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Wheelz Gets Hot Wheels: Wheelie Chair Toy
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Wheelz Gets Hot Wheels: Wheelie Chair Toy

Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham is famous for inventing WCMX, holding four Guinness World Records and recording the world’s first backflip in a wheelchair, but his latest accomplishment may be even cooler — he is the first wheelchair user to have his own Hot Wheels. “It’s unreal,” says Fotheringham, who has spina bifida. “I always thought the wheelchair is like a toy, and now it actually is.”

For over a year, Fotheringham worked with designers from Hot Wheels to refine the Wheelie Chair. “Right off the bat they made it look super cool,” he says. The actual toy is modeled on the green wheelchair with orange casters he made famous. The packaging depicts Fotheringham doing a handplant at the top of a skatepark bowl, with his “Wheelz” signature featured prominently below. “I think it’s really cool that little kids are now able to have a wheelchair to play with.”

Based on the social media response to Fotheringham’s reveal on Facebook, the toy is going to be a huge hit. Since November 14, over 7,300 people have liked his post and over 4,500 have shared it. One wheelchair-using mom’s comment summed up Fotheringham’s impact. “Whenever my son wants me to jump a curb, he says, ‘Mom, Aaron Fotheringham it!’ You’re a verb in our house!!”

Fotheringham admits to being caught slightly off-guard by the reaction. “I guess I didn’t fully expect the response I got,” he says. “It’s been such a positive thing.”

The toy is available at retailers and online. Asked how he could top this, Fotheringham laughs. “I don’t know,” he says, “I think I’m just gonna retire.”

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