Peter Mayhew: Celebrating the Giant of the Collectibles World

The galaxy lost an icon of gargantuanly hairy proportions on Thursday with the passing of the “big, walking carpet” that was Peter Mayhew.

Peter MayhewMayhew was known for his roles on the screen, his voice-over skills off it, and was an accomplished author of children’s books. But he was best known as the man who crammed all 7-feet, 3-inches of his gangly frame into the larger-than-life character Chewbacca of “Star Wars” lore.

Chewbacca was the first alien to teach us that extra terrestrials can be lovable, loyal, brave, huggable, fallible, funny and, dare we say, human. Every cosmically impossible entity — from Harry of “Harry and the Henderson’s” fame to Groot and all affable oafs between — owes a nod to the Mayhew’s portrayal of the Chewy.

Chewbacca legacy reaches across many galaxies, especially in the collectibles industry where he made his debut in 1977 as part of Kenner’s original set of action figures.

Peter Mayhew

Chewbacca looks to evade some mynocks in the belly of an exogorth (giant space worm).

How popular was Chewy as a collectible 42 years later? Chewbacca is the featured character in Funko’s Star Wars Smuggler Bounty box this month. Its subscribers receiving their boxes via Amazon the day of and before Mayhew’s passing.

Chewy’s likeness has come along way since the action figures and metal lunch box days. You can find him on just about everything from bath robes and chewy dog toys to Furbaccas and life-size film-ready heads.

Get a good look at the diverse world of Chewbacca collectibles on hobbyDB, including the Space Punch soft drink

What’s your favorite Chewbacca collectible? Tell us in the comments below.

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GeePeeKay and hobbyDB Introduce: Adam Bomb Limited Edition “Art by John Pound” Sticker Card – Week 3

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Welcome to Week 3 of the Limited Edition “Art by John Pound” Sticker Card Collection presented by GeePeeKay and powered by hobbyDB.

We’ve picked a winner for you this week as we proudly introduce the Adam Bomb Bloody Nose Border Sticker Card. The exclusive card with its bold red border comes with a rarity of just 300 made.

TGeePeeKayhis is the third color variant in the set, following the classic white and bruised (dark blue) border cards from weeks 1 and 2, respectively.

To earn the unique piece of Garbage Pail Kids nostalgia, we’re going to ask for your help in building a bigger and better database – in the form of fun weekly tasks to unlock the chance to purchase the officially-licensed version of Adam Bomb.

The collection is part of a collaboration between GeePeeKay and hobbyDB to celebrate the creation of our Garbage Pail Kids archive and marketplace – and the archive is growing by the day. In addition to all base sets, we’re cataloging every variation of Garbage Pail Kids sticker cards, including different colored borders and languages. We believe this will allow all levels of GPK enthusiasts to accurately sync their collections.

Among those variations, we’re documenting all legitimate card changes — think of the infamous “Schizo Fran – Fran Fran” controversy from Original Series 2, for example.

The catalog will also be home to all known and industry-recognized error. That means you’ll find even the rarest of cards, such as the Original Series 9 #355b Semi Colin (No Number).

GET THAT CARD! Week 3 Task: Jump on the GeePeeKay Database Wagon!

Created an account? Check. Added to your Wishlist? Check. Ready for your next task?

This week we’re challenging you to build up your collection. After all, what good is having a collection if you can’t flaunt it?

Once again, we’re asking you to dive into the hobbyDB/GeePeeKay database to find those special items that you own and hold dear.

If you mostly collect GPK items, visit the GeePeeKay Database to add to your collection.

If you collect more than just GPK items, peruse the hobbyDB Database where you’ll be able to find anything from Garbage Pail Kids and Topps to Funko, Hot Wheels and thousands of other internationally-recognized brands and collections.

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Simply click the “+Collection” button to add to your collection!

After you’ve located an item that you’d like to feature in your collection, simply click on the “+Collection” button located to the left of “+Wishlist”. It’s as simple as one click of a button to add to your collection.

