Draplin Designed Hot Wheels' Stars and Stripes Packaging System

by Chloe Gordon on 05/10/2022 | 2 Minute Read

Hot Wheels fans unite. Aaron James Draplin designed the patriotic packaging for Hot Wheels' 8-Card "Stars & Stripes" set. The affordable collectible cars' red, white, and blue packaging burst with Draplin's signature look yet still wholly fits the Hot Wheels aesthetic. It's the collaboration we didn't know we needed, and now we don't see how we could live without it.


DREAM GIG COMPLETED: Start your engines! Got to do a “backing cards” theme series for @hotwheelsofficial! Next time you are at Target or Walmart banging around, be sure to check for the 2022 “Stars & Stripes” 8-card set! A festive take on ol’ red, white and blue, the thickest lines and a dash of @ddcfonts DDC Hardware to boot! So proud to work for one of the coolest brands from my childhood. Dream gig! Completed!

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You know the coolest part about Hot Wheels as a brand? Any kid in the world can get one for a buck. Still. A buck. Every kid deserves a handful of Hot Wheels to play with. The idea they keep them as cool as they are, AND affordable?! So cool. Chokes me up.

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That said, we’re on call watching the phone for that big call from any of the following: Lego, Star Wars, Lego, Fraggle Rock, Lego, Rambo gum, Lego, Atari, Adventure People, Lego, Toughskins, Lego, Garaninals, Lego, Captain Crunch, Lego and/or G.I. Joe. And, Lego. Ready when you are. The biggest, revved-up loop-de-loop thanks to @MattGabe from Hot Wheels! Class act on EVERY level, that human. Thanks, man.

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Specials thanks to my buddy Dave Harrison from the @vanagonlife for the action shots. Quite possibly Salem, Oregon finest Hot Wheels collection?! Fact. Hell yeah, Dave!I remember my buddies Chad Smith and Fink hitting Target and Walmart to collect Hot Wheels in the mid-‘90s. And thinking, “Man, wouldn’t it be cool to work do something for these guys…”

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