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Alton Takeyasu - BIO BELOW
Brendon Vetuskey - BIO BELOW
Bryan Benedict - BIO BELOW
Larry Wood - BIO BELOW
Howard Rees - BIO BELOW
Chris Colangelo - BIO BELOW
Phil Riehlman - BIO BELOW
Ron Wong - BIO BELOW
Mark Jones - BIO BELOW
Mario Godoy - NO BIO
Lindsey Lee - BIO BELOW
Jeremy Cox - BIO BELOW
Tyler Charest - BIO BELOW
Mike McClone - BIO BELOW
Jerry Thienprasiddhi - BIO BELOW
Bob Rosas - BIO BELOW
Manson Cheung - BIO BELOW
Steve Vandervate - BIO BELOW
Julian Koiles - BIO BELOW Eric Han - BIO BELOW Kevin Cao - BIO BELOW
Dima Shakhmatov - BIO BELOW Chris Walker - BIO BELOW
Mike Zarnock - BIO BELOW
Leeway Chang - BIO BELOW
Ralph Benitez - BIO BELOW
Ryu Asada - BIO BELOW
As far back as Howard can remember, he was always drawing airplanes, cars, cartoon characters, etc. With this love for drawing, he decided to go to Art Center College of Design where he graduated in 1962. While going to college, he worked part time for Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, replacing Ed Newton. After college he got a job designing at the Ford Design Center in Dearborn, MI. Some of the cars he worked on were Mustangs and the Ford J-Car. While on vacation in California he was driving past Mattel where he decided to stop and visit a friend who was working there. It just happened that Ira Gilford, the Hot Wheels® designer at that time, had quit that very day and Howard was offered the job. Since he loved sunny California more than the weather in Detroit, he accepted the job and became the only Hot Wheels® designer at that time. He designed Hot Wheels® cars for the next two years, first finishing some of the models that were partly done by Ira Gilford. Howard is the main reason that Larry Wood started working at Mattel. It seems that Howard and Larry Wood, who he had known from working at Ford, met at a party in 1969. Larry had recently moved to California and was working at Lockheed designing airplane interiors. Howard mentioned that he was working at Mattel designing cars. Larry told Howard that he had always loved drawing cars and was envious of his job at Mattel. Howard had decided that he wanted a change anyway and asked Larry if he wanted to apply for that position because he had been talking about transferring to the Space Toys - Action Figures department. Larry got the position and stayed there forty years. For the next six years Howard worked on action figures and then worked freelance for the next three years. He then moved to Sutter Creek in Northern, CAto devote full time to fine art painting which he continues to do today. He also does workshops on different watercolor painting technique. Although he does all types of painting, his favorites are local gold country landscapes and small town scenes. He sells his original paintings through fine art galleries throughout the west, for anywhere from $2000 to $6000 a piece. All of the cars designed by Howard were originally issued in 1970 or 1971, but some of them were re-issued in later years with either the same name or under a new name. These include the Mantis which in 1973 was changed to Double Vision and in 1984 was changed to Speed Seeker. Also the Demon (Prowler & Li’l Coffin) and the Jack Rabbit Special (Sand Witch) were later changed. Cars that Howard customized and re-proportioned include the Carabo (show car), Demon (show car originally done by Darryl Starbird), Classic Nomad, Porsche 917 and the Spoilers series which he did with Ira Gilford (Light My Firebird, King Kuda, Boss Hoss, TNT-Bird and Heavy Chevy) Some of the concept cars that Howard designed include the Mighty Maverick, Mod Quad, Peeping Bomb, Seasider, Cockney Cab, Noodle Head, Short Order, Jack Rabbit Special and the Mantis which was done with Ira Gilford. While at Mattel, Howard also designed other items including label sheets (decals), some Sizzlers® cars (Anteater, Live Wire and Side Burn), and sets (Road Sprint set). Howard’s wife Janey runs his Art Workshops fulltime. He has three kids; Damon, a wild life artist in Utah; his daughter, Shauna, a housewife with six kids and his youngest, Ryan, works for Wells Fargo Bank in Glendale, AZ.
