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(CNN)   Autistic 7-year-old lost over 500 Hot Wheels in a fire. Mattel responds by sending boxes of cars, toys, and t-shirts. Diecast in a fire   (cnn.com ) divider line
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2008-11-20 08:25:04 PM  
He has been throwing more frequent tantrums as his parents are trying to establish a new routine. But the toys definitely have helped

Yeah, I bet they make great projectiles.


First class gesture by Mattel.
 
2008-11-20 08:30:31 PM  
Well if he was so damn autistic he should be able to make something cool with all the melted ones.

oh wait.
 
2008-11-20 08:32:04 PM  
+1 for Mattel. Every 7 year old needs his Hot Wheels,
 
2008-11-20 08:50:27 PM  
My favorite "car":
ecx.images-amazon.com

/hot dog!
 
2008-11-20 08:50:44 PM  

sentex: +1 for Mattel. Every 7 year old needs his Hot Wheels


Awesome of Mattel to help him out. When I was 7-8 years old, I used to think Hot Wheels cars were the coolest thing ever. My parents got me one of those tracks with a loop and a jump, and my buddy from across the street and I would literally run those cars on that track for hours.

I kept my favorite Hot Wheels car for sentimental value. (Yellow Ferarri for those curious.) Those things were fun.
 
2008-11-20 08:53:20 PM  
BOOOOO on subby, *groan*
Yay on Mattel!
My grandmother worked there for a while, and as such I have some dolls that were never produced. A plush red elephant and plush blue donkey with voice boxes that say things like, "The trunk is not for mudslinging," and "Vote for me to get your kicks!"
They rule.
 
2008-11-20 08:54:50 PM  

ambassador_ahab: I kept my favorite Hot Wheels car for sentimental value. (Yellow Ferarri for those curious.) Those things were fun.


There are still serious adult collectors out there. I used to make a few dollars extra on the side buying the rare models from friends at a toy store and selling them to people who just needed to have them.
 
2008-11-20 09:13:44 PM  
As the father of a 13 year old with autism, I'm getting a kick out of these replies.

Mad props to Mattel.
 
2008-11-20 09:33:40 PM  
There's something in my eye. Coolness abounds.

I'm buying Mattel products for presents this year.

/+1
 
2008-11-20 09:54:11 PM  

sentex: +1 for Mattel. Every 7 year old needs his Hot Wheels,


I'm 34, and I still wish I had mine. I loved my Hot Wheels and my Tonka (made out of steel, not plastic, thankyouverymuch) trucks.

And good on Mattel. They made a kid happy and got some good PR. It's win-win.
 
2008-11-20 10:03:14 PM  
Kudos to Mattel and everything, but the new Hot Wheels track sets totally suck. All of the parts are unique to that set and once you take the farking thing apart and the pieces mix, they're worthless.

I miss the old interchangeable tracks and connectors. We had a great plastic clamp that we'd attach to the stairs or fireplace mantel and make an awesome hill.

/get the fark off my lawn
 
2008-11-20 10:30:44 PM  

ambassador_ahab: sentex: +1 for Mattel. Every 7 year old needs his Hot Wheels

Awesome of Mattel to help him out. When I was 7-8 years old, I used to think Hot Wheels cars were the coolest thing ever. My parents got me one of those tracks with a loop and a jump, and my buddy from across the street and I would literally run those cars on that track for hours.
I still all mine, if I have a boy he's set from 5-12.
I kept my favorite Hot Wheels car for sentimental value. (Yellow Ferarri for those curious.) Those things were fun.

 
2008-11-20 10:37:29 PM  
I left my wallet at the Mattel headquarters.

/I got to get it, I got got to get it.
//obscure? Better not be.
 
2008-11-20 10:56:06 PM  
[opens box of t-shirts]

"Definitely not Hot Wheels. Definitely not."

/hell
 
2008-11-21 12:13:55 AM  
I never thought it possible that DIAF could be used for good in a headline or post.
 
2008-11-21 12:14:28 AM  
Awwww...tistic
 
2008-11-21 12:15:37 AM  
Suck it, Oprah.
 
2008-11-21 12:16:45 AM  

Uchiha_Cycliste: BOOOOO on subby, *groan*
Yay on Mattel!
My grandmother worked there for a while, and as such I have some dolls that were never produced. A plush red elephant and plush blue donkey with voice boxes that say things like, "The trunk is not for mudslinging," and "Vote for me to get your kicks!"
They rule.


That's pretty cool! Planning to fund your retirement with them? ;)
 
2008-11-21 12:16:46 AM  
So the kid deserves a bunch of free toys because he's retarded? Or does Mattel do this for normal kids, too?
 
2008-11-21 12:18:34 AM  
Thumbs up for Mattel and making me smile.
 