The Challenge – we’re asking you to add 25 items from the database to your collection to unlock the ability to purchase the Bloody Nose card. Once added, you can purchase the card here for $9.99 and it will ship within a week of the task’s completion.

Remember, you must complete the first two tasks to become eligible for the third card. See below for further instructions. Cards are limited to one per user. Additionally purchased cards will be refunded.

Make sure to check back on Wednesday for the next card and task.

How everything works

The six-card set will be available by unlocking levels pertaining to the Garbage Pail Kids database. The officially licensed collection comes in six variants, ranging in rarity from 1,000 to 50 produced. The back of the cards, with the exception of the white bordered cards, are individually numbered. Each Wednesday we’ll offer an opportunity to buy the next card in the series, along with another task to obtain it. As the challenges rise, so, too, does the rarity of the cards.

Cards are limited to one per user and sold via the GeePeeKay and hobbyDB marketplaces. Please note, to be fair to all collectors we will refund purchases of multiple cards. Cards will ship upon completion of each task.

Late to the game? Do not fear. You can make up weekly tasks provided cards remain. Find out how by clicking here.

Ltd. Ed Adam Bomb GPK Card w. Bloody Nose! Exclusive for GeePeeKay Custom Database Members!!

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GeePeeKayNumbered Limited Edition GPK Card (qty of 300), Officially Licensed from Topps. Bloody nose variant, die-cut sticker card.

This is an EXCLUSIVE for members of the GeePeeKay Customized Database so make sure you sign up for a hobbyDB account on there if you don’t have one already!

Limit one per customer!

And there’s a twist! To be eligible to buy, you need to have completed the tasks for the first two versions of the card (create a hobbyDB account and add 10 things to your Wishlist) AND add 25 items to your hobbyDB collection!

The Skinny: Now that you better know the GeePeeKay database powered by hobbyDB, it’s time to show off your collection. Add 25 items from our database to your own personal collection and you’ll be eligible to pick the Bloody Nose version of Adam Bomb up for your collection. Just like building up your Wishlist, adding an item to your collection is easy to do with just a click of a button.

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Goodbye Movin’ Marvin: The Collectible That Got Away

Ron Ruelle

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I’ve been thinking about a toy from my childhood lately. A toy from my grown-up collection, as well. His name is Movin’ Marvin.

Marvin would be at home with the Hot Wheels Farbs, who were also humans attached to wheels and motors in various degrees of discomfort. Marvin rides on a small cart, and if you flip him over, there is a vestigial chassis-like apparatus. But he’s still kinda weird lookin’.

ssp movin marvinssp movin marvin comicMovin’ Marvin was part of the Kenner SSP (Super Sonic Power) series of gyro-powered vehicles from the 1970s. They were immensely popular toys in the first half of the decade. Most of the cars were about 1:24 scale, but Marvin was much bigger, while taking up the same amount of shelf space.

Unlike most SSP cars, I never even saw an actual Movin’ Marvin figure/car when I was a kid. He appeared in crude, cartoonish illustration form in some ads, and only as a “collect them all” afterthought (at right, near the bottom).

Some time in the late 1990s, I did begin to collect them all, to the tune of over 75 different SSP models and accessories on my shelf today. And about ten years ago, I found Marvin in an antique store. He was $125, which might seem like a lot to the uninitiated, but having never actually confirmed that this toy even existed up to that point in my life, the price was a bargain to me. He was missing the velocity stack assembly at the top of the engine, but was otherwise in great shape. So I took him home.

Collecting a particular vintage toy line can be tricky… Since SSP cars are no longer in production, there is a finite number of variants out there, but still in the hundreds. How much of a completist do I want to be? Do I need every model in every color? Or just the ones based on real production cars? Or maybe limit my collection to the Smash-Up Derby models? Marvin was part of a series called “The Stunt Men” along with Herk (who looks Roman) and Knight Rider (who does not look like David Hasselhoff). Marvin was kind of an oddball, by far the largest-scaled model in the entire SSP line, and one of the heaviest. He didn’t totally fit int, but he was still part of the family.

kenner ssp movin marvin boxTurns out Marvin is indeed as rare as suspected. One turns up for sale online maybe once a year, and they tend to go for a lot more than I paid. Some lucky duck even found one mint in a not-so-mint package recently. Holy grail stuff right there. But I was happy with mine, even missing that engine piece.

