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Mark Jones - BIO ON SEPERATE PAGE - Our Guest of honor at the Dinner, Thursday, Oct. 6 - Bio on seperate page!!!
Brendon Vetuskey - BIO BELOW
Larry Wood - BIO BELOW
Phil Riehlman - BIO BELOW
Mario Godoy - BIO BELOW
Jeremy Cox - BIO BELOW
Mike McClone - BIO BELOW
Jerry Thienprasiddhi -BIO BELOW
Bob Rosas - BIO BELOW
Manson Cheung - BIO BELOW
Julian Koiles - BIO BELOW
Leeway Chang - BIO BELOW
Ralph Benitez - BIO BELOW
Michael Heralda - BIO BELOW
Matt Gabe - BIO BELOW
Charlie Angulo - BIO BELOW
Sonny Fisher - BIO BELOW
Dwayne Vance - BIO BELOW
Bryan Benedict - BIO BELOW
Kevin Geraldez - BIO BELOW
Matt Gabe – Lead Packaging Designer- Hot Wheels Mainline Packaging
Matt started at Mattel in 2009 as a graphic designer on the Hot Wheels® packaging team. He worked on packing for various sub-segments of the Hot Wheels® brand including Custom Motors, Color Shifters, Hot Wheels® RC, Monster Jam, HW VideoRacer, and the Hot Wheels® Test Facility Rocket Car (which won a Graphic Design USA Magazine Packaging Award). Matt eventually moved onto the Tracks & Playsets team where he would go on to design many packages for CITY, RACE, and ACTION segments including WallTracks.
In 2013, Matt left Mattel and spent time at Fisher Price and OXO in NYC, followed by a few years at Hasbro in Rhode Island working as a lead package designer for Marvel toys. Longing for the California sun, he moved back to Los Angeles in 2018 and quickly rejoined the Hot Wheels® packaging team working on all HW Basics and Themed diecast packaging. Working with the diecast team has been an extremely fun and rewarding experience for Matt. In his short tenure on the diecast business, his favorite assortments have been the Walmart Premium Stars & Stripes, the Día de los Muertos Halloween set, Themed Automotive Mud Runners, the Japanese Themed-Multi-Pack, and the San Diego Comic Con Exclusive Deadpool Scooter.
When not clicking away on his mouse at work, Matt enjoys all things automotive. He owns four cars, a scooter, and a motorcycle and enjoys taking all of them to the various Cars & Coffees that southern California has to offer. He is currently working on modifying an old Honda ACTY imported from Japan to be a life size replica of the Hot Wheels® Mighty K as a tribute to the late, great Ryu Asada. Matt also loves to travel and thoroughly enjoys getting to meet Hot Wheels® fans all around the world.
Born in Taiwan, but spent most of his childhood in Latin America, Leeway traveled extensively before he settled in Southern California. Received his Associate of Arts degree in Communication Design from International Fine Arts College in Miami, Florida and Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design from California State University Fullerton. Leeway designed graphics in the apparel, action sports, feature film, web, advertising and print for 17 years before joining Mattel in 2007. At Mattel, he was the lead Softline Designer for Boys Consumer Products for 5 years before moving over to the Wheels Packaging group as Staff Designer for Hot Wheels Adult Collector, RLC and Premium toy lines.
Currently he is the graphics lead for Hot Wheels NFT projects, 5-Packs, Blind packs and contributes to the mainline Basic singles as well.
’55 Corvette, Maximum Leeway, Time Tracker, Dune Crusher, Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, Lamborghini Huracan and Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo.
2022: Gotta Go (TH), Muscle and Blown (TH), 2020 Jaguar F-Type ($TH), 17 Jeep Wrangler (TH), 98 Subaru Impreza 22B (TH), 32 Ford ($TH), Duck n’ Roll (TH), Ford Bronco R (Super 73), Honda S2000 (NFT Premium), 17 Acura NSX (NFT Premium), 16 Cadillac ATS-V R (NFT Premium), Bad to the Blade (NFT Premium), 2 Jet Z (NFT Premium) and 83 Chevy Silverado (NFT Premium).
2021: ’71 Datsun 510 ($TH), 2018 Honda Civic Type R ($TH), Chrysler Pacifica (TH), 55 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (Bathing Ape), Ford RS200 and Lancia Rally 037 (Period Correct), Twin Mill (NFT Premium), Mach Speeder (NFT Premium) and Rodger Dodger (NFT Premium).
2019: Lamborghini Aventador J ($TH), Tesla Model S ($TH), Morris Mini ($TH), Mazda REPU ($TH), 92 Ford Mustang ($TH), Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 (Gumball 3000), 92 BMW M3 (Supreme) and Nissan Skyline GT-R BNR34 (Team Transport).
