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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2006 First Editions: ’55 CHEVY PANEL

The old Hot Wheels standard seemed to be to release “castings destined for premium lines” into the mainline. Its unclear if this was to stir up interest in them or what, but this was the case with popular premium castings like the Volkswagen Drag Bus, Volkswagen Karmann Ghia […]

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1996 First Editions: VOLKSWAGEN DRAG BUS

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year is one of, if not the most popular Hot Wheels vehicle of all time. Picked as the #1 Hot Wheel of all-time in 2008 for Hot Wheels 40th Anniversary, the Volkswagen Drag Bus (or VW Bus) continues to be a collector favorite. As the […]

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Stars & Stripes: 8 CRATE

The Stars & Stripes cars are still eluding me at my local Walmarts as I’ve been hard-pressed to find anything good there as of late. And with all the cool #Walmart Exclusives that have been coming out, it pains me to say that I’ve been getting Hot Wheels […]

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HW Art Cars: MINI COOPER

Yesterday we brought you the #First Edition #Mini Cooper and talked all about what has made the casting into a Hot Wheels collector cult favorite. The good news is that 16 years later the Mini Cooper is still being released — albeit under the Morris Mini moniker. For […]

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2000 First Editions: MINI COOPER

The Mini Cooper is possibly one of the more underrated castings in Hot Wheels history. While its never been a huge money-grabber for Mattel / Hot Wheels, couple of its releases fetch high-dollar. Designed by Hot Wheels designer Phil Riehlman, this Mini Cooper was special from its original […]

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2001 First Editions: TOYOTA CELICA

When Hot Wheels first started to dabble in the #Tuners and #JDM cars in the early 2000s, the Toyota Celica was among the very first. While some collectors (at the time) were disappointed the Celica didn’t come more stock, most came around when they realized the Hot Wheels […]

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Race Aces 5-Pack: HOLLOWBACK

We’re only in January, yet we’ve been graced with several #Hot Wheels Race Team vehicles for 2016 — two of which, have come via 5-Packs. This #Hollowback, along with the Ballistik from the Track Stars 5-Pack have been great surprises, and both have worn the #16 for 2016. While the […]