Welcome to another episode of Your Custom Hotwheels, the fortnightly feature post that isn’t about My Custom Hot Wheels, it’s about yours.
Today however is a little different as I wanted to pay homage to all the amazing customs I have seen since that utilise the deliciously dope and characteristically cute ‘Manga Tuner’ Casting which was introduced to the Hot Wheels mainline line-up earlier this year.
I remember the first time I saw it on Instagram and I think I had the same thought as a vast majority of my customising brethren, that being ‘Holy smokes that thing is delicious, I need ALL OF THEM!’
The Manga Tuner was soon joined by another car’Tooned mainline, this time a hauler with the incredibly original and fantastically unique name of ‘Tooned Up’ (yes I’m being sarcastic for those who missed the joke) which itself was even more delicious, this time appealing to the American Muscle and pickup crowd as apposed to the JDM crew that were salivating over the Manga Tuner. This custom also brought a wave of insanely creative and beautifully constructed customs which had us out hunting the stores (pre-Corona of course) for our own slice of ‘Tooned Transporter goodness.
And just when we thought we were all tooned out Mattel went and gave us the Baja Bug – whilst not as exciting (for myself at least) it was still super cute and I guess filled the gap of appealing to the Vintage and Euro crowd….maybe, shit I dunno – I make this up as I go LOL
This is my tribute to the Manga Tuner Casting and all things ‘Tooned’ in the custom world.
You’ll find heaps of Baja Bugs and Tooned’ Up Haulers but mainly you’ll find customised manga Tuners and many more beautiful custom rides that utilise the ‘tooned body offered up by this beautiful new casting from Hot Wheels. But what I like most of all about this casting is that it has inspired customisers all around the world to create and/or use little (cartoon) characters since a: the casting lends itself to this sort of look and feel, and b: there is actually room inside the cabin to put something or should I say someone. The feature image above has already shown you just what you can expect below. Needless to say it’s a scintillating sight of saliva inducing sexiness. (say that five times fast, I dare ya. I double dare ya!)
In total there are 250 images of over 150 different customs with that ‘tooned’ vibe so sit back and enjoy the show….
*You will need to scroll, you can’t literally sit back and en… oh never mind :p
The Best Manga Tuner Inspired Customs
Let’s start with some more pics from the creator of that feature image (and this includes hand crafting all the neat characters)… one Erdian Madskin
and now some tooned creations from the members of the My Custom Hotwheels Facebook group…
And then there’s this disgustingly beautiful creation that just blows my mind every single god damn time i look at it…. Holy shit Jade you are one of the true masters of this game. Respect my Aussie brother.
Best Manga Tuners and Tooned Customs on Instagram
Let’s start with this deliciously sweet pair from Shingo Yaka…Yama… Yaman…thatsawesome!
*If you are wanting some of those custom exhausts in heart and star and other shapes for your manga tuner custom then hit up @Hotwheelsworks who sells an exhaust kit for these cars, in case y’all need. https://www.shapeways.com/product/67CRXQY5J/set-of-4-manga-tuner-toon-exhausts (This is not a paid or promoted link – I just vouch for Victor and his product lineup. Tell him I sent you though – I’m sure he’ll look after you that little bit more 😉
Need Decals for your next Tooned Custom?
With over 80 decal sheet options to choose from I think it is fair to say that the MCH Decal store provides the largest selection of waterslide decals (in all scales) anywhere online. 🙂 … but then I would say that wouldn’t I 😉