2018: Porsche 934.5 ($TH), 55 Chevy Bel Air Gasser (10-Pack Exclusive), Valentino Rossi (Asst.) and Nightmare Before Christmas seasonal assortment.
2017: 2005 Mustang (TH)
2016: Dune Crusher (TH) and Carbonic ($TH)
2015: Toyota Offroad Truck ($TH), Time Tracker (TH) and Datsun Bluebird 510 Wagon.
2014: Maximum Leeway (TH), Subaru WRX STi (TH) and Nightburner (TH).
2013: Volkwagon T1 Drag Bus (RLC), and Bad to the Blade (TH).
2012: ’67 Chevelle SS 396 (TH),’71 and Maverick Grabber (TH).
2011: '64 Pontiac GTO (TH), '71 Mustang Funny Car (TH) Datsun 240Z (TH), OCC Splitback (TH), Demolition Derby (Racing Kits) and Top Tunerz (5 Pack).
2010: Datsun Bluebird 510, ’56 Flashsider, Toyota Offroad Truck, Demo Derby (5 Pack) and Rock & Roll (5 Pack).
*** MICHAEL HERALDA - Retired...
Graphics Designer Hot Wheels® 1997 – 2005 plus a few models from 2015, 2016 & 2018!
Michael joined the Mattel Team in 1996 as Manager of the Mattel Sports brand. In 1997 he became the first in-house graphics designer for Hot Wheels. The very first model he designed graphics for was the 1998 1st Edition Ford Escort Rally. Over the next eight years he created graphics for the Core Line, Multi-Packs, Treasure Hunts, Toy Fair, Dream Halloween, and various other “collector-type” models.
In 2005 he became part of the Matchbox brand and remained with that team until his retirement in June of 2015. Over the course of his tenure with both brands (Hot Wheels and Matchbox) he created over 5,000 decorations! But retirement has not stopped him from contributing decorations for both brands - as a freelance graphics designer.
Prior to retiring from Mattel, he decided to commemorate his Graphics career with a Hot Wheels decoration on a Ford Fiesta that mimicked his very first design on the 1st edition Ford Escort Rally. In addition, he created four other Matchbox models to serve as a support team for his last Hot Wheels design – carrying over the same theme. Michael said, “I thought it would be fitting since I worked on both brands that I should also unite them (Hot Wheels & Matchbox) for any collector that wants to complete a set, my last set!”
“I had a job many people envy. I kind of fell into it and loved every aspect of it. I had the opportunity to work with some of the most talented people in the design and toy world and who possess a passion for what they do and create. I was inspired by them every day to do the best I could on every project. But that was only half the joy of my job. The other half was meeting the people, the collectors who also share a passion for the small gems we call die cast.”
Michaels more recent graphic design contributions to the Hot Wheels line include:
Corvette Grand Sport / #11 Pass’ N Gasser / #03 Carbide / #09 F1 Racer / #12 ’70 Ford Mustang Mach 1
Julian Koiles has been with Hot Wheels packaging since 2014, designing and art directing the packaging for the Hot Wheels premium lines, which includes: Pop Culture, Car Culture, Replica Entertainment, Team Transport, and Premium Fast & Furious. Along with the Premium line, Julian is also responsible for designing and art directing the packaging for RLC, Track Builder Unlimited, Super Rigs, and Trackin Trucks.
Julian’s passion for cars, design, and serving the packaging needs of the Hot Wheels collector is evident in the painstaking research and development he does in the process of creating each and every package.
Julian graduated from Academy of Art College with a major in illustration, and a minor in 3d modeling. Prior to coming onboard at Mattel as a packaging designer, Julian had worked as an illustrator, and a product designer at various consumer product companies.
Julian was introduced to the world of cars when he bought his first car; a 1966 Chevy Caprice Coupe. From that moment on cars would become an important part of his life, first personally, and then later professionally. Julian continues to be a “car guy” currently driving a 2019 Ford Mustang GT.
Mario Godoy has been with the Hot Wheels DieCast Team since September 2015, designing original art and graphics for the Hot Wheels Monster Trucks lines, Super Rigs, and Team Transports. He also works on Entertainment Cars, Character Cars and Mario Kart.
Mario graduated from Woodbury University with a major in Animation. Mario grew up in East Los Angeles. Prior to joining Hot Wheels, Mario was a freelancing graphic designer and Illustrator. He’s done art for T-shirts, original logos, and custom art for tattoos.