A few years back, I was between jobs (this was juuuuust before hobbyDB launched our marketplace), so I decided to thin out my collection a bit. I had a mint Plymouth Superbird model in ultra rare orange that someone snagged off my shelf for $500. (I kept a less perfect, less valuable green example in its place.) And then someone contacted me about Marvin. “Would you take $600 for it?” he asked… “How about $750?” At that point, these two toys could just about pay my mortgage for a month, so I had to go for it. The guy even made generous offers on a couple other models I had duplicates of.

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I just now realized Movin’ Marvin kind of looks like Pete Rose!

I was sad shipping those toys off, but here’s a way to look at it: Would I have paid $750 for a Marvin that day? Probably not. But by turning down that money, in effect, I would have been doing so, if that makes sense. Or look at this this way: Would I rather have $750, or Marvin? More abstractly, would I rather have half a house payment, or a toy that I didn’t even have when I was a kid?

Now that things are better financially, I’ve kind of been looking for a replacement Marvin. Obviously, I would like to find one cheap again, so I have to be patient. I found a really nice one for about $300 recently, but still more than I can bite off. But an interesting realization hit me…

See, for many of us, the hunt is part of the thrill of collecting. I had kind of reached a point where I owned pretty much all the cars I wanted, so I wasn’t on the prowl anymore. I kind of missed it. So by letting go of a couple of real rarities, my interest in these toys is back. And that makes them fun again.

kenner ssp movin marvinDo you have a favorite toy or collectible you regret letting go? Let us know in the comments (with photos if you have them!)

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Found some photos from way back of my Timpo Toys Collection

Musings By Joschik
Christian obsesses over collectibles, antiques and toys more than the average person, but (he believes) in a productive way. Documenting collectibles has been a passion since working on a book about his favorite childhood toys from Timpo 38 years ago.

I got a Pentax camera from my dad in 1981 and started to experiment around. Here are some of the results  –

 

Arabs attacking the Foreign Legion

 

Careful reconciliation?

 

Coming back from the hunt

 

Back at the Village

 

Templars attacking a Turkish castle

 

Union troops under fire

 

I have no idea how I did that last image but think that they were not bad overall.

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Karl

Nice shots!  Reminds me of Murilee Martin's work for Autoweek!  For example: https://autoweek.com/article/car-life/1950-german-box-camera-captures-modern-german-cars-denver-junkyard

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GeePeeKay and hobbyDB Introduce: Adam Bomb Limited Edition “Art by John Pound” Sticker Card – Week 2

Garbage Pail Kids

Welcome to Week 2 of the Limited Edition “Art by John Pound” Sticker Card Collection presented by GeePeeKay and hobbyDB.

Last week we debuted our officially-licensed Adam Bomb sticker card featuring a classic white border. Now we’re proud to introduce the second variant in the collection, Adam Bomb with a Bruised border.

The dark blue exclusive card comes with a rarity of just 400 produced and are individually numbered on the back.

The exclusive card is part of a collaboration between GeePeeKay and hobbyDB to celebrate the creation of our Garbage Pail Kids archive and marketplace. So to earn the unique piece of Garbage Pail Kids nostalgia, we’re going to ask for your help in building a bigger and better database – in the form of fun weekly tasks.

Week 2 Task: Jump on the GeePeeKay Database Wagon!

Now that you’ve created an account, let’s start filling in your profile with the things you love. To be eligible for the Adam Bomb bruised border card, we’re asking you to add 10 items to your wishlist powered by hobbyDB. 

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Simply click the “+Wishlist” button to add to your collection!

