Joschik Posts

New Operating System now in place

New Operating System now in place

We are working on upgrading our code base to a much more modern version (hobbyDB is now 10 years old!).  We run into a technical issue but now are good again!  Thanks for your patience!  

A New Generation of Models of Yesteryear Collectors?

A New Generation of Models of Yesteryear Collectors?

Joschik

The other day I got into an online discussion about some Matchbox’s Models of Yesteryear (or short MoY). Like Brumm, Lledo or Ziss MoY is a brand that seems to not have made the Generational Jump and thus they are often hard to sell and can represent great value for money.  My counterparty seems very […]

Art Toy of the Week – the BakeUsagi

Art Toy of the Week – the BakeUsagi

Catxx

For my first Art Toy of the Week I wanted to share Bakeusagi from Yasu Ebinekoya. This is one of her menagerie of figures and is a cool 5” tall rabbit-esque sofubi (soft Japanese vinyl) figure from Japanese artist. Bakeusagi – Rubber Bakk   We got 6 more variants here for you!  The artist goes also under […]

2nd Time Lucky – another (and much better) lot of Hot Wheels Kinder Surprises!

2nd Time Lucky – another (and much better) lot of Hot Wheels Kinder Surprises!

I wrote a few months ago how disappointed I was with the first Hot Wheels in Kinder Surprise clone. But being the ever-optimist when I saw them again I bought 3 of them, these were branded Finders Keepers.  And while the last mislead with the packaging I was secretly hoping that this time I get […]

A Short History of Kobe Toys starting 1868 in Japan

A Short History of Kobe Toys starting 1868 in Japan

Ron Rosen

Kobe Toys, also known as Kobe dolls, are hand-carved, wooden mechanical dolls (automata) made exclusively in Japan. The origin of these toys began with the opening of the Kobe Port in Hyogo, Japan, in 1868.   An early postcard   Kobe toys were made strictly as tourist items and were never exported or sold in […]