See More of What You Want, Less of What You Don’t

At hobbyDB, we see super-powers as kinda our thing, which is why we’ve been working hard to perfect the power of laser-focused search to better navigate through our galaxy of collectibles. These features are brand new, so you may want to tinker around with them first to get the hang of things.

 

Exclusive Keywords

If I wanted to look at Porsches, but don’t want to be bothered with those pesky Boxsters, I can put a minus in front of keywords I want to leave out of the search. For example, if I type

My results will show ALL Hot Wheels Porsches except Porsche Boxsters. Wahoo!

Search Filters

Maybe you have an affinity for black VW Drag Buses from Phil’s Garage? Perhaps you only want to see Boeing Model Aircrafts from the Herpa Wings series in one place? No problem!

Search filters allow you to find collectibles using any combination of model characteristics. Below is a small example – don’t worry, we have a ton of more options for you to play with, as well as detailed data points to easily locate any collectibles. Start browsing now!

search filter

 

Happy collecting,

Patrick & the hobbyDB team

Still not clear on how the new features work? Shoot us an email at contact@hobbydb.com for a further demonstration.

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Join the Curation Nation

Ever feel like you’re destined to do more? We do.

Believe it or not, hobbyDB relies on the generosity of Curators to keep our numerous catalog items clean from misinformation that could be lurking around every query.

Curators are users with special powers that we trust to edit specific information on the site. You can curate something as specific as an individual catalog item. But you can go beyond just one item, you can even curate a subject of anything from as small as the Personal Happiness Happy Labbits vinyl toy seriesor as expansive as all the pieces done by Hot Wheels designer Larry Wood. You can even curate a specific casting and its variants. For example, Robinator is the Curator of the Dairy Delivery…and all 108 variants of that casting.

As an added bonus, you get a special badge AND your avatar is on the item page you curate… so everybody knows who’s boss.

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Why join the Curation Nation you ask?

  1. Revel in the pride of keeping your favorite collectible page clean and spiffy.
  2. Whatever you choose to curate will be a handy resource used by researchers and collectors alike.
  3. Most importantly, you don’t have to be an expert…just somebody with a favorite subject.

All you have to do is think about what exactly you would like to curate, and tell us via email at contact@hobbydb.com.

 

Already a Curator? Update your avatar with a photo of yourself or your collection for a chance to be featured on our dedicated Hot Wheels Curator Page going live later this week. Selfies are acceptable!

Recruit your buddies to become Curators and form an elite misinformation-fighting task force designed to tackle the most in-depth subjects on hobbyDB (Mercedes-Benz, perhaps?). Multiple members can curate a single subject, and a single member can curate as many pages as they’d like.

 

Reminder: We will be in Los Angeles with Rob Graves (aka Robinator) for the National Hot Wheel’s Convention from September 30th – October 4th. If you’re in the area, we’d love to see you there!

 

Happy Collecting,

Patrick & the hobbyDB team

any questions about new features, Curator abilities, or the National Hot Wheel’s Convention – feel free to email contact@hobbydb.com for personalized help.

 

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Everyone Needs to Own this Casting! (At Least I Think So!)

by Ron Ruelle

by Ron Ruelle

I had a conundrum at the store the other day… Looking at a freshly unboxed display of Hot Wheels, I was overwhelmed by how many ’71 Buick Rivieras were there. As you may have ascertained from earlier posts, this is my favorite casting, mostly because I own a real example of this car.

In some instances, I would have scooped them all up to give them a good home, but in this case, I already have several of this particular variant: a couple in packages, one on a short card, a couple loose ones to play with (home and office), maybe one or two to sell, and one that has been disassembled for custom work.

So what’s a fanboy and devoted collector to do? As much as I love these, it’s not like it’s a Super Treasure Hunt, it’s just a cool mainline car. I own plenty of them for now.

1971 Buick Riviera Hot Wheels

I decided to place them all front and center and top of the display, hoping others would cotton to this model. In fact, as one mother impatiently waited for her son to pick out one car to pacify him as they shopped, I suggested one of these. She looked at me kinda funny and scurried away. But the kid did indeed snag one of them.

So my question to you, fellow collectors… have you ever done anything like this? What do you do when you encounter your all time favorite model, but really don’t need to bring more of them home? Let me know below!

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Joe

I just buy every '64 Riviera I find!

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All Orange Track Leads to Los Angeles!

When one of the largest collections of Hot Wheels collectors gathers in Los Angeles, hobbyDB will be there, offering live demonstrations and on site signup for the site. The 29th Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Convention from September 30 to October 4, 2015 at the L.A. Airport Marriott.

Our booth is next to the registration area and the Hot Wheels Newsletter booth. Also, our official headquarters are in room 3012.

Hot Wheels customs

Hot Wheels customs

Christian Braun, one of the founders of hobbyDB, will be in attendance along with Robert Graves, who is one of the most knowledgeable Hot Wheels collectors on the planet! Graves, who you might also know from SouthTexasDiecast.com, is in the process of moving his collection to the hobbyDB database. The move should be close to complete by the time the convention rolls around.

We’ll be looking for Hot Wheels hotshots to help manage our website to keep the diecast neat and orderly and correct. Are you an Olds enthusiast? Or a Super Treasure Hunt Seeker? Maybe you collect every single variant of one particular casting. However you roll, we have a role for you!

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As a bonus, each paid adult can bring one child 12 or under for no additional cost! For more information and to buy tickets, visit the Hot Wheels Convention website.

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Jim Garbaczewski, Hot Wheels Collector for Life

Tomart Hot Wheels

Jim is one of the editors of the Tomart’s Price Guide to Hot Wheels and a member of the hobbyDB Advisory Board.

Jim Garbaczewski started collecting Hot Wheels cars at an early age… early in the product’s lifetime. He got his first cars in 1968, when the original Redlines came out, and was instantly hooked.

“I picked up one of everything from 1968 to about 1974,” he says.”For several years, I only bought the ones I really liked. In ’89 or so, I got back into collecting in a serious way.” Over the years he has managed to fill in that 15 year gap and has stayed on top of new models ever since.

If his name sounds familiar, you might know him as one of the editors of Tomart’s Price Guide to Hot Wheels or as the publisher and editor of the Hot Wheels Newsletter. Jim’s Hot Wheels pedigree is also put to good use as a member of the hobbyDB Advisory Board.

40,000 Hot Wheels might sound excessive, but consider the fact that Jim used to collect action figures as well. “I had to make a decision, and in the late ‘90s, I started selling the figures.” His favorite castings include the original Redline Custom El Dorado (his early favorite), the ’69 Pontiac GTO (he used to drive one), and any Volkswagen Beetles (too many different castings to even list). For those three cars, he will also collect models from other brands and in other scales.

As a kid he got a lot enjoyment racing and playing with the cars, so it’s no surprise his collection contains a large number of vehicles out of their blisters. “A lot of times, I’d rather scoot a loose car around on my desk than stare at a bunch of packages on the wall.” Some things never change.

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