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    I was shocked to hear that one of Hot Wheels' designers, Ryu Asada, had passed away recently. Ryu designed models for both Matchbox and Hot Wheels, and his loss no doubt leaves a hole in the design and collecting communities as well. My thoughts go out to his family, friends and colleagues.

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    R i p.

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    • #3
      Oh my...and he was not that old. But then we know cancer does not respect age at all. He was a very, very gifted designer! Thoughts and prayers offered for his family and friends and fellow workers.

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      • #4
        Oh man, that is truly sad news. Regrettably I know him only by some of his work, but his work stands out, and his effort will be missed. My prayers for the family.
        The image file limits have been reset. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

        Thank you for your understanding.

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        • #5
          Oh wow, this is heavy!

          My condolences to his family and friends!

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          • #6
            How awful. He was a big part of why the two Mattel brands have been so good over the past decade and still has some completed promising looking work that has not even hit stores yet. He will be missed.

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            • #7
              Bad news, no good, RIP..............

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              • #8
                Awful news. My heart goes out to his family. What a wonderful impact he had on the hobby. Such talent and expertise. His designs will live on.

                I'm seeing a lot of Hondas and other Japanese cars in tribute. That is certainly appropriate, as it was his passion and opened Hot Wheels and Matchbox collecting to a "new" audience.

                He also designed several wonderful fantasy models, and brought something special to generic designs.

                The Matchbox Aqua King comes to mind... an unlicensed model that in the past could have been "mailed in"... but Ryu made it special with the bottle compartment design.

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                Just an example of his great eye for design. There are literally hundreds and hundreds more. May his memory be a blessing...

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                • #9
                  Very sad news, Mattel as well as all of us toy car enthusiasts have lost probably one of the most gifted diecast car designers of the era, I think most of us have at least one of our favorite, either Matchbox or Hot Wheels model, that he helped create.

                  My thoughts and prayers for his family and friends.
                  Doug

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                  • #10
                    This is sad news. My thoughts and prayers are with him, his family, his friends, and all his fans. God bless all of them. Have RYU Asada rest in peace my friend. This is so sad. RYU Asada was a great hotwheels designer. He designed lots of great new hotwheels castings and I have all of his hotwheels castings in my hotwheels collection and I will keep adding more of his hotwheels castings to my hotwheels collection and I will be collecting his hotwheels castings for the rest of my life and he will be in my heart for the rest of my life.

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                    • #11
                      That is very sad news! RIP Ryu Asada
                      “No one is perfect - that's why pencils have erasers.”

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                      • #12
                        Oh, this is very sad indeed. I had the pleasure of meeting him years ago at the Matchbox International Gathering of Friends in Albuquerque. He signed posters for fans at the toy show following the convention. Was a nice guy, extremely talented, and his passing will leave a hole in our collecting hearts.

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                        • #13
                          Especially sad when you hear of someone so young passing. A life silenced way too early. Can we turn this thread into a gallery of his work? I’m not really aware of all he has done.

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                          • #14
                            Folks are more than welcome to. I pinned this thread for now as an impromptu memorial.
                            The image file limits have been reset. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

                            Thank you for your understanding.

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                            • #15
                              The ‘89 Porsche 944 Turbo complete with stethoscope in the boot. Ryu Asada added this to pay tribute to the doctor treating his cancer who drove a 944.

                              The ‘98 Honda Prelude in silver. This colour and the number plate were based on the real Prelude SiR of owned by the family Asada.

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                              Rest In Peace Asada-san.
                              "I love the smell of diecast in the morning."

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