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Baja Bug
Debut Series Real Riders
Produced 1984 - 2016
Designer Larry Wood
Number 5907
BajaBugYelGrr.JPG



Description

The Baja Bug is a Hot Wheels casting based on the Volkswagen Beetle and designed by Larry Wood. The tool debuted in the 1984 Real Riders Series.

The Baja Beetle got its' name due to the fact that the Baja California Peninsula in northwest Mexico is home to the "Mexican 1000" off-road race. Baja Bugs were developed in the late 1960s as a home-made alternative to the fiberglass-bodied Meyers Manx beach buggies of the time period that excelled in the sandy, hilly terrain.

To make a Baja Bug, you take a stock VW Beetle, chopped-off the front and back portions of the car at an angle, add fill-in panels, oversized trim and fenders, super tune the (now-exposed) engine, and put on a set of wide balloon or paddle-tread tires.

Why "Baja"? Well, the Baja California Peninsula in northwest Mexico is home to the Mexican 1000 off-road race. Baja Bugs were developed in the late 1960s as a home-made alternative to the fiberglass-bodied Meyers Manx beach buggies that excelled in the sandy, hilly terrain. To make a Baja Bug, you take a stock VW Beetle, chop the front and back at an angle, add fill-in panels, trim the fenders, soup up the (now-exposed) engine and put on a set of balloon tires. I'm not sure whether Herbie would approve...

This tool has also gone by the name Baja Beetle and Volkswagen Baja Bug. As a matter of fact, from 1985 to 1990, the casting had the words "BLAZIN' BUG" on both doors.

Versions

The Baja Bug has come out in the following 1/64 scale versions:

