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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...


Baja Bug
Debut Series 1984 Real Riders
Produced 1984-
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.

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 Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes Photo
1984 1984 Hot Wheels

Real Riders

Yellow Purple, Yellow and White "Baja Bug" tampos Unpainted / Metal N/A Black RR Gray 5907 Malaysia BajaBugYelGrr
1984 1984 Hot Wheels

Real Riders

Yellow Purple, Yellow and White "Baja Bug" tampos Unpainted / Metal N/A Black RR Gray 5907 Hong Kong BajaBugYelGrr
1984 1984 Hot Wheels

Real Riders

Yellow Purple, Yellow and White "Baja Bug" Unpainted / Metal N/A Black RR White Malaysia Baja Bug YelGYW
1984 1984 Hot Wheels Yellow Purple, Yellow and White "Baja Bug" Unpainted / Metal N/A Black BW Hong Kong Baja Bug Yel bw
1984 1984 Hot Wheels Yellow Purple, Yellow and White "Baja Bug" Unpainted / Metal N/A Black BW Malaysia Baja Bug Yel bw
1985 1985 Hot Wheels

Real Riders

Red Orange, Yellow and White "Blazin' Bug" tampos Unpainted / Metal N/A Red White Hub RR Malaysia Baja Bug Red gyw
1985 Stamper 3-Pack Black Orange, Yellow and White flames and "Blazin' Bug" Unpainted / Metal N/A Tan RR White Malaysia Only in Stamper 3-pack BajaBugBlackgyw
1987 1987 Hot Wheels White "Blazin' Bug" w/Orange and Red flames Unpainted / Metal N/A Red BW Malaysia Baja Bug WhtBW
1987 1987 Hot Wheels

