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Newly Added This Week to the hobbyDB Database…Funko, Tomica and More!

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It was another busy week here at hobbyDB as we recently crossed the threshold of 500,000 items added to our database. And more is on the way with new items added hourly.

Here’s a look at some of our favorite additions to the hobbyDB database this week.

Hot Wheels

There were plenty of new additions this week from the world of Hot Wheels. Among the freshly uploaded items are 2019 Hot Wheels 5-Packs, including the outrageous Sharkruiser.

Hot Wheels

Sharkruiser

You’ll also find new items in the catalog from both 2013 and 2002 Mainline sets.

Hot Wheels

2002 Mainline – 1971 Plymouth GTX

Hot Wheels

2013 Mainline – Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera

See all the latest from Hot Wheels here.

Funko

Our Funko collection took on an 80s theme this week with the addition of Marty McFly with Hoverboard, a new wave of Starship Troopers and a set dedicated to the sci-fi television series “V.”

Back to the Future

Walmart exclusive

Starship Troopers

Starship Troopers Warrior Bug

Pop! Television

V – Alien Exposed

The self-titled Black Sabbath record received the vinyl treatment in the form of a Pop! Albums release. The Office found itself shrunken to Mystery Mini size.

Pop! Albums

Black Sabbath – Pop! Albums

The Office

The Office Mystery Minis – Kevin Malone

But the highlight of the week is arguably Funko’s new Pop! WandaVision collection. The latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes with six new Pop! figures of Wanda and Vision that span several generations.

Marvel

Halloween Wanda

Marvel

50s Vision

 

Peruse the latest from Funko here.

Hard Rock Café Pins

The Hard Rock Café Pins came rolling in this week once again, ranging from Africa to Miami, Vienna and throughout the entire globe. Here are some of our favorites from the week and make sure to check out the entire Hard Rock Café Pin database here.

Hard Rock Cafe Pins

City Amp – Vienna

 

Hard Rock Cafe Pins

Freedom Day Double Neck Guitar

Hard Rock Cafe

Martini Glass Girl – Limited edition HRC Miami 2018

Shop Hard Rock Café Pins here.

Print Ads

Print ads are the rage on hobbyDB right now with many added to the database this week. Speaking of Marty McFly, The DeLorean can be found among the new print ads. Check them all out here.

Print Ads

hobbyDB Pick of the Week

We’re all looking forward to next year. Tomica revs up some excitement with its New Year 2021 collection. The six-vehicle set comes with tradition New Year wishes and can now be found on hobbyDB.

Tomica

TomicaWe’re always looking for enthusiasts to join our volunteer squad. If interested, let us know by messaging us at support@hobbydb.com or by clicking the green Contact hobbyDB button on the right side of every page.

 

500K! Hooray! hobbyDB Reaches Database Milestone for Items Added

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We have a mantra here at hobbyDB that we like to repeat. It humbly boasts “over 100 billion collectibles…eventually.”

And while the road ahead of us toward documenting every collectible ever made is a long one, we’ve proudly reached a milestone in our mission by adding the 500,000th database entry page to the hobbyDB database!

That’s half a million different collectibles from brands and franchises such as Hot Wheels, Funko and Hard Rock Cafe pins. And more. So much more.

Hard Rock Cafe

The Hard Rock Cafe Pin community is alive and strong on hobbyDB with close to 78,600 pins — roughly 29,000 of which are dedicated to guitars. The best part is that more pins arrive in the database daily.

A few of our favorite Hard Rock Cafe Pins –

Madrid FC Parry Red Les Paul Prototype – As we stated above, what would the Hard Rock Café be without its guitars? And no one says rock ‘n roll better than the legendary Les Paul.

Hard Rock Cafe

Jewel – Breast Cancer Awareness Guitar – The HRC joins the battle against cancer with this one-of-a-kind diamond-laden guitar pin by famed jeweler Michael Greene. Estimated hobbyDB value? $5,130,00.