The process is as fun as it is simple and the best part is, the items you select don’t have to be GPK related. Peruse the hobbyDB website for your favorite characters and brands, such as Funko, Hot Wheels and Topps, as well as thousands of other collectibles from throughout the world.

When you find that must-have item, simply click the “+Wishlist” button located to the right of the item image. Add 10 items to your Wishlist and you’ll unlock the ability to purchase the Adam Bomb bruised border sticker card.

Remember, you must complete our first task to become eligible for the second card. See below for further instructions. Cards are limited to one per user.

Make sure to check back on Wednesday for the next card and task.

How Everything Works

GeePeeKayGeePeeKayWe’re gamifying the Garbage Pail Kids experience. To craft the most complete Garbage Pail Kids’ archive, we’re asking for your help and feedback about our features. In short, we’re going to ask you to be more of a Handy Andy than a Lazy Louie in order to obtain this exclusive set.

The six-card set will be available by unlocking levels pertaining to the Garbage Pail Kids database. Each Wednesday we’ll offer an opportunity to buy the next card in the series, along with another task to obtain it. As the challenges rise, so, too, does the rarity of the cards.

Cards are limited to one per user and sold via the GeePeeKay and hobbyDB marketplaces. Please note, to be fair to all collectors we will refund purchases of multiple cards. Cards will ship upon completion of each task.

Late to the game? Do not fear. You can make up weekly tasks provided cards remain.

The Cards

Introducing the Adam Bomb Limited Edition “Art by John Pound” Sticker card. The officially licensed collection comes in six variants, ranging in rarity from 1,000 to 50 produced.

The back of the cards, with the exception of the white bordered cards, are individually numbered. The reverse side also details the history of the idea sketches that led to Adam Bomb becoming the face of Garbage Pail Kids.

GeePeeKay & hobbyDB

GeePeeKay and hobbyDB have paired up, like Split Kit and Mixed-Up Mitch, to offer a unique piece of Garbage Pail Kids nostalgia.

Powered by collectors throughout the world, collectible ecosystem hobbyDB has partnered with GeePeeKay to create a complete Garbage Pail Kids archive! Centered around a detailed database of trading cards and merchandise, the archive aspires to be the most complete record of all GPK memorabilia.

The Archive

We’re working with GeePeeKay’s Matt Oldweiler and avid collector Andy Goodman, as well as other GPK specialists to create a database that includes every Garbage Pail Kids sticker card created by Topps.

The new archive will be home to stylish collection management and wishlist features, as well as a marketplace. In addition, we’ll be adding price values for cards to better maximize your collection.

Adam Bomb Limited Edition “Art by John Pound” Sticker Card

Ready to roll up your sleeves?

GeePeeKayWeek 2 – April 24

Bruised (400 produced)

Level 2: Jump on the hobbyDB Bandwagon

Price: $8.99

Task: Add 10 items to your hobbyDB wishlist

The Skinny: Now that you’re part of the GeePeeKay community powered by hobbyDB, it’s time to start daydreaming. To be eligible for the next GPK card, we’re asking you to peruse the site and add 10 items to your wishlist. Best part is, they don’t even have to be GPK related. Search our extensive database of Garbage Pail Kids, as well as Funko, Hot Wheels and much, much more. When you find your favorite characters or brands, simply click the “+Wishlist” button. Happy hunting!

 

Week 1 – April 17

GeePeeKayWhite Card (1,000 produced) 

Level 1: Welcome to the GeePeeKay Customized Database!

Price: $7.99

Task: Register for a hobbyDB account on the GeePeeKay Customized Database

The Skinny: Welcome to the GeePeeKay customized database powered by hobbyDB! Let’s get you started by setting up a user profile with us. Create an account at hobbyDB.com and you’ll earn the first card in the set, which offers a classic white border look.

Check back at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, May 1, to view the next card and task. Thank you for your help. Contact us by clicking the green “Contact Us” button on the right hand side of your screen with any questions or concerns.

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ADAMBomb

After adding 10 items, how do I get the card?

 

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