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

Versions

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

Col # Year Series Color Tampo Base Color / Type Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes Photo
1984 Real Riders Yellow Purple, Yellow and White "Baja Bug" & "Champion" tampos Unpainted / Metal Black RR Gray 5907 Malaysia BajaBugYelGrr.JPG
1984 Real Riders Yellow Purple, Yellow and White "Baja Bug" & "Champion" tampos Unpainted / Metal Black RR Gray 5907 Hong Kong BajaBugYelGrr.JPG
1984 Real Riders Yellow Purple, Yellow and White "Baja Bug" & "Champion" tampos Unpainted / Metal Black RR White Malaysia Baja Bug YelGYW.JPG
1984 Mainline Yellow Purple, Yellow and White "Baja Bug" & "Champion" tampos Unpainted / Metal Black BW Hong Kong Baja Bug Yel bw.jpg
1984 Mainline Yellow Purple, Yellow and White "Baja Bug" & "Champion" tampos Unpainted / Metal Black BW Malaysia Baja Bug Yel bw.jpg
1985 Mainline Real Riders Red Orange, Yellow and White "Baja Bug" tampos Unpainted / Metal Red White Hub RR Malaysia Baja Bug Red gyw.JPG
1985 Real Riders Red Orange, Yellow and White flames, and “Blazin' Bug” tampo Unpainted/Metal Red

White Hub 

RR

Malaysia
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1985 Stamper 3-Pack Black Orange, Yellow and White flames and "Blazin' Bug" Unpainted / Metal Tan RR White Malaysia Only in Stamper 3-pack BajaBugBlackgyw.JPG
1987 Mainline White "Blazin' Bug" w/Orange and Red flames Unpainted / Metal Red BW Malaysia Baja Bug WhtBW.JPG
1987 Mainline Real Riders White "Blazin' Bug" w/Orange and Red flame tampos Unpainted / Metal Red RR White Malaysia Baja Bug WhtRRW.JPG
1988 Color Racers Orange metallic/ yellow color change "Blazin' Bug" w/Yellow and blue flame tampos Unpainted / Metal Red BW Malaysia Baja bug20.jpg
1988 Color Racers Purple/Pink color change "Blazin' Bug w/White and blue flame tampos Unpainted / Metal Red BW Malaysia Purple Color Racers.jpg
1990 Mainline Red "Blazin' Bug" w/Orange, Yellow and White flames Unpainted / Metal Black BW Malaysia Baja Bug Red BW.JPG
1990 Mainline Purple "Blazin' Bug" w/Orange, Yellow and White flames Unpainted / Metal Red BW Malaysia International line only Bajabug purple.JPG
1990 Heroes on Hot Wheels Metallic Red "Blazin' Bug" w/Orange and Yellow flames Unpainted / Metal Red BW Malaysia 1990 Baja Bug.jpg
1990 California Customs Pink Purple, Blue, Yellow, Black Unpainted / Metal Yellow RR Yellow Malaysia Baja Bug PnkCCRR.JPG
1990 California Customs Pink Purple, Blue, Yellow, Black Unpainted / Metal Yellow BW Malaysia Baja Bug PnkCCbw.JPG
223 1993 Mainline Red with Red Glitter Unpainted / Metal Black BW 4325 Malaysia Baja Bug RedGltr.JPG
1993 Color FX Pink to white color change Red and yellow stripes Painted metal Yellow BW Malaysia Plastic body Color FX Baja Bug.JPG
5pk 1995 Track System White Multi-Colored Checks and Flames Pink / Metal Red Gold BW Malaysia only in 5-Pack (Plastic Body) Baja Bug WhtBWG.JPG
5pk 1995 Track System White Multi-Colored Checks and Flames Pink / Metal Red 5SP Gold Malaysia only in 5-Pack (Plastic Body) Baja Bug Wht5spG.JPG
393 1996 Race Team II
2/4
Metallic Blue Hot Wheels Race Team Deco Unpainted / 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 / 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 and Green Unpainted / 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 and Green Unpainted / 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 and Green Unpainted / Metal Red Regular 5SP in Front and 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, and White Hot Wheels logo on sides. Unpainted / 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 and Yellow on side

