Meet Mike McKittrick! Mattel employee from 1968-1995

Mike McKittrick talks about his long career at Mattel that started in the in May of 1968. It was his job straight out of High School and he found himself on the factory floor in Hawthorne, CA. Come hear stories about the earliest days of Hot Wheels and his career at Mattel that spanned all […]

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This Hot Wheels collector has it all! (Almost…)

For Eric Elrod there is nothing cooler than Hot Wheels. You know, those miniature die-cast customized cars that Mattel began making for Generation X-ers back in 1968? The company has produced more than 6 billion of the 1:64 scale toy cars over the past 53 years. And you could be a lucky grownup if you […]

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Meet Howard Rees: Mattel’s Marvelous Redline Designer!

Howard Rees: Mattel’s Marvelous Redline Designer! Howard Rees was born in 1941, and went to the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, where he earned his Bachelor in Fine Arts Degree in 1964. Later he accepted a position with Ford Motor Company in England. After leaving England he continued to work with Ford […]

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Hot Wheels Super Cool Steering Rigs

  From the Desk of Willy Washington. Willy is a longtime Hot Wheels collector and historian. Today he shares some history and details on the little-known early 1980s Steering Rigs series from Hot Wheels. When I was a kid, I remember my sister buying me the first six Hot Wheels Steering Rigs before she went into the […]

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Takanobu Ochiai’s Collection is a Trip Back into Early Diecast History

Hideaki Tanaka is an enthusiastic model car collector and manages the Mini Auto Club of Japan (MACJ).  In a series of blog posts he will tell us more about models made in Japan, the Club and its members.  Read them all here.   Takanobu Ochiai One of our members, Takanobu Ochiai, had one of the […]

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HOT WHEEL REDLINE HISTORY, THE CLASSIC CORD

            ADAM GRAPES Auburn-Cords-Doozie HISTORIAN     A second resin/acetate Classic Cord has also been found. This one features a fully painted body in white, a black roof and silver windshield/sidepipes/bumper details. The body details are slightly different than the raw version showing continued work on the final concept. There […]

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HobbyDB hits it’s 200,000th model car added to the database!

hobbyDB hits the bit 200K mark with the the 1960 Facel Vega HK500 made by Pathfinder Model thanks to the current migration of the Brooklin Models Official Archive and many others! THE hobbyDB blog for more information!     CONGRATULATIONS TO HOBBYDB!   Look for more and more in 2022!     […]

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