Model: NJT New Jersey Transit 1776 - Release 2 Locale: New Jersey, NJ Item No. 57002 Package Date: 2000 Body Style: 2 Base Style: 2 Destination: 1 Penn Station Fleet Number: 1776 Notes: Though similar to the original NJT release there are a few detail changes. Of course the fleet number is 1776 instead of the original 1965. The side advertisements have changed to "Visit us on the web at www.njtransit.com". Front and rear route destination signs are printed in yellow, and show a different destination. Both examples that I have show this model using the second base style as used in the 4 bus box sets.Below: Second box style shown to the left. Shown at right, a basic box back, side and top view. Model: Minneapolis T Metro Transit Locale: Minneapolis - Twin Cities, MN Item No. 57003 & 59455 Package Date: 1996 Body Style: 1 Base Style: 1 Destination: 80A Mall of America Fleet Number: 1948 Notes: The Minneapolis T bus is one of the most common Road Champs buses around. It can be found almost constantly on eBay. Model: New York MTA Metro Transit Authority Locale: New York, NY Item No. 57004 & 59455 Package Date: 1996 Body Style: 1 Base Style: 1 Destination: M42 Crosstown Fleet Number: Not Numbered Model: Houston METRO Locale: Houston, TX Item No. 57005 Package Date: 1996 Body Style: 1 Base Style: 1 & 2 Destination: 82 Westheimer Fleet Number: 1234 Model: AC Transit - Alameda-Contra Costa Transit Diestrict Locale: Oakland, CA Item No. 57006 Package Date: 1996 Body Style: 1 Base Style: 1 & 2 Destination: 35X Downtown Miami Fleet Number: Not numbered Model: MARTA - Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Locale: Atlanta, GA Item No. 57007(?) Package Date: Unknown Body Style: 1 Base Style: 1 & 2 Destination: 10 Peachtree St Fleet Number: 1997 Notes: The MARTA version of this series is the only bus I have not been able to find new in the box or on a card. However this model can be found in one of the 4 pack bus collections, Road Champs Item No. 58706. I am not sure if the item number is correct, but it seems logical. Shown at right is the 4th box variation for the series. Model: DART Dallas Area Rapid TransitDallas Area Rapid Transit Locale: Dallas, TX Item No. 57008 Package Date: 1996 Body Style: 1 Base Style: 1 & 2 Destination: 555 Express Fleet Number: 1351 Model: Miami Metro-Dade Transit Locale: Miami, FL Item No. 57009 Package Date: 1996 Body Style: 1 Base Style: 1 & 2 Destination: Downtown Miami Fleet Number: 9415 Model: SEPTA South Eastern Pensylvania Transportation Authority Locale: Southeastern PA Item No. 57010 Package Date: 1997 (Box) 1999 (Card) Body Style: 1 Base Style: 2 Destination: 17 Penn's Landing Fleet Number: No Number Notes: One of the most difficult models to obtain is this black window trim SEPTA. As shown above, it came packaged in both the standard box style as well as the blister pack bubble card style. Model shown below features custom looking "We're On Your Way! Welcome Aboard!" stickers on the front and rear. It is unknown who added these stickers, perhaps done by Houston METRO as a promotional item? Model: Houston METRO Locale: Houston, TX Item No. 22000 Package Date: 1999 Body Style: 1 Base Style: 1 Destination: 82 Westheimer Fleet Number: 1234 Notes: This model is just slightly different than its previous variations. The only differece is the addition of the Road Champs logo underneath the roof number. This particular bus is always found in the narrow card blue blister pack with an item number of 22000. This version was released after Road Champs was acquired by Jakks Pacific Inc., Union NJ. I have only see two buses packaged in this style card, this model and the International school bus. Perhaps these were a last attempt at marketing/selling these model series before stopping production. Flxible Metro D Series Special Edition Models Road Champs produced a number of special edition Flxible Metros that were available only from specific regional transit authorities. These models are noteably different from their mass produced counterparts. Models produced are far less common but are some of the most highly detailed buses in the Road Champs Flxible Metro series. All three known variations are shown below, though there could possibly be others. Model: LV CAT Citizens Area Transit Locale: Las Vegas, NV Item No. 191401 Package Date: Unknown Body Style: 1 Base Style: Unknown Destination: 301 LV Blvd Fleet Number: Not Numbered Notes: Image of actual CAT METRO, and model backstory provided by Bryan Lee, founder of the Yahoo Group American model buses: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/a1modelbuses. The LV CAT model was a special promomotional item only available for about a year at the Las Vegas Downtown Transportation Center, while they were still using the Flxibles. This bus came in a plain white box, series #191401. Model: Houston METRO 4000 - Special Edition Locale: Houston, TX Notes: Differences include: stripe connects across the top of the bus and it's position along the bus side is slightly more towards the back, bus number is 4000 and is above the "Metropolitan Transit Authority" text, front of bus has handicapped sign under number, destination sign text is different and in different color, front top marker lights are painted, roof grille near rear is detailed, American flag after METRO on the door side, rear destination number printed in different color. This model is