Mario’s passion for cars began when he first saw iconic fantasy vehicles like 1989’s Batmobile or the time traveling DeLorean. Vehicles that merged reality with fantasy would always capture his imagination. His love for cars overall is in the artform from concept to final design and craftsmanship. Automotive design that merges both fantasy and functionality always inspire him. He’s a toy and comic book collector as well. Loves attending San Diego Comic Con for all things in Sci-Fi, Comics, and Fantasy.
Phil started working for Mattel about 25 years ago designing such things as the Attack Pack line, deco projects, track sets and working with Bruce Baur on the Silhouette II and Twin Mill II. The first Hot Wheels® model Phil designed was the VW Bus, in 1996. Although he did not design any models for the 1997 line, that year he became one of the main designers for the basic line, designing a number of the 1998 basic cars (most cars are not issued the year they were designed). Currently he is Principle Designer in Hot Wheels Die Cast Design and has done over 200 castings.
Since then Phil has created some of the most popular cars among collectors including the’56 Ford Truck, ’70 Chevelle SS, Fiat 500C, Anglia Panel Truck, ’68 El Camino, ’41 Willys, Mini Cooper, Surfin’ School Bus, La Troca, Ford Thunderbolt, Plymouth GTX, Fright Bike, ’40 Ford Coupe, Rocket Oil Special, Volkswagen New Beetle Cup, Corvette Stingray, Swoop Coupe, Meyers Manx,’69 Dodge Charger, ’68 Chevy Nova, VW Pickup, ’49 Chevy Fleetline, Mustang Funny Car, Hummer H3T, ’69 Pontiac GTO, Karmann Ghia, ’69 Corvette, 2006 Dodge Viper Coupe,’55 Chevy Panel,’70 Dodge Hemi Challenger, ’66 Chevy Nova and the ’66 Batmobile.
Phil’s 2009 designs include the 2010 Ford Mustang GT, ’71 Dodge Demon, ’70 Chevelle SS Wagon, Dune It Up, 2010 Camaro SS, ’70 AAR Barracuda, Jeep C2A, C6 Corvette Convertible and the ’66 Ford Fairlane GT.2010 Castings: Toon’d VW Beetle, Nissan Skyline GTR-R34, 2010 Shelby GT-500, Backslider, ‘62 Ford Mustang Concept, ‘49 Drag Merc, ’71 Maverick Grabber, ’71 Dodge Charger, Blown Delivery, Volkswagen T1 Drag Bus, Ford Focus RS, Citroen C4 Rally
2011 Castings: 2010 Ford Shelby GT-500 Super Snake, ’69 COPO Corvette, Dodge Challenger Drift Car, ’63 Ford Mustang II Concept, ’68 COPO Camaro, ’63 Studebaker Champ, Drag Beetle, ’70 Dodge Power Wagon, ’67 Custom Ford Mustang Coupe.
2012 Castings: Lamborghini Aventador, ’52 Hudson Hornet, Monster Dairy Delivery, Chevrolet SS
2013 Castings: Drag Dairy, Muppets Beaker Character Car, Sponge Bob Hot Rod, ‘68 Barracuda Formula S
2014 Castings: 1974 Brazilian Dodge Charger
2015 Castings: Dodge Charger 500
2016 Castings: Nintendo Bowser Character Car
2018 Castings: ’17 Jeep Wrangler & Electrack, and much more on the way.
Dwayne began his design career with Troy Lee Designs as a designer of motocross protective gear after graduation from Art Center college of design. He then became a senior designer for Mattel, Hot Wheels division and worked on various lines including Acceleracers and Battle Force 5. After several years he started his own design company called Future Elements - High energy art and design- and did work for companies such as Disney Cars property Mattel’s Hot Wheels and Batman properties, Hasbro’s Transformers, Spinmaster, Texaco, Oakley, Warner Bros, Activision, Mazda, Upper Deck, Troy Lee Designs, Flying Lizard race team. During this time, he also created his own brand, Masters of Chicken Scratch where he continued to do Hot Rod Art and self-published 2 books that features himself and several other automotive artists. After a long time away from Mattel he started back in 2019 and is now the Design Manager in Character Cars, and extensions which include Super Rigs and Track N Trucks. He has done several castings since his return and they can all be found below...