Chris Colangelo graduated from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology in 2006 with an Associate’s Degree in Illustration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Toy Design. He interned at Fisher Price Friends in New York City and worked for several other companies,including Crayola and Jakks Pacific, before finding his way back to Mattel in 2013.
Chris got his start on the Hot Wheels Innovation team and transitioned over to the Entertainment Track and Playset Team in 2014 where he has been since then. He has designed playsets and feature vehicles for all of the major licenses including Star Wars, Marvel, DC Comics and Hot Wheels Monster Trucks. Chris is currently the Key Lead Designer for all things Mariokart and Design Team Lead for the Hot Wheels Entertainment Track and Playset Team. Besides playsets, Chris has also dabbled in diecast design:
- All Star Wars Diecast replica Starships 2014 – present
- Hot Wheels Elite
o DC Arkham Knight Batmobile
o Star Wars classic X-Wing
o Star Wars classic TIE Fighter
o Star Wars Millennium Falcon
o Star Wars EP 7 Resistance X-Wing
o Star Wars EP 7 First Order TIE Fighter
- Star Wars Bossk Character Car
- Star Wars Ahsoka Tano Character Car
- All Star Wars Diecast Battle Rollers
- All Mariokart Diecast Karts
- How Wheels Comic Con exclusives
o 2017 - Star Wars Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer
o 2018 - Marvel Thanos Copter, DC Super Man Action Comics 1, Star Wars Porg Battle Roller
o 2019 – Marvel Spider Machine GP-7, DC Burton Batmobile with shields, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Party Van, Mariokart Gold and Silver Mario with Glider
Chris is a huge fan of pop culture including movies, TV, Anime, Video Games, comics and sneakers. He collects toys and Comic Books and one of his prized possessions is his Hot Toys Iron Man Hulkbuster.
His passion for designing cars began at an early age, while growing up on a dairy farm in California’s Central Valley. As a boy, he dreamed about becoming a car designer. 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 many different car companies, including Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Ford, GM, Chrysler, and many more. He even provided design services to a few Chinese car companies, before making the jump to little cars.
Bryan joined Mattel and the ultimate car design team at Hot Wheels® in 2004. He has worked on everything from the brand’s entertainment and innovation efforts to 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, andhas also been the design lead for the Monster Jam® truck line. More recently, Bryan is focusing on licensed entertainment character cars for Hot Wheels®, featuring characters from popular movies, television shows, comics, and video games reimagined as Hot Wheels® cars. This ever-expanding world of popular characters started with Toy Story, and has included properties such as DC Comics, Star Wars, Marvel, Looney Tunes, Minions, Jurassic World, Super Mario, Minecraft and many others. Most recently, Hot Wheels® announced the addition of the broader portfolio of Disney/Pixar characters, and continues to add more exciting new licenses all the time under Bryan’s leadership. He was the creative force behind the full-size, fully-functioning Darth Vader car, which was featured on Jay Leno’s Garage.
Other Hot Wheels® designs by Bryan that have appeared in the basic car line include the Ford GTX-1, Madfast™ dragster, El Superfasto™ luchador car, Howlin’ Heat™ wolf car, Mad Splash™ drag boat (which is the first track performance boat ever created for Hot Wheels®), Knight Draggin™ creature car, Power Surge™ electric-powered supercar, and The Embosser™ transporter truck with an embossing feature. Some of Bryan’s designs seen in the premium line include the 2014 Custom Mustang, Koenigsegg Agera R, ’67 Plymouth Belvedere GTX from Tommy Boy, and the Zoolander Bronco, among others.
When not designing Hot Wheels® 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.
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 5-Packs and Blind packs vehicle decorations and also contributes to the mainline Basics as well.
’55 Corvette, Maximum Leeway, Time Tracker, Dune Crusher, Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, Lamborghini Huracan and Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo.
Vehicle Decos: (Partial list)
2018: ’15 Mazda Miata, ’71 Porsche 911, 95 Mazda RX-7, ’96 Nissan 180SX, Chevroletor, Custom Datsun 240z, Morris Mini, Tesla Model X,Volkswagen Kafer Racer, Porsche 934.5 ($TH) and Nightmare Before Christmas seasonal assortment.
2010: Datsun Bluebird 510, ’56 Flashsider, Toyota Offroad Truck, Demo Derby (5 Pack) and Rock & Roll (5 Pack).
