A bombshell dropped right in the middle of Hot Wheels’ 50th Birthday Party last Friday: Designer Jun Imai announced he was leaving Mattel.
While the brand will JUST FINE moving forward, there is no denying the influence Jun has had on where Hot Wheels is today. It definitely merits a look. So, right after finishing my 50 Favorite video, I am back at it on another retrospective.
Part 1 looks at what Jun is most widely known for, his JDM castings. I picked out a few that reflect his influence (minus the fantastic Mad Manga, because I could not find mine on short notice). Part 2 looks at his equally great American and European castings.