1968 Mustang, 2003 First Edition, Tooned; HKS Altezza, 2003 First Edition, Tooned;
’49 Merc, 2004 First Edition, Hardnoze; 1964 Chevy Impala, 2004 First Edition, Tooned; Brick Cutter, 2004 First Edition, Blings: Duplified, 2004 First Edition, Fatbax; Mercy Breaker, 2004 First Edition, Tooned; Sir Ominous, 2004 First Edition, Tooned;
Bully Goat, 2005 First Edition, Realistix; Phastasm, 2005 First Edition, X-Raycers; RD-09, Acceleracers;
Scorcher, 2010 New Models; Buster Tank, Battle Force 5; Chopper, Battle Force 5;
DAVancenator, HW Race Day; FusoinBusta, HW Flames; Beast Man, MOTU Character Car; Chuckie, Rugrats Character Cars; Gudetama, Sanrio Character Cars; Jerry the Mouse, Hanna-Barbera Character Cars; Reptar, Rugrats Character Cars; Sally, Disney Character Cars; Santa Jack, Disney Character Cars; Scooby Doo, Hanna-Barbera Character Cars; Shaggy, Hanna-Barbera Character Cars; Shang-Chi, Marvel Character Cars; The Brow, Space Jam; A New Legacy Character Cars; Tom the Car, Hanna-Barbera Character Cars; Wrecker, Star Wars Character Cars; Winston, Overwatch Character Cars;
America Chavez, Marvel Character Cars; Cinnamoroll, Sanrio Character Cars; Crash Bandicoot, Activision Character Cars; E.T., Universal Character Cars; Giganotosaurus, Jurassic World: Dominion Character Cars; Godzilla, Godzilla Character Cars; Remy, Disney Character Cars; Robin Hood, Disney Character Cars; Selina Kyle, DC Character Cars; The Riddler, DC Character Cars; Ursula, Disney Character Cars; Velociraptor Beta, Jurassic World: Dominion Character Cars; XL-01 Buzz Lightyear, Lightyear Character Cars; Zyclops, Lightyear Character Cars; 1949 VW “Kawa-Bug-A”, RLC Exclusive
Design Director, Die-Cast Vehicles Hot Wheels & Matchbox
Bryan Benedict is the Design Director of Die-Cast Vehicles for the Hot Wheels® and Matchbox® brands. Bryan Benedict’s passion for designing cars began at an early age, as he dreamed about becoming a car designer while in elementary school. Bryan realized that dream after graduating in 1994 with a degree in Transportation Design from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. He spent 10 years in the car industry working with OEMs including Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Ford, GM and Chrysler and many more. Bryan joined Mattel and the ultimate car design team at Hot Wheels in 2004, with work spanning the brand’s entertainment and innovation efforts as well as Hot Wheels basic cars and adult collector lines. Bryan was part of the development of the Emmy-nominated and Gemini award-winning Hot Wheels animated series Battle Force 5 and has also been the design lead for the Monster Trucks line. More recently, Bryan was the driving force behind the creation of Hot Wheels’ world of licensed entertainment character cars, reimagining pop culture characters as Hot Wheels cars from properties such as DC Comics, Star Wars, Marvel, Disney, Looney Tunes, Minions, Jurassic World, Super Mario, Minecraft and more. He was the creative force behind the full-size, fully functioning Darth Vader car, which was featured on Jay Leno’s Garage.
Bryan now leads an incredible team of designers, overseeing die-cast vehicle design for both the Hot Wheels and Matchbox brands. When not designing little toy cars Bryan can usually be found with his lovely wife and their 5 children, enjoying the beauty of Southern California and all it has to offer.
Kevin joined Mattel in 2019 as a graphic designer on the Hot Wheels® Team working on Premiums, RLC and other special projects.
Kevin grew up in Southern California and during high school he started learning about the car culture by hanging out at car shows and Whittier Boulevard on cruise nights. His design career started with artwork and apparel for automotive aftermarket companies, car magazines and other car show events throughout United States.
“I feel lucky that I grew up in the mid 80’s in Southern California, we had the biggest impact when it comes to style and trend setting for the car culture”.
In 2002 Kevin started working in the die-cast toy industry where he took his passion for car graphics to the next level. He was self-taught throughout his career learning by being hands on, collaborating with artists and constantly following the automotive “trends”.
Being at Mattel and working with the Hot Wheels Team has always been his goal. “I know I am surrounded by the best of the best and I am honored that I am able to learn more and be part of their team”
His first deco design “esheet” was the Initial D AE86 Toyota Tureno that was for Japan only. He has about 200 deco designs under his belt already. He can’t wait for the “Kawa-Bug-A” designed by Dwayne and the 1975 Monte Carlo by Brendon, to drop in RLC. “Those are some great tools and it was so much fun collaborating with Van and being able to express how I wanted the decos to come out”.
When not designing, Kevin enjoys surfing, camping and enjoying his 2017 Tacoma he put together that has been at SEMA, LA Auto show and featured on the cover of Adventure Rig.
