Tag: Kevin Cao Designs

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:
Basic: 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), Piranha Terror (2009), Skull Crusher (2009), Hammer Down (2009), Buzz Lightyear (2009), Rex (2009), Little Green Men (2009), Hyundai Genesis (2010), Speed Trap (2010), Camaro Police Car (2010), Mini Challenge (2010), Retro Active (2010), Ford Falcon Super V8 (2011), Porsche Boxster Spyder (2011), Ferrari 458 Spyder (2011), Harley Davidson Fatboy (2011), Mini Countryman (2011), Spin King (2011), Lotus Evora GT4 (2012), Ferrari F12 (2012), 1968 Shelby GT500 (2012), Feather Lite (2012), Battlestar Galactica Viper (2012), Battlestar Galactica Cyclone Raider (2012), Ducati Diavel (2012), Swamp Buggy (2012), Lamborghini Veneno (2012), Two Timer (2013), Bullwhip (2014), Street Stealth (2014), Fly-By (2014), MonteRacer (2015), Emoticar (2017)

Orange Track Diecast

HW Metro (2020 New Model): Thomas & Friends LOCO MOTORIN’

The Hot Wheels #Loco Motorin’ had quite the debut. No one would have thought that an #Unlicensed Hot Wheels train car would have flown off the pegs — yet, here we are — the Loco Motorin’ has been sought after by collectors in the last several weeks since […]

Orange Track Diecast

Experimotors (2017 New Model): EMOTICAR

Back on July 17th, the Hot Wheels Instagram unveiled this interesting contraption as part of “World Emoji Day” stating it would be available later this year. Well, the future is now and the #Emoticar is part of the #2017 Hot Wheels mainline. In the brand-new series named, #Experimotors, […]

Orange Track Diecast


The Hot Wheels designers have so much talent that they are not only able to replicate and reproduce real vehicles but they also are able to imagine unique vehicles from scratch. These Hot Wheels original designs, or #Unlicensed Hot Wheels as we call them here, are churned out of […]

Diecast Motorsports

Race World • Jungle: SWAMP BUGGY

The Hot Wheels Swamp Buggy was almost the casting that never was. Originally slated to be part of the 2008 Hot Wheels Turbo Driver line (seen in a promotional shot below), the Swamp Buggy never saw retail as the line was cancelled before the Swamp Buggy “car-tridge” was […]

Diecast Motorsports

Camouflage Series: ’67 SHELBY GT-500

Walmart continues to churn out these exclusive Hot Wheels series vehicles. From the Fast & Furious cars to Avengers to even Porsche and James Bond, these lines have consisted mostly of licensed vehicles/designs and are found in exclusive dump bins at Walmart. As of late 2015 we have started to […]

Diecast Motorsports

2007 New Models: CLOAK AND DAGGER

The Hot Wheels design team has been known to crank out from kooky designs from time to time. This Kevin Cao design named, Cloak and Dagger, is definitely on of them. Almost taking on the ghostly form due to its translucent plastic body that pops off, the Cloak and […]