Alton got his start in 1982 with a BA in Illustration from Ventura College in Ventura, CA and a BS in 1984 in Transportation Design, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
Alton started out with another toy Company; from 1984 to 1991, where he worked as a Staff Designer for Kenner Toys in Cincinnati, OH.
He started his career with Mattel in 1991 and was responsible for all action figure and licensed entertainment-based properties and internally developed intellectual properties including Superman Returns, Toy Story, Bugs Life, Pixar Cars, Harry Potter, Sponge Bob, Max Steel creation team, He-man, NBA, Street Sharks, Rock'em Sock'em, Ghostbusters, Star Wars, Robocop, MASK, Batman, Justice League. Starting in 2006 he became the Senior Director for Mattel Toys Wheels Design, he worked as the Chief Creative Mattel Hot Wheels for Real exhibit at Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Hot Wheels full-size concept car designs: HWTF El Camino, HWTF Double Loop Cars, HWTF Barrel Roll Buggy; Chief Creative: Hot Wheels for Real Double Loop Dare 2012 X Games World Record, Hot Wheels for Real Indy Jump World Record 2011; Hot Wheels Apptivity Apple App and toy, Hot Wheels Test Facility Chief Creative for design and content, Hot Wheels Maniacs, Speed Racer Movie, Hot Wheels Battle Force 5 animated series. Beginning this year, he is the Key Principal Designer for the Hot Wheels brand.
From 2003 to Present- he has been a part-time Instructor at Otis College of Art and Design, Mattel-sponsored Toy, Action Figure and Vehicle projects instructor and Independent Instructor for Action Figure and Vehicle Design classes.
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.
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.
Tyler was an intern at Mattel on the Hot Wheels team in the summer of 2014 and graduated from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan, later that year. After interning at Toyota Boshoku in early 2015, he rejoined the Hot Wheels Team.
Prior to his college experience, Tyler apprenticed at a hot rod shop in upstate New York, where he learned the basics of fabrication and custom paint. Tyler then transitioned into automotive sales, where he was introduced to the rapidly changing automotive industry. During this period, he also operated a small custom paint business with a childhood friend.
Now, with Hot Wheels, Tyler works on many of the die-cast lines, including Hot Wheels basics and character cars. Tyler designs for the Monster Jam product line as well.
Some of Tyler’s favorite creations are Antman, Red Skull, The Riddler, Green Arrow, The Joker, Turbot and Tour de Fast.
Lindsey is a die-cast car designer. She has recently joined the Hot Wheels die-cast design team again after working in Hong Kong Hot Wheels office. She still supported and designed some character cars while she was away in Hong Kong for a year and half.
She initially joined the company in early 2016. It was her very first job after graduating from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California in the summer of 2015. She majored in Transportation Design at the college and interned at the Nissan headquarter studio in Tokyo, Japan in the winter of 2014. During her stay in Hong Kong, she worked on some Hot Wheels AI car designs and supported plastics / innovation design team as well as working on die-cast designs in different scale.
Lindsey was not a car enthusiast from very early ages like many car people are, but her cumulative experiences of cars, arts and design has carried her through the path of becoming a passionate vehicle designer. Her obsessions of aesthetically pleasing objects as well as high performance machines are her inspirations while designing the vehicles.
When she’s not in El Segundo for workdays, Lindsey usually stays at home near downtown LA, spending time sleeping and watching movies. She only goes outside for good desserts.
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.
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.
Steve Vandervate started at Hot Wheels in 2003 after a 15 year run in the sign and commercial art field and focusses primarily on art direction and decoration of Premium die cast (anything over $2 retail), as well as Red Line Club, events and conventions, Mail In and Promo, Toy Fair, and Lifestyle Partners product.
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.
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.