2008-11-21 12:19:11 AM  
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Do they still make these? I wonder if mom threw mine out?

/had 20+ General Lees
 
2008-11-21 12:20:12 AM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: Kudos to Mattel and everything, but the new Hot Wheels track sets totally suck. All of the parts are unique to that set and once you take the farking thing apart and the pieces mix, they're worthless.

I miss the old interchangeable tracks and connectors. We had a great plastic clamp that we'd attach to the stairs or fireplace mantel and make an awesome hill.

/get the fark off my lawn


Were your pieces bright orange? I found an old set in my grandfather's attic that matches your description. I messed with it for a while, but the plastic had aged enough that it cracked if you looked at it funny.
 
2008-11-21 12:20:30 AM  

Epsilon: So the kid deserves a bunch of free toys because he's retarded? Or does Mattel do this for normal kids, too?


8/10

Highest score ever given by me.

Well done.
 
2008-11-21 12:20:31 AM  

menolikepoopybad: I left my wallet at the Mattel headquarters.

/I got to get it, I got got to get it.
//obscure? Better not be.


Is their HQ in El Segundo?
 
2008-11-21 12:21:29 AM  

Epsilon: So the kid deserves a bunch of free toys because he's retarded? Or does Mattel do this for normal kids, too?


No, but it looks good for Mattel, and they more than make up for it in publicity. Plus, it makes him happy.
 
2008-11-21 12:24:52 AM  

dallylamma: menolikepoopybad: I left my wallet at the Mattel headquarters.

/I got to get it, I got got to get it.
//obscure? Better not be.

Is their HQ in El Segundo?


yes
 
2008-11-21 12:25:12 AM  

dallylamma: menolikepoopybad: I left my wallet at the Mattel headquarters.

/I got to get it, I got got to get it.
//obscure? Better not be.

Is their HQ in El Segundo?


FTA

"Mattel, with headquarters in El Segundo, California, wanted to get involved after hearing on CNN that Jonathan, who had been collecting Hot Wheels since he was 2, had lost everything"
 
2008-11-21 12:26:10 AM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: I miss the old interchangeable tracks and connectors. We had a great plastic clamp that we'd attach to the stairs or fireplace mantel and make an awesome hill.


Also, they were really great for beating the crap out of your little brother with. Apparently.

/little brother
 
2008-11-21 12:26:22 AM  
Excellent move, super classy by Mattel. Good on them!
 
2008-11-21 12:26:23 AM  

tukatz: My favorite "car":

/hot dog!


I see your Wienermobile and raise you a Paraplegic Wienerdog.

img518.imageshack.us

This was from a Photoshop contest from way back. Props to whoever 'shopped it.
 
2008-11-21 12:26:40 AM  
something in my eye as well, and mad props to Mattel for this one.
 
2008-11-21 12:28:38 AM  

Monkeypillow: Eddie Adams from Torrance: Kudos to Mattel and everything, but the new Hot Wheels track sets totally suck. All of the parts are unique to that set and once you take the farking thing apart and the pieces mix, they're worthless.

I miss the old interchangeable tracks and connectors. We had a great plastic clamp that we'd attach to the stairs or fireplace mantel and make an awesome hill.

/get the fark off my lawn

Were your pieces bright orange? I found an old set in my grandfather's attic that matches your description. I messed with it for a while, but the plastic had aged enough that it cracked if you looked at it funny.


Bright orange with dark purple connectors... we used to use them as wraparound belts upon which to attach our genuine Star Trek communicators and phasers... Jeebus we were geeks. But woe to the guy who showed up with the red shirt!!!11!
 
2008-11-21 12:30:04 AM  

Uchiha_Cycliste: BOOOOO on subby, *groan*
Yay on Mattel!
My grandmother worked there for a while, and as such I have some dolls that were never produced. A plush red elephant and plush blue donkey with voice boxes that say things like, "The trunk is not for mudslinging," and "Vote for me to get your kicks!"
They rule.


I see what you did there, groaning on subby. I groaned, too.

However, I shall give subby an unprecedented +42 because NOWHERE in the headline is there a stupid cliche about Autism. Just mentions that the boy has it.

/Knew someone special with Autism. She farkin' ruled.
//Oh, and Mattel rules, too. I agree on that stand. I hate you so hard for getting uncirculated toys! :D
 
2008-11-21 12:31:04 AM  
That's very cool of Mattel.

Truth is, in the same fire, I lost my collection of Playboy Bunnies. Hey Hugh, help a guy out.
 
2008-11-21 12:31:08 AM  

Epsilon: So the kid deserves a bunch of free toys because he's retarded? Or does Mattel do this for normal kids, too?


