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.

Orange Track Diecast

Mystery Models: MAZDA FURAI

Ever think that a Hot Wheels casting was discontinued, only to have it show up again? I was under the impression that the #Mazda Furai had been discontinued. I’m not 100% sure why, but I seem to recall it was surrounded by a social media rumor that was started when the […]

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2017 Collector Edition: DATSUN BLUEBIRD 510

In what can pretty much be called the most successful #Mail-In in Hot Wheels history, the #Datsun Bluebird 510 had some collectors buying mainline cars by the thousands. Since this #2017 Collector Edition was revealed, collectors had been eagerly awaiting the promotional period that started on February 12, […]

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2011 New Models: NISSAN SKYLINE H/T 2000GT-X

Ah yes, the Hakosuka… wait?!?!? …What did I just say? Let me backup a little… Chances are, if you’ve been involved in collecting modern Hot Wheels as of late you’ve noticed the influx of Japanese Domestic Market vehicles. These #JDM vehicles are especially popular on all the social media sites […]

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Red Edition: ’77 PONTIAC FIREBIRD

Hot Wheels store exclusives seem to be in a holding pattern as of late. The 2017 #ZAMACs have yet to hit Walmart and only the first wave of Red Edition series cars have hit Target, despite a couple from the second wave appearing on eBay close to two months […]

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HW Art Cars: DRIFTSTA

Chances are, you’ve seen at least one of the many “unboxing videos” done by collectors where they open up factory-sealed cases and show you whats inside. There have been so many of these and everyone seems to like them that collectors have even expanded these unboxing videos to boxes […]

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BMW Series: BMW 2002

2016 has been a great year for collecting Hot Wheels and the future continues to be bright as we inch another year closer to the 50th Anniversary in 2018. Looking back at the year, there weren’t many mainline trios as good as the #BMW 2002 from the 2016 […]