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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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 […]
Live-Action Hot Wheels Movie Announced; Here’s How to Make It Great
Message to J.J. Abrams: You may like our opinions! A live-action Hot Wheels movie is formally in the plans at Warner Brothers. J.J. Abrams is set to produce the film. There’s no word yet on a release date. Hollywood is making a movie about Hot Wheels. Yes, the toy cars. All we know is producer […]
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 […]
Meet Hot Wheels Icon and TTP Owner Larry Wood
Larry Wood knows a thing or two when it comes to diecast vehicles. How else do you earn the nickname “Mr. Hot Wheels?” Larry began his impressive career as a designer with Hot Wheels in the late 60s. Not long after his first model, Tri Baby (1970) rolled off the production line. It proved to […]
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 […]
How TV Was Nearly Changed Forever By…a Hot Wheels Cartoon?
How a cartoon about Hot Wheels nearly changed TV forever in the late 1960s. TV URBAN LEGEND: A Hot Wheels cartoon got ABC in hot water with the FCC over it being viewed as simply a half hour advertisement for the toy cars. It’s sometimes hard to tell, exactly, whether TV changed the products that […]
TTP SPOTLIGHT MEMBER JOHN WALKER!
TTP Member John Walker – Motoboyf3 – is the TTP Spotlight member! John was born in 1970, and has been collecting Hot Wheels since 1997. His only childhood Redline is a battery powered Sizzler that was found while demolishing his childhood home after hurricane Harvey. Because he was born “after” the redline […]
Mattel joins the NFT frenzy with Hot Wheels digital art.
Hot Wheels fans will soon get a chance to own their favorite toy cars as NFTs. Mattel is auctioning off non-fungible tokens — unique digital assets that rely on blockchain technology that’s similar to what’s used for Bitcoin transactions — of its iconic cars on its Mattel Creations web site. The digital art features the […]
1969 Hot Wheels “The Fast Cars Book”.
For 1969, Mattel commissioned a photo book of Hot Wheels in action for kids. Front Cover of The Fast Cars Book. The book only cost 29 cents. That was significantly cheaper than the price of a single Hot Wheels car. The book was published by Golden Press of New York. Jo Anne Wood did the […]