Ron Ruelle joins hobbyDB as Social Media Guy, Catalog Editor, and Collectibles Expert

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Ron has been a cartoonist, illustrator, writer and graphic designer for various companies and publications in Boulder and all over the country. He has recently worked with the Boulder County Business Report and also teaches cartooning part time at Boulder Valley schools.

As his title suggests, he’ll be in charge of blogging, tweeting, emailing and reaching out to other collectors to document 100 billion (eventually).

He is an avid collector of Hot Wheels, Johnny Lightning, and other diecast cars, with additional interest in movie monsters, lunchboxes and other fun stuff. His collection of 1970s Kenner SSP and Smash-Up Derby cars is one of the most complete in the country.

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Lego Meeting at our office

We had another meeting of COWLUG, the Colorado and Wyoming Lego User Group at our office and like always it was real fun!

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To see more images go to the COWLUG site.

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hobbyDB Advisory Board Adds Firepower with Steve Arlin

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Our latest Advisory Board member is packing significant heat (in toy form, that is)! Steve Arlin has one of the largest collections of toy guns, holsters and western toys in the world. Having written widely on the subject, and owning an additional toy ray gun collection, his expertise made him a perfect addition to the hobbyDB Advisory Board and we’re very pleased to welcome him to it!

Here are our other 52 Advisers and here are our new emerging sections for Toy Guns and for Toy Gun Holsters.

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hobbyDB hits Vega$ for the 2015 SuperToyCon

We’ve just got back from our first SuperToyCon at Circus Circus in fabulous Las Vegas. We had an awesome time and met lots of great people including (but not limited to) Larry Wood from Hot Wheels, M2‘s Sean Taylor, Jada‘s Darryl Li, Tom Zahorsky from Tomy/JL, Anita Smith of ChiCkLUu’s Fabulous Redlines, designer Luis Tanahara, Johnny Jimenez from the Las Vegas Toy Shack, Dean and Josh from the Cars The Movie forum, organizer JC and of course, Andy Goodman who came on board here with ModelPackRat earlier in the year.

Oh yeah, and we also saw The Batmobile….

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Fabio Di Pane Masi, the Original Diecastlover, joins hobbyDB 

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The hobbyDB family keeps getting bigger with the addition of Fabio Di Pane Masi. Some of you may remember him as the founder of Diecastlovers, an Italian based website of many different brands of diecast cars.   

For Fabio it all began in 2009 as a catalog of his own models, in particular his favorite brand Majorette.  In mid 2010 it became open for others to add their own collections and information.  Soon there were over 500 users and Fabio spend a lot of time making his site more user-friendly.  Later he introduced a Content Management System (WordPress, the same as used by this blog).  In 2014 the site had over 33,000 collectibles from more than 1,200 users with around 1,000 followers on both Facebook and Twitter.  A Marriage was followed by a daughter and suddenly it became much harder to realize all of Fabio’s ideas for Diecastlovers.  This is when Andrew, Christian and Fabio discussed working together and as a consequence Fabio is now not only contributing his expertise in Majorette and Siku but also his knowledge of the real cars of Italy (such as Alfa-Romeo, Ferrari and Fiat). He spend the last week with us here in Boulder, Colorado meeting everyone, assisting us with the transitions and even doing a shopping trip for Hot Wheels at a local Target and we have now migrated all data from Diecastlovers to hobbyDB.

Diecastlovers included some very unique collection management features, many of which we are going to incorporate into our site. By joining forces with Fabio, hobbyDB continues to grow into the biggest and best database of diecast vehicles on the web.

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Christian Braun

It's great to have you on board!

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