Mac Ragan is occupying three distinct roles in the world of die-cast cars: 1) employee, 2) author, and 3) collector. He was brand manager of Johnny Lightning models for Playing Mantis and RC2 from 2003 to 2007. During that time he supervised and personally designed hundreds of vehicles. Ragan later moved to Greenlight Toys where he designed many popular castings. His latest position in the industry was director of social media for Round 2's die-cast brands: Auto World, Johnny Lightning, and Racing Champions. At Round 2, Ragan reunited with several former Playing Mantis employees to relaunch the Johnny Lightning brand, as well as Racing Champions Mint.
Ragan also wrote several important books about toy cars. He's probably best known for Tomart's Price Guide to Johnny Lightning Vehicles, which helped establish Johnny Lightning toys as a true collectible brand. Ragan's other books--all about 1:64th-scale die-cast cars--feature close-up photos and informative text. These include Matchbox Cars: The First 50 Years, Hot Wheels Cars, and Die-Cast Cars of the 1960s.
Ragan was inducted into the Diecast Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2010. He remains active in the hobby via Instagram, Facebook, and personal appearances at die-cast conventions.
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