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Hot Wheels, Matchbox Designer Ryu Asada dies at 42

Ryu Asada hot wheels

Longtime Matchbox and Hot Wheels designer Ryu Asada has died of cancer at 42 years old.  Asada started with Mattel in 2004 designing mostly licensed, not-too-outrageous vehicles based on real cars. Even his original Matchbox concepts were vehicles that looked like they could be miniatures of actual production cars. In 2009 he started “guest designing” […]

Introducing the Model Car Hall of Fame Class of 2020

It is an understatement for us at the Hall to say that the year 2020 was very tough on many. As the global pandemic unfolded, our community continued to face new challenges on a daily basis. We are sad to say that the Hall suffered as well. When COVID hit, our most esteemed Community Leader […]

MCHOF ’20: CastHeads Magazine is the Perfect Pandemic Publication

Castheads magazine

Most people spent 2020 looking for ways to make life seem “normal” even when that was not really possible. One of our favorite diecast projects, CastHeads Magazine, really hit that mark in 2020. For their ability to make the diecast collecting world feel a little more “real,” CastHeads is an inductee in the Model Car […]

MCHOF ’20: Zen and the Art of Model Car Building with Jun’s Mini Garage

Jun's mini garage

Building plastic models of cars is fun and rewarding, but how many people would call it relaxing? A video channel on YouTube presents an argument that assembling and customizing models can be downright Zenful. And for that, Jun’s Mini Garage earns a spot in the Model Car Hall of Fame. Jun (the only name he […]

MCHOF ’20: Isolation Island Creates a Virtual, Miniature Concours d’Elegance

Isolation Island

Car shows and diecast conventions were one of the sadly missing real-world events in 2020. Lucky for fans of such things, the Isolation Island Concours d’Elegance stepped in to fill the void. As one of the most fun online “conventions” and a showcase of astonishing model making, Isolation Island gets a spot in the Model […]

MCHOF ’20: ¡Viva Los Autenticos! Ted Gray Documents Mexican Hot Wheels Variants

mchof ted gray

It’s good to have a hobby during downtime. Theodore “Ted” Gray’s hobby is documenting the early and often obscure history of Hot Wheels products. And his latest book, published in 2020, is just the thing Redline Hot Wheels enthusiasts needed last year. For that, and all of his other endeavors to preserve history in miniature, […]