also a newer release which uses painted tail lights that are cast as part of the body. Model: Minneapolis T Metro Transit - Special Edition Locale: Minneapolis - Twin Cities, MN Item No. Unknown Package Date: Unknown Body Style: 1 Base Style: 2 Destination: 21A Selby Lake Fleet Number: 1948 Notes: This Twin Cities Metro Transit model is another of Road Champs special models that were not mass marketed. The information I received with the bus stated that this model was sold exclusively at the Mall of America. Eagle Model 15 Series Coach - 1995-???? These models were constructed in the same scale and style as the Flxible Metros. There were only three different models produced with very limited variations. As with the the Flxibles, the Eagle coaches all started out being numbered 59455. In addition, box styles changed like the Flxibles as well. Item No. 58001 Model: Sun Tours Eagle Coach Package Date: 1996 Destination: Canyonlands Fleet Number: 931 Notes: A similar model in excellent condition is available in our eBay store: Sun Tours Eagle. Item No. 58002 Model: Gad-About Tours Eagle Coach Package Date: 1996 Destination: Branson, MO Fleet Number: Not Numbered Item No. 58003 Model: Greyhound Eagle Coach Package Date: 1996 Destination: New York Fleet Number: Not Numbered Notes: There are two variations, one with clear front windows, and one with tinted front windows. I believe the tinted front window variation was the earliest version, only being found in the first two box package styles. Destination is always New York. This model was produced for much longer and more heavily than the other Eagle coaches, as it can be found on the last style blue cards. This model was also included in all of the 4 pack bus box sets produced by Road Champs. In addition this model was sold at Greyhound terminals in small mostly plain white boxes. A similar model in excellent condition is available in our eBay store: Greyhound Eagle. Item No. 58003 Model: Greyhound Eagle Coach Package Date: 1997 Destination: New York Fleet Number: Not Numbered Notes: Final blue card package style. 1:87 HO Scale Four Bus Box Sets There are at least two, four bus box sets. These sets only contain 1:87 HO scale models. The more common sets contain three of the Flxible Metro D models and one Greyhound Eagle Coach as well as two billboards. Some sets include 4 Flxible Metro buses only. Buses are identical to their individually sold counterparts. These sets are more rare than the individual buses making it difficult to know what all bus combinations were produced. Model: Eagle Model 15 Coach & Flxible Metro D Transit Buses Item No. 58706 Package Date: 1997 Notes: These issues appear to be the most common. Model: Flxible Metro D Transit Buses Item No. 58706 Package Date: 1997 International School Bus Series - 1991-???? Produced for many years, the International & "Golden Rule" school bus was a very popular toy. I have found (so far), 12 different package variations for this school bus (10 are shown below). The sides of these buses all read either "International" or "Golden Rule". Most of these buses were produced in yellow paint, but I have seen the "Golden Rule" edition in a white/off white color. International School Bus - Golden Rule Item No. Not Numbered Package Date: 1991 Notes: This is the earliest known release of the classic Road Champs school bus. The back of the package lists the manufacturer as "Geoffrey, Inc. Distributed by Toys "R" Us, Inc.". The Road Champs logo is on the base of this model which appears to be the same casting as all the other production runs (aside from the Sounds of Power release). Perhaps this was a special order by Toys R Us. Item No. 5900 Package Date: 1992 Variation: Golden Rule - White Card Item No. 5900 Package Date: 1992 Variation: Golden Rule - Blue Card Item No. 5900 Package Date: 1992 Variation: Golden Rule - Blue Card, Desert Background Notes: This card variation was found from an eBay seller in Australia. Possibly a regionally specific release. Item No. 5980 Package Date: 1992 Model: Golden Rule - Sounds of Power Notes: Rarely seen new in the package. Body casting appears identical to the standard versions. This variant can be easily identified in loose condition by looking for the battery cover on the frame. Item No. 5900 Package Date: 1993 Notes: First appearance of the purple and black "Road Map" style package for this item. Item No. 5900 Package Date: 1993 Item No. 5900 Package Date: 1994 Item No. 5905 Package Date: 1995 Series: Deluxe Series Item No. 5900 Package Date: 1996 Series: Deluxe Series International School Bus - International Item No. 5900 Package Date: 1997 Notes: There is one more known packaging variation, similar to the Jakks Pacific Road Champs #22000 Houston Metro. International School Bus - Old Navy Supply Co. Item No. Not Numbered Package Date: Not Dated Notes: This model appears to be a promotional style, impulse buy, item that Old Navy sold in their stores. Card and blister are identical to the standard issues. Judging by the packaging style we can assume these were produced sometime after 1992 and as late as 2003 (the last known use of this style package). I might speculate that these were produced during the middle to late 1990s. The bus is identical to the standard releases, including the frame stamping, with the single exception of the text on the side of the bus which reads "Old Navy Supply Co.".