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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1998 First Editions: HOT SEAT

The Hot Seat lives in Hot Wheels infamy due to its absurd concept and grotesque nature. Some collectors hate it, some collectors love it, some collectors just love to hate it. Whatever your idea is of it now, I actually remember this being quite a hot casting back in […]

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HW Race Team: LANCIA STRATOS

So the Lancia Stratos is back, eh? I couldn’t believe it either when I first saw the 2015 Hot Wheels mainline list at the beginning of the year. As for most castings that are not produced for 5 or more years, they often join the ranks of our […]

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Hot Wheels 5 5-Pack: LANCIA STRATOS

In the Hot Wheels world, a general rule-of-thumb is that if a casting doesn’t appear for 5 years, there is a good chance that casting is gone for good. The Lancia Stratos recently defied the odds by making a comeback after a 7-year hiatus. Read about its comeback >> HERE <<. […]

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1998 First Editions: BAD MUDDER

Hot Wheels castings often drive off into the sunset without warning. The Bad Mudder’s lone release (as a 1998 First Edition, shown below) came and went but it wasn’t until a couple years that the rumors started to swirl in regards to its demise. In the world of […]

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2003 First Editions: VAIRY 8

The Vairy 8 is one of those underrated Hot Wheels castings. It is believed to be a customized version of a 1960s Chevrolet Corvair. While its a metal body and metal base casting, it doesn’t perform particularly well on track sets due to its stance which leads to the […]

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Connect Cars / 50 States: COOL-ONE

With summer temperatures rising, we have cool treat for you today. It’s the Hot Wheels casting, Cool-One. This Cool-One was released as part of the Connect Cars—cars that came with an interlocking case that could stack, vertically & horizontally, to form a custom display case. Originally the connect cars were […]