Hard Rock Cafe

30th Anniversary HRC Letter “F” Pin 11 of 12 – 

The pin that got it all started on hobbyDB from the 30th Anniversary Letter and Musician series.

Hard Rock CafeHot Wheels / Diecast

Diecast cars have always been at the heart of hobbyDB, accounting for 35 percent of our database. These days, you’ll find close to 49,000 Hot Wheels items alone on hobbyDB.

A few of our favorite Hot Wheels –

Redline Watermelon Overchrome Open Hood Scoop – If you have one of these in your collection, you could be $75,000 richer (but then there might be only one!).

Redline

Magirus-Deutz 6-Wheel Crane Truck – Rare diecast models aren’t reserved for Hot Wheels alone. This Matchbox has sold for as much as $13,000.

Matchbox

1969 Firebird Trans-Am – The first Hot Wheels we added to the hobbyDB database! This Sizzler came in nine variants.

1969 Firebird

Funko

Our Funko database is home to 22,940 items ranging from Pop! figures to Wacky Wobblers and everything else in between from the vinyl masters out of Everett, Washington.

Familiar with the Funko app? Our partnership with Funko provides the valuations for all items in the Funko app, with more prices added every day.

A few of our favorite Funko items –

Clockwork Orange (Glow in the Dark) – Our most valuable Pop! figure with an estimated value of $13,300.

Clockwork Orange

Chewbacca Bobble-Head – The first Funko item we ever added to hobbyDB / Pop Price Guide!

Star Wars

Frankenberry (Glow in the Dark) – You’ll find close to 2,500 convention exclusives from the likes of San Diego and New York to Emerald City and beyond, dating back to 2012.Frankenberry

But wait, there’s more!

Action Comics No. 1 – The very first appearance of Superman.

Superman

Han Solo (Big Head) – From A New Hope to The Last Jedi, we’ve added 4,780 Star Wars items to hobbyDB.

Star Wars

Yoo-Hoo Big Energy Boost! Says Yogi Berra – 

Yogi says a lot of great things, several of which can be found on the more than 15,300 print ads in the hobbyBD database.

Baseball

James Bond Ford Mustang Mach 1 – This Corgi Toys item was the first ever been added to the hobbyDB Database. We’ve come a long way.

Corgi

Get involved with the hobbyDB family of brands

We couldn’t have reached 500K items without the support of you and our team of volunteers.

Here’s how you can help as we turn the corner towards one million items by becoming a member of our squad of volunteers. 

We’re always looking for enthusiasts like you to help curate subjects and add items, as well as assign prices and more.

If this sounds like a team you’d like to be a part of, let us know by messaging us at support@hobbydb.com or by clicking the green Contact hobbyDB button on the right side of every page.

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The Toys of Summer: A Look at Some of the Season’s Best Collectibles

Summer Toys

Nobody on the road. Nobody on the beach. We feel it in the air. The summer’s out of reach.

Don Henley’s words ring true as we enter the last weekend of the summer. Fortunately for us, the Toys of Summer aren’t gone.

Before we shed the last of the season’s sun, we take a quick look back at some of the best new collectibles to emerge since we said goodbye to spring.

Funko

A lack of a physical San Diego Comic-Con because of COVID concerns didn’t slow Funko down from releasing a summer’s worth of new items.

Here’s a look at a handful of the most valuable Pop! Vinyl figures that arrived this summer.

Toucan (Astronaut)(Red)[SDCC]

SDCC Toucan

Corpse Bride Glow in the Dark

Corpse BrideKatsuki Bakugo

Katsuku BakugoMcDonalds 5-pack

McDonaldsBlack Lightning

Black LightningLego

Some collectors chose to spend their time in quarantine this summer making connections. Lego connections.

Both brick and gear heads were treated to a masterpiece when Lego parked its Lamborghini Sian FKP in front of our eyes.