Unpainted / Metal Tan BW big rear wheel 19713 India Baja Bug Redindia.JPG
835 1998 Mainline Red Yellow "dakar" Black "RALLY" Red "1" Stripes Black and Yellow on side Unpainted / 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 / Metal Purple 5SP Malaysia Toys R Us Exclusive Baja Bug Reduno.JPG
1998 JC Whitney Promo Yellow and White JC Whitney Logo tampo Unpainted / 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 2001 Mainline Metallic Silver Yellow, Black & Red Unpainted / Metal Black ORSB 53717 Malaysia Unpainted Base Bajabeetle.grey.jpg
174 2001 Mainline Metallic Silver Yellow, Black & Red Metallic Silver / Metal Black ORSB 53717 Malaysia Painted Base Hot Wheels 53717 03.jpg
207 2002 Mainline Black Orange, Yellow flaming on side. "22" Number on side Unpainted metal Red Red 5SP 55092 Malaysia Bajabeetle.black.jpg
2002 Promo MACE Yellow, Black & White "MACE" On side ZAMAC Grey White GY RR Malaysia Bajabeetle.mace.jpg
2002 Promo MACE Yellow, Red & White "MACE" On side ZAMAC Grey White GY RR Malaysia 2002 Mace Orange Yellow (4).JPG
2003 17th Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Convention White & Blue Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA Unpainted Metal Black Chrome RR Malaysia RLC Convention 2003.jpg
2003 100% Preferred Volkswagen Silver & Blue Yellow number 6 and logos Painted Metal Black Chrome RR Malaysia 100 Prefferd Volkswagen Blue.jpg
2003 100% Preferred Volkswagen Pearl white & Orange Yellow number 6 and logos Painted Metal Black Chrome RR

Malaysia

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2004 Down & Dirty Silver and Neon Orange Black circle with 8 on doors and hood Painted Black Light Orange Chrome RR Malaysia 
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2004 Down & Dirty Black, White and Red 13 on doors and hood Unpainted Metal Red Chrome RR Malaysia 
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161 2005 Mainline Metallic Light Blue Orange, White & Black. "77" + Baja bug On side Unpainted Metal Grey OR5SP H9069 Malaysia BajaBugRFBlu.jpg
161 2005 Mainline Flat Gray Orange, White & Black. "77" + Baja bug On side Unpainted Metal Blue OR5SP H9069 Malaysia Bajabeetle.grey1.jpg
185 2005 Kar Keepers Fluorescent Green "MC" and "5" tampos on sides Unpainted Metal Black 5SP J0414 Thailand BajaGreenLR.jpg
185 2005 Kar Keepers Fluorescent Orange "MC" and "5" tampos on sides Unpainted Metal Black 5SP J0414 Thailand BajaOrangeRR.jpg
185 2005 Mystery Cars Yellow "MC" and "5" tampos on sides Unpainted Metal Black RR BAJA BUG.jpg
099 2006 Red Lines
4/5
Metallic Red

Unpainted / Metal

Black J3425 Malaysia BajaBugLF06Orn.jpg
131 2008 Team: Volkswagen
3/4
Metallic Red Black and Silver tampos with number 310 on sides Unpainted / Metal White 5SP M6905 Malaysia Bajabug teamvw.JPG
2/15 2008 Classics 4 Spectraflame Antifreeze Black and Silver tampos with VW logo on sides Unpainted / Metal Gray 5SP M3656 Thailand Vintage Series with Button Baja Bug - 08 Classics4 Antifreeze.jpg
2/15 2008 Classics 4 Spectraflame Pink Black and Silver tampos with VW logo on sides Unpainted / Metal Gray 5SP M1859 Thailand Baja Bug - 08 Classics4 Pink.jpg
2/15 2008 Classics 4 Spectraflame Blue Black and Silver tampos with VW logo on sides Unpainted / Metal Gray 5SP M1859 Thailand HW VWBajaBug 2008 Classics4 Blue.jpg
2/15 2008 Classics 4 Spectraflame Copper Black and Silver tampos with VW logo on sides Unpainted / Metal Gray 5SP M1859 Thailand 2008 Baja Bug Copper.jpg
2/15 2008 Classics 4 Spectraflame Black Black and Silver tampos with VW logo on sides Unpainted / Metal Gray 5SP M1859 Thailand Baja Bug - 08 Classics4 Black.jpg
N/A 2009 3 Kings Day Gold Green, White, Red, Black. Black 09 On Side and hood Unpainted / Metal Black White 5SP Malaysia Bajabeetle.jpg
5pk 2009 Volkswagen Metallic Blue Orange White and Black "09" racing deco on sides only Chrome / Plastic Red Orange 5SP Thailand