Real Riders

White "Blazin' Bug" w/Orange and Red flame tampos Unpainted / Metal N/A Red RR White Malaysia Baja Bug WhtRRW
1990 1990 Hot Wheels Red "Blazin' Bug" w/Orange, Yellow and White flames Unpainted / Metal N/A Black BW Malaysia Baja Bug Red BW
1990 1990 Hot Wheels Purple "Blazin' Bug" w/Orange, Yellow and White flames Unpainted / Metal N/A Red BW Malaysia International line only Bajabug purple
1990 Heroes on Hot Wheels Metallic Red "Blazin' Bug" w/Orange and Yellow flames Unpainted / Metal N/A Red BW Malaysia 1990 Baja Bug
1990 California Customs Pink Purple, Blue, Yellow, Black Unpainted / Metal N/A Yellow RR Yellow Malaysia Baja Bug PnkCCRR
1990 California Customs Pink Purple, Blue, Yellow, Black Unpainted / Metal N/A Yellow BW Malaysia Baja Bug PnkCCbw
223 1993 1993 Hot Wheels Red with Red Glitter Unpainted / Metal N/A Black BW Malaysia Baja Bug RedGltr
1995 Track System 5-Pack White Multi-Colored Checks and Flames Pink / Metal N/A Red BW Gold Malaysia only in 5-Pack (Plastic Body) Baja Bug WhtBWG
1995 Track System 5-Pack White Multi-Colored Checks and Flames Pink / Metal N/A Red 5SP Gold Malaysia only in 5-Pack (Plastic Body) Baja Bug Wht5spG
393 1996 Race Team Series II #2 Metalflake Blue Hot Wheels Race Team Deco Unpainted / Metal N/A White 5SP Malaysia Baja Bug - 96 Race Team II
567 1997 Dealers Choice Series #3 of 4 Met. Red White Black, Ace of Spades Unpainted / Metal N/A White 5SP Malaysia Baja Bug MtRedDC
694 1998 Tropicool Series #2 White "Bug'N Taxi" w/Black, Red, Yellow and Green Unpainted / Metal N/A Red 5SP India Bajabeetle
694 1998 Tropicool Series #2 White "Bug'N Taxi" w/Black, Red, Yellow and Green Unpainted / Metal N/A Red 5SP big rear wheel Malaysia Baja Bug TropicoolBgR
694 1998 Tropicool Series #2 White "Bug'N Taxi" w/Black, Red, Yellow and Green Unpainted / Metal N/A Red 5SP small rear wheel Malaysia Baja Bug Tropicool
835 1998 1998 Hot Wheels Metalflake Blue Red, Yellow, and White Hot Wheels logo on sides. Unpainted / Metal N/A White BW India No top tampo 1996 393 Blue (6)
835 1998 1998 Hot Wheels Red Red "1" w/Black and Yellow Unpainted / Metal N/A Tan BW big rear wheel India Baja Bug Redindia
835 1998 1998 Hot Wheels Red Red "1" w/Black and Yellow Unpainted / Metal N/A Tan BW small rear wheel India Baja Bug RedindiaSmR
1998 Timeless Toys 4-Pack Red Purple, Yellow Whitye "The Original UNO" Unpainted / Metal N/A Purple 5SP Malaysia Toys R Us Exclusive Baja Bug Reduno
944 1999 Buggin' Out Series #4 of 4 Metalflake Blue Yellow, Orange, Black Bug Unpainted Metal N/A Orange 5SP Malaysia Baja Bug Blu
174 2001 2001 Hot Wheels Grey Yellow, Black & Red Unpainted Metal N/A Black ORSB Malaysia Bajabeetle.grey
207 2002 2002 Hot Wheels Black Orange, Yellow flaming on side. "22" Number on side Unpainted metal N/A Red Red 5SP Malaysia Bajabeetle.black
2002 Promo MACE Yellow, Black & White "MACE" On side ZAMAC N/A Grey White GY RR Malaysia Bajabeetle.mace
2002 Promo MACE Yellow, Red & White "MACE" On side ZAMAC N/A Grey White GY RR Malaysia 2002 Mace Orange Yellow (4)
161 2005 2005 Mainline Open Vamp #161 Metalflake Light Blue Orange, White & Black BajaBugRFBlu
161 2005 2005 Mainline Open Vamp #161 Flat Grey Orange, White & Black. "77" + Baja bug On side Unpainted Metal N/A Blue OR5SP Malaysia Bajabeetle.grey1
185 2005 Kar Keepers Fluorescent Green "MC" and "5" tampos on sides Unpainted Metal Clear Black 5SP J0414 Thailand BajaGreenLR
185 2005 Kar Keepers Fluorescent Orange "MC" and "5" tampos on sides Unpainted Metal Clear Black 5SP J0414 Thailand BajaOrangeRR
099 2006 2006 Red Line Series #4 Metalflake Red BajaBugLF06Orn
131 2008 Team VolksWagen Metallic Red Black and Silver tampos with number 310 on sides Unpainted / Metal N/A White 5SP Malaysia 2008 131
2/15 2008 Hot Wheels Classics Series 4 Spectraflame Antifreeze Black and Silver tampos with VW logo on sides Unpainted / Metal Clear Gray 5SP M3656 Thailand Vintage Series with Button Baja Bug - 08 Classics4 Antifreeze
2/15 2008 Hot Wheels Classics Series 4 Spectraflame Pink Black and Silver tampos with VW logo on sides Unpainted / Metal Clear Gray 5SP M1859 Thailand Baja Bug - 08 Classics4 Pink
2/15 2008 Hot Wheels Classics Series 4 Spectraflame Blue Black and Silver tampos with VW logo on sides Unpainted / Metal Clear Gray 5SP M1859 Thailand HW VWBajaBug 2008 Classics4 Blue
2/15 2008 Hot Wheels Classics Series 4 Spectraflame Copper Black and Silver tampos with VW logo on sides Unpainted / Metal Clear Gray 5SP M1859 Thailand 2008 Baja Bug Copper
2/15 2008 Hot Wheels Classics Series 4 Spectraflame Black Black and Silver tampos with VW logo on sides Unpainted / Metal Clear Gray 5SP M1859 Thailand Baja Bug - 08 Classics4 Black
N/A 2009 3 King Day's Gold Green, White, Red, Black. Black 09 On Side and hood Unpainted Metal Black White 5SP Malaysia Bajabeetle
N/A 2009 Volkswagen 5-Pack Metallic Blue Orange White and Black "09" racing deco on sides only Chrome / Plastic N/A Red Orange 5SP Thailand Baja Bug - VW 5-Pack
2013 Flying Customs Yellow Red and yellow decals. Says "Baja Beetle" on sides and has the HW logo on hood Unpainted / metal N/A Red ? ? Thailand Base code(s): F03
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