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Mike Groothuis

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Mike Groothuis is a photographer, designer, research and product developer for various die-cast car brands, including Auto World, Racing Champions, and Johnny Lightning. Groothuis’ work has been displayed on packaging, blister packs and print from 1:64 scale to 1:18 scale since around 2002.

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Mike Groothuis is a photographer, designer, research and product developer for various die-cast car brands, including Auto World, Racing Champions, and Johnny Lightning. Groothuis’ work has been displayed on packaging, blister packs and print from 1:64 scale to 1:18 scale since around 2002.

At Playing Mantis, Groothuis led as a graphic designer developing packaging for many of the Johnny Lightning programs like Street Freaks (including Zingers, Black with Flames, Project in Progress, Kustomized, to name a few), Surf Rods 2, Marvel, Monopoly and many others. Around 2004, he began developing vehicle graphics for Johnny Lightning and also a few select die-cast event vehicles for Greenlight and Motor Max. He has also worked as a freelancer where his illustration have appeared on packaging for RC2 and Greenlight's Muscle Car Garage and Corvette Collection.

Currently Mike is the Senior Art Director for Round 2 where his artwork is displayed prominently on current Auto World and Street Freaks packaging. He also led the package development for the launch of Auto World True 1:64, and the relaunch of Johnny Lightning and Racing Champions die-cast brands. Mike works closely with Tony Karamitsos, Round 2's brand manager and lead developer, actively assisting, researching, and choosing new die-cast vehicles and their development.

For nearly 15 years, Groothuis has been an active member on many diecast forums and websites, and most recently he helps contribute to Round 2's social media sharing teaser pics of releases to get feedback from collectors.

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