hobbyDB Advisory Board Adds Firepower with Steve Arlin


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 


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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The Forgotten Mustang

Mustang fans across the world celebrated its 50th anniversary last year with one slight problem…

They were 2 years late.


Mustang I Concept

The first production Mustang rolled off the lines on March 9th, 1964, but 3 years prior Lee Iocacca and a committee of Ford Managers were looking for an answer to GM’s successful Corvair Monza. That answer came in the form of John Najjar Ferzely and Phil Clark’s “Allegro” project tasked with building a concept for the “Cougar”. History, of course, would remember this by the name later inspired by Clark’s cross-country drive where he encountered the living version of the car’s namesake in Nevada.

Ford’s design vice-president Eugene Bordinat was looking for a newsworthy “bell-ringer” for Fords new-model press release in the fall of 1961 when he discovered the Mustang I design. He gave engineer Roy Lunn (Aston Martin DB2, Jeep Cherokee, Boss 429 etc.) the task of taking the car from a designer’s dream to a drive-able machine in just 60 days. Roy was up to the challenge, and the press was delighted with a preview of Dearborn’s first true sports car later that year.


Automodello 1962 Mustang I with COA signed by Dan Gurney

The public got their first glance of the Mustang I on October 7, 1962, when it made its formal debut at the United States Grand Prix in Watkins Glen, New York. The iconic test driver and contemporary Formula One racer, Dan Gurney, lapped the track in a demonstration. His lap times were only slightly off the pace of the F1 race cars.


Hot Wheels Mustang Concept I


After an extensive tour with a heavy focus on college campuses, it was decided that the impractical design and expensive price tag of the Mustang I was unlikely to do well with the younger demographic of emerging baby boomers. It was housed in a basement and forgotten about until 1967 when Ford executives Morris Carter and Frank Theyleg discovered its remains and sent it to the Scientific Research Garage to be restored. It became an official part of the Ford Museum collection in 1982.



Mustang I Design Sheet

Although it may not garner as much attention as its production descendants, the Mustang I was the catalyst to the car we know and love today. I hope you’ll join us in documenting its collectibles and wishing the father of all Mustangs a very happy 53rd birthday!

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Mustang Collectors Contest

Welcome to the Mustang Collector’s Contest!

We host the hobbyDB collector’s contests to bring collectors from different collecting communities together to share their knowledge and expertise. The ultimate goal is for hobbyDB project members from all categories to catalog every collectible ever made. This contest is for Muscle Machines Maniacs and Ford Mustang Fanatics. The Original Muscle Machines have graciously donated four autographed models with signed design sheets to help the project.

hobbyDB catalog users have already added 1,680 Original Muscle Machines diecast models to the catalog! With  781 Mustang collectibles currently in the catalog, we’re off to a good start there as well. The goal of this contest is to complete the goal of cataloging every Muscle Machines model ever made and get a huge boost on the Mustang collection. Thanks in advance for your help in building the catalog!

Good Luck!

The hobbyDB team.


Prizes —


HD 2-pack

Autographed Original Muscle Machines 2 Pack (’69 Ford Mustang/’64 Ford Thunderbolt) & design sheet signed by the Jody Bonham

Prize for:

  • Ford Mustang Fanatics Raffle
  • Muscle Machines Maniacs Raffle
  • Largest Original Muscle Machines Collection[/box]



Build Ups

Autographed Original Muscle Machines ’69 Ford Mustang Build-Up & design sheet signed by the designer

Prize for:

Largest Mustang Collection [/box]




Raffle Contests

You can earn entries to the raffle contests by adding items to the collection. There will be 2 drawings. One for Muscle Machines or Maisto collectibles and another for Mustang, Ford, and Shelby memorabilia. Entries are determined as follows:

Muscle Machines Maniacs*:

Original Muscle Machines added = 2 entries

Maisto International model added = 1 entry

Ford Mustang Fanatics:

Mustang item added — 2 entries

Ford or Shelby item added = 1 entry  [/box]

Ready to go?

 Or check out what’s already entered in the catalog:




Contest begins at 12:00 AM EST January 19, 2015 and ends at 12:00 AM EST February 2nd, 2015. All eligible entries received during the Submission Period will be gathered into a database at the end of the Contest Period. A winner will be selected at random for each of the raffle competitions. The winners will be announced by February 2nd, 2015 on or about noon EST. 
PRIZES — Three Original Muscle Machines ’69 Ford Mustang/’64 Ford Thunderbird HD 2 Packs — One Original Muscle Machines ’69 Mustang Build-Up. Winner will receive the allotted prize within 30 days of notification. An announcement that an entrant will be receiving a prize will be sent to the email address supplied on the potential prize winner’s user account. Each entrant is responsible for monitoring his or her email account for notification and receipt or other communications related to this contest. If a potential prize winner cannot be reached by hobbyDB within fifteen (15) days using the contact information provided at the time of entry, that potential prize winner shall forfeit the prize. Prize donations from The Original Muscle Machines shall not in any way signify that they are an official partner or sponsor of the contest.
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steve "Stangfreak" Mason

Cool thing going on here... I think the Muscle Machines set pictured above consist of a 69 Mustang and 64 Thunderbolt... Not Thunderbird. To my knowledge, MM didn't make a 64 Thunderbird...

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