Right off the bat, a sincere thanks to the Hot Wheels Design Team for spending a few minutes to do these videos. Brendon, Dima, and Ryu were very cool to sit down and talk about their upcoming designs, and the insight is fantastic. And a big thanks to the rest of the Design Team and Jimmy Liu in marketing for letting it happen.
Here is a little side thought. These guys share a lot. They love it when we love their stuff. They listen to us more than you think. And we in turn hopefully give them the proper respect. How? Stay away from the leaked stuff. I don’t think you know how much damage it can do. First off, the licensed designs they do should debut under their guidance, so that licensors don’t see incomplete projects out in the public. It puts the licenses we collect in jeopardy. Also, it takes something that a designer has worked hard on and unveils it all wrong. Incomplete, sometimes with the wrong wheels, essentially not as it was supposed to be seen. If a designer wants to give us a sneak peek like Dima and Ryu do here, then perfect. Let them control it. And lastly, leaked items can kill plans that were made specifically for collectors. Let’s just say we’ve lost out on some cool opportunities because models were leaked. Yeah, Mattel continues to try and control theft on their end, but if collectors weren’t so prone to gobble all this up, there would be no need to steal the items and the images.
I say all this because it is obvious how much passion goes into these cars. Long freaking hours to be sure, and a lot more. And these guys still sit down with this nerd to shoot a video for all you nerds. I think that is pretty awesome. We don’t have to love their creations just because of that, but we can give them the proper kudos.
All that said, here is Dima and Ryu breaking down some upcoming 2019 Basic New Models. Enjoy: