Meet The Inductees

Mark and Jennifer Mullholin
USA Hot Wheels Convention



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Tony Maciel
Toy Collector

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Bellflower , CA

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Art Spiegelman
Garbage Pail Kids Designer

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New York, NY

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Art Spiegelman is an American cartoonist, editor, and comics advocate best known for his graphic novel Maus. His work as co-editor on the comics magazines Arcade and Raw has been influential, and from 1992 he spent a decade as contributing artist for The New Yorker

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Brendon Vetuskey
Hot Wheels Designer

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Long Beach, CA

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Brendon joined Hot Wheels in the fall of '07 working in the Track & Play Sets team. He has worked on the Trick Tracks product line, as well as several other vehicle based Track Sets. He is currently the lead designer for the Monster Trucks diecast and the Red Line Club vehicles. Brendon got his start on 1:64 Hot Wheels cars helping the basics team for the 2010 Model year with the 1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 and the 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396. He continues to help the basics team with more vehicles each year. He's been collecting Hot Wheels and other vehicle toys since the early 90's and has been designing vehicle toys for most of his career. When he's not at work he is usually working on his own project cars, helping others with theirs or at a car show, swap meet or cruise. Brendon has designed many licensed models and only 3 unlicensed vehicles (Highway Hauler 2, Mountain Mauler and Gotta Go).

Chris Parker
Roger Dodger

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Richard Mena
M2 Machines VP of Sales

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Johnny Suarez
Shot Wheels Creator

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Chris Walker
Pro Customizer and Designer

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Los Angeles, CA

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Chris "Night Stalker" Walker is a customizer, prototyper, and package and graphics designer. Walker has worked freelance for many diecast companies and has had his work on display at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles as well as Foose Design. Walker is also Originator of the custom Code 3 market and creates all scales of costums and Code 3's. Though working mostly in 1/64 Scale, Walker has done many large scale recreations and created many of the cars for the US, Mexico, and Japan Hot Wheels Conventions.

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Reis O'Brien
Lead Funko Pop Designer

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Like so many people who are lucky enough to have their dream job, Reis’ path to Funko was unexpected, unorthodox, and organic. Plying his design skills at a t-shirt graphics business—alongside Mike Becker, the original founder of Funko—Reis began collaborating on a side-project that eventually became part of the Funko family. What Reis Does Sr. Product Designer At any given time, Reis has his hands in a multitude—sometimes hundreds—of different projects, from designing and developing new products and collaborating with sculptors to working with licensors to gain product approval. For Reis, it’s an ever-interesting, fast-paced role that often includes the perk of top-secret early insights into upcoming movies and shows.

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Jamie Maner
Corvette Collector

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Peter Brock
Founder of BRE Racing

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Las Vegas, NV

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Peter Brock (born November 1936) is an automotive and trailer designer, author and photojournalist from the United States of America, who is best known for his work on the Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe and Corvette Sting Ray.

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https://bre2.net/

Bruce Schultz
Toy Designer

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Bruce Schultz is an American model car designer. Schultz is the owner of Bodylines, a company that works with Mattel, creating every "poster shoot" model of Hot Wheels since 1996. He has created the original designs for Hot Wheels upmarket sets, including the American Graffiti set.

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2019 Lifetime Achievements

Bryan Pope
Pro Customizer

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Bryan Pope has been customizing diecast cars for more than a decade at his company Pope Designs. Pope has been award a number of top prizes for Pro Spicy, Pro Mild, and Best Paint.

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Eric Tscherne
Toy Designer

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Tscherne is an industrial designer and consultant on TV and Movie properties with strong consumer products tie ins. He primarily works on animated properties such as PAW Patrol, Hot Wheels Acceleracers, Hot Wheels World Race among others. Tscherne works to develop toy and consumer products moments in entertainment properties that can be developed at later dates for toys and other consumer products. Eric Tscherne is a 2011 inductee of the Diecast Hall of Fame for his work on Hot Wheels and other toy car (diecast) brands.

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Chip Foose
Legendary Auto Designer

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Santa Barbara, CA

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Chip’s career profile is staggering; in 1986 he was Staff Designer/Fabricator for the Asha Corporation, eventually becoming director of design in 1989. Chip was responsible for conceptualizing new proprietary ideas and fabrication of prototypes for the OEM’s. Other work has included: Stehrenberger Design as an automotive designer, creating illustrations and conceptual models; Baker Sportronics, as chief designer and fabricator of electric vehicles used in the NFL and MLB; and of course, working with his father, designing and building street rods, customs, studio vehicles and show cars for films such as Blade Runner, RoboCop, and Gone in 60 Seconds.

