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Getting Started at hobbyDB

New to hobbyDB? Here’s our quick start guide!

Finding collectible items is easy on our site. Just go to the search window at the top of any page and punch in a few words! You can now browse our huge database of collectibles.

Our search function is easy to use. And you can do a lot more at our site when you create an account.

Our search function is easy to use. And you can do a lot more at our site when you create an account.

You can do a lot more than just look… Start by logging into your account (or create one if you haven’t yet… it’s fast and free!).

Now you can add items to our catalog by clicking the Add To Catalog button. Or you can add variations (such as a different color or different wheels) to an already listed model with the Create Variant button.
Every item you add helps us fill up our fast growing database!

There are several ways to add an item to our catalog if it's not already there.

There are several ways to add an item to our catalog if it’s not already there.

You use hobbyDB to keep track of your collection… Mark items that you have in your collection by hitting the I Have This button when you see it on our site. And if you want to let the world know you are looking for one, you can hit I Want This.

We also have a marketplace for collectibles at hobbyDB. Look here for a quick guide to buying or selling collectibles.You’ll be up and running in no time!

hobbyDB joins Time Warp Comics for Free Comic Book Day

The best things in life are free, and that includes comic books! In Boulder, Time Warp Comics shop saw a line go down the block and around the corner… and that was an hour before they even opened. Costumed kids, authentic Imperial Storm Troopers, and the 1989 Batmobile (yes, the real Batmobile) were there to greet everyone. hobbyDB was there as well with an interactive booth just outside the door to sign up new members and show off our expanding Action Figures and Comics and Graphic Novels sections.

Christian Braun demonstrates how cool and useful our site is for comic book collectors.

Christian demonstrates how cool and useful our site is for comic book collectors.

Everyone who signed up at the event and then posted a new item to our database by the next Wednesday was entered for a drawing for one of three $50 gift cards from Time Warp.

If you signed up and haven’t posted yet, you have until midnight Wednesday, May 6, 2015 to enter. And the more you add to the catalog, the more chances you have to win! So hurry, and good luck!

Kids and supervillains of all sizes came out for free comic books.

Kids and supervillains of all sizes came out for free comic books.

Aspiring cartoonists added their art to our display.

Aspiring cartoonists added their art to our display.

Ron Ruelle joins hobbyDB as Social Media Guy, Catalog Editor, and Collectibles Expert

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Ron has been a cartoonist, illustrator, writer and graphic designer for various companies and publications in Boulder and all over the country. He has recently worked with the Boulder County Business Report and also teaches cartooning part time at Boulder Valley schools.

As his title suggests, he’ll be in charge of blogging, tweeting, emailing and reaching out to other collectors to document 100 billion (eventually).

He is an avid collector of Hot Wheels, Johnny Lightning, and other diecast cars, with additional interest in movie monsters, lunchboxes and other fun stuff. His collection of 1970s Kenner SSP and Smash-Up Derby cars is one of the most complete in the country.

Fabio Di Pane Masi, the Original Diecastlover, joins hobbyDB 

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The hobbyDB family keeps getting bigger with the addition of Fabio Di Pane Masi. Some of you may remember him as the founder of Diecastlovers, an Italian based website of many different brands of diecast cars.   

For Fabio it all began in 2009 as a catalog of his own models, in particular his favorite brand Majorette.  In mid 2010 it became open for others to add their own collections and information.  Soon there were over 500 users and Fabio spend a lot of time making his site more user-friendly.  Later he introduced a Content Management System (WordPress, the same as used by this blog).  In 2014 the site had over 33,000 collectibles from more than 1,200 users with around 1,000 followers on both Facebook and Twitter.  A Marriage was followed by a daughter and suddenly it became much harder to realize all of Fabio’s ideas for Diecastlovers.  This is when Andrew, Christian and Fabio discussed working together and as a consequence Fabio is now not only contributing his expertise in Majorette and Siku but also his knowledge of the real cars of Italy (such as Alfa-Romeo, Ferrari and Fiat). He spend the last week with us here in Boulder, Colorado meeting everyone, assisting us with the transitions and even doing a shopping trip for Hot Wheels at a local Target and we have now migrated all data from Diecastlovers to hobbyDB.

Diecastlovers included some very unique collection management features, many of which we are going to incorporate into our site. By joining forces with Fabio, hobbyDB continues to grow into the biggest and best database of diecast vehicles on the web.