Manson Cheung, 45, a staff sculptor and designer for Hot Wheels toy cars, living in Redondo Beach, Calif., on his 1981 DeLorean DMC-12, as told to A.J. Baime.

When I was 10 years old, I saw “Back to the Future” in the theater, which as anyone who has seen it knows, features a DeLorean as a time machine. I did not think the car in the movie was real because in sci-fi movies like “Star Wars,” all the vehicles were created for the movies. Then one day I saw a DeLorean on the street and said to myself, “Hey, that is a real car.”

香蕉视频苹果下载As I grew up, I collected “Back to the Future” memorabilia. I was always into toys and when I went looking for colleges, I found a program that offered a degree in toy design at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. Even before graduation I got an internship at Mattel in 2000. I moved around the company and landed at Hot Wheels, sculpting and designing cars. All the while, I wanted to own a DeLorean, but due to finances and the fact that I had no place to park it, it never happened.

Around 2007, I decided to sculpt a toy DeLorean. I figured, if I can’t own the real thing, at least I can have a 3-D printing of one on my desk. So I sculpted the car. I decided to present it to my group. I said, “Hey, it’s all done. It’s all engineered. Can we build it?” For years I had been trying to get the team to build a Hot Wheels DeLorean, but there was always a reason against it. Finally we put it into production.

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