Col # Year Series Color Tampo Base Color
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Type
Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes Photo
1984 Real Riders Yellow Purple, Yellow & White "Baja Bug" & "Champion" graphics Unpainted
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Metal
Black RR Gray 5907 Malaysia BajaBugYelGrr.JPG
1984 Real Riders Yellow Purple, Yellow & White "Baja Bug" & "Champion" graphics Unpainted
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Metal
Black RR Gray 5907 Hong Kong BajaBugYelGrr.JPG
1984 Real Riders Yellow Purple, Yellow & White "Baja Bug" & "Champion" graphics Unpainted
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Metal
Black RR White Malaysia Baja Bug YelGYW.JPG
1984 Mainline Yellow Purple, Yellow & White "Baja Bug" & "Champion" graphics Unpainted
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Metal
Black BW Hong Kong Baja Bug Yel bw.jpg
1984 Mainline Yellow Purple, Yellow & White "Baja Bug" & "Champion" graphics Unpainted
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Metal
Black BW Malaysia Baja Bug Yel bw.jpg
1985 Mainline Real Riders Red Orange, Yellow & White "Baja Bug" graphics Unpainted
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Metal
Red White Hub RR Malaysia Baja Bug Red gyw.JPG
1985 Real Riders Red Orange, Yellow & White flames, & “Blazin' Bug” tampo Unpainted/Metal Red White Hub RR Malaysia 4C50D2E6-3821-451F-AE4A-7EAEA2891BAC.jpeg
1985 Stamper 3-Pack Black Orange, Yellow & White flames & "Blazin' Bug" Unpainted
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Metal
Tan RR White Malaysia Only in Stamper 3-pack BajaBugBlackgyw.JPG
1987 Mainline White "Blazin' Bug" w/Orange & Red flames Unpainted
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Metal
Red BW Malaysia Baja Bug WhtBW.JPG
1987 Mainline Real Riders White "Blazin' Bug" w/Orange & Red flame graphics Unpainted
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Metal
Red RR White Malaysia Baja Bug WhtRRW.JPG
1988 Color Racers Orange metallic / yellow "Blazin' Bug" w/Yellow & blue flame graphics Unpainted
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Metal
Red BW Malaysia Baja bug20.jpg
1988 Color Racers Purple / Pink "Blazin' Bug w/White & blue flame graphics Unpainted
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Metal
Red BW Malaysia Purple Color Racers.jpg
1990 Mainline Red "Blazin' Bug" w/Orange, Yellow & White flames Unpainted
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Metal
Black BW Malaysia Baja Bug Red BW.JPG
1990 Mainline Purple "Blazin' Bug" w/Orange, Yellow & White flames Unpainted
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Metal
Red BW Malaysia International line only Bajabug purple.JPG
1990 Heroes on Hot Wheels Metallic Red "Blazin' Bug" w/Orange & Yellow flames Unpainted
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Metal
Red BW Malaysia 1990 Baja Bug.jpg
1990 California Customs Pink Purple, Blue, Yellow, Black Unpainted
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Metal
Yellow Yellow RR Malaysia Baja Bug PnkCCRR.JPG
1990 California Customs Pink Purple, Blue, Yellow, Black Unpainted
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Metal
Yellow BW Malaysia Baja Bug PnkCCbw.JPG
223 1993 Mainline Red with Red Glitter Unpainted
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Metal
Black BW 4325 Malaysia Baja Bug RedGltr.JPG
1993 Color FX Pink to white color change Red & yellow stripes Painted metal Yellow BW Malaysia Plastic body Color FX Baja Bug.JPG
1995 Track System 5-Pack White Multi-Colored Checks & Flames Pink
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Metal
Red Gold BW Malaysia Plastic Body Baja Bug WhtBWG.JPG
1995 Track System 5-Pack White Multi-Colored Checks & Flames Pink
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Metal
Red 5SP Gold Malaysia Plastic Body Baja Bug Wht5spG.JPG
393 1996 Race Team II
2/4
Metallic Blue Hot Wheels Race Team Deco Unpainted
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Metal
White 5SP 15234 Malaysia Baja Bug - 96 Race Team II.jpg
567 1997 Dealer's Choice
3/4
Metallic Red White Black, Ace of Spades Unpainted
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Metal
White 5SP 16940 Malaysia also with silver painted base Baja Bug MtRedDC.JPG
694 1998 Tropicool
2/4
White "Bug'N Taxi" w/Black, Red, Yellow & Green Unpainted
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Metal
Red Regular 5SP in Front, Large 5SP in Rear 18776 India Named "Blazin' Bug" on packaging Bajabeetle.JPG
694 1998 Tropicool
2/4
White "Bug'N Taxi" w/Black, Red, Yellow & Green Unpainted
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Metal
Red Regular 5SP in Front, Large 5SP in Rear 18776 Malaysia Named "Blazin' Bug" on packaging Baja Bug TropicoolBgR.JPG
694 1998 Tropicool
2/4
White "Bug'N Taxi" w/Black, Red, Yellow & Green Unpainted
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Metal
