Hot Wheels releases first remote-controlled wheelchair toy

The toy was created in collaboration with a five-time wheelchair motocross world champion and a Paralympian. athlete Aaron “Wheels” Fotheringham. Fotheringham, who was born with spina bifida and has been a wheelchair user since the age of eight, is known for performing tricky stunts and back flips in a wheelchair.
A toy, available from toy maker Mattel on Amazonwas created to mimic Fotheringham’s custom-made wheelchair, and features a built-in figurine that looks like him, a remote control, and a ramp so users can perform stunts like him.

For Fotheringham, this collaboration was a dream come true. “When I was growing up, I didn’t have anything like that,” the athlete told CNN. At the toy’s launch event, he saw children, including those in wheelchairs, “have fun” playing with the toy. “You could see their faces glowing,” he said.

Fotheringham’s wheelchair motocross career began with a visit to a skate park when he was only 8 years old. His brother suggested that he try jumping on a skateboarding ramp in his wheelchair. After several unsuccessful attempts, he finally succeeded.

“Then I dropped everything else and became obsessed with the skate park,” he said.

“What I loved about the skate park, and what I still love about it, is that you can be as creative as you want,” Fotheringham added. “You are never bored. If you’re bored, you don’t progress.”

The athlete says he “couldn’t even believe it” when Hot Wheels offered him a partnership. “For Hot Wheels, wanting to make my chair was the biggest compliment,” he said.

He hopes the toy will help change the public perception of wheelchairs by showing that a medical device can also be fun and adventurous. “I think (the remote control toy) is amazing because it really brings a positive and fun light to something that people would otherwise consider too serious.”

Jerry Cody, director of product design for Hot Wheels RC and innovation at Mattel, said he hopes the toy will inspire kids to go beyond perceived limits.

“We are very excited about our recent collaboration with Aaron “Wheels” Fotheringham and the release of our first ever Hot Wheels RC wheelchair toy, which confirms our goal to inspire children to push boundaries and pursue their dreams, no matter what their personal challenges may be. can decide. face,” Cody said in a statement shared with CNN.

“We worked closely with Aaron to ensure this product is an accurate representation of his wheelchair and a fun toy. such a good toy.

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