Before joining the Mattel Team, Ralph was designing diecast and R/C for various companies.
He joined Mattel in 2013 and began working on Packaging/Graphics for WWE, Disney and BoomCO.
He Joined the Matchbox Team in 2014, and finally making it onto the Hotwheels team in 2016.
His current role on the Hotwheels team as a senior designer has had him working on mainline basics, multipacks and a few secret projects.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Jerry began his career freelancing as a graphic designer in the Action Sports industry in the Southern California area. In 1997, he received a call from an old friend, who was starting up the graphics department at Hot Wheels, asking if he could help with some freelance work on Nascar projects. Over the next four years, Jerry designed graphics on various projects across the Hot Wheels brand and eventually was hired on full time in 2001. In 2005, Jerry eventually took over the graphics responsibility for the Hot Wheels 5 Car Packs and Singles line ($1 cars on the blue cards), which he is still currently in charge of. Some of his favorite real cars are the VW Squareback and his first car, a white ’77 Honda Civic with a trunk. Some of his favorites in Hot Wheels are the Wal-Mart Zamacs collection, Treasure Hunts, and obviously all of the 30 Mini-Collections in Singles.
Jeremy Cox is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design. Upon graduation, he worked in the action sports industry for approximately five years. He then moved on to working in the diecast industry where he worked on various diecast lines for almost 2 years.
In 2007, Jeremy was fortunate enough to obtain a job at Mattel working as a temporary employee on the Matchbox Graphics Design team for over 3 years. He designed graphics for basic cars which included five and ten car packs. He also worked on Skybusters and many various other products for Matchbox. In 2010, Jeremy was hired on to become a permanent employee for Mattel. Although he enjoyed working with the Matchbox team, in 2012 he made the decision to transition over to Hot Wheels where he works today. Since joining the Hot Wheels team, Jeremy has worked on many products in the year 2011. These include Dale Earnhardt Jr. (all vehicles), Drag Racers (Mad Fast, Fright Bike, 40 Ford Pickup), Video Game Heroes (Circle Tracker), and HW City Works (Skyknife).
In 2012, Jeremy worked on the Dare Devil and Demolition Derby 5 packs, all code car vehicles, and various other product lines such as HW Hometown (2010 Ford Mustang GT). He also created the graphics for the real life Hot Wheels vehicles that did the Double Dare Loop at the 2013 X-Games.
In 2013, Jeremy worked on all the Team Hot Wheels deco and real full-scale vehicle graphics for the 2013 Hot Wheels World’s Best Driver Movie. He also created deco for Monster Jam, Color Shifters, Spin Shots, Trackin Trucks, and various other entertainment properties such as Power Rangers, Sponge Bob, as well as, the 1:64th performance vehicles and several basic cars and 5 packs.
Since 2013, character cars have become a huge part of Jeremy’s day-to-day design work. He manages and designs all the graphics for every single character car that hits the shelves. These brands include, but not limited to, Marvel, Star Wars, DC Universe, Nintendo and Nickelodeon. In 2015, Jeremy began to manage and design all of the Star Wars Star Ships as well. Jeremy also continues to work on Rigs, Colorshifters, mainline basic cars, Hot Wheels Monster Trucks and many other lines that come out of Hot Wheels.
In 2018, Mattel started a new Monster Truck line called Hot Wheels Monster Trucks. Jeremy is the lead designer and dreative director on this new amazing product. Some of the trucks that he has designed include: The toxic mini collection, the demo derby mini collection, Gunkster, WWE trucks and Bigfoot just to name a few.
Mattel Launched a new Skateboard line in 2022, partnering with Tony Hawk. The line is called Hot Wheels Skate. Jeremy is the lead designer and creative director of this fun new energetic line of fingerboards.
Graduated from Otis Collage of Art and Design with a degree in Toy Design, Manson’s career started at Mattel in the spring 2000, in the Games and Puzzles Group. In 2001, he transferred to Hot Wheels Innovation Group, and finally landing in the Sculpting Department in 2003.
As a 3D Modeler and Sculptor, Manson has a unique job at Mattel, he takes the two-dimensional design sketches from the Hot Wheels® Design team and translates it into 3D. In the past, he had sculpted cars by hand, he now uses a computer modeling program to make 3D models of new designs. For over 15 years, he has worked on over 850 castings for Hot Wheels® and Matchbox®.