Red Regular 5SP in Front & Rear 18776 Malaysia ASW version (actually all medium 5sp)
Named "Blazin' Bug" on packaging
Baja Bug Tropicool.jpg
835 1998 Mainline Metallic Blue Red, Yellow, & White Hot Wheels logo on sides. Unpainted
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Metal
White BW 19713 India No top tampo 1996 393 Blue (6).JPG
835 1998 Mainline Red Yellow "dakar" Black "RALLY" Red "1" Stripes Black & Yellow on side Unpainted
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Metal
Tan BW big rear wheel 19713 India Baja Bug Redindia.JPG
835 1998 Mainline Red Yellow "dakar" Black "RALLY" Red "1" Stripes Black & Yellow on side Unpainted
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Metal
Tan BW small rear wheel 19713 India ASW version Baja Bug RedindiaSmR.JPG
1998 Timeless Toys 4-Pack Red Purple, Yellow Whitye "The Original UNO" Unpainted
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Metal
Purple 5SP Malaysia Toys R Us Exclusive Baja Bug Reduno.JPG
1998 JC Whitney Promo Yellow & White JC Whitney Logo tampo Unpainted
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Metal
Blue RR Malaysia JC Whitney Exclusive JC Whitney Promo.JPG
944 1999 Buggin' Out
4/4
Metallic Blue Yellow, Orange, Black Bug Unpainted Metal Orange 5SP 21103 Malaysia Baja Bug Blu.JPG
174/240 2001 Mainline Metallic Silver Yellow, Black & Red Unpainted
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Metal
Black ORSB 53717 Malaysia Unpainted Base Bajabeetle.grey.jpg
174/240 2001 Mainline Metallic Silver Yellow, Black & Red Metallic Silver
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Metal
Black ORSB 53717 Malaysia Painted Base Hot Wheels 53717 03.jpg
207/240 2002 Mainline Black Orange, Yellow flaming on side. "22" Number on side Unpainted
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Metal
Red Red 5SP 55092 Malaysia Bajabeetle.black.jpg
2002 Midwest Air‑cooled Enthusiasts Special Edition Yellow, Black & White "MACE" On side Unpainted
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Metal
Grey White GY RR 56989 Malaysia Bajabeetle.mace.jpg
2002 Midwest Air‑cooled Enthusiasts Special Edition Yellow, Red & White "MACE" On side Unpainted
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Metal
Grey White GY RR 56989 Malaysia 2002 Mace Orange Yellow (4).JPG
2003 17th Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Convention White & Blue Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA Unpainted
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Metal
Black Chrome RR Malaysia RLC Convention 2003.jpg
2003 100% Preferred: Volkswagen
1/4
Silver & Blue Yellow number 6 & logos Painted
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Metal
Black Chrome RR Malaysia 100 Prefferd Volkswagen Blue.jpg
2003 100% Preferred: Volkswagen
1/4
Pearl white & Orange Yellow number 6 & logos Painted
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Metal
Black Chrome RR Malaysia 100 Prefferd Volkswagen Orange.jpg
2004 Down & Dirty Silver & Neon Orange Black circle with 8 on doors & hood Painted Black Light Orange Chrome RR Malaysia  44EE26BE-10C9-4FB0-8F62-753131C8FBA7.jpeg
2004 Down & Dirty Black, White & Red 13 on doors & hood Unpainted Metal Red Chrome RR Malaysia  52636F2E-2B71-4BC0-B372-F3ED3DA7B7BE.jpeg
161/187 2005 Mainline
28/50
Metallic Light Blue Orange, White & Black. "77" + Baja bug On side Unpainted
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Metal
Grey OR5SP H9069 Malaysia BajaBugRFBlu.jpg
161/187 2005 Mainline Flat Gray Orange, White & Black. "77" + Baja bug On side Unpainted
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Metal
Blue OR5SP H9069 Malaysia Bajabeetle.grey1.jpg
185/187 2005 Mystery Cars Fluorescent Green "MC" & "5" graphics on sides Unpainted
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Metal
Black 5SP J0414 Thailand Kar Keepers BajaGreenLR.jpg
185/187 2005 Mystery Cars Fluorescent Orange "MC" & "5" graphics on sides Unpainted
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Metal
Black 5SP J0414 Thailand Kar Keepers BajaOrangeRR.jpg
185/187 2005 Mystery Cars Yellow "MC" & "5" graphics on sides Unpainted
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Metal
Black RR BAJA BUG.jpg
099/223 2006 Red Lines
4/5
Metallic Red Unpainted
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Metal
Black J3425 Malaysia BajaBugLF06Orn.jpg
131/196 2008 Team: Volkswagen
3/4
Metallic Red Black & Silver graphics with number 310 on sides Unpainted
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Metal
White 5SP M6905 Malaysia Base code(s): Bajabug teamvw.JPG
2008 Classics 4
2/15
Spectraflame Antifreeze Black & Silver graphics with VW logo on sides Unpainted
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Metal
Gray 5SP M3656 Thailand Vintage Series with Button
Base code(s):
Baja Bug - 08 Classics4 Antifreeze.jpg
2008 Classics 4
2/15
