If you told me the ’65 Ford Galaxie was Jun Imai’s best Hot Wheels casting, I don’t think I could argue with you.

When Jun Imai announced last month that he was leaving Mattel, this is what we all thought and talked about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fvA6fqHDi4 And for good reason.  Jun's legacy at Hot Wheels will be JDM, and the era he ushered in with his many Japanese designs.  What started with "Why is Hot Wheels doing a Corolla and … Continue reading If you told me the ’65 Ford Galaxie was Jun Imai’s best Hot Wheels casting, I don’t think I could argue with you.

The Influence of Hot Wheels Designer Jun Imai, Part 1: JDM

Party pooper! 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 … Continue reading The Influence of Hot Wheels Designer Jun Imai, Part 1: JDM

The Hot Wheels Nissan Fairlady Z is one heckuva Super Treasure Hunt.

The Lamley Awards are approaching.  Later this month the voting will start, and there is a lot figure out.  Best HW New Model, Best MB New Model, Model of the Year for both brands, Model of the Year for 1/64 in general, the list goes on.  It'll be fun to say the list. The most … Continue reading The Hot Wheels Nissan Fairlady Z is one heckuva Super Treasure Hunt.

The Lamley Daily: 2012 Hot Wheels Mad Manga

#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 … Continue reading The Lamley Daily: 2012 Hot Wheels Mad Manga

Ryu Asada and Jun Imai talk Hot Wheels Design with Petrolicious

Many of you have sent me links to this article since it was posted, so I thought I would post a link here.  Go for the pictures, but stay for the article.  It is a great read, with Jun and Ryu really detailing the process and their backgrounds. The author also captures what it is … Continue reading Ryu Asada and Jun Imai talk Hot Wheels Design with Petrolicious

Sick of the Nissan GT-R? Hot Wheels’ 2017 GT-R might change your mind.

Jun just dropped this on his Instagram: Our master chef @hotwheels_ryu knows how to cook a mean godzilla #hotwheels #hotwheelsdreamteam #gtrA post shared by Jun Imai (@kaidohouse) on Mar 14, 2017 at 1:00pm PDT//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.jsMaster chef indeed.  I don't think it is a secret that I am big fan of the work of HW Designer Ryu … Continue reading Sick of the Nissan GT-R? Hot Wheels’ 2017 GT-R might change your mind.

The Hot Wheels Mazda RX-7 is coming along nicely.

Posted today by designer Jun Imai: ROTARY POWER | the first prototype sample of our #hotwheels RX-7 arrives at HWHQ #hotwheelsdreamteamA post shared by Jun Imai (@kaidohouse) on Mar 9, 2017 at 1:26pm PST//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.jsRotary Power indeed.  My guess is this will be in one of the final batches of 2017.

The Hot Wheels Porsche 934.5 mimics its 1:1 counterpart in looks and creation…

Isn't this plethora of Porsche something?I can't complain.  I won't complain.  It's awesome.  I am sure there are a few of you who feel you have had your fill, but considering the sheer number of Porsches that Hot Wheels can do, let's keep it coming.  Strike while the iron is hot.You can't call Porsche the … Continue reading The Hot Wheels Porsche 934.5 mimics its 1:1 counterpart in looks and creation…

Fast & Furious Preview, Part 1: It is time for one Hot Wheels Roadrunner to tap out for the other…

There is a lot to talk about on the latest Hot Wheels Fast & Furious set, and a full DLM'd photo showcase is coming soon.But I thought one of the models merited its own post.  Not the white Supra, although it definitely deserves it.  Not the first Porsche in the assortment, or the debut of … Continue reading Fast & Furious Preview, Part 1: It is time for one Hot Wheels Roadrunner to tap out for the other…

The recolor of the Hot Wheels Datsun Fairlady 2000 is one helluva model…

I've talked enough about the new wheels.  We've all talked enough about the Fairlady 2000, everyone's latest favorite JDM.But holy shit if this recolor in the F Case isn't something special.  Let's be honest, we in a way are taking Jun Imai for granted.  His Japanese creations going back to the AE86 and Bluebird 510 … Continue reading The recolor of the Hot Wheels Datsun Fairlady 2000 is one helluva model…