hobbyDB Team Posts

Diecast Drift Track Lets You Play With Cars at Work

Ron Ruelle hobbyDB

One of the best things about working at hobbyDB? You can play with toys at work and nobody gets mad. And if someone does call you out, you can claim you were studying it for cataloging purposes.

Well, let’s get ready to rip open some Hot Wheels blister packs! This diecast drift track set from Tyotoys allows you make your favorite 1:64 scale vehicles “drift” around the corners in a just barely controlled set of slides. They come in a few different sizes, but the small set, at 18 x 9.5 inches, should fit on your desktop for plenty of worktime “research” into friction, speed, aerodynamics, and any other scientific principle you can think of that justfies playing with cars on the job. It even has screws to adjust the banking.

Here’s a short video showing the track in action. Some skill and practice and the right vehicle set up are actually called for, so it never gets boring. And for you fans of Kidrobot vinyl art toys… you will be pleased when you hit the 1:00 minute mark. Trust us!

Tracks are for sale on Tyotoys’ website.

See More of What You Want, Less of What You Don’t

At hobbyDB, we see super-powers as kinda our thing, which is why we’ve been working hard to perfect the power of laser-focused search to better navigate through our galaxy of collectibles. These features are brand new, so you may want to tinker around with them first to get the hang of things.

 

Exclusive Keywords

If I wanted to look at Porsches, but don’t want to be bothered with those pesky Boxsters, I can put a minus in front of keywords I want to leave out of the search. For example, if I type

My results will show ALL Hot Wheels Porsches except Porsche Boxsters. Wahoo!

Search Filters

Maybe you have an affinity for black VW Drag Buses from Phil’s Garage? Perhaps you only want to see Boeing Model Aircrafts from the Herpa Wings series in one place? No problem!

Search filters allow you to find collectibles using any combination of model characteristics. Below is a small example – don’t worry, we have a ton of more options for you to play with, as well as detailed data points to easily locate any collectibles. Start browsing now!

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Happy collecting,

Patrick & the hobbyDB team

Still not clear on how the new features work? Shoot us an email at contact@hobbydb.com for a further demonstration.

Join the Curation Nation

Ever feel like you’re destined to do more? We do.

Believe it or not, hobbyDB relies on the generosity of Curators to keep our numerous catalog items clean from misinformation that could be lurking around every query.

Curators are users with special powers that we trust to edit specific information on the site. You can curate something as specific as an individual catalog item. But you can go beyond just one item, you can even curate a subject of anything from as small as the Personal Happiness Happy Labbits vinyl toy seriesor as expansive as all the pieces done by Hot Wheels designer Larry Wood. You can even curate a specific casting and its variants. For example, Robinator is the Curator of the Dairy Delivery…and all 108 variants of that casting.

As an added bonus, you get a special badge AND your avatar is on the item page you curate… so everybody knows who’s boss.

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Why join the Curation Nation you ask?

  1. Revel in the pride of keeping your favorite collectible page clean and spiffy.
  2. Whatever you choose to curate will be a handy resource used by researchers and collectors alike.
  3. Most importantly, you don’t have to be an expert…just somebody with a favorite subject.

All you have to do is think about what exactly you would like to curate, and tell us via email at contact@hobbydb.com.

 

Already a Curator? Update your avatar with a photo of yourself or your collection for a chance to be featured on our dedicated Hot Wheels Curator Page going live later this week. Selfies are acceptable!

Recruit your buddies to become Curators and form an elite misinformation-fighting task force designed to tackle the most in-depth subjects on hobbyDB (Mercedes-Benz, perhaps?). Multiple members can curate a single subject, and a single member can curate as many pages as they’d like.

 

Reminder: We will be in Los Angeles with Rob Graves (aka Robinator) for the National Hot Wheel’s Convention from September 30th – October 4th. If you’re in the area, we’d love to see you there!

 

Happy Collecting,

Patrick & the hobbyDB team

any questions about new features, Curator abilities, or the National Hot Wheel’s Convention – feel free to email contact@hobbydb.com for personalized help.

 

Everyone Needs to Own this Casting! (At Least I Think So!)

Ron Ruelle hobbyDB

I recently came across this display at my local store: several identical copies of one of my favorite Hot Wheels cars, the 1971 Buick Riviera. The fact that I happen to own a real version of this car, in red even, factors into how much I love this model. So what’s a collector to do?

In some instances, I would have scooped them all up to give them a good home, but in this case, I already have several of this particular variant: a couple in packages, one on a short card, a couple loose ones to play with (home and office), maybe one or two to sell, and one that has been disassembled for custom work.

So what’s a fanboy and devoted collector to do? As much as I love these, it’s not like it’s a Super Treasure Hunt, it’s just a cool mainline car. I own plenty of them for now.

1971 Buick Riviera Hot Wheels

I decided to place them all front and center and top of the display, hoping others would cotton to this model. In fact, as one mother impatiently waited for her son to pick out one car to pacify him as they shopped, I suggested one of these. She looked at me kinda funny and scurried away. But the kid did indeed snag one of them.

So my question to you, fellow collectors… have you ever done anything like this? What do you do when you encounter your all time favorite model, but really don’t need to bring more of them home? Let me know below!

KMJ Diecast Moves Store (& 40,000 Hot Wheels) to hobbyDB

“I started this website in 1997 to show off my collection,” says Kirk Smith of KMJ Diecast. It was just a hobby at the time, along with customizing various Hot Wheels models.

Some of Kirk's Chevy Nomads

Kirk’s Chevy Nomads

Then he started selling his extras on the site. Then it became a full time job. And somewhere along the way, KMJ became one of the most successful independent dealers in Hot Wheels.  After 15 years with ChannelAdvisor Kirk had wanted to find a better, more modern platform.

KMJ Diecast on ChannelAdvisor

KMJ Diecast on ChannelAdvisor

Kirk started looking for a new platform for selling. After weighing the pros and cons of various other platforms and initially going with a GoDaddy solution and then with Shopify, he decided the best choice was to open a store on hobbyDB.com. As the fastest growing collector site on the web, hobbyDB’s catalog, database and marketplace for anything and everything collectible were a no-brainer for someone like Kirk. Especially since Kirk was invited to  work very closely with the hobbyDB dev team to make sure that the all important back-end features are soon as good as what is in the front-end.

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The new KMJ Diecast on hobbyDB

As a bonus, hobbyDB also offered a clearer, more easily managed site that is a huge upgrade over the design KMJ had been using. Inventory can be categorized infinite ways, and the store is easily searchable by customers.

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Some of KMJ’s Stock waiting for a new owner

The hobbyDB team has been working long hours to help bring the KMJ inventory over to the new storefront before the current deal runs out. “I cannot say in words how grateful I am for their help,” said Kirk. “Everybody has put in 12 hour days to help move 40,000 plus Hot Wheels onto hobbyDB.  The site is getting better literally every day.  It’s very ambitious to want 100 billion collectibles on one site, but if anyone can do it I believe it’s these guys.”  Thanks, Kirk!