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Diecast Days with Zee Toys Designer Charles Hepperle, Part IV of IV

Diecast Days with Zee Toys Designer Charles Hepperle, Part IV of IV
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Charles Hepperle

Vehicle licensors were often an excellent source of future die-cast ideas. Of course, every time a newly styled 1:1 Corvette or Mustang was in the works they would also be must-do choices for many of the Zee Toys car lines. We would usually get advance information about them that we had to keep confidential. Sometimes […]

Diecast Days with Zee Toys Designer Charles Hepperle, Part III of IV

Diecast Days with Zee Toys Designer Charles Hepperle, Part III of IV
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Charles Hepperle

Here’s the drill on photographing a vehicle that is to be made as a die-cast toy. I’ve included a little about motorcycles but for this example, we’ll use Ivan “Ironman” Stewart’s Toyota off-road race pickup truck. Briefly, one finds a flat, level location where the subject can be about a hundred feet from the camera. […]

Diecast Days with Zee Toys Designer Charles Hepperle, Part II of IV

Diecast Days with Zee Toys Designer Charles Hepperle, Part II of IV
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Charles Hepperle

Since 1982 I had been recommending new products; photographing, measuring and preparing notes for items chosen for production; choosing colors and making deco art for my hand samples for management review; and doing “blue sky” ideas for possible new items that were beyond the existing toy lines. The department was tiny: Dave was the director […]

Diecast Days with Zee Toys Designer Charles Hepperle

Diecast Days with Zee Toys Designer Charles Hepperle
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Charles Hepperle

Zee Toys and Zylmex were brand names of toys from the 1970s through the mid-1990s. Nearly all were die-cast metal boys’ toys but there were some plastic ones and even a few girls’ toys, too. The details can quickly become complicated and I am not aware of all of them so I’ll write about what […]

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