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hobbyDB hits Vega$ for the 2015 SuperToyCon

We’ve just got back from our first SuperToyCon at Circus Circus in fabulous Las Vegas. We had an awesome time and met lots of great people including (but not limited to) Larry Wood from Hot Wheels, M2‘s Sean Taylor, Jada‘s Darryl Li, Tom Zahorsky from Tomy/JL, Anita Smith of ChiCkLUu’s Fabulous Redlines, designer Luis Tanahara, Johnny Jimenez from the Las Vegas Toy Shack, Dean and Josh from the Cars The Movie forum, organizer JC and of course, Andy Goodman who came on board here with ModelPackRat earlier in the year.

Oh yeah, and we also saw The Batmobile….

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The Forgotten Mustang

Mustang fans across the world celebrated its 50th anniversary last year with one slight problem…

They were 2 years late.

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Mustang I Concept

The first production Mustang rolled off the lines on March 9th, 1964, but 3 years prior Lee Iocacca and a committee of Ford Managers were looking for an answer to GM’s successful Corvair Monza. That answer came in the form of John Najjar Ferzely and Phil Clark’s “Allegro” project tasked with building a concept for the “Cougar”. History, of course, would remember this by the name later inspired by Clark’s cross-country drive where he encountered the living version of the car’s namesake in Nevada.

Ford’s design vice-president Eugene Bordinat was looking for a newsworthy “bell-ringer” for Fords new-model press release in the fall of 1961 when he discovered the Mustang I design. He gave engineer Roy Lunn (Aston Martin DB2, Jeep Cherokee, Boss 429 etc.) the task of taking the car from a designer’s dream to a drive-able machine in just 60 days. Roy was up to the challenge, and the press was delighted with a preview of Dearborn’s first true sports car later that year.

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Automodello 1962 Mustang I with COA signed by Dan Gurney

The public got their first glance of the Mustang I on October 7, 1962, when it made its formal debut at the United States Grand Prix in Watkins Glen, New York. The iconic test driver and contemporary Formula One racer, Dan Gurney, lapped the track in a demonstration. His lap times were only slightly off the pace of the F1 race cars.

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Hot Wheels Mustang Concept I

 

After an extensive tour with a heavy focus on college campuses, it was decided that the impractical design and expensive price tag of the Mustang I was unlikely to do well with the younger demographic of emerging baby boomers. It was housed in a basement and forgotten about until 1967 when Ford executives Morris Carter and Frank Theyleg discovered its remains and sent it to the Scientific Research Garage to be restored. It became an official part of the Ford Museum collection in 1982.

 

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Mustang I Design Sheet

Although it may not garner as much attention as its production descendants, the Mustang I was the catalyst to the car we know and love today. I hope you’ll join us in documenting its collectibles and wishing the father of all Mustangs a very happy 53rd birthday!

Mustang Collectors Contest

Welcome to the Mustang Collector’s Contest!

We host the hobbyDB collector’s contests to bring collectors from different collecting communities together to share their knowledge and expertise. The ultimate goal is for hobbyDB project members from all categories to catalog every collectible ever made. This contest is for Muscle Machines Maniacs and Ford Mustang Fanatics. The Original Muscle Machines have graciously donated four autographed models with signed design sheets to help the project.

hobbyDB catalog users have already added 1,680 Original Muscle Machines diecast models to the catalog! With  781 Mustang collectibles currently in the catalog, we’re off to a good start there as well. The goal of this contest is to complete the goal of cataloging every Muscle Machines model ever made and get a huge boost on the Mustang collection. Thanks in advance for your help in building the catalog!

Good Luck!

The hobbyDB team.