Things-on-wheels enthusiast and an explorer, Eric Han Graduated from College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI, with majors in Transportation/ Product design. He was a design intern at Hot Wheels Track and Playsets team during summer of 2011, after graduation he became a member of product design firm in Holland, MI specializes in design strategy and innovations. He then moved on to join Fisher-Price in East Aurora, NY designing many new and exciting toys for infant and preschool team for 3 years. Few of the popular items Eric designed are the Bubble-mower, Laugh n Learn scooter, and Medical kit. He returned to Hot Wheels as one of the newest member on Track and Playsets team in 2015. As a huge fan of Diecast design, very first cars he worked on was “2015 Ford Mustang GT Convertible” and a Marvel ‘Yondu’ Character car. He is looking forward for more opportunities designing 1:64th cars as well as multiple lines in Track and playsets at Hot Wheels. Aside from HW’s, he has a Havanese named Cooper, food hunter, appears in koreatown often on weekends.
Dmitriy joined the team in early 2015. He is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design and has been a freelance designer in Transportation, Entertainment and Industrial design fields. His work can be seen on TV, in the air and the sea, and in some mansions around LA. Before joining the Hot Wheels team, he was a co-founder in an electric car startup. Outside of work he juggles multiple roles: a husband, a father, a furniture designer and a mechanic for his vintage 911.
His favorite Hot Wheels projects include:
2016 SDCC X-wing Carship
2015 SDCC Batman vs Superman Twin Mill
2017 Line of the SW Carships
2017 Aristo Rat
More under development, so please stay tuned…
Started in Hot Wheels as an intern in his senior year at ArtCenter college of design. After graduating with a degree in Industrial Design, he was hired into Hot Wheels design team. He’s been with the group for 8 years and has been his first job coming out of school. Kevin is part of the Hot Wheels Innovation team that designs product for the brand that is not a diecast car or track sets, product like “Ballistiks” “ Battle Force 5” and “HotWheels StreetHawk.” As a huge fan of cars and design Kevin jumps on every chance he gets to work on a diecast car. He’s first diecast car was done while as an intern in 2007 named “Cloak and Dagger.”
On the side he’s an avid scale model builder in cars, tanks, and robots. Also likes to tinker with RC toys like short course trucks and planes. On the large toy side, he also take it to the canyons with his 2015 Mustang GT.
Some of Kevin’s vehicle he worked on:
-Cloak and Dagger: 2007
-Acura NSX: 2008
-the dark knight bat pod- 2008
-Nissan GT-R: 2009
-5 Alarm -2008
-67 Shelby gt500- 2009
-Yur so fast- 2009
-Ducati 1098- 2009
-Infiniti g37- 2009
-Hyundai Genesis- 2010
-Speed Trap- 2010
-Camaro police car- 2010
-Mini challange- 2010
-Retro Active- 2010
-Ford Falcon super v8 -2011
-Porsche boxster spyder- 2011
-Ferrari 458 spyder- 2011
-Harley Davidson fatboy- 2011
- Mini countryman wrc- 2011
-Spin King -2011 (design By)
-Lotus Evora GT4 -2012
-Ferrari f12 - 2012
-1968 Shelby GT500- 2012
-Feather Lite - 2012
-BSG viper- 2012
-BSG cylone raider- 2012
-Ducati Diavel- 2012
-Swamp Buggy- 2012
-Street Stealth- 2014
-Piranha Terror- 2009
-Skull Crusher- 2009
-Hammer Down- 2009
toy story diecast
- buzz lightyear- 2009
- rex- 2009
- little green men- 2009
As a 3D Modeler and Sculptor, Manson has a unique job at Mattel, as he takes the two-dimensional design sketches from the Hot Wheels® Design team and translates it to a 3D prototype. In the past, he has sculpted cars by hand, he now uses a computer modeling program to make 3D models. He has worked on over 600 cars.
In addition to modeling cars, Manson has also designed about 25 cars for Hot Wheels® in the Basic Mainline and Adult Collector Lines. These include, 1981 DeLorean DMC-12, 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™, and others. 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 cars on a larger scale, including 1/50, 1/43, and 1/18. His projects include vehicles from Back to the Future™, Ghostbusters™, A Team™, Flintstones™, Scooby Doo™, Batman™, James Bond™, and other entertainment brands.
Ron works at Hong Kong Mattel Office as product designer, handling various lines of product, including track and playset, entertainment/licensed product and Hot Wheels innovation design.
