Tag: Phil Riehlman Designs

As Hot Wheels designer, Phil Riehlman broke onto the scene in 1993 when he re-designed the Twin Mill and the Silhouette (along with Bruce Baur). His “big break” came in 1996 when his VW Bus casting became an instant hit with collectors and as a promotional piece. Phil continues to design Hot Wheels to this day.

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1999 First Editions: MONTE CARLO CONCEPT CAR

The Monte Carlo Concept Car was designed by Hot Wheels designer Phil Riehlman and was based off of the Monte Carlo “Intimidator” show car. The show car itself, was built in 1997 by GM and featured a glimpse of the 6th generation Monte Carlo styling that was used […]

Diecast Motorsports

Cop Rods Series 1: DAIRY DELIVERY

Anyone remember K•B Toys? Remember when they used to be in your local mall? The stores were always a tease as they carried a limited number of mainline Hot Wheels at the $1.29 price point which led to the stock rarely rolling over. Ultimately, this small-scale failure [pun not intended] […]

Diecast Motorsports

Night Breed 5-Pack: TOYOTA CELICA

We’ve reach the summit of #Night Breed Week here at Diecast Motorsports. This series has been great and has spawned several other future ideas. We conclude #Night Breed Week with the car I feel is the pinnacle of the Night Breed 5-Pack, the Toyota Celica. I eluded to […]

Color Shifters Glow: FANDANGO

A lot of Hot Wheels unlicensed cars are based off of real cars. To this collector, its always fun to discover which ones are based off of which ones. The Hot Wheels Fandango was designed by Hot Wheels designer, Phil Riehlman, and is based off of the 2000 […]

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Ultra Hots: VOLKSWAGEN KARMANN GHIA

The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia was a very affordable European-style sports car that sold from 1955 to 1974. It featured the chassis and modified-engine from the Volkswagen Beetle along with the Euro-styling of Italian car designer, Luigi Segre. When Hot Wheels designer, Phil Riehlman did his take on the classic […]

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Hot Wheels Classics Series 5: 8 CRATE

Yesterday we looked at the Vairy 8, a casting whose rear 8-cylinder crate engine plays a huge role in the casting’s overall character. Today we look at another rear 8-cylinder crate engine casting that was originally introduced in the 2003 First Editions, the 8 Crate. While this version […]

Faster Than Ever Series: ’09 Corvette ZR1

While shooting the Gulf Racing ’09 Corvette ZR1 from yesterday’s article, I remembered this version of the Corvette I had stashed away in one of my many “Jammers” cases. Its satin paint and detailed motor gave it a nice clean, sophisticated, high-end look. That coupled with the fact […]