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Prizes —

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Autographed Original Muscle Machines 2 Pack (’69 Ford Mustang/’64 Ford Thunderbolt) & design sheet signed by the Jody Bonham


Prize for:

  • Ford Mustang Fanatics Raffle
  • Muscle Machines Maniacs Raffle
  • Largest Original Muscle Machines Collection[/box]

 

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Build Ups


Autographed Original Muscle Machines ’69 Ford Mustang Build-Up & design sheet signed by the designer


Prize for:

Largest Mustang Collection [/box]

 

Contests


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Raffle Contests

You can earn entries to the raffle contests by adding items to the collection. There will be 2 drawings. One for Muscle Machines or Maisto collectibles and another for Mustang, Ford, and Shelby memorabilia. Entries are determined as follows:

Muscle Machines Maniacs*:

Original Muscle Machines added = 2 entries

Maisto International model added = 1 entry

Ford Mustang Fanatics:

Mustang item added — 2 entries

Ford or Shelby item added = 1 entry  [/box]

Ready to go?


 Or check out what’s already entered in the catalog:

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Contest begins at 12:00 AM EST January 19, 2015 and ends at 12:00 AM EST February 2nd, 2015. All eligible entries received during the Submission Period will be gathered into a database at the end of the Contest Period. A winner will be selected at random for each of the raffle competitions. The winners will be announced by February 2nd, 2015 on or about noon EST. 
PRIZES — Three Original Muscle Machines ’69 Ford Mustang/’64 Ford Thunderbird HD 2 Packs — One Original Muscle Machines ’69 Mustang Build-Up. Winner will receive the allotted prize within 30 days of notification. An announcement that an entrant will be receiving a prize will be sent to the email address supplied on the potential prize winner’s user account. Each entrant is responsible for monitoring his or her email account for notification and receipt or other communications related to this contest. If a potential prize winner cannot be reached by hobbyDB within fifteen (15) days using the contact information provided at the time of entry, that potential prize winner shall forfeit the prize. Prize donations from The Original Muscle Machines shall not in any way signify that they are an official partner or sponsor of the contest.

Andy Goodman on collecting, family, and hobbyDB.

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Our Hot Wheels, M2 Machines, Jada and Muscle Machines listings have had a huge boost over the last few months as popular diecast database modelpackrat.com merged with hobbyDB, bringing its 10,000+ diecast listings with it. To mark the occasion – and his addition to the illustrious hobbyDB Advisory Board – we sat down with the original Model Pack Rat himself, site founder Andy Goodman, to talk about collecting and why he thought hobbyDB was such a great fit for Model Pack Rat’s data.


 

While Andy’s been a collector since he was young his 35,000-strong diecast collection started with one model Mustang.

“I was working my first job and I’d always dreamed about owning a Mustang Cobra. It was nowhere near reality at the point, but one day my girlfriend comes home with the #984 Hot Wheels Mainline Mustang and says ‘I bought you your dream car!’ Andy remembers. “It was a gag gift, but I just thought ‘wow, this is really a pretty cool way of having a piece of the car without having the whole car.’”

AGMustangQuoteIn a scenario instantly recognizable to most collectors, things escalated rapidly from there. First the cars took over a shelf on Andy’s bookcase, then the entire bookcase. Now, some 18 years later, they occupy his finished basement and all the walls in his 4 car, 1,000sq foot garage which is covered in Jada collectibles.

“I’ll never be a Leno, a Seinfeld or a Tim Allen with a garage full of real cars,” Andy says, “but when the cars are two to five dollars, I can have everything I want!”

As well as his vast model car collection – and collections of Legos, Garbage Pail cards, and coins – Andy owns AGoodMan Enterprises Inc, an integrated marketing and motorsports company. He also serves as exec producer of Motorama Events, consults for the Nassau County Cruise to the Show, The Torque Meet Tour and M2 Machines as well as having been a Contributing Editor for Die Cast X Magazine. But it was his diecast models which inspired the creation of Model Pack Rat.

“With a collection of 35,000 items, there’s no way to remember every piece you have. It’s impossible.” Andy explains. “I’d buy a set, forget I had it and buy it again. You end up with a pile of doubles. I wanted to build some sort of cataloging system to keep track of what I have.”GoodmanWall

The site began as a personal organization tool but quickly developed into a catalog, which anyone could add to and use to organize their models. Many users, however, just liked using it for research.

