We have a favorite saying around here that describes hobbyDB as being “built for collectors, by collectors.”
But what does that mean, exactly?
Creating hobbyDB as both a community and a reliable resource begins with forging new relationships and partner opportunities with collectors, experts and enthusiasts from all walks down the (proverbial) collectible aisle.
These partnerships, or data swaps, help us build out our database with complete and accurate information.
Collectors we’ve recently partnered with, for example, include The Toy Collector App and Black Sands Entertainment. And now we’re proud to announce a collaboration with Project SWORD, who touches down with hobbyDB via his outpost at Moonbase Central.
Paul Woods has always had his eyes affixed on the stars above…and on the space-age toys of his youth growing up in the 1960s.
Woods has been sharing that passion for space-themed items — as well as original sci-fi, tinplate diecast and all manners of classic, retro toys — since 2008 via his Project SWORD blog.
Now he has given us permission to use his many excellent images and his research for hobbyDB database entries!
We chatted with Paul recently to better get to know the shuttle commander behind Project SWORD.
I started a blog called Moonbase Central because I needed somewhere to record my love of vintage toys, especially Project SWORD, monsters and general geekiness. What I love the most are comments from like-minded toy and monster fans. These have kept me going the last 12 years.
I have spent a lot of money in the past on my Project SWORD toy collection. But it’s small purchases that I love the most now, like a set of Polska Dinosaur stamps I had as a kid in the Sixties. £1.99 ($2.65) at Oxfam! (Ed. Oxfam is the largest chain of thrift stores in the UK)
My favourite toys in a movie moment aren’t really toys, although I made home-made versions when I was 12. They’re the nunchakus in “Enter the Dragon,” which I also had as a plastic toy, I recall now. Bruce Lee’s nunchaku battle scene is my fave movie moment of all time. I saw it at the cinema in 1973 and it was the first X certificate I’d seen!
The worst toy that Project SWORD could cover is Lego. I thought Lego was boring as a kid and even Project SWORD couldn’t make it interesting.
I have written two books on toys, both self-published on Blurb. One is about the iSpace art that may have influenced project SWORD box art, “The Art of SWORD” and the most recent, from 2019, is “Toy Bunnies on Plastic Scooters,” a field guide to less-well-known animal and car novelty toys by JR21.
We’re always on the lookout for passionate collectors with unique collections, such as Paul Woods’ Project SWORD. Let us know by messaging us at support@hobbyDB.com or by clicking the green Contact hobbyDB button located on the right side of every page.
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