In addition to modeling the cars, Manson has also designed over 40 cars for Hot Wheels® in the Basic Mainline and Premium Collector Lines. These include all the Back to the Future™ Time Machines, various Batman™ vehicles, A Team™ Van, Mystery Machine™, all the Ghostbusters™ Ecto cars, The Simpsons™ cars, Snoopy™, ThunderCats™, Disney Steamboat, X-Jet and others. Basically, reliving his childhood, one project at a time.
His first Hot Wheels design was the 1981 DeLorean DMC-12. Fun fact: Manson also drives 1981 DeLorean DMC-12, he is well known in the DeLorean Community…because of his work in Hot Wheels.
Many of the Hot Wheels San Diego Comic Con Exclusives were designed and/or sculpted by Manson. He also designed many of the Hot Wheels Elite Cult Classics Line, bringing his passion for entertainment vehicles to a larger scale at 1/50, 1/43, and 1/18. His projects included vehicles from Back to the Future™, Ghostbusters™, A Team™, Flintstones™, Scooby Doo™, Batman™, James Bond™, and other entertainment brands.
Manson’s most recent designs taps into his love of aviation and horology, the Grumman F-14 Tomcat and the Mercedes Benz 300 SL. Combing his passion for watches, he worked with IWC Schaffhausen to create retail and exclusive versions of the gull-winged sportscar, as well as the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “IWC x Hot Wheels™ Racing Works” project.
In his forty years as Mattel's principal designer of Hot Wheels® vehicles, Larry Wood saw more of his designs produced than any other automobile designer in the world.
Larry graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and headed for Detroit where he worked for the Ford Design Center on the GT 40 project and the '69 Mustang. After the first snow, Larry decided a warmer climate was more to his liking and headed back to Los Angeles. There he signed on with Lockheed, designing aircraft interiors. “The great events of my life have always happened at parties.” Larry has said. It was at a party that Howard Rees (the principal Hot Wheels® designer in '69) told Larry that he was tired of designing toy cars and wanted to move to space toys. Howard promised Larry that he would mention him for the job he was vacating. The rest, as they say, is Hot Wheels® history.
Larry's first design for Mattel was the Tri Baby/Buzz Off. He continued to work on many of the models from 1970 through 1974 and almost all of the vehicles from 1975 through the eighties.
Two of Larry's favorite Hot Wheels® cars are the Passion and the "Elwoody" ('50 Buick) in 1/64th scale, but over the last few years he has been working with the collectible line and has a new favorite, the 1/24thscale '49 Merc. Larry now spends his days working on the detailing involved with the collector-lines. Cars he designed include the Tri-Baby, Bugeye, Bye-Focal, Classic Cord, Grass Hopper, The Hood, Jet Threat, Mutt Mobile, Olds 442, Special Delivery, Strip Teaser, T-4-2, Street Rodder, '31 Doozie, Super Van, Ramblin' Wrecker, Vega Bomb, Neet Streeter, '56 Hi-Tail hauler, '57 Chevy, GMC Motor Home, '57 T-Bird, A-OK, 3-Window '34, '40s Woodie, Greyhound MC-8, Old Number 5, Classic Cobra, ’65 Mustang Convertible, '32 Ford Delivery, Propper Chopper and the '56 Flashsider. Some of the cars Larry designed for the collectible line include 1949 Mercury, Dodge Viper GTS, '38 Ford C.O.E., '59 Woodie, '69 Riviera Chevrolet, '53 Bel Air, Chevelle, Olds 442 and the Plymouth Hemi GTX. He also did the HWC Mobil Oil series and both the Preferred line and the Collectible line singles for 2002 and 2003, Classics, Street Show, RLC & the Ultra Hots line.
Lately Larry has designed the Bone Shaker, ’66 Batmobile, Straight Pipes, Corvette Grand Sport, H2GO, Tri Baby Too, A-OK, ’29 Pickup, Cadillac Pickup, ’41 Willys, Haul of Flame (the Hot Wheels® shuttle) , the Blown Delivery and all the Larry’s Garage cars
Mike McClone studied fine arts at the Art Institute of Chicago and digital design at Columbia College Chicago. He worked in Chicago as a freelance designer doing web illustration and a short stint designing stained glass before moving to California in 1999. In June of 2000 he joined the Hot Wheels® graphics team as a pre-production artist, as well as designing tampo for some of the 2001 basic line. In the last ten years Mike has worked on basics, adult collector (64th & 18th scale), trend, track sets, play sets, RLC cars, Moto X, and many other customized lines. Mike created the tampo for many of the cars from 2002 through 2012. Since there are too many to list, we only listed the vehicles from 2005 through 2009.
