This prototype for the Super Van shows how Jimmy Liu, and his team at Hot Wheels, were able to take elements from the original illustration by Brian Miller and manipulate them to best fit the dimensions of the van. Considering the 1:64 scale of the cars the amount of detail is simply incredible.
The second Hot Wheels in the series is the Unimog. This large and imposing vehicle is the perfect choice to represent the icy terrain of the planet Hoth, as seen in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. Here we can see the cool blue and white values from the Crush the Rebellion propaganda poster style artwork are carried over to the Hot Wheels vehicle too great effect. The Unimog itself almost acts as a stand in for the Imperial At-At walkers as you can imagine this rough and ready truck tackling the frozen wastelands in search of Rebel outposts.
“For graphical assortments, such as Pop Culture, there is a lot of creative work and brainstorming that goes into creating each theme. We think about current trends and how we can leverage the amazing artwork available for the license. One of the latest Premium Pop Culture assortments is a Star Wars collection that pairs artwork from Brian Miller of Oktopolis with collector-grade, die-cast vehicles. It’s creating “star cars” based on a galaxy far, far away." — Jimmy Liu, Hot Wheels marketing manager
The third Hot Wheels vehicle in the series imagines a scene that could have taken place between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Here the bounty hunter in the galaxy, Boba Fest, has returned to Tatooine with Jabba's Prize... one Han Solo frozen in Carbonite. Boba is ready to deliver Solo to Jabba the Hut and collect the bounty. Sharp eyed fans may notice Boba Fett's ship, Slave I, sitting just outside of Jabba's palace.
This prototype illustrates the length the Hot Wheels team goes to with their Premium Pop Culture vehicles. Details like the Mandalorian symbol on the Ford transit Supervan door to the wheels color keyed to the artwork demonstrates the commitment to quality Hot Wheels is bringing to this line.
The fourth vehicle in the series celebrates Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. Imperial Scout Troopers are commanded to Defend the Death Star at all cost keeping a vigilant eye out for Rebels and Ewoks while they patrol the forest moon of Endor on their speeder bikes. I wonder who could be arriving on that Imperial shuttle? You can imagine you are on Imperial patrol with this drag race themed Astro Van.
"Star Wars reunites with Hot Wheels in the Premium Pop Culture assortment this fall, with a fresh collection of vehicles that feature artwork from Brian Miller of Oktopolis. The collection includes a Super Van, 1988 Mercedes Unimog U1300, a Ford Transit Supervan, a 1985 Chevy Astro Van, and a Dream Van XGW with premium art and Real Riders tires, each on numbered card backs." — James Zahn, The Pop Insider website
The fifth and final vehicle in this new series from Hot Wheels is inspired by Lord Vader's visit to the Emperor in Return of the Jedi. When Darth Vader enters the Emperor's throne room he is flanked by two Imperial Guards creating an ominous vision of Imperial Power that few would dare to challenge. You know what else no one would dare challenge? This streamlined Dream Van featuring Darth Vader and the Emperor's Royal Guards in all their glory.
Illustrator Brian Miller and Hot Wheels marketing manager Jimmy Liu show off the package art for the new series of Star Wars Hot Wheels cars at San Diego Comic-Con.
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