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Hot Wheels, Matchbox Designer Ryu Asada dies at 42

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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” […]

Celebrating Larger-than-life 2009 Inductee Roy Nakamura

Guest Post from Andy Goodman Andy organizes car and collector events, collects Hot Wheels, Funko, Jada, M2 and more, works for M2 Machines and has consulted for many other toy companies.  He is also one of our Inductees (Model Historian in 2014) and has organized a number of the Annual Ceremonies for the Hall.  Here […]

John Leslie Ragsdale, Inductee of the Class of 2014, has passed away

John Ragsdale, 63, passed away in Ennis, Texas on Thursday, March 28, 2019. John ran the DFW Toy and Diecast Fair for the last 15 years along with his brother George. in 2013, he was honored by the North Texas Diecast Collectors Club for “Outstanding Performance”.  John was Inducted into the then Diecast Hall of […]