At 3,696 pieces, this hot rod has incredible attention to detail, including an 8-speed working gearbox.

Lego Ferrari

On a smaller, yet galactic, scale, Lego also introduced us to two new Lego Star Wars collections with the intricate Bespin Duel and Death Star Final Duel. Whether you include Darth Vader’s or Luke Skywalker’s hands when you assemble yours is up to you.

Star Wars

Star Wars

Hot Wheels

We head back to the summer of 1971 with one of the most popular Hot Wheels of the year – the ‘71 Datsun 510.

This spectraflame bright yellow design and Real Riders 5-spoke wheels with red stripe tampo lives up to its bumble bee look with a “bzzz” license plate. 

It currently values at $105 on hobbyDB, making it the most valuable 2020 release so far in the hobbyDB database.

Hot WheelsHot Wheels

What says summer better than a VW Bug? Hot Wheels released its Volkswagen “Classic Bug” – Volkswagen Transporter T1 Pickup this season to much fanfare. The bug is part of the 2020 Car Culture – Team Transport series that includes ‘69 Ford Mustang Boss 302 – Retro Rig, Mercedes-Benz 300 SL – Euro Hauler and 2016 Ford GT Race – Ford C-800.

Volkswagen

Yu-Gi-Oh

Yu-Gi-Oh cards made their debut in 1999, but remain just as popular today. That was proven this summer with Konami’s Tin of Lost Memories collection. The 249-card set, including three World Premier cards in Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon and Successor Soul, as well as Strength in Unity and Destined Rivals.

Check out the entire Yu-Gi-Oh! database here.

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Yu-Gi-Oh!Others

We round out the summer with a look at the whimsical, cute and perhaps a tongue-in-cheek metaphor regarding the status of the year 2020 with a look at the vinyl toy company 100% Soft and its Dumpster Fire line.

This little guy sold out quickly, but you can pre-order yours now via Entertainment Earth when it comes back around again, likely in September. And keep an eye out for its Light-Up variant arriving in January.Dumpster FireDumpster FireWe’re always looking for volunteers to join our team of curators. If you’d like to share your knowledge of a particular subject with us, message us at zack@hobbydb.com or click the Contact hobbyDB button located on the right hand side of every page.

Enjoy the autumn!

A Collection of 10 of the World’s Largest Collections

Ron Ruelle

Ron Ruelle hobbyDB

One comment we at hobbyDB hear a lot is “do you get to play with toys all day?” (The answer, sadly is no.) Another is “you must have the world’s largest collections of (Hot Wheels, Funko Pops, video games, etc.)” Also, no, but most of us do have a pretty good collection of something or another. We all geek out about some kind of collectible culture here. It’s sort of a requirement to be part of the hobbyDB project.

Which got us to thinking… who does have the world’s largest collection of bobblehead dolls? Or diecast cars? Or baseball cards? Or Barbie dolls? So, we did a little digging. Most of these figures have been verified by some organization, such as the Guinness Book of World Records, and exact numbers might not be up to the minute, as one trip to the toy store can add several more to the totals.

The hobbyDB database has a pretty good start documenting some of these (and some of the most complete data on the internet on others), but we are always looking for collectors and experts to contribute their knowledge to make it even more complete. If you’re interested in getting involved, let us know! We also are running a WeFunder campaign if you want to really get involved!

bobblehead hall of fameBobbleheads, Nodders, Wobblers – Just over a year ago (February 1, 2019), The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum opened its doors, a project started by friends Phil Sklar and Brad Novak of Milwaukee. They have collected over 10,000 bobbleheads, wobblers, and nodders, dating back to some of the earliest sports models from the 1960s. While most of the collection is on display at their gallery, they often loan out part of the exhibit for special events. If a particular team is visiting the Milwaukee Brewers for a baseball series, figures related to that team might be on display at the ballpark.

