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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
Written by
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
Written by
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 […]

Top-10 Youtooz: Figures That Tell a Story

Top-10 Youtooz: Figures That Tell a Story
Written by
Danny Zabbal

I should begin by saying that I believe all Youtooz designs are unique and interesting. It’s the best part about working here. They’re not just tchotchkes that hangout next to your gaming rig, they’re full of personality. Which is to say, they capture the imagination and tell a story. For example, one of my favorite […]

Diecast Days with Zee Toys Designer Charles Hepperle

Diecast Days with Zee Toys Designer Charles Hepperle
Written by
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 […]

The Thrilling Art of Rocco The Sculptor

The Thrilling Art of Rocco The Sculptor

Rocco Tartamella is a freelance artist specializing in custom creations and sculpting full production series projects. And there’s a very good chance that you’ve seen his amazing commercial sculptures and portraits, statues and busts. For more than 20 years, Rocco The Sculptor  has worked with the likes of toy companies, such as Hasbro and Jakks Pacific, […]

Get to Know – M2 Machines VP of Design Sean Taylor

Get to Know – M2 Machines VP of Design Sean Taylor

As car fans, we explicitly know what drives our fandom. But what about those who help fuel that fanaticism? What are their favorite castings, real-life cars and more? We decided to find out via our Q&A series where we ask icons and veterans from the world of model cars about the automobiles that helped shape their […]

Get to Know – Former Hot Wheels Designer Bob Rosas

Get to Know – Former Hot Wheels Designer Bob Rosas

As car fans, we explicitly know what drives our fandom. But what about those who help fuel that fanaticism? What are their favorite castings, real-life cars and more? We decided to find out via our Q&A series where we ask icons and veterans from the world of model cars about the automobiles that helped shape […]

Get to Know – Hot Wheels Designer Brendon Vetuskey

Get to Know – Hot Wheels Designer Brendon Vetuskey

As car fans, we explicitly know what drives our fandom. But what about those who help fuel that fanaticism? What are their favorite castings, real-life cars and more? We decided to find out via our new series where we ask icons and veterans from the world of model cars about the automobiles that helped shape […]

Wreck Royale Vehicles Are Smashing Good Fun

Wreck Royale Vehicles Are Smashing Good Fun

In 1970, Kenner’s SSP Smash-Up Derby toys crashed their way into the rec rooms of kids everywhere, inspiring good, wholesome vehicular violence (you remember the jingle, right?). Fifty years hence, there’s Wreck Royale from MGA Entertainment. This series of seven vehicles are designed for explosive impact and maximum chaos with multiple parts that fly off […]

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