KMJ Diecast Moves Store (& 40,000 Hot Wheels) to hobbyDB

“I started this website in 1997 to show off my collection,” says Kirk Smith of KMJ Diecast. It was just a hobby at the time, along with customizing various Hot Wheels models.

Some of Kirk's Chevy Nomads

Kirk’s Chevy Nomads

Then he started selling his extras on the site. Then it became a full time job. And somewhere along the way, KMJ became one of the most successful independent dealers in Hot Wheels.  After 15 years with ChannelAdvisor Kirk had wanted to find a better, more modern platform.

KMJ Diecast on ChannelAdvisor

KMJ Diecast on ChannelAdvisor

Kirk started looking for a new platform for selling. After weighing the pros and cons of various other platforms and initially going with a GoDaddy solution and then with Shopify, he decided the best choice was to open a store on hobbyDB.com. As the fastest growing collector site on the web, hobbyDB’s catalog, database and marketplace for anything and everything collectible were a no-brainer for someone like Kirk. Especially since Kirk was invited to  work very closely with the hobbyDB dev team to make sure that the all important back-end features are soon as good as what is in the front-end.

kmj diecast hobbydb hot wheels seller

The new KMJ Diecast on hobbyDB

As a bonus, hobbyDB also offered a clearer, more easily managed site that is a huge upgrade over the design KMJ had been using. Inventory can be categorized infinite ways, and the store is easily searchable by customers.

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Some of KMJ’s Stock waiting for a new owner

The hobbyDB team has been working long hours to help bring the KMJ inventory over to the new storefront before the current deal runs out. “I cannot say in words how grateful I am for their help,” said Kirk. “Everybody has put in 12 hour days to help move 40,000 plus Hot Wheels onto hobbyDB.  The site is getting better literally every day.  It’s very ambitious to want 100 billion collectibles on one site, but if anyone can do it I believe it’s these guys.”  Thanks, Kirk!

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Christian Braun

Kirk, thanks for your patience and all your good suggestions - many of which are on their way!

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Who Wants to be a Subject Curator?

So you know more than the average person about Matchbox Super Kings models? Are you the biggest fan of all things from Marx Toys? Do you have a trunk full of knowledge about Buicks?

If so, you should be a Subject Manager for hobbyDB!

Don't let important Subjects fall into neglect! Become a Subject Manager today!

Don’t let important Subjects fall into neglect! Become a Subject Manager today!

Curators are volunteers in charge of policing a designated section of our website to make sure the data is as clean, correct, and up to date as possible. As a Curator, we trust you to help edit mistakes, flag faulty entries, and fill in the blanks wherever you can.

If you want to tackle more than one subject, please let us know. And if there is already someone listed as a Curator of a Subject you are interested, that’s okay too… we can have more than one person patrolling our territories. The more the merrier, right?

A subject can be as Broad as the entire world of Ford Motor Company or as focused as a single year’s worth of Hot Wheels cars. Whatever your area of expertise, we want you on our team. Please contact us at patrick@hobbyDB.com and let’s get started!

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Jacques de Selliers Joins hobbyDB Advisory Board

clockarium copyJacques de Selliers, an expert in majoliclockophilia, has joined the hobbyDB Advisory Board. (If you aren’t familiar with that term, it means “connoisseur of faience clocks”… Not familiar with “faience?” It refers to objects with a “fine tin-glazed pottery on a delicate pale buff earthenware body.”)

More specifically, he curates the Clockarium, a museum of Art Deco ceramic clocks in Brussels. There are over a thousand different mantel clocks from the first half of the 20th Century in the museum. He is also one of the main contributors to a 2008 Visitor’s Guide to the museum, printed in French and Dutch.

Clockarium art deco clock collection

Just a small portion of the Clockarium Museum’s collection… The top seven shelves are circa 1927 to 1940, the two bottom shelves are circa 1950)

art deco clock Berlot French-Mussier.

The Clockarium is itself housed in a beautiful Art Deco building

We look forward to seeing more of the museum’s collection on hobbyDB!

