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Even More From the Nuremberg Toy Fair

One of our admins has been cruising all the booths at the 2016 Nuremberg Toy Fair. This is the latest batch of upcoming models, along with yesterday’s findings and the first day’s.

Today we have a lot of unusual new offerings from Schuco.

This 1:18 Opel-based hauler is based on the ones used by Porsche racing teams. This is the pre-pro resin, of course.

Schuco Opel Porsche transporter


Here’s a 1/18 Westfalia Joker Volkswagen Vanagon popup camper – and something a little less conventional in 1/43; the “Lil Bugger”

VW Volkswagen Westfalia camper

Schuco Volkswagen Beetle VW Bug camper


This 1/43 Ford GT40 depicts the camera car used to capture action shots for the 1970 Steve McQueen movie LeMans.

Schuco GT40 Test car


One last car from Schuco, a 1956 Kleinschnittger F125, which, it’s probably safe to say, has been underrepresented in the model car world so far. This is 1/18.

Schuco 1956 Kleinschnittger F125


Finally, here is a Majorette Jaguar F-Type, the first in a series of new 1:64 Scale premium models with opening features, suspension and and inserted glass lights – a return for this brand to the collectors’ market.

Majorette Jaguar

Postcards from Nuremberg: More Cool Stuff from the Nuremberg Toy Fair

hobbyDB’s intrepid reporter Christian Braun is still at the 2016 Nuremburg Toy Fair and has these items to share! (Here’s the first dispatch.)

Nuremberg Toy Fair - Greenlight Cadillac hearse

Here’s a better shot of the Greenlight 1:18 Caddy hearse. It will probably be painted for producion, but honestly, wouldn’t you want to go out in style in a raw metal rat rod bonewagon like this?


Nuremberg Toy Fair - Kyosho Toytoa 2000GT

This huge 1:12 Toyota 2000GT is about as close as you will ever get to owning the real thing. Luckily, Kyosho models are exquisitely detailed, so buy one when it comes out at any price.


Nuremberg Toy Fair - Mercedes G-Class 6x6

Nuremberg Toy Fair - Ottomobile Citroen SM

Ottomobile laughs at the puny Mercedes Benz 4×4 in your driveway and offers this G36 6-wheeler in 1:18. This Citroen SM is a slightly more civilized stock offering from the same company. By the way, Otto refers to their pre-pros as prOTTOtypes, which is the kind of excellent detail that should make you want to own these even more.

Nuremberg Toy Fair - Betley Betayga

They’ve also done this very cool model of the upcoming Bentley Bentayga SUV, exclusively for sale through Bentley dealers under the Bentley brand.

Nuremberg Toy Fair - mark 43 Nissan Fiarlady Z

Nuremberg Toy Fair - Opel Bellet GT

Mark 43 will be offering these Nissan Fairlady Z and Isuzu Bellet models soon in 1:43 scale.


Nuremberg Toy Fair - Funko Pop Star Wars Chewbacca

Finally, who wouldn’t want a life-size Chewbacca buddy from Funko Pop? They probably won’t sell them this size, but we can dream.

New from the 2016 Nuremberg Toy Fair; Greenlight & GMP & Road Signature Oh My

hobbyDB’s man on the scene at the 2016 Nuremberg Toy Fair has started filtering back photos. Here’s what we’ve seen so far…


From Greenlight, the infamous Wagon Queen Family Truckster from National Lampoon’s Vacation (and the recent, best-not-mentioned, reboot.) This is the 1/18 version, there will also be 1/64 and 1/43 models.


Also from Greenlight, in their new 1/18 Precision Series; Cadillac Ambulances (and maybe a hearse!)


From Lucky Diecast (successor to the venerable Yat Ming) comes this very cool 1955 Willys Jeep Station Wagon in 1/18.

And from GMP, a new Hot Rod model. This is a new tool, the unpainted one is the first tooling test, the red one is the prototype (they ran out of time to paint the roof!).

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See the Future with these Matchbox Pre-Production Models

This is the Ambassador’s Report from the Matchbox Gathering, July 22nd, 2015. Lots of new models were announded for 2016, some of which you can see below.

This Volkswagen 1990 Crew Cab Transports, aka "Doka" is coming soon from Matchbox.

This Volkswagen 1990 Crew Cab Transports, aka “Doka” is coming soon from Matchbox.

By Larry Scaduto

Good day to everyone! This report is the one you have been waiting for! We all get to see the new product for the rest of this year and into the following year. 2015 has been a year of change! There’s a new Matchbox Team in place, although the faces may have changed, the desire to improve the brand has never been more of a priority than it is today. Dave Weise, Michael Heralda and the rest of the gang set the wheels in motion to put Matchbox back on track. Gerry Cody and his team will keep going what these fine gentlemen started. 2016 models are already selected and 2017 is now the focus with collectors in mind. The proof of this is in the desire of Matchbox to listen to our ideas. The results of the Collector’s Poll are in this report. These are the models voters decided they would like to see made and the candidates will be posted in the War Room for consideration. Well I’ve talked enough for now. Onto the Gathering Report.

Thank you for reading…..Larry

2015 Matchbox Gathering Report

2015 & 2016 are looking great by what I’ve seen and heard. Not only did the dinner presentation provide us with a lot of information, but the seminar before that hosted by the Matchbox Team was an informal meeting of the minds that revealed even more information! Let’s jump right in shall we???? Matchbox is now under a new umbrella (or group) that is called The Toy Box! What that means to us is that we are no longer associated with the blue brand and that will give us freedom to pursue just about any model we wish without approval from them. Now it’s up to Mattel to let MBX accomplish this without restrictions. Are you listening Mattel??? To start out in mid-August there will be an exclusive Jeep Collection available at Wal-Mart.

Colorado and Wyoming Lego Enthusiasts Meet at hobbyDB

About 25 members Lego enthusiasts gathered with their models.

About 25 members Lego enthusiasts gathered with their models.

The hobbyDB office was the scene for a meeting of COWLUG (Colorado and Wyoming Lego Users Group) on May 18. About 20 members brought their latest creations to share and show off.

There were several amazing custom spaceships, one of them inspired by the shape of a jellyfish. A rather nicely detailed fighter jet proved to be deceptively amazing as it could transform into a robot without being taken apart. Several custom steam locomotives were on track as well including one disguised as a large pirate ship.

And just in case anyone needed extra entertainment, someone even brought a drive-in theater with “The Lego Movie” playing on a concealed iPad.

Many of these models and tons of others from club members will be on display at the Denver Comic Con from May 22-24.

Is it a fighter jet...

Is it a fighter jet…

...or a robot?

…or a robot?

What's playing tonight? "The Lego Movie," of course!

What’s playing tonight? “The Lego Movie,” of course!

Lego Indy car with working engine, transmission, steering and suspension.

The “Brickyard Special”Indy car with working engine, transmission, steering and suspension.

Batman meets Star Wars.

Batman meets Star Wars.

Spaceship inspired by Purlpe Jellyfish.

Spaceship inspired by Purple Jellyfish.

If you like to join one of COWLUG’s regular meetings just go