Spectraflame Pink Black & Silver graphics with VW logo on sides Unpainted
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Metal
Gray 5SP M1859 Thailand Base code(s): Baja Bug - 08 Classics4 Pink.jpg
2008 Classics 4
2/15
Spectraflame Blue Black & Silver graphics with VW logo on sides Unpainted
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Metal
Gray 5SP M1859 Thailand Base code(s): HW VWBajaBug 2008 Classics4 Blue.jpg
2008 Classics 4
2/15
Spectraflame Copper Black & Silver graphics with VW logo on sides Unpainted
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Metal
Gray 5SP M1859 Thailand Base code(s): 2008 Baja Bug Copper.jpg
2008 Classics 4
2/15
Spectraflame Black Black & Silver graphics with VW logo on sides Unpainted
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Metal
Gray 5SP M1859 Thailand Base code(s): Baja Bug - 08 Classics4 Black.jpg
2009 3 Kings Day Gold Green, White, Red, Black. Black 09 On Side & hood Unpainted
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Metal
Black White 5SP Malaysia Base code(s): Bajabeetle.jpg
2009 Volkswagen 5-pack Metallic Blue Orange White & Black "09" racing deco on sides only Chrome
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Plastic
Red Orange 5SP Thailand Base Code: J24 Baja Bug - VW 5-Pack.jpg
2009 Holiday Rods
5/6
Pearl White & Metallic Silver Red Strip & White Snowflake on hood Unpainted
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Metal
White "Happy Holiday 2009" Tampo, RR5SP R4222 Thailand Base code(s): Bajabugholiday.jpg
2009 Holiday Rods
5/6
Satin Pearl Silver & Metallic Light Olive Red Strip & White Snowflake on hood Unpainted
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Metal
Pearl White "Happy Holiday 2009" Tampo, RR5SP R4222 Thailand Base code(s): Bajabug holiday green.JPG
055/240 2010 Treasure Hunt
11/12
Flat Black/ Pearl Yellow Black, Teal & Silver Stripes on Sides & Hood; HW & TH Logos on Sides Unpainted
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Metal
Yellow OR5SP R7444 Malaysia Issued as "Baja Beetle"
Base code(s): C22, C23, C25
BajaBug 10TH Reg.JPG
055/240 2010 Super Treasure Hunt
11/12
Flat Black/ Spectraflame Yellow HW Logo & TH on side, detailing Unpainted
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Metal
Yellow ORRR R7456 Malaysia Issued as "Baja Beetle"
Base code(s): C19, C20
Baja Beetle T-Hunt$.jpg
214/241 2011 Thrill Racers Jungle
4/6
Metallic Teal Blue Jungle Rally racing deco, "822" Brown mud splashes Unpainted
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Metal
Light Brown Rust Colored Tires, Bronze OR5SP T9921 Malaysia Base code(s): C45, C49 BajaBug Jungle.JPG
214/241 2011 Thrill Racers Jungle
4/6
Red Jungle Rally racing deco, "822" Brown mud splashes Unpainted
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Metal
Dark Grey Rust Colored Tires, Bronze OR5SP T9964 Malaysia Base code(s): D02, D04, D08 Baja beetle 2011 red.png
2011 Racing Kit: Baja Red Orange, yellow & dark blue graphics, "88", race decos, flames Unpainted
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Metal
Blue Yellow 5SP Malaysia Base code(s): BajaBug RacingKit.JPG
2012 The Hot Ones Metallic Purple '3' on sides & hood, White stripes on sides, hood, & roof Unpainted
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Metal
Red CT W3782 Thailand Base code(s): D48 Purple Flying.jpg
2012 HW Racing Offroad Spectraflame Pink & White '82' Logos on side Unpainted
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Metal
Orange ORRR & "BF Goodrich" RRPrf W8321 Thailand Base code(s): E09 Volkswagen Baja Beetle-2012 Hot Wheels Racing.jpg
2013 Flying Customs Yellow Pink red & blue graphics on sides & hood. Baja Beetle on sides w/ smiley faces Unpainted
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Metal
Red CT X8200 Thailand Base code(s): F02, F06 Yellow Flying.jpg
2014 Pop Culture Yellow & Orange Grateful Dead (Terrapin Station Turtles) Unpainted
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Metal
Black ORRRS BDR72 Thailand Base code(s): G13 HW-2014-Grateful Dead-Volkswagen Baja Beetle.jpg
2015 Stunt Devil 5-Pack White Blue flames & red stripes "Stunt Team" on side graphics Unpainted
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Metal
Blue Chrome red maroon OR5SP CDT25 Malaysia Named Volkswagen Baja Beetle
Base code(s): H34, H38, H39
Stunt Team Classic.jpg
2016 HW Retro Style Red white & gold graphics number 30 & logo on doors Unpainted
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Metal
Black Chrome Golden Black Malaysia Base code(s): Target Retro Loose.jpg

2010 Treasure Hunts card

From the back of the 2010 Treasure Hunts card:

Born: 1983
Birthplace: Wolfsburg, Germany
Designer: Volkswagen Group
Specialty: With big rear scoop, race suspension, custom fenders, open roof and exposed rear engine, this Volkswagen was made to "beet" the competition on and off-road.

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