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Hot Wheels’ new die-cast vehicle encourages open-ended play

by Tania Griffin
A kid plating with a Hot Wheel car

Mattel, Inc. has announced the Hot Wheels® Flippin Fast™ die-cast – a new vehicle designed to encourage an open-ended play experience – ahead of Autism Acceptance Month.

The Flippin Fast die-cast ignites the challenger spirit as one of the most versatile die-cast vehicles from Hot Wheels. Its fidget toy–inspired design allows kids to enjoy the wide range of motion from a Hot Wheels car as they roll it forward, backward and flip it upside down.

Hot Wheels partnered with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), a non-profit advocacy organisation run by individuals on the autism spectrum, to validate the design and compatibility of the Flippin Fast die-cast to ensure it delivers an experience that meets the unique needs of all Hot Wheels fans – including those who may benefit from an open-ended, soothing and sensory play experience.

“It’s exciting that Mattel has taken the needs of autistic kids into consideration with this new toy. Too often, autistic children and their families are told that they are ‘playing wrong’, but allowing kids to play in the way they choose can promote self-regulation and self-expression,” says Zoe Gross, director of Advocacy at ASAN. “This car can be played with in any configuration – and whether kids prefer to play pretend with it or just spin the wheels, the design emphasises that there’s no wrong way to play.”

While the Flippin Fast die-cast vehicle is intended for children ages 3 and up across all ability levels, ASAN’s seal on the packaging indicates it meets the unique play needs of the autism spectrum community. 

“Hot Wheels is always listening to consumers and finding ways to implement their feedback into our new products to ensure we are meeting their differing needs through play,” says Ted Wu, vice-president and global head of Design for Vehicles at Mattel. “In this case, we created a toy where there is truly no ‘wrong’ way to play with it. Flip it, spin it, or roll it forward, backward and even upside down – there are endless ways for everyone to play.”

Mattel has a long-standing relationship with ASAN and has worked with the non-profit to help validate and inform the development of a variety of toy products and characters across Mattel’s portfolio of brands. The relationship kicked off with the introduction of Bruno, the Thomas & Friends franchise’s first-ever character with autism, across all franchise touchpoints in September 2022.

Hot Wheels Flippin Fast is the latest way Mattel is evolving its product offerings to be more accessible and inclusive, engaging consumers more intentionally with products that meet their unique needs.

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