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To Open or Not to Open? That is the Question

Ron Ruelle hobbyDB

Ron Ruelle hobbyDB

What you see in this photo is either a crime against collecting or a strike in favor of treating toys like, well, toys. This 1968 Hot Wheels Custom El Dorado was  recently “liberated” from its original blister by the owner. Finding one of these cars in good condition is fairly rare; finding one in the package is the holy grail.

68 Custom El Dorado Hot Wheels

Run free, little El Dorado, run free!

Part of the reason that vintage Hot Wheels are so valuable today is that to kids of that era, “collect them all” meant to obtain one of each, open them up, and play with them. Run them down that orange track, crash them together, bury them in the sandbox. The memories are real and the number of perfect copies are truly limited now. We didn’t buy them as investments, but some of them turned out that way.

With modern Hot Wheels, I often buy two of a car I like… one to open, and one to keep in the package. In fact, for the one I plan to open, I try to find an example with a cracked blister or a bent, creased card as if I am rescuing it from a far worse fate. (On a couple of occasions, I even got a discount!)

The question is, at what point is something old enough or rare enough that removing it from the package is an act of insanity? Or another way to look at it: How damaged must the packaging be before it’s not even worth keeping? Or: How valuable must a collectible be that the condition or existence of the packaging almost doesn’t matter?

A close look at the El Dorado in question shows that even in its plastic cocoon, the silver and red on the tires rubbed off quite a bit. And maybe the collector had a better carded version anyway. Either way, it’s his collection and he can do what he pleases.

If you saw “Toy Story 2,” a pivotal point of the film was whether vintage toys should be played with until they disintegrate or be placed on a shelf, forever preserved but sadly, eerily alone and still. In the end, *SPOILER ALERT* Woody and Buzz and gang decide it would be worth it to live on as playthings. One of the ironies of the “Toy Story 2” debate is that many action figures were produced from the movie, and there’s a good chance many collectors preserved theirs in the box.

So, what’s the oldest/rarest sealed diecast vehicle you have ever opened up? Let us know in the comments!

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Elizabeth

Although I recognize the value of collector items still in the package, there is no way a toy car is staying in the package at my house. The 7 year old has very strong feelings about letting the toys out to play.

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See the Future with these Matchbox Pre-Production Models

This is the Ambassador’s Report from the Matchbox Gathering, July 22nd, 2015. Lots of new models were announded for 2016, some of which you can see below.

This Volkswagen 1990 Crew Cab Transports, aka "Doka" is coming soon from Matchbox.

This Volkswagen 1990 Crew Cab Transports, aka “Doka” is coming soon from Matchbox.

By Larry Scaduto
INTRODUCTION

Good day to everyone! This report is the one you have been waiting for! We all get to see the new product for the rest of this year and into the following year. 2015 has been a year of change! There’s a new Matchbox Team in place, although the faces may have changed, the desire to improve the brand has never been more of a priority than it is today. Dave Weise, Michael Heralda and the rest of the gang set the wheels in motion to put Matchbox back on track. Gerry Cody and his team will keep going what these fine gentlemen started. 2016 models are already selected and 2017 is now the focus with collectors in mind. The proof of this is in the desire of Matchbox to listen to our ideas. The results of the Collector’s Poll are in this report. These are the models voters decided they would like to see made and the candidates will be posted in the War Room for consideration. Well I’ve talked enough for now. Onto the Gathering Report.

Thank you for reading…..Larry

2015 Matchbox Gathering Report

2015 & 2016 are looking great by what I’ve seen and heard. Not only did the dinner presentation provide us with a lot of information, but the seminar before that hosted by the Matchbox Team was an informal meeting of the minds that revealed even more information! Let’s jump right in shall we???? Matchbox is now under a new umbrella (or group) that is called The Toy Box! What that means to us is that we are no longer associated with the blue brand and that will give us freedom to pursue just about any model we wish without approval from them. Now it’s up to Mattel to let MBX accomplish this without restrictions. Are you listening Mattel??? To start out in mid-August there will be an exclusive Jeep Collection available at Wal-Mart.

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