The New Manufacturer ID


With newer collectibles we often have had the issue that there was more than one reference number.  Besides the reference number that collectors know, like and often make a central part of their collecting there is also a number that brands used to track their stock and retailers use to reorder.  For example, all Mattel products now have a five-digit Toy Number, here 52920  –

 

And here a Hasbro example (as for Mattel Hasbro’s are five digits, in this case E1570) –

 

We therefore added a new field called Manufacturer ID.  If you add or edit a Database Item there will be a new explanation for what are now two reference number fields  –

 

Here for example the new Reference Number section for that Nissan above   –

Besides our own hobbyDB ID (HDBID) and the UPC that is used by the app we are currently testing,  the reference numbers now have their separate fields which will allow to sort series and other pages by Reference #.  For example, the series that the Nissan is part of can now be sorted like this  –

Collector # 023/250, Series # 1/5
Collector # 024/250, Series # 2/5
Collector # 025/250, Series # 3/5
Collector # 026/250, Series # 4/5
Collector # 027/250, Series # 5/5

 

We recently added filters for HDBID, UPC and Reference #.  And you can use the main search for the Manufacturer ID.  While we know that this means some rework on existing entries we think this will lead to a much better user experience and hope you like it.

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