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Join the hobbyDB Justice League – Become a Contributor

As we know, data makes the hobbyDB world go round! With more than 350,000 entries, hobbyDB is the largest collectibles database in the world and depends on collectors like you to keep it up to date. Our database is bigger than ever, but we know that all this data means nothing if it’s inaccurate!

With nearly 45,000 Hot Wheels models and 14,000 Funko figures (in both cases we now cover more than 99% of what these two brands have ever produced), our Curation Team was starting to encounter an increasing number of duplicates and asked us to do about this. So we’re putting new tools in place to ensure the database maintains top notch quality.

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Going forward, the ability to add and edit content on hobbyDB will go only to users who have shown they add quality data. These users will be called “Contributors” and will have the superpowers to add new items to the catalog, including creating items from scratch or adding variants. As these collectors have special powers and as by now the Curators have developed some guidelines, we do ask folks to go through a training before being given the ability to add items to the database.

The good news is becoming a contributor is simple. All you have to do is follow the three easy steps below, and you’ll be on your way to adding to our collectibles database in no time…

Become a Contributor here

Once the questionnaire is submitted, one of hobbyDB’s Champions or team members will review your answers and come back to you within two business days. If everything checks out, you’ll be given the power to add items to the database right away! If we feel you aren’t quite ready, not to worry, we’ll schedule a private training session with you to ensure you’re a database master in no time.

This new program is just the first step in a series of improvements we have planned to increase data quality. Let us know if you have any ideas or feedback in the comments below!

The Newest Hot Wheels Casting and Price Guides Have Arrived!!!!

HOORAY! The day has finally come – the newest Hot Wheels Casting and Price Guides have arrived. For those of you who don’t already know, we partnered with Jim Garbaczewski, publisher of the Hot Wheels Newsletter and Co-Author of Tomart’s Price Guide to Hot Wheels to bring you this amazing resource for your collection.

Over the past decade, Jim Garbaczewski has been hard at work logging the details of all the latest Hot Wheels releases; model details, photos, colors, variations and, most importantly, pricing information! With 228 pages of details and 3300 color photos, this will surely be the most complete guide of Hot Wheels models released from 2008-2017.

The Guide retails at $49.95 + Shipping, order your copy today!

Buy the Guide

The Hot Wheels Casting and Price Guide

For those of you who already ordered your copy, Jim is hard at work on getting them shipped to you as soon as possible. You’ll receive an email with your tracking number as soon as it’s been shipped!

Thank you again for all of your support throughout this journey and we hope you like the guide!

hobbyDB pays tribute to Gary Hirst with the GarysCars Memorial Site

It was with great sadness that we received the news of Gary’s passing in October of last year. A collector since the age of 12, Gary was passionate about documenting the model cars that he loved. In 2001, Gary taught himself HTML and created one of the first diecast resource sites, GarysCars, which over the years helped more than 250,000 diecast collectors. A diecast historian, Gary documented about 2,000 model cars including lesser known brands such as Corgi KIKO, Playart, and Tri-ang Minix. In fact, many diecast collectors will have an intimate knowledge of Gary’s kitchen table as his photos have a very distinctive background.

About ten years ago, Christian reached out to Gary to get his advice on how we should go about documenting items in our database. Christian and the team greatly admired him for his willingness to help and share his incredible knowledge. As we continued to work together, he shared the desire to add his entire database to the hobbyDB project. Over the last three years, Gary added more than 4,000 models to the hobbyDB database and had plans to add thousands more.

After we received the sad news that Gary had succumbed to a long-term illness, we knew that we had to help keep GarysCars accessible to collectors worldwide.

In partnership with Gary’s Mother and Partner, we’ve memorialized Gary’s legacy in the diecast community by offering a permanent place for his data to live – everything from Matchbox to Lego.


Gary’s site was his life’s work and his hobby helped him through some difficult times. I am so pleased that, thanks to hobbyDB, Gary’s information will be preserved for other diecast collectors to use and enjoy – Jacqueline (Gary’s Partner)

The Gary Hirst Memorial Site is a tribute to the legacy that Gary built. He was a dear friend to many collectors, some of which he never met, but had grown close to over the years via email.

I am so happy that Gary had so many friends in his hobby and am proud about this site and to have been his mother – Sheila (Gary’s Mom)

The Hirst family would love it if you could share your favorite memories about Gary in the comments of the Original Obituary

All data that was originally on the GarysCars site is can now be found on these hobbyDB pages:

It’s Official! The newest Hot Wheels Casting & Price Guide has gone to the printer

For those of you who have been patiently awaiting your pre-ordered price guides, we finally have amazing news for you! The Hot Wheels Casting and Price Guide is at the printer and will be ready to ship by April 20! Once we receive the books, we’ll immediately begin shipping them. We will start with those who ordered the book first, but everyone will get their copy ASAP.

We cannot thank you enough for your continued support through this process. You’ll be happy to know that the delay was caused by the addition of more than 100 pages. We definitely think it will be worth the wait, and we hope you will think so too. With 228 pages of details and 3300 color photos, this will surely be the most complete guide of Hot Wheels models released from 2008-2017.

The Hot Wheels Casting and Price Guide will now retail at $49.95 + shipping. If you haven’t ordered your own copy yet, you can do so here.

And if you’re at the Dallas Convention, go say “hi” to Jim Garbaczewski in the registration room to see what the book will look like!

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!


Selling is more flexible than ever – introducing Best Offer.

Now there are even more ways to buy and sell your items on hobbyDB and all hobbyDB powered marketplaces! Introducing Best Offer – here’s how it works.

If you’re a Seller – invite customers to negotiate with you.

To invite best offers on a listing –

  1. Go to the listing form
  2. You’ll see three different selling options –
    • Buy it Now – Offer your item at a fixed price
    • Buy it Now & Best Offer – Offer your item at a fixed price and let buyers make offers
    • Best Offer Only – Let buyers make offers for your item without setting a price
  3. If you would like to let buyers make offers, select either “Buy it Now & Best Offer, or Best Offer Only. Buyers will then see the ability to Make an Offer on your listing.
  4. If a potential buyer makes an offer, you’ll receive an email notification.
  5. The email notification will direct you to your seller dashboard where you can either Accept or Decline the offer. If you accept, the buyer will be notified and will be prompted to pay for the item. You’ll get a notification of the sale as soon as the buyer pays for the item. Please ship upon receiving the order confirmation. If you decline the offer, the buyer will have a chance to make a higher offer if they’re still interested.

If you’re a Buyer – try your luck at getting the item of your dreams.

To make an offer on an item –

  1. Make sure that the seller does, indeed, accept offers. If they do, you’ll be able to click the “Make Offer” button on the listing.
  2. Once you click the Make Offer button, you’ll be taken to an offer form. From there, you’ll be able to enter in an offer.
  3. Once you submit your offer, the seller will receive an email notification. They can then decide to accept or decline your offer.
  4. If they accept your offer, you’ll be sent a notification email that will prompt you to pay for the item. Make sure you pay for the item quickly, so as not to lose out on your deal. You will also be able to see accepted offers on your buyer dashboard like so –
  5. Once you pay for the item, the seller will get a notification and will promptly ship your item within their shipping timeframe.

If you have any trouble with this feature, always feel free to reach out to us. We’re happy to help.

Are you interested in selling on the hobbyDB marketplace? Get in touch.

Like the Beatles 5-car Premium Set? Check out the listing!