Tag: Mark Jones Designs

Mark Jones considers himself blessed to have had a long career designing toy vehicles for Mattel. He is known as “The Godfather” among the design team as his career designing Hot Wheels dates back to the early ’90s. After a short stint over at Matchbox working on the Skybusters line, Mark returned to Hot Wheels in 2014. He has become a legend among collectors for all his work designing premium castings for adult retail.

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2004 Final Run Series: CAT-A-PULT

The Hot Wheels #Cat-A-Pult was first released as part of the 1998 First Editions and was definitely a pegwarmer until the casting was ultimately retired as part of the 2004 Final Run Series (shown below). See this little car just never caught on in the mainstream Hot Wheels crowd as […]

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Mopar Madness Series: DODGE VIPER GTS-R

Today is the first day of #ViperWeek here at Orange Track Diecast. From now until next Friday, we will be looking at the seven Hot Wheels #Dodge #Viper castings. Today, we look at the Dodge Viper GTS-R casting, which is my least favorite casting but if you’ve ever […]

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Hot Curves Race Action Set: VAIRY 8

In the second half of the last decade, Hot Wheels got all nostalgic on us by re-releasing several old track sets from the redline era. Complete with packaging art by original packaging artist Otto Kuhni, these sets were released under the Hot Wheels Classics umbrella and featured newer […]

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2004 First Editions: COOL-ONE

Only the designers at Hot Wheels can successfully take an ice cream truck and turn it into a hot rod! As one of #Mark Jones Designs, the Cool-One first caught the eye of collectors and kids alike when it appeared on the 2004 Hot Wheels “Hot 100” Poster […]

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Mystery Cars: CHAPARRAL 2D

One of the more under-utilized castings in Hot Wheels history is the Chaparral 2D. It was only used 3 times since its initial 2003 First Editions release. Sure, there are castings that have been “one-and-dones” but considering this Chaparral had a 9-year run, you would assume that we would have seen more releases […]

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HW Screen Time: COOL-ONE

Yesterday, we looked at the #Cool-One from the Super Mario Bros. segment of the Hot Wheels Pop Culture line. As mentioned in that article, the premium tooling now differs from the mainline tooling. As you can see below, in the side-by-side picture, the engine, interior and windows are […]

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1998 First Editions: IROC FIREBIRD

The IROC Firebird is truly an under-appreciated casting given its real-life racing history. Granted, the International Race Of Champions (IROC) Race had always been run and raced like a professional sports all-star game where the selection of “all-stars” is always a little suspect and the format usually favors […]