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Newly Added to hobbyDB: Curators Sought for Smurfs, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and More

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We reached a major milestone in October when we added the 500,000th item to the hobbyDB database.

But we weren’t done. Not even close. We are, after all, on a mission to add over one billion collectibles…eventually.

Since reaching the 500K mark we’ve added more than four thousand additional items with more arriving in the database by the hour.

Homer SimpsonAnd here’s where you can help. We’re always looking for experts to join the hobbyDB team as curators.

Our curators oversee the subject of their expertise, checking for accuracy, adding proper images and ensuring the overall quality.

The best part is, that with a half million items in the database, there are plenty of subjects and collectibles that could use the keen eye of a curator.

If this sounds like something that’s a good fit for you, or if you have any questions or concerns, let us know by sending a message to support@hobbyDB.com.

Newly Added to hobbyDB

Here’s a look at some of our favorite new items recently added to the hobbyDB database…

Signature Series

Among the recent additions we’re most excited about, is our expanded collection of autographed items. 

We asked and you answered with a convincing “yes” when it comes to adding signed items to the database. We started simple with recognized distributors such as 7 Bucks A Pop and ToyZilla, but are now entering the next phase, which will also include signed items for Hot Wheels and other brands. Read about it here.

Smurfs

Smurf villages are pretty big. So it makes sense that our Smurf database on hobbyDB is home to more than 900 items related to our little blue friends. A majority of those includes the popular hand-painted Schleich brand figures.

Smurfs
FigPin

Where’s our FigPin fanatics at? From Ariel to Dragon Ball Z and everything between, you’ll find more than 400 FigPins on hobbyDB.All Might
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Cowabunga dudes! We’re looking for a curator to join Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael (and hobbyDB). Check out the recent addition of Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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Eternia Minis – Masters of the Universe

Just like He-Man, do you have the power? Or the expertise regarding all things Masters of the Universe? The MOTU Eternia Minis can now be found in the hobbyDB database.

Masters of the Universe

Mega Construx Heroes

We’ve added more than 70 items to get our Mega Construx Heroes collection underway. Help us fill out the images by becoming our Mega Construx Heroes curator.

Alien

Fortnite Battle Royale Collection

Our recently added Fortnite Battle Royale Collection is going to make you want to dance.

Fortnite

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Celebrating 30 Years of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

If you grew up in the ’80s or ’90s, chances are you know all about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Brace yourself, millennials: the Ninja Turtles turn 30 this month. Does that make you feel old or what? The idea of TMNT came to life when the two men were taking a break from brainstorming in 1984,yearand the rest was history.

Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesTeenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesIn honor of surviving in the comics world for three decades now, we decided to blast into the past, when the concept of the TMNT was only a mind baby of the two original creators, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. If you work as a creator of any kind, you know how it feels for your creative gears to take a sudden halt- usually at the worst time possible. Well, that wasn’t necessarily the case for Eastman and Laird.

The First Sketch

The original sketch of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was created in 1984 when Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird were doodling during a brainstorming session, only to find that they had created something pretty catchy. The two started a small comic series on their own, which they later brought to Mirage Studios up until 1995- selling 75 issues alone. The series was also used as a mini-series in a handful of other comics companies.

The Evolution Into Cartoons and Action Figures

Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesAs popularity continued to rise, the target group for TMNT and Playmate Toys began to shift from teenagers to 4-8-year-olds. At this point in time, Eastman and Laird made the tough decision to “soften” the image of the 4 ninja turtles, which stirred up a variety of discussion and feedback from the original TMNT fans. Not everyone was happy with the shift, but we love it when a comic we care about gets in front of more people. It means that there can be more fans to talk to. For testing purposes, the comics company aired a mini-series of 5 cartoon episodes, later leading into a larger order of episodes that aired from 1988-1996. This ended up producing a bodacious 188 Ninja Turtles episodes.

Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesThe plastic action figures grew extremely popular, especially with toddlers- but Playmate wanted to head in a direction that would lead them to more lucrative collectibles. So they turned their attention back to the teenagers they had turned away from. In 1996, the movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles came to theaters and raked in over 200 million at box offices across the country. This movie became an instant classic and people still talk about it today. The reboot spawned amazing lines of toys from bigger name companies including popular collector brands like NECA and Sideshow Collectibles.

Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesSo, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, we would like to thank you for “slacking off” (as some would say) that one day back in 1984, or better yet, creating the universally-known series of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. What would the comics world have done without you?