#lamleydaily – July 29, 2017
Model: Hot Wheels Mad Manga
Line: 2012 Mainline (New Models Recolor)
Where to get it: There are a couple on eBay, but not many
Why it’s in the collection: Because, even with his paws all over the current direction of Hot Wheels Design, Jun Imai’s greatest model remains the Mad Manga. Already five years after its initial release, it is hard to remember how out-of-leftfield the Mad Manga was for collectors. This unlicensed model looked like nothing else, and if you weren’t familiar with bosozoku, there was nothing to relate it to.
But we are in the JDM era now at Hot Wheels, and this model fits right in. I credit models like two 510’s and the pair of Skylines released in 2011 as the models that ushered in this era, but it may be the Mad Manga. It didn’t introduce a car to Hot Wheels collectors, it introduced a culture. Things have been very different since.