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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.



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.


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!

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.

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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.


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!

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!

RIP Christopher Lee, Dick Van Patten & Patrick Macnee!

Everyone at hobbyDB was saddened to hear of the passing of three classic actors over the last month; Christopher Lee, Dick Van Patten and Patrick Macnee. So we thought what better way to pay tribute than by sharing some collectibles!

Still the quintessential Dracula almost 40 years after his last appearance in the role, Christopher Lee, who passed away aged 93 on June 7, also appeared in the fan-favorite Lord of the Rings series and the 1974 James Bond film The Man With The Golden Gun. Here’s The James Bond Car Collection model of the Oleg Cassini Edition AMC Matador Coupe Lee drove (and flew…) as Bond villain Francisco Scaramanga, complete with figures of Lee and costar Herve Villechaize as Nick-Nack. The boot/trunk doesn’t open so we don’t know if Mary Goodnight (Britt Ekland) is in there too!

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Dick Van Patten, who passed away aged 86 on June 23, is still best remembered for the classic 1977-81 ABC TV series Eight is Enough where he played patriarch Tom Bradford, father to eight offspring. The show got off to a troubled start when Star Wars star Mark Hamill, set to play eldest son David, was severely injured in a car accident shortly before shooting began and had to be replaced by Grant Goodeve, but it rapidly became a family viewing favorite. We were quite surprised that we couldn’t find an Eight is Enough tie-in lunch box to post, but we did find this classic 1977 TV Guide print ad announcing the series premiere;



While he made hundreds of film and TV appearances in shows like Battelstar Galactica and movies like A View to a Kill, Patrick Macnee, 93, who passed away on June 25, will forever be remembered as British gentleman spy John Steed of The Avengers (1961-69) and The New Avengers (1976-7). Starting out as a raincoated spy sidekick to amateur detective Dr. David Keel (Ian Hendry), Steed was revamped into the star of the show when it was reimagined for its second season. Now outfitted in stylish suits and always with bowler hat and umbrella to hand, Steed was paired with a succession of groundbreaking buttkicking female partners, Catherine Gale (Honor Blackman), Emma Peel (Diana Rigg) and Tara King (Linda Thorson). Outrageous and surreal, The Avengers ended in 1969 with Steed and Tara blasted into space. They must have come back down to earth, however, since the show was revived seven years later as The New Avengers with Steed now assisted by Gareth Hunt as Mike Gambit and Joanna Lumley as Purdey.

The Avengers saw a plethora of tie-in collectibles produced, everything from paperback books to replicas of Emma Peel’s mod outfits. One of the best remembered, however, is the Corgi gift set featuring Steed’s Bentley, Emma’s Lotus Elan plus figures of the two and three of Steed’s umbrellas! The New Avengers would also spawn plenty of collectibles, including a model of Steed’s Jaguar XJ6 Coupe, one of the last Dinky Toys planned for release, of which only a few were produced, making it also one of the rarest

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Do you have any collectibles that tie in with any of these shows or actors, why not add them to hobbyDB? And if we don’t have a type category that covers whatever you have yet, just let us know in the comments!