For 2005, Mike created the tampo for the '67 Camaro (Treasure Hunt), Rodger Dodger (Treasure Hunt), '67 Pontiac GTO (Treasure Hunt), '59 Caddy, '69 Dodge Charger (G Machines), Two 2 Go (Wastelanders), Vulture Roadster, Plymouth GTX (G Machines) and the '70 Roadrunner (G Machines) and for 2006, the'50 Chevy Truck (Convention), CUL8R (Treasure Hunt) and the Asphalt Assault (Treasure Hunt)
In 2007 Mike decorated the Beach Bomb Too (convention charity car), Bone Shaker (convention car), ’55 Chevy Panel (Since ’68), Custom Beetle (Since ’68), Dairy Delivery, ’56 Ford Truck, ’52 Chevy Truck, ’56 Flashsider, ’41 Willys (Hot Wheels® Racing Team), Mitsubishi Eclipse (Ragtops & Roadsters), Rivited (Track Stars), ’69 Chevy Custom (Treasure Hunt), Hammer Sled (Treasure Hunt), Nissan Skyline (Treasure Hunt, 1:50 ’68 Mustang (NY Toy Fair), Phastasm (Fright Cars), ’57 Buick (Ultra Hots), ’70 Chevelle (G Machines), ’67 GTO (Flashbacks) and the ’67 GTO (G Machines).
Cars Mike created the tampo for in 2008 include the ’55 Chevy Panel (Chicago Nationals), ’70 Chevy, Camaro (Chicago Nationals), Gangster Grin (Chicago Nationals), ’64 Riviera (Treasure Hunt), ’70 Roadrunner (Treasure Hunt) and the Qombee (Treasure Hunt).
New cars for 2009 include: Connect Cars '62 Chevy, Dodge Dart, '70 Cuda, '67 GTO, '65 GTO, & Whip Creamer II. Dragstrip Demons Crazy Horse '71 Mustang Funny Car (& full size car!). In 1:50 scale: '57 Bel Air, '49 Merc, & '41 Willys, Nationals '69 Chevelle SS 396, '69 Camaro & '55 Chevy Panel. Faster Than Ever Straight Pipes, HW Racing Chevroletor, HW City Works Hiway Hauler, HW Special Feature Ground FX, Muscle Mania Superbee, Rebel Rides '32 Vicky & Dixie Challenger, Treasure Hunt '55 Chevy and '34 Ford Sedan Delivery.
Beginning in 2009, Mike has been responsible for all of the Customized Seasonal lines for Walmart, Target, Kroger, and Toys R Us, as well as the Thrill Racers segments for Mainline Basic. He also manages deco for all Rapid Transit, Walmart Decades, 20-For-1 Promo cars, Variety Vehicles, Mystery Foil Packs, and Hot Wheels R/C vehicles. Starting with the 2013 line, he is also responsible for 5 Car Packs in the Basics line, and the new Hot Wheels Ballistics assortment.
Born and raised in Zambia, Africa. After 19 years growing up there, he has spent the past 14 years in the U.S.A. Sonny studied transportation design at Art Center College of Design, spent a few months of internship at both Honda R&D and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles designing interiors, then went on to spend several years at DreamWorks designing many of the vehicles for the Fast and Furious Animated TV series. At the same time he was at DreamWorks, He was designing motorcycle components for Piaggio Advanced Design Center, for brands such as Aprilia and Moto Guzzi. Since then he has spent a year and a half at Mattel, where he has designed almost 40 castings of mainline cars, character cars and trucks for the Hot Wheels brand.
Hot Wheels castings to date include:
Glory Chaser, Count Muscula, Clip Coupe, Lolux, Layin’ Lowrider, and many licensed car and motorcycle castings which have not yet been released!
Charlie is a Peruvian-American Car Designer who started working for Hot Wheels in 2018. Prior to his work at Mattel, Charlie attended Art Center College of Design and was also a transportation designer for Czinger Vehicles. Charlie mainly works on the entertainment side of Hot Wheels for Character Cars. Some of his popular designs for Hot Wheels have been Donut Drifter, Wall-e, The Batman, HW KITT Concept, and The Child. He has a Youtube channel where he teaches how to render and design cars and also does B-roll films of car events he goes to. He is also known to have gone under the Internet handle of "unconventional__design".
Bob Rosas - Engineer
It was 1968 and Hot Wheels ® were the hottest new toys for boys. Mattel used all its resources for design, engineering, and tooling and was looking every where especially in the southern California area for vendors and contract people to help them. Why vendors and contract engineers, designer’s etc? Because they just did not have the staff for all the help they needed.
