DVIDS – News – The Great Wall of Hot Wheels

Go to Chemical Warfare, a store dominated by Damage Controlmen that reports to the engineering department of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), and one would end up in a store that some might say has more personality. than any other. There are personalized lockers, smiling faces of sailors enjoying the company of their shipmates and a wall completely covered with toy cars.
The impressive lineup spans a slew of models, ranging from custom first aid vehicles, super cars, comic book-inspired designs and other unique choices. What started with a sailor sharing a passion has evolved to include an entire boutique.
“My cousins ​​and I played with Hot Wheels and the tracks all the time when I was young,” said firefighter Adrian Landoverde, Damage Controlman. “I really like cars, and they look more unique than anything else I’ve seen. One day I was at Walmart and saw the Mickey-Mouse boat, I thought “Oh, a boat on a boat would be cool” and I bought it.
According to the official Hot Wheels Media website, they got their start in 1968 when their creator, Elliot Handler, and his toy company named “Mattel” released a product that “would look cooler and go faster ” than any other product on the market. . Hot Wheels Media also claims that they were intended to be modeled after hot rods, often sporting custom paint jobs, superchargers and large rear wheels, among other things. Additionally, Hot Wheels sold an orange track set that featured a “gas station” that would propel cars along the track.
“A week after Landoverde started the wall, I took a trip to Target,” said Dan-Michael Luna, Damage Controlman 2nd Class. “I said to myself: ‘I have to buy some other cooler ones’.”
Luna then explained how this growing collection of cars had affected her shipmates and the morale of the workshop.
“At first, collecting cars and displaying them was for fun, but then it became a work center job. It brought us together as a team, and the camaraderie grew stronger as the wall got bigger. It lifted my spirits in a funny way. Savoy was trying to slide some Matchboxes on the wall, and we were creating funny scenarios like the XO was imagining one of the cars and saying “I’ll pass your zone if you give me one of the cars,” and I’d say, “You’re going to have to let us down, sir! »
Damage Controlman Fireman Daymon Savoy wreaked havoc by putting a Matchbox car into service late at night while on duty. Once he did, he waited until morning when his deed was discovered. The store went into detective mode trying to figure out who might have tainted the Great Wall of Hot Wheels with a matchbox – an orange Volkswagen Beetle in this case – although everyone knew who the culprit was.
“We’re damage control officers, so I wanted to put emergency vehicles in place,” Savoy says. “Matchbox makes most of these, but when I tried to put one or two on they said I couldn’t because it wasn’t a Hot Wheels. They suggested starting a wall different for Matchbox in the compartment opposite the wall. It only made me want to do it more, so I bought a VW bug and put it with them. That one eventually came to an end, but I I’m not done. I’ll keep building the cars people don’t like. I can’t be stopped. Matchbox is as good as Hot Wheels.
Matchbox, established in 1953 as Lesney Products, found great success when John Odell’s daughter at school only allowed toys that could fit inside a matchbox, inspiring the small design according to Best Ride official website. Designers took photos of the original models and occasionally acquired blueprints that allowed Lesney Products to create scale model cars with an impressive amount of detail. Their size allowed them to dominate a market niche that many of their competitors had not yet penetrated until the emergence of Hot Wheels in the 60s.
“I guess you could compare it to being in the Navy, you know,” said Damage Control Officer 3rd Class Chad Hodge. “Being part of something in general and having the ability to say you contributed to it. I feel like I’ll try to start something similar to this collection every time I get to my next order, but I doubt that I would bring all that I contributed here. It’s like I leave a piece of myself here, leaving my mark.
A common theme in Chemical Warfare is contagious positive energy. Their faces light up as they discuss some of the new additions, and while there’s a lot of screaming when a matchbox is uncovered where it shouldn’t be, there are smiles aplenty. teeth all over a room bursting out laughing.
“The DC store works really hard,” Luna said. “We plan and organize drills and headquarters, clear repair lockers, contain actual victims, and all other Sailor business. At the end of the day, I see my guys in the corner staring at the wall, laughing and talking about the next things we’ll add to it; like expanding one of the sections. They basically forget about all the negative things that happened throughout the day.
The four collectors have agreed to grow the wall as much as they can for the remainder of their tenure aboard IKE, and they hope to encourage others to become part of their collective.
“Anyone who wants to contribute to the wall can do so,” Landoverde said. “Don’t put a matchbox on it.”

Date taken: 24.08.2022
Date posted: 27.09.2022 15:42
Story ID: 430121
Location: PORTSMOUTH, Virginia, USA

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