Cause he is retarded and Mattel wanted some good press due to all the lead toy recalls
 
2008-11-21 12:36:15 AM  
isn't that special?
 
2008-11-21 12:38:35 AM  
I also collected toy/mattel cars when i was a kid.
I counted them once and I think my 'collection' came to somewhere between 200 and 300. Maybe slightly over 300. I'm not 100% sure now. It was a long time ago.

/ has asperger's syndrome.
// which is slightly close to autism... is an autism spectrum disorder.
 
2008-11-21 12:40:03 AM  
Awesome. Its good to know that big corporations still have heart.
 
2008-11-21 12:43:19 AM  
I hope Kmart will donate some underwear for the kid.
 
2008-11-21 12:45:44 AM  

I_Can't_Believe_it's_not_Boutros: Eddie Adams from Torrance: I miss the old interchangeable tracks and connectors. We had a great plastic clamp that we'd attach to the stairs or fireplace mantel and make an awesome hill.

Also, they were really great for beating the crap out of your little brother with. Apparently.

/little brother


Dammit if my cousins and I ran out of the purple connecters. Scotch tape just didn't work all that well when making a track from the roof across the driveway with a loopy-loop into a bucket.

And then our parents came back. Our memories are very vague after that. Good times.
 
2008-11-21 12:47:46 AM  
I just sent them an e-mail (address not included to avoid bannination)

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Dear Mattel,

Fark.com reported that when an autistic 7-year-old lost over 500 Hot Wheels in a fire, you responded by sending boxes of cars, toys, and t-shirts.

This Christmas, I will be buying your products for all my family members, and telling them why.

http://forums.fark.com/cgi/fark/comments.pl?IDLink=4033265

Sincerely,
Resonant
 
2008-11-21 12:50:32 AM  
In the future will Mattel be held responsible for enspiring this little guy to become an "excellent driver"?

Seriously, Mattel is serving as an example that we all should follow. The total cost to Mattel is less than $1000, but it wil change a kids life, and earn them a million in publicity. Everybody is a winner, and we all go home smiling.

/this message brought to you by 97X ... Bamm ... "The Future of Rock & Roll"
// not even obscure
 
2008-11-21 12:52:27 AM  
Oh great, another "Vehicle Manufacturer" just giving shiat away and soon to be standing in line for a bailout.

Kudos to Matel!

/My little boy perfers those diecast Thomas the Tank trains
 
2008-11-21 12:53:34 AM  

SpaceLord: Do they still make these? I wonder if mom threw mine out?

/had 20+ General Lees


wow.talk about a flashback to my childhood...i forgot all about all 5 of those my mom has tucked away somewhere.with the 5 or 6 general lees in each one,as well as the dukes of hazard stickers all over them.thanks for making me think about something i havent thought of in years.
 
2008-11-21 12:53:42 AM  

Epsilon: So the kid deserves a bunch of free toys because he's retarded? Or does Mattel do this for normal kids, too?

FTFA:"We wanted to send as many as possible," said Deborah Dicochea, associate manager of the Mattel Children's Foundation, which sends toys globally to children affected by crisis

.

So, I'm thinking it was in the kid's favour (better PR that way), but wasn't the deciding factor.
 
2008-11-21 12:56:27 AM  

drjekel_mrhyde: Epsilon: So the kid deserves a bunch of free toys because he's retarded? Or does Mattel do this for normal kids, too?

Cause he is retarded and Mattel wanted some good press due to all the lead toy recalls


Point of order:
Autism and 'retardation' are not the same thing.
A person can have autism and not be developmentally disabled...in fact, a person with autism is frequently much smarter than the average bear.

/ just sayin'...
 
2008-11-21 12:57:55 AM  
We use Hot Wheels as a unit of money for my 6 year old.

"Mom? Can I have this (some random item)?"
"It's worth 5 Hot Wheels"
*thinks*
"Nah, I dont want it"

/he has about 140 well loved and well earned Hot Wheels
 
2008-11-21 12:58:13 AM  

syzygy whizz: A person can have autism and not be developmentally disabled...in fact, a person with autism is frequently much smarter than the average bear.


Too bad they're socially retarded.

/Is socially retarded
//Not autistic, thank FSM
 
2008-11-21 01:07:20 AM  
As a 39-year-old, I will tell you Hot Wheels were pretty much the main focus of my life for a long time. During times of no Evel Knievel stunt bike, and before BMX, Hot Wheels were my engineering outlet. I can never describe the concentration and test time put into making crazy jumps work.

I'm not talking about simple stuff, but huge jumps that took hours of observation to make work. When you can get twenty different styles of Hot Wheels to complete a jump and finish the track--that is some serious stuff.

Only the "real deal" Hot Wheels people will get this.
 
2008-11-21 01:08:07 AM  
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