Tag: Jun Imai Designs

Jun Imai studied at Art Center College of Design before joining Hot Wheels in 2004. From 2004, until he left Mattel in 2018, he has designed hundreds of cars for the diecast lines.
In 2012, he left diecast to lead HW Innovation and RC Design, and returned in summer 2014 as Manager of HW Diecast Design.
A few of his favorite designs include: Mad Manga, Nissan Skyline GT-X “Hakosuka”, Nissan Skyline 2000GTR “Kenmeri”, Datsun 510, ’71 Datsun Bluebird Wagon, Mazda RX-7, Toyota 2000GT, Datsun 620, BMW 2002, ’66 Dodge A100, ’69 Mustang Boss 302, ’77 Pontiac Firebird T/A, ’83 Chevy Silverado, Porsche 935/78, Porsche 911 (993) GT2, Driftsta, Datsun Fairlady 2000, Custom Datsun 240Z “Fugu Z”.
Aside from HW’s, he enjoys spending time with his family, running 5K’s, skateboarding, and tearing up L.A. streets with his modified Datsun 510 Wagon, 260ZG, and Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2.

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Happy 510 Day! Let’s talk Datsun Bluebird 510…

If there was ever a Cinderella of a Hot Wheels casting, it would be the #Datsun Bluebird 510. Designed by former Hot Wheels Designer, Jun Imai, the 510 made its debut in the mainline as part of the 2009 New Models. Its initial three colorways (blue, black, and […]

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RLC sELECTIONs: CUSTOM ’72 DATSUN 240Z

The evolution of the Red Line Club continues with another casting getting the #Opening Feature treatment: the #Custom ’72 Datsun 240Z. If you recall, this casting made its debut just two years ago in the mainline as part of the 2017 Factory Fresh series. The FuguZ was tied […]

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Speed Blur: ’92 FORD MUSTANG

The #2019 Hot Wheels #Speed Blur #’92 Mustang Super #Treasure Hunt seems like its been a long time coming. Why, you ask? Well, we will get to that in just a moment. First, I wanted to address the new #Spectraflame Paint that has been used on the 2019 […]

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Volkswagen Series: VOLKSWAGEN T2 PICKUP

My must-have Super #Treasure Hunt of 2019 is here thanks to my friend, Tim (@tandphwguide on IG). Tim has been my “super savior” as of late, as I have been coming up short. Recently I’ve dedicated more time into this site, so Tim’s efforts (and kindness) are much […]

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Night Burnerz: DATSUN BLUEBIRD 510

2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the #Datsun Bluebird 510 casting. Back in 2009, I don’t think even the savviest of #JDM enthusiasts could have predicted the meteoric rise of the #510 in the Hot Wheels collecting world. Now, its seemingly an event every time one is released, […]