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The South Texas Diecast Hot Wheels Guide Has Moved to hobbyDB!

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We’ve teamed up with South Texas Diecast founder Rob Graves to create the world’s most comprehensive Hot Wheels database for fans everywhere to enjoy. Check out the transition in Rob’s own words on his blog.

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hobbyDB provides collectors with the tools they’ve been waiting for by allowing members to research details on their items, manage their collection, and even do business with other collectors on the site. You can even open up your own store if you really want to clean out your collection!

As you may know, South Texas Diecast has long been the go-to source for all Hot Wheels knowledge. STDC has worked tirelessly for the last 4 months with hobbyDB to make sure that we know exactly what Hot Wheels fans are looking for in an archive. The partnership is excited to reveal many new features that South Texas Diecast did not have time or the resources to offer. And most importantly, we commit that the data that you’ve always relied on will remain free, forever.

As you also know there are a lot of Hot Wheels we had to archive, and although both parties (and several other Hot Wheels influencers) put in a LOT of effort – you may stumble across an item with information that we missed or a mistake that a collector has made on a catalog entry. The best part about hobbyDB is that the Hot Wheels archive is truly a community project.

We’re asking Hot Wheels collectors of all kinds to pitch in and contribute to the integrity of the archive. Chip in what you know and curate your favorite series or casting of Hot Wheels and ensure that everyone visiting your page receives best information available. To find out more about becoming a Curator, visit http://info.hobbydb.com/curators/.

We have worked hard on putting together this information and features for all collectors. If you see something that needs improvement or tweaking, please feel free to email Rob directly at rob@hobbydb.com or the rest of the hobbyDB team at contact@hobbyDB.com with your suggestions and comments. We can’t wait to hear what you think!

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Holy Batmobile! George Barris, Iconic Car Customizer, Passes Away at 89

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George Barris, one of the best-known custom car designer/builders, died on November 5, 2015. Riding the same wave as over-the-top  customizers such as Dean Jeffries, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth and Tom Daniel, Barris’ most famous creations were huge hits on television.

He created two cars for “The Munsters,” the Koach, and the Drag-U-La, which were turned in various diecast models and kits. He also modified a 1966 Chyrsler Imperal in the weaponized Black Beauty for “The Green Hornet.

But his most lasting contribution to automotive and pop culture had to be the Batmobile he created for the 1966 “Batman” TV series. He started with the fabulous but outdated Lincoln Futura concept and completely reskinned it to become the Caped Crusader’s defining ride. And he did this in just three weeks, finishing just in time for shooting. The very first version of this car recently sold for over $4 million at auction.

1966 TV Batmobile

These are just the tip of the iceberg. Many more of his cars such as John Wayne’s Texas Bulls#!t Scraper, live on in museums or as scale models. Hop on over to his bio page on our site to see several others. And if you have some of his more obscure models, add them to our catalog!

Diecast Drift Track Lets You Play With Cars at Work

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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.

The Devil’s in the Details… How to Spot Bogus Hot Wheels Packages

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Have you seen the movie “Truth” starring Robert Redford as TV anchorman Dan Rather? It’s about a case in which CBS aired a story concerning old documents that allegedly showed then President George W. Bush to be a substandard soldier when he was younger. But the letters proved to be fake, done in by inconsistencies in how the letters of a particular typewriter font lined up optically, instead of in exact columns. See, when analyzing typography—

Wait! Don’t run away! We swear this is of interest to collectors!

Whew! Anyway, a similar situation has been discovered in the world of Hot Wheels. People have been creating fairly accurate and believable replicas of the packaging for rare, older Hot Wheels vehicles. And the bogus packages are good… but only so good.

With a bit of sleuthing, you can learn to see the difference in material quality, color tones, type spacing, even individual letter shapes that don’t match the original. The inconsistencies can be tiny, but knowing how to spot them will prevent you from spending a lot of money on a fake.

Derek Reusser of Teenycarz.com created this handy chart showing how to spot the detail differences in at least one particular forgery. (You can scroll down for larger versions).  Memorize it, or better yet, print it out and carry it with you when you go to the flea market or antique store. You can avoid costly mistakes by dotting your “i”s and crossing your “t”s.

Spot fake bogus unreal counterfeit Hot Wheels packaging

Original Artwork from Redliner Magazine Issue 5 Autumn 2012

Here are the counterfeit packaging details…

Counterfeit Hot Wheels packaging

And here are the authentic details.

Authentic Hot Wheels packaging

Original Artwork from Redliner Magazine Issue 5 Autumn 2012

Inside the World of Super Collector Andy Goodman

If you’ve ever wanted to see what a collection of 30,000 diecast models looks like, you can visit Andy Goodman. Andy is a super collector of all kinds and scales of diecast vehicles, specializing in Jada and Hot Wheels, cars, limiting himself primarily to cars based on real world prototypes. He’s also a member of the hobbyDB Advisory Board, a group of experts on various subjects who help steer the direction of our site and keep us on top of the latest developments in the collectible world. hobbyDB caught up with him recently at SuperToyCon this past summer in Las Vegas.

He recently opened his Mechanicsburg, PA home to the folks at Jalopnik for a tour of the garage and basement and other nooks and crannies where the diecast can be found. The sheer scale of his collection and his friendly demeanor are amazing.

Andy Goodman, Jada ahd Hot Wheels Collector

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Andy was the founder of modelpackrat.com, but his extremely organized collection suggests anything but a hoarding rodent. And even with over 30,000 cars in his collection, he shows restraint. In the interview he describes finding a diecast model he likes at a store, but then leaving it behind because he would rather not branch into another brand or series at the moment. A man’s gotta know his limits, right? Nontheless, over 1,000 square feet of his house, including quite a bit of the garage is devoted to the collection.

Read more and watch the video on Jalopnik.