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https://www.chipfoose.com/foose-wheels/

Carson Lev
Hot Wheels Designer - Redphin President

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Growing up in Southern California, Carson Lev was immersed in hot rod car culture at an early age. His friends and schoolmates were the children of race car owners, builders and drivers. His early teenage years were spent hanging out at Ed "Big Daddy" Roth's customizing shop and the studio of automotive artist Kenny Youngblood. Through the early influence of "Big Daddy" and "Blood", a passion for hot rods, car design, illustration, pin-striping and lettering was nurtured and encouraged. As his automotive passion grew, so did Carson's foundation of friends and contacts in the Hot Rod Community, resulting in many life-long friendships. Through High School and College he continued to build hot rods, letter race cars, attend car shows and races of some kind nearly every weekend. Graduating in 1977 from California State University at Long Beach, with a degree in Industrial Design, Carson pursued a career in Biomedical Product Development but still managed to stay active in the automotive field. His strong interest in car culture and Automotive Design resulted in his taking a break from the Medical Product Development field to work for Dick Cepek Off Road, as the Director of Product Development, Marketing and Advertising. He also began consulting on numerous automotive after market projects. Carson combined his interest in computer technology and design by founding Compression Engineering, an Advanced Product Development and Design Firm in 1994. Located in Orange County, California, projects were completed for Medical Product Manufacturers, and Automotive Design and Manufacturing clients utilizing state-of-the-art computer technologies. Suddenly, all the old friends in the Hot Rod community were becoming customers. An experimental project with Boyd's Wheels and noted designer Chip Foose, led to a new computer based machining process to produce custom billet wheels. It also resulted in Chip and Carson becoming close friends. Through Compression Engineering Carson began his first association with Mattel Inc., successfully completing projects for the Hot Wheels division. A deal was struck to bring Carson to Mattel, where he successfully served as Director of Engineering, Director of Design and ultimately Director of Hot Wheels Licensing, where he achieved first-year milestone sales in excess $4 million.

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https://redphin.com/

Joe Simko
Garbage Pail Kid Designer

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New York, NY

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Joe Simko is a New York City based illustrator who has contributed to Topps’ Garbage Pail Kids[1] and Wacky Packages trading cards. Producer/Co-Director of the Garbage Pail Kids documentary film, 30 Years of Garbage. He is the illustrator/author of the book series, The Sweet Rot, and he designs artwork for bands, creating album covers, tour posters and concert shirts. His project Cereal Killers Trading Cards, 1st Series was released May 2, 2011. The Cereal Killers cards spoof breakfast cereals with popular horror films. Joe wrote and painted all 55 cards for the first and second set and launched the series through his new company, Wax Eye. Cereal Killers, 2nd Series was released through Wax Eye in June 2012.[2] Wax Eye's first mobile app game for the IOS platform, Cereal Boom, is based on characters from Simko's Cereal Killers card series.

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Steve and Krystal Johnson
Toy Experts Pawn Stars

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Las Vegas, NV

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Rogue Toys opened in May 2012 when owners Steve and Krystal Johnston decided to create a fun, nostalgic place for toy collectors and enthusiasts. From the first day of opening, the inventory of vintage toys has continued to grow, making their little store jam packed with some of the best and rarest toys you could ever find. Inventory soon became overwhelming for that small store in downtown Las Vegas. As a result, Steve and Krystal opened up their second location, over three times the size of the first store.

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https://roguetoys.com/pages/rogue-toys

KJ Packowskis RAOK Award

Jerry and Molly Richardson

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SD Chop Shop Customizer of the Year

Hugo Guardado

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Lord Wiggins Historian Of The Year

Willy Washington

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Amanda Rall Female Collector Of The Year

Michelle Schell

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Route 91 Survivor of The Year

Barry Jenkins

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Goodman Enterprises Industry Person of The Year

Justin Victor

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Cookie Lind Award Presented by Carson Lev

Scott Tupper

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Jostens Award Presented by Curt Bruns

Chris Williams

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