In 2014 he joined Mattel as an intern for a summer holiday program, and officially joined Mattel as Product Designer in Hot Wheels team in 2015 after graduating from Hong Kong Design Institute. With a dream of being a car designer and a car enthusiast, he handled serval vehicle-based project such as Spider-Man Vehicle Launcher, Marvel Feature Character Car, Hot Wheels AI line, Stunt SEMI RC truck and die-cast design projects.
His first die-cast car design was the exclusive Spiderweb car in Spider-Man Vehicle Launcher. Later on, he also designed character cars for Star Wars All-Terrain Vehicle series, including Chewbacca, Han Solo, Rey and Kylo Ren. The most recent die-cast design is the exclusive Repulsor Blast Car in Iron Man Vehicle Launcher, which is an aerodynamic focused Hot Wheels car. He always puts track performance at the first place as he believes it is crucial to make a Hot Wheels designated car to work well on track and playset.
He has been a Hot Wheels collector since he was 6 years old, collecting mostly first editions, redlines, blackwalls and hot wheels racing models. His collection is including over 10000 Hot Wheels 1:64 cars, plus 200+ larger scale model cars.
In his spare time, he is a freelance photographer and videographer, mostly doing automotive photography for hobby.”
Born and raised in Osaka, Japan 1978-1997
Univ of Oregon for studying English and Physics. 1997-2000
Art Center College of Design. This is the design school where Phil Riehlman, Mark Jones, Bryan Benedict, Jun Imai, and lots of others went to. 2000-2004
Started my life at Mattel as a Matchbox designer. I have probably designed and worked on about 150+ diecast cars and lots of other things over 8 years of my time with Matchbox team. My 1st Matchbox project was either Hummer H3 or Scion XB. 2004-2012
Joined Hot Wheels team and started to manage basic cars. My very 1st HW car I designed was Gearonimo (2009 new model), but this was when I was still in Matchbox team, but worked as a guest designer. Other works I’ve worked as a guest:
Formula Street (based on one of my school project at Art Center)
HW Jump Truck (both full size and 1/64)
My very 1st HW project as an official HW designer was ‘67 Chevy C10 (2013 new model). I normally work on about 20-30 new models each year so approx. 70 HW cars I’ve worked on so far. 2012 - Present.
“Night Stalker” burst onto the die-cast scene customizing cars for competition. After winning multiple awards, he focused his attention towards high-end custom pieces for celebrities and famous designers with his work appearing in the Hot Wheels exhibit in the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, CA. It was then that he got noticed by a few larger companies and started doing freelance work in packaging and graphics, and event cars for U.S. and International conventions.
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. Approximately 5 years ago, Jeremy was hired on to become a permanent employee for Mattel. Although he enjoyed working with the Matchbox team, he recently 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 Starships and Star Wars Carships as well. Jeremy also continues to work on Rigs, Colorshifters, mainline basic cars, Monster Jam and many other lines that come out of Hot Wheels.
Mark Jones Staff Designer
Hot Wheels Diecast Vehicles @designspeed744
I’ve been drawing for most of my life, but one could say that a Mattel toy, the Vac-U-Form, played arole, in shaping my career path. My Dad showed me how to carve accurate wood bucks of scale racingcars, which I could then mold and turn into slot car bodies using the Vac-U-Form. As I pursued my path through school and college to Car Design, I’ve continued to be inspired by the forms and shapes ofracing cars. After brief stints in full-size automobile design studios I found myself at Mattel and workingon toy cars again. Along the way I’ve dabbled in motorsport. I’ve auto-crossed, raced on the road inMexico, flung a go-kart around a dirt track, fallen off a motorcycle at Willow Springs, slid around a frozenlake in Michigan and participated in driving experiences and schools at Pomona, Laguna Seca, Riverside and Irwindale. Most recently, for my 30th Anniversary of Mattel employment, the Hot Wheels
design team gifted me with a Porsche Driving Experience which was great fun. I’ve concluded that I’mmore of a motorsports fan, than a dyed-in-the-wool racer.
Here is a list of the Hot Wheels that I have designed:
Michael Zarnock is an American author and columnist, who writes collector guides and articles about Mattel “Hot Wheels®” toy cars and accessories.
