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Baja Bug
Debut Series Real Riders
Produced 1984 - Present
Designer Larry Wood
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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.

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 Gold BW 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 Metallic 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 Metallic Red White Black, Ace of Spades Unpainted / Metal N/A White 5SP 16940 Malaysia also with silver painted base Baja Bug MtRedDC
694 1998 Tropicool Series 2/4 White "Bug'N Taxi" w/Black, Red, Yellow and Green Unpainted / Metal N/A Red Regular 5SP in Front, Large 5SP in Rear 18776 India Bajabeetle
694 1998 Tropicool Series 2/4 White "Bug'N Taxi" w/Black, Red, Yellow and Green Unpainted / Metal N/A Red Regular 5SP in Front, Large 5SP in Rear 18776 Malaysia Baja Bug TropicoolBgR
694 1998 Tropicool Series 2/4 White "Bug'N Taxi" w/Black, Red, Yellow and Green Unpainted / Metal N/A Red Regular 5SP in Front and Rear 18776 Malaysia ASW version (actually all medium 5sp) Baja Bug Tropicool
835 1998 1998 Hot Wheels Metallic 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 ASW version 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 Metallic Blue Yellow, Orange, Black Bug Unpainted Metal N/A Orange 5SP Malaysia Baja Bug Blu
174 2001 Hot Wheels Metallic Silver Yellow, Black & Red Unpainted / Metal N/A Black ORSB 53717 Malaysia Unpainted Base Bajabeetle.grey
174 2001 Hot Wheels Metallic Silver Yellow, Black & Red Metallic Silver / Metal N/A Black ORSB 53717 Malaysia Painted Base Hot Wheels 53717 03
207 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 Metallic Light Blue Orange, White & Black. "77" + Baja bug On side Unpainted Metal N/A Grey OR5SP Malaysia BajaBugRFBlu
161 2005 2005 Mainline Open Vamp #161 Flat Gray 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 Metallic Red

Unpainted / Metal

N/A Black Malaysia BajaBugLF06Orn
131 2008 Team Volkswagen Metallic Red Black and Silver tampos with number 310 on sides Unpainted / Metal N/A White 5SP M6905 Malaysia Bajabug teamvw
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 Kings Day Gold Green, White, Red, Black. Black 09 On Side and hood Unpainted / Metal N/A 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
2009 2009 Holiday Rods 5/6 Pearl White & Metallic Silver Red Strip and White Snowflake on hood Unpainted / Metal N/A White "Happy Holiday 2009" Tampo, RR5SP R4222 Thailand Bajabugholiday
2009 2009 Holiday Rods 5/6 Satin Pearl Silver & Metallic Light Olive Red Strip and White Snowflake on hood Unpainted / Metal N/A Pearl White "Happy Holiday 2009" Tampo, RR5SP R4222 Thailand Bajabug holiday green
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 N/A Yellow OR5SP R7444 Malaysia

Issued as "Baja Beetle"



Case Code(s): C23

BajaBug 10TH Reg
055 2010 Super Treasure Hunt 11/12 Flat Black/ Spectraflame Yellow HW Logo and TH on side, detailing Unpainted / Metal N/A Yellow ORRR R7456 Malaysia Issued as "Baja Beetle" Baja Beetle T-Hunt$
214 2011 Thrill Racers: Jungle 4/6 Metallic Teal Blue Jungle Rally racing deco, "822" Brown mud splashes Unpainted / Metal N/A Light Brown Rust Colored Tires, Bronze OR5SP T9921 Malaysia Base Code(s): C49 BajaBug Jungle
214 2011 Thrill Racers: Jungle 4/6 Red Jungle Rally racing deco, "822" Brown mud splashes Unpainted / Metal N/A Dk. Grey Rust Colored Tires, Bronze OR5SP T9964 Malaysia Base Code(s): D02, D04, D08 Baja beetle 2011 red
2011 2011 Racing Kits - Baja Red Orange, yellow & dark blue tampos, "88", race decos, flames Unpainted / Metal N/A Blue Yellow 5SP Malaysia BajaBug RacingKit
2012 The Hot Ones Metallic Purple '3' on sides and hood, White stripes on sides, hood, and roof Unpainted / Metal N/A Red CT W3782 Thailand Base Code(s): D48 Volkswagen Baja Beetle-2012 Hot Ones
2012 Offroad 2012 Spectraflame Pink / White '82' Logos on side Unpainted / Metal N/A Orange ORRR back / RRPrf fore "BF Goodrich" W8321 Thailand Base Code(s): E09 Volkswagen Baja Beetle-2012 Hot Wheels Racing
N/A 2013 Flying Customs Series Yellow Pink red and blue tampos on sides and hood. Baja Beetle on sides w/ smiley faces Unpainted / Metal N/A Red CT X8200 Thailand Base Code: F02 HW-2013-Flying Customs Series-Baja Beetle
N/A 2014 Pop Culture Yellow & Orange Grateful Dead (Terrapin Station Turtles) Unpainted / Metal None Black ORRRS BDR72 Thailand Base Code: G13 HW-2014-Grateful Dead-Volkswagen Baja Beetle
2015 Off Road 5-Pack White Blue flames and red stripes "Stunt Team" on side tampos. Unpainted / Metal None Blue 5907 Malaysia Base Code: H38

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