Base Code: 

J24

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2009 Holiday Rods 5/6 Pearl White & Metallic Silver Red Strip and White Snowflake on hood Unpainted / Metal White "Happy Holiday 2009" Tampo, RR5SP R4222 Thailand Bajabugholiday.jpg
2009 Holiday Rods 5/6 Satin Pearl Silver & Metallic Light Olive Red Strip and White Snowflake on hood Unpainted / Metal Pearl White "Happy Holiday 2009" Tampo, RR5SP R4222 Thailand Bajabug holiday green.JPG
055 2010 Treasure Hunt
11/12
Flat Black/ Pearl Yellow Black, Teal & Silver Stripes on Sides and Hood; HW & TH Logos on Sides Unpainted / Metal Yellow OR5SP R7444 Malaysia Issued as "Baja Beetle"

Date Code(s): C23, C25

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055 2010 Super Treasure Hunt
11/12
Flat Black/ Spectraflame Yellow HW Logo and TH on side, detailing Unpainted / Metal Yellow ORRR R7456 Malaysia Issued as "Baja Beetle" Baja Beetle T-Hunt$.jpg
214 2011 Thrill Racers Jungle
4/6
Metallic Teal Blue Jungle Rally racing deco, "822" Brown mud splashes Unpainted / Metal Light Brown Rust Colored Tires, Bronze OR5SP T9921 Malaysia Date Code(s): C45, C49 BajaBug Jungle.JPG
214 2011 Thrill Racers Jungle
4/6
Red Jungle Rally racing deco, "822" Brown mud splashes Unpainted / Metal Dk. Grey Rust Colored Tires, Bronze OR5SP T9964 Malaysia Date Code(s): D02, D04, D08 Baja beetle 2011 red.png
2011 Racing Kit - Baja Red Orange, yellow & dark blue tampos, "88", race decos, flames Unpainted / Metal Blue Yellow 5SP Malaysia BajaBug RacingKit.JPG
2012 The Hot Ones Metallic Purple '3' on sides and hood, White stripes on sides, hood, and roof Unpainted / Metal Red CT W3782 Thailand Date Code(s): D48 Purple Flying.jpg
2012 HW Racing Offroad Spectraflame Pink / White '82' Logos on side Unpainted / Metal Orange ORRR back / RRPrf fore "BF Goodrich" W8321 Thailand Date Code(s): E09 Volkswagen Baja Beetle-2012 Hot Wheels Racing.jpg
N/A 2013 Flying Customs Yellow Pink red and blue tampos on sides and hood. Baja Beetle on sides w/ smiley faces Unpainted / Metal Red CT X8200 Thailand Date Code: F02, F06 Yellow Flying.jpg
N/A 2014 Pop Culture Yellow & Orange Grateful Dead (Terrapin Station Turtles) Unpainted / Metal Black ORRRS BDR72 Thailand Date Code: G13 HW-2014-Grateful Dead-Volkswagen Baja Beetle.jpg
5pk 2015 Stunt Devil White Blue flames and red stripes "Stunt Team" on side tampos Unpainted / Metal Blue Chrome red maroon OR5SP CDT25 Malaysia Date Code: H34, H38, H39
Named Volkswagen Baja Beetle
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N/A 2016 HW Retro Style Red white and gold tampos number 30 and logo on doors Unpainted / Metal Black Chrome Golden Black Malaysia Target Retro Loose.jpg

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