Michael’s knowledge along with his massive Hot Wheels collection has earned him notoriety around the world. Whether it be because of the 14 books he has written on the subject, the numerous chapters in other books and countless magazine articles that he has written about Hot Wheels toys or just the sheer size and diversity of his die cast vehicle collection, this extensive knowledge has earned him the label, “One of the worlds leading Hot Wheels Historians.”
Did you know?
Michael’s collection has earned him 2 Guinness World Records!
First in 2003 and then again in 2007!
He is in the record books for the “Largest collection of different model cars”.
He is featured in the 2008 “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!” book #5 “Prepare To Be Shocked!” And in the 2011 “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!” book “Utterly Crazy!”
February 2009 Michael was inducted into the “Diecast Hall Of Fame” as a Hot Wheels Historian and later that year Mattel Hot Wheels® honored Michael by reproducing his old Altered Roadster Race Car as part of their Nostalgic “Drag Strip Demons ®” Series!
Michael was born April 21, 1958 in Utica, New York into a working class family. As with most young men of that era, he grew up with aspirations of getting married and working with his dad in their family Body Shop repairing cars. But, as we all know, things change. His parents divorced in 1974 and his dad moved to Florida. Michael stayed in Utica with his mom and attended local schools while working as an Auto Mechanic at “Nichols Department Store”. Though he was able to graduate high school after the 10th grade, he continued to attend with two classes his 11th year and one in his 12th year allowing him the opportunity to work full time since the 11th grade. “My classmates thought it was pretty weird that I would come to school every day wearing a blue work shirt that had “Mike” on it. They didn’t understand that I worked 45 hours a week while I still attended High School. They were all playing sports and hanging out while I was turning wrenches and fixing their parent’s cars.” He graduated from John F. Kennedy High School, Utica, New York in 1976.
Some of Michael’s other accomplishments over the years include racing Moto Cross as a teenager to building and driving many Drag Race and Show Cars. Some of which ended up being Street Racers for other people. Michael has many stories about those Street Racing days including the time he was kidnapped for not giving up the money. That story made its way across the country to Hollywood where he was asked to write a screenplay about it for Actor/Producer Christopher Titus. He has also rewritten that script to be published as a novel titled as “Once Upon A Street Race”.
Michael has had a passion for Hot Wheels toy cars and their accessories ever since their release in 1968 when he was 10 years old and has collected them whenever he could find them. It’s come to be that Michael has spent so much time and effort on his collection that he’s become one of the world’s most respected Historians on Hot Wheels and their variations. So much so, that it prompted him to write a best selling Collector Guide called “The Ultimate Guide to Hot Wheels Variations”, first published in 2002 by Krause Publications. That book sold out almost instantly and went into a second printing in less than a year after its release. Since then Michael has written 13 more books, was under contract with “Toy Cars & Models Magazine” for 6 years where he wrote a monthly Hot Wheels column and price guide, written numerous chapters in many other die cast books and countless articles for magazines such as “The Car Room” and “Die Cast X ”. He is currently Senior Contributing Editor at “Die Cast X Magazine” where he has had his Hot Wheels column since 2011.
Michael also provides Hot Wheels Collection Appraisal services for Insurance Riders, Insurance Claims, Ebay Fraud Claims, US Postal Damage Claims and Court Cases including Estate and Divorce Settlements, including services to authenticate or disprove fraudulent Hot Wheels product including issuing Certificates of Authenticity when needed.
Michael makes his home in the small upstate New York town of Deerfield with his wife Tina along with his youngest son Cody and his wife Joanna. His oldest son Christopher makes his home in Conway, South Carolina and is an avid Hot Wheels collector himself.
Michael makes appearances at Schools, Conventions, Toy Shows and Hot Wheels Club functions across the United States and Canada. You never know where you’ll find him. He been featured in many Television shows about collecting, been featured in many magazines and he’s even made a few appearances in the movies.
He made his screen debut playing “Artie, the sleazy comic book publisher”, in the “Catch Your Breath Productions” film “Detour”. He returned to take on the role of “Freddy Grecko, talk show host extraordinaire” in “The Death of Daniel Whately” andalso played “Chester Greenfield II,” the wealthy father of the main character in the movie “Anchor Eddy’s”.
For more information about Michael Zarnock, his latest books and appearances go to his official website www.MikeZarnock.com
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