As far as individual collectors with a focus, Philip Darling is credited by Guinness as having the largest gathering of sports-related bobbleheads, with over 2,300 of them, with an emphasis on hockey.

largest model car collectionDiecast VehiclesNabil Karam of Beirut, Lebanon, has a documented collection of over 37,000 diecast model cars of all brands and scales (37,777 at most recent count). Many of them are on display in some 400 painstakingly assembled dioramas. He says he has a weakness for Porsches, so it’s likely he has the largest collection of models of just that marque.

As far as single brands go, Mike Zarnock, well known among diecast fans, is said to have the world record for the largest Hot Wheels collection. But at an estimated 20,000, it’s just that… an estimate (a really big one though). He is verified as having the collection of the most models of different cars, at 8,128 (and if he’s been to the store in the last few days, he’s probably picked up a few more). The hobbyDB database shows over 40,000 distinct Hot Wheels variants, so Zarnock is halfway there! And if you have a collection of your own, you can utilize the hobbyDB tools to organize, manage, and track it.

worlds largest hot wheels collection

 

worlds largest funko pop collectionFunko PopsPop! figures have only been around a handful of years, so the largest collection isn’t as massive as some of the older toys. Nonetheless, Paul Scardino of Virginia had amassed a documented 4,475 of them by the end of 2018. Considering how many have been released since, that number has probably expanded.

If you’re really into Pop! figures, check out poppriceguide.com, part of the hobbyDB family. As the name suggests, it’s probably the most complete Pop! reference online, and has current, accurate pricing information.

worlds largest lego collectionLego sets – To be technical, this record also includes some other brands of building toys… Frank Smoes of Melbourne, Australia has 3,837 complete plastic building sets. He started building his collection in 1980 and estimates there are over 1.2 million bricks and at least 8,000 Minifigures in the collection.

The most complete collection of just Lego products is likely the vault at Lego’s headquarters in Denmark. They have preserved at least one copy of virtually every set ever released by the company, locked safely away for preservation (though it would be fun to play with some of those).

Video Games – Antonio Monteiro of Richmond Virginia has 20,139 games in his home. Not just the games, of course, where’s the fun in that? He also has over 100 consoles and computers to actually play the games on. Guinness said the collection was so big it took eight days to count before they verified the record.

world's largest license platesLicense Plates – Peter and Tamas Kenyeres of Hungary have amassed a collection of 11,345 license plates over the years. The oldest plate in their collection is from Austro-Hungarian Empire (1900). They also somehow acquired a plate that just says “B7,” which was a Hungarian minister’s plate from 1945 to 1948. 

But wait… Paul Franke of San Diego has since compiled a collection of over 22,000 plates, twice the size of theirs… but it hasn’t been verified by Guinness yet. It’s possible someone reading this right now have a bigger collection than that. If so, please contact us!

Since hobbyDB is located in a state with one of the most iconic license plates, this is a topic dear to our hearts!

worlds largest funko james bond collectionJames  Bond MemorabiliaNick Bennett of Leigh, Lancashire, UK, has a collection of all things Bond-related totaling 12,463 gadgets and other goodies at last count. Not just toys and action figures, but actual movie props in some cases. And yes, he keeps them in a secret lair in his basement.

hobbyDB is putting together the world’s largest collection of, well, collectibles, at least the largest online. Even better, because we include everything collectible, we can cross-reference any collectible that’s related to another by even the most obscure strand. The examples above are some areas where we have a pretty good start on documenting everything, but it’s collectors like you who help us complete the set. So, if you see some gaps in the hobbyDB project, please help fill them in for us.

Soon, we’ll look at some other giant collections, in areas where we really could use an expert or several to grace us with their knowledge and jump-start those parts of the database.

If you want to be a bigger part of the hobbyDB family, here’s your chance… Learn more at our Wefunder profile. We thank you!