At the time Bob was doing contract engineering on tooling. The company he was working for was one of several that got contracts from Mattel to design the molds for toys and especially Hot Wheels. He didn’t think much of it at the time but there he was designing a multi-cavity tool for Classic 32 Ford Vicky toy number 6250. This was the first of about 24 different ones that he worked on. He was working in Fullerton Ca and would go into Mattel in Hawthorne Ca once a week to get approval on the drawings. He was asked to join one of the Mattel Subseries called Optigan and not too long after that he was hired to work at Mattel in Hawthorne. He started out working tooling and then engineering and design for Barbie accessories, preschool toys and Big Jim before he was assigned to the Hot Wheels group. Bob’s first car he worked on was the Baja Bruiser whose concept was by Larry Wood. He continued working on the designs for hundreds of cars over the years. Eventually he managed the design and engineering group for Hot Wheels and directed many people on cars and sets until he left Mattel in 1989. His group also did Masters of the Universe and Wheeled Warriors.
During those years some his biggest endeavors were his involvement in the beginnings of the tampo printing process. Some of the other projects were Sizzlers, Thunders hift 500, Machine Paks, Thrill Drivers Corkscrew, Mean Machines (motorcycles), The collectors patch series, The Heroes, Scene Machines, Spiderman’s “Web of Terror”, Scorchers, The collector books from 1981 and 1982, Steering rigs, Steering rig cabs, Sto and Go’s, Mega Force, Truck Company, Shift Kickers, Power Devils, Ultra Hots. Real Riders, Metal flake paints, Crack-Ups, Zap ‘N Go, XV Racers and many others.
Larry Wood and Bob Rosas worked together for many years and one of their personal projects was to promote the idea that we should make cars that appealed to an ever-growing collector market. We became aware of the interest in collecting Hot Wheels by grown men and women probably as far back as the late 70’s. As a result of this he encouraged Mattel make more classic cars and the cars with the “real rider” tires.
Bob has BS degrees in Engineering and Industrial Design from Cal State University Long Beach California
Brendon joined Mattel, Inc. in 2007, and began working on the Hot Wheels Track & Play Sets team. He developed the 2009, 2010, and 2011 Trick Tracks product lines, as well as the 4-Lane Elimination Race and Super 6-Lane Raceway sets. From that he was the lead designer on Monster Jam for two years developing items like the “Then & Now” series, the “Mighty Minis” line, as well as numerous 1:64, 1:43, and 1:24 scale replica Monster Jam trucks and play sets..
Brendon got his start on designing 1:64 Hot Wheels cars for the 2010 Model year with the 1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 and the 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396. Additional designs include the 1972 Ford Torino Gran Sport, 1969 Shelby Mustang GT500, 1965 Mercury Comet Cyclone, 1967 Olds 442, 1967 Ford Bronco, 1970 Chevy Blazer, 1970 Dodge Charger R/T, 2011 Dodge Charger R/T, 1964 Chevrolet Chevelle SS, 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, 1973 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am SD455, 1981 Chevrolet Camaro, K.I.T.T., 1985 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z, 1984 Hurst/ Olds, Subaru B.R.A.T., 1970 AMC Rebel Machine, Highway Hauler 2, 1955 Chevy Gasser, 1971 Plymouth Satellite, 1958 Plymouth Belvedere, 1976 Chevrolet Chevette, 1988 Jeep Wagoneer, 1980 Dodge Power Wagon, 2014 C.O.P.O. Camaro, K.I.T.T. Super Pursuit Mode, Mountain Mauler, Corvette Grand Sport Roadster, Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, Furious 7 Off Road Charger, 2016 Camaro SS, Gotta Go, 2017 ZL1 Camaro, Fate of the Furious Ice Charger, Custom 1967 Pontiac Firebird (a replica of Brendon’s own car), 2017 Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Camaro SS, 1955 Chevy Nomad (retool), 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon, 1987 Dodge D-100, 2018 Ford Mustang GT, as well as finished up the retooling of the original sixteen Hot Wheels from 1968, the soon to be released Hi-Po Hauler and Ford F-150 Raptor in RLC. In other scales, the Elite K.I.T.T., K.A.R.R., Herbie The Love Bug, and The Fast and the Furious Dodge Charger in both 1:18 and 1:43 scales. And, more cars to come in 2019!
Currently, Brendon is the lead designer for HWC/RLC diecast and Monster Trucks diecast vehicles.
Outside of work, Brendon has been collecting Hot Wheels and other vehicle related toys since the early 1990's and has been designing vehicle toys throughout his career. When he's not at work he is likely working on his own project cars (a 1967 Pontiac Firebird and a 1955 Chevy Gasser), helping others with their cars or at some car related event.
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