After a year, there were 10,200 cars in the database and Andy was averaging 800 to 900 new additins every month. But while the site quickly became a popular destination for 1:64 collectors, Andy soon realized that expanding its audience further would be difficult. “What I’d built was specifically for the 1:64 diecast collector,” he says. “That’s really a niche within a niche within a niche. You really are in that small, small segment. It was never going to have the opportunity to become something big, it was just too segmented.

That was when hobbyDB came along.

“The difference that I liked at HobbyDB, is that HobbyDB is really attracting collectors from a multitude of collectables, really anything.” Andy explains. “It’s not just a matter of having a database for diecast guys. It works for a 1:1 scale car guy or even a guy who collects Mustang collectables. You’ve got crossover there with a multitude of people checking out different things, different topics and seeing different information versus my very niche idea.”

What Andy sees as hobbyDB’s huge future potential also contributed to his decision to move Model Pack Rat over. “It’s really digging into putting in manufacturer, different notes, two-door, four-door, versus my make, model, year, series and brand. They really break down the items into very specific, searchable categories. If people get out there and really support HobbyDB and start entering their own stuff into it, it could be a limitless encyclopedia of information.”

HDBFields“Using software to catalog your collection is time consuming, nobody’s ever going to lie about that, but hobbyDB is easy to use and really cuts down how long cataloging takes,” he adds. “If you really do have an extensive collection, though, there’s a lot of reasons to catalog it other than just knowing what you’ve got. For example, if you need to file a claim because of fire or theft, you’ve got to give documentation of what you have to your insurance company.”

Of course, with the Model Pack Rat merger, Andy’s own collection is now documented on hobbyDB, instantly making him our biggest user! We’re hoping also that he’ll also be adding some of his more special pieces to the site. He has quite a few of those too. “I’m more about the story than the car,” he says. “And there are a lot of stories behind some of my pieces. Friends that have sent me prototypes. Russell Hughes, who owns GreenLight, personally sent me a mold piece of a Mustang, knowing my favorite car is a Mustang. Those are priceless pieces.”

And as he’s already started his kids on collecting, we’re hoping we might see them on the site too.

“My daughters’ Lego addiction is a family affair. We have Legos all over the house and china cabinets and showcases in my daughters’ rooms. One daughter’s four, the other’s seven, and I’d much rather see them thinking critically, building a product, and taking it apart to turn it into something else. Collecting increases family time all around, but the Legos are definitely the largest link for me and my children.

The truth is, they’re kids once, you get that only one time then they grow up. If you find an activity that everybody likes, it doesn’t have to be Lego, whether it’s diecast cars or Barbie dolls, whatever the heck it might be, if it creates that bond, that’s more important than anything else.”

Displaying your Collection so you look like a Decorator, not a Hoarder

What good is a collection if you can’t display it and enjoy it? We’ve gathered several unique, creative and visually appealing collection displays to help inspire you in your efforts to display your collected objects proudly.

Antique weathervanes hung on the wall:

Antique Weather Vanes Collection

Photo courtesy of Steven Randazzo for iVillage.com

Vintage cameras hung with velcro and fishing line inside empty frames:

Vintage Cameras in Frames

Photo by Tim Melideo, used with permission http://timmelideo.com/

Vintage cameras again, displayed on narrow shelves along a chalkboard wall with chalked labels:

Vintage Cameras on a Chalkboard

Photo by Photo.net Editorial on Photo.net

An Italian Museum of Artfully Arranged Everyday Objects

Ettore Guatelli Museum

Photo by Ettore Guatelli Museum

Display small objects inside other interesting pieces with glass displays like this shell collection in an antique aquarium:

Antique Aquarium Shell Display

Shell collection of Linda Rodin, featured in Real Simple

Group similar objects in various sizes together on a tabletop for a conversation starter:

Globe Collection on Display

Globe Collection for Real Simple

Do you collect something unusual and want tips on how to display it? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll see if the community here has any ideas for you.