ships

Johnny Lightning Legends of Star Trek Series One "White Lightning" ships

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


Series Two

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

Series Three

Johnny Lightning S3 White Lightning ships

Johnny Lightning Legends of Star Trek Series Three "White Lightning" ships

  • Future USS Enterprise-D - cloaked, clear plastic
  • ISS Enterprise (NX-01) - cloaked, clear plastic
  • Borg Cube - green plastic
  • Romulan Bird-of-Prey - Romulan bird logo is painted on clear "cloaked" body
  • USS Enterprise-D - painted pearlescent white
  • USS Voyager - painted pearlescent white


Series Four

Johnny Lightning S4 White Lightning ships

Johnny Lightning Legends of Star Trek Series Four "White Lightning" ships

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


Series Five

Johnny Lightning S5 White Lightning ships

Johnny Lightning Legends of Star Trek Series Five "White Lightning" ships

  • Columbia NX-02 - repaint of Series Five Enterprise NX-01
  • Shuttlecraft Columbus - repaint of Shuttlecraft Galileo II with pearlescent white base color
  • USS Enterprise (TOS) auto-destruct - with orange, yellow, and red painted detail in the "damaged" primary hull
  • Klingon D7 Battle Cruiser - 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 resembles the original series' studio model's, but this is highly contentious.[[3]] Its coloration appears to more closely resemble that seen on the Star Trek: Phase II D7.[[4]]


Series Six

Johnny Lightning S6 White Lightning ships

Johnny Lightning Legends of Star Trek Series Six "White Lightning" ships

  • Borg Cube - painted silver and green with orange "explosions" on hull
  • USS Excalibur - painted pearlescent white instead of standard base color
  • USS Yamato - painted pearlescent white instead of standard base color
  • Romulan D7 Battle Cruiser - painted pearlescent white instead of standard base color


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