Hot Dog! You’ll Relish These Oscar Mayer Wienermobile Collectibles

Ron Ruelle

Ron Ruelle hobbyDB

Hey, kids! Do you relish the opportunity for a job that lets you ketchup in your career? Oscar Mayer is looking for Wienermobile drivers, but only if you can cut the mustard! Okay, terrible buns… er, puns aside (and repeating them frequently is part of your duties), it’s quite frankly a fun job. Side note… yours truly was a candidate for this very gig in the early 1990s, but I got roasted in the interview.

Oscar Mayer Weinermobile collecitlbesIn any event, the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is an enduring icon of promotional stunts that has been loved for decades. There are actually several of them that roam different regions of the country. As big as that fleet is, there are even more Wienermobiles in smaller, collectible form.

Oscar Mayer Weinermobile whistlesWiener Whistles  The earliest Wienermobile collectibles were whistles, given out to kids at promotional appearances. They are usually molded in the red “meat” color instead of the tan “bun” color. They have a couple of small holes that can be covered to produce a few different tones. There have been several variations over the years including a sort of pan flute version made of a pack of hot dogs (technically not a mobile sausage, but let’s go with it) that offered enough notes to play the famous jingle, which is now stuck in your head!

Oscar Mayer Weinermobile bankBanks – After the whistles, the earliest Wienermobile models were plastic banks… well, sort of. Starting in the 1950s, there was a 1/25-ish scale model molded in a bun colored base and a meat-hued sausage. And as it rolled, a flat sculpture of Little Oscar bobbed up and down from a slot on top. Later releases of the same model ditched the driver, with the slot now serving as a place for your savings deposit. Banks have been updated with recent designs in the real fleet, so there are several different generations available. One thing they have in common… most of them are unbranded as far as what toy company produced them. They are simply “Oscar Mayer” offerings.

Oscar Mayer Weinermobile Hot WheelsHot Wheels – One of the rare exceptions to the unbranded mass-produced tube-steak vehicles comes from Hot Wheels. The first variant from 1993 was accurately colored, as most have been since, but there have been a few exceptions. A silver chrome version came out the next year. Also, NASCAR themed variants, while featuring correct body colors, have displayed different graphics and logos. The rarest Hot Wheels variant is likely the Micro Vehicle version from 1996. This short-lived series of half-sized cars was designed to compete with Micro Machines. It’s like one of those delicious cocktail wieners in that red sauce your parents used to serve in crockpots at parties. (And no, this one doesn’t count!)

Oscar Mayer Weinermobile ornamentChristmas Ornaments – Another example of a branded Wienermobile is the Hallmark Christmas ornament from 2001. Accurately scaled, it’s a nicely detailed model and with a push of a button, plays that jingle. There have been other, more traditional ornaments, usually unbranded as well.

Oscar Mayer Weinermobile dispensersCondiment Dispensers  One of the most abstract Wienermobile models is this ketchup and mustard bottle set. The red top holds 4.5 ounces of ketchup, while the yellow base holds 11 ounces of mustard. (If you’re from Chicago, that ratio should be NO ketchup ever and ALL the mustard!) Functional and delicious!

Oscar Mayer Weinermobile Mold a RamaMold-a-Rama – This collectible brings back the smell of childhood for a lot of collectors. No, not the aroma of hot dogs on the grill… the scent of hot, waxy plastic, fresh out of the Mold-A-Rama machine. Insert your money, watch the gears and gizmos crank, and take in a whiff of the still-hot plastic toy that pops out. These machines were first made in 1962 and appeared mostly in the midwest and Great Lakes area. Several of these technical marvels are still in operation around the country including ones at the Field Museum and Brookfield Zoo in Chicago. And despite the last machines being manufactured decades ago, new molds are occasionally installed, including one for the 1952 Wienermobile at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

If you meat Oscar Mayer’s requirements and can take the intense grilling of the interview, you should apply for the gig driving the Wienermobile here.

And if you want to see more, or know of any collectibles we don’t have in our database, this is the link you’re craving!