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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The Hot Ones: CUSTOM ’77 DODGE VAN

If you’re a #Variation hunter in the Hot Wheels world, chances are “subtleties” are the name of your game. Variations exist in Hot Wheels collecting on all levels, from your basic planned colorway to wheel changes to even different thicknesses of the same color paint. Talk to any one […]

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Night Burnerz: DRIFTSTA

Sometimes, all it takes is some #Spectraflame Paint and some #Real Riders to really make an #Unlicensed Hot Wheels car stand out. Such was the case this year with the Driftsta released in the #Night Burnerz Series. The Hot Wheels #Driftsta casting quietly snuck onto the scene last […]

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Hot Wheels Trucks: DATSUN 620

Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together? … OR, in this case, a makeshift Hot Wheels series comes together? To me, its one of the reasons I love Hot Wheels collecting and more specifically, collecting the #Hot Wheels Race Team. There is no numbered sequence […]

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HW Art Cars: CUSTOM ’77 DODGE VAN

Give it up for the #HW Art Cars series this year — definitely one of the underdog series for 2016. It had some quality castings in it and had one unique caveat that had collectors scurrying to collect them all. The tops of all 10 vehicles contained a letter/number which […]

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Connect Cars / 50 States: DRAGTOR

Life on the farm tends to be a slow, monotonous life-style. But what if your farm had a drag-racing tractor? Well, that may speed things up a bit! Thats exactly what the Hot Wheels Dragtor is … a drag-racing tractor. From the mind of Hot Wheels designer (and […]

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HW Performance Series: ’83 CHEVY SILVERADO

As the early editions of the Hot Wheels ’83 Chevy Silverado continue on their meteoric rise in value, a lesser discussed white version from last year has started to climb. Released as a #Toys R Us Exclusive, the white colorway of the HW Performance (Fram) ’83 Silverado is proving to be hard […]