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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-12-2011, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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I need a little help on this one. Was to a flea mkt over the weekend and came across 5 cars and a mega charger that says Sizzler made by Playing Mantis.The stuff is dated 1996 and this is the first i ever saw these that were not Hot Wheels. Are these made by Johnny Lightning and are they worth much? Guy told me they all worked but i have yet to put battries in the juice machine. Any info on these would be helpful. Paid a whole 5 bucks for the lot!! lol
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-12-2011, 06:31 PM
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I remember those. If I remember right, Playing Mantis researched and determined that Mattel had let the Sizzlers brand name go, so they got it and produced them. My friend bought the track and a few of them and I remember racing them. Then something happened where Mattel got the name back and produced some a few years ago I think.
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They were made by Playing Mantis which is not the same as JL. PM remade JL and also remade the Sizzlers for a while. They are worth a little more than you paid for them (if they work) but not a lot more.
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Wouldnt be too suprised if the internal batteries are corroded a bit (90% of my PM sizzlers were.) Loose I'd say between $2-5 each value depending on which ones they are, etc. Any pics of your loot??
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I've got a couple of the Trans Ams. I was never able to find the charger. Nice find if they are in working condition. At least you can have some fun with them.
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These came out when my son was little.We had a lot of fun with them,I had a lot of the original Sizzlers back in the day.It was fun to be able to re live the Sizzlers experience with my son.

He had a few sets of them.The one I remember the best is the Speed Racer set.I saved the Mach 5 and the RacerX car...I have them here somewhere in this mess.

I remember when I was a kid tho,I got bored with them pretty quickly and moved on to HO slot cars which I enjoyed more because you had more interaction with the cars.

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i'll try to post a pic sometime today!
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-21-2011, 09:23 PM
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I actually liked the Sizzlers
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