More Than 10,000 New Designer Toys Joining hobbyDB!


As part of our mission to document the entire world of collectibles, we’re always looking for great databases to join the hobbyDB family. 2024 is already proving to be the year of Designer Toys with the addition of Official Archives for The Creatives in January and Galaxxor earlier in February.

And today, we could not be more excited to announce that hobbyDB is adding more than 10,000 new designer toys to its database, courtesy of our long-time, dedicated member Catxx

Get to know Catxx and her epic site, Vinyl Creep – 

Ever since becoming a hobbyDB member in 2021, Cat has been one of the most incredible members of the Squad. Her dedication to the community includes adding more than 14,000 items to the database and 18,000 price points to the guide.

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Cat explained that she took a deep dive into the art toy collecting world around 2004. The internet was far more sparse then than it is now and there was no central website for designer toys (besides blogs) that existed to show what was out there. In 2007 she started trying to collate on a basic gallery style website and quickly realized it wasn’t enough.

She then reached out to Brian Malinconico to ask for help in creating a wiki style toy website (Cat had helped Brian earlier with a website on fishkeeping, another one of her many hobbies). As a final step, Jamie Stubbs AKA Mimic made her the lovely VC logo (thanks, Jamie!). And thus, Vinyl Creep was born.

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Over the following 17 years she had contributors along the way, but the majority of the website updates were made by our very own Catxx!  While it was hard work to keep up, the obsession to list everything didn’t wane. 

From left to right, some of Cat’s favorite items include Hell’s Cat Onigiri by Grape Brain, the Rhino Beetle by Chris Lee and The Seeker by Jeff Soto.

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Being a quiet person, Cat often felt like people didn’t really see the site, so when she was at and talking to people at shows, tentatively mentioning it, it was always a surprise when people not only knew the site, but used it too.

But as with many labors of love, over time, Cat felt the website’s technology was getting ahead of her. Updating the wiki to look more modern turned out to be a lot more techy than one would think. Brian did an incredible job with tech support over all those years (Cat says Brian is just the best) but the content was a lot for one person to manage.

Fast Forward to 2021 when Cat came across hobbyDB. She not only started using it for her own research, but also started adding items there (she thought the less manual wiki HTML was delightful ;-).  

And now we’re super excited that Cat has decided that it’s time to toss all of her eggs into one basket! So what does this mean for the hobbyDB Community? Over the next year or so, all data from Vinyl Creep will be migrated to hobbyDB! That means you’ll have access to information on more than 10,000 new plush, resin, vinyl and wood collectibles from hundreds of artists from the Americas and Asia, Europe and across the rest of the globe.

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This will be an ambitious project as each item will be added on a one-by-one basis, making sure we do not add duplicates and also enrich the data (hobbyDB has more attributes for its Database Items).  

The old Vinyl Creep site will become a blog about all things designer toys, and you can see some of the future content by checking out Catxx’s new Guest Blog on hobbyDB here.

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If you love designer toys and want to help with this project, send a message to support@hobbydb.com!

If you are an Artist and would like to maintain your own Official Archive like Galaxxor or The Creatives then we would also love to hear from you.

 

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Catxx
2 months ago

Exciting times!!

Isaac N
Isaac N
2 months ago
Reply to  Catxx

Super exciting! We’re lucky to have you on the team! 😁

Karl
Karl
2 months ago

Congratulations, Cat! This is fantastic!

Mortimer
Mortimer
2 months ago

Awesome

bigshotklim
bigshotklim
1 month ago

Please let me know if you need any info about some of our projects =)

Catxx
1 month ago
Reply to  bigshotklim

Thank you so much Klim!

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