hobbyDB Advisory Council Posts

Meet the “Timpo Toys Artist” and new hobbyDB Friend and Advisor Alfred Plath

Meet the “Timpo Toys Artist” and new hobbyDB Friend and Advisor Alfred Plath

When it comes to Timpo Toys, Alfred Plath considers it a little more than just collecting. It’s more like time traveling. Alfred has spent close to six decades “traveling through time” to learn everything he can about an item, from production sites and processes to its history and relationship with its country of origin. And […]

Dov Kelemer of DKE Toys Brings His Collective Interests to hobbyDB Advisory Council

Dov Kelemer of DKE Toys Brings His Collective Interests to hobbyDB Advisory Council

Dov Kelemer, founder of DKE Toys, is the latest member of the hobbyDB Advisory Council. He comes from a unique perspective as not only a major action figure dealer, but also as a curator of custom and limited edition mashup figures. His creations include one-off mutations of familiar figures with unusual, often bizarre modifications as […]

Todd Coopee, Easy-Bake Oven Expert, Lights Up hobbyDB Advisory Council

Todd Coopee, Easy-Bake Oven Expert, Lights Up hobbyDB Advisory Council

Sometimes a light bulb goes off in your head, and you just have to chase an idea. For Todd Coopee, that light bulb was inside an Easy-Bake Oven. Coopee, who lives in Ottawa Canada, is the world’s leading expert on collecting Easy-Bake Ovens, the light-bulb-powered kitchen appliances from Kenner. “We had one in the family […]

Toy Hunter Phil Chapman Lends Tinplate Expertise to hobbyDB Advisory Council

Toy Hunter Phil Chapman Lends Tinplate Expertise to hobbyDB Advisory Council

You might not expect someone who was a child in the 1980s to be a serious collector of tinplate toys. Phil Chapman, aka “The Toy Hunter,” defies that idea. We at hobbyDB are glad to have his extensive expertise as a tinplate toy collector as a new member of our Advisory Council. “The main focus […]

Garbage Collector: Meet Matt Oldweiler, Garbage Pail Kids Connoisseur

Garbage Collector: Meet Matt Oldweiler, Garbage Pail Kids Connoisseur

Snark and shock have always been profitable forms of entertainment, from Mad Magazine to “South Park” to fail compilations on Youtube. In the mid 1980s, one particualr brand really stood out for its trashy nature. Garbage Pail Kids hit the scene as a parody of the Cabbage Patch kids and in all honestly had a […]

Diecast Collector, Historian David Wright Joins hobbyDB Advisory Council

Diecast Collector, Historian David Wright Joins hobbyDB Advisory Council

The Advisory Council at hobbyDB consists of experts on many different facets of collecting, all sharing their knowledge for the benefit of the entire site. David Wright, a noted model car collector from Storrington, England, is the latest to join the Council. His fascination with buses and cars began when he was nine years old. […]

Steve Volk of Shelby American Collection Joins hobbyDB Advisory Council

Steve Volk of Shelby American Collection Joins hobbyDB Advisory Council

The hobbyDB Advisory Council‘s newest member is an expert on one of our favorite subjects: Carroll Shelby and his legendary cars. Steve Volk is President of the Shelby American Collection, a museum of everything related to Shelby. The museum, located in Boulder, Colroado, features dozens of Cobras, Shelby Mustangs, and Ford GT-40s as well as other […]

Ben van Roode, Dutch Diecast Expert, Joins hobbyDB Advisory Council

Ben van Roode, Dutch Diecast Expert, Joins hobbyDB Advisory Council

The vast collection of knowledge available on hobbyDB keeps growing with yet another diecast vehicle expert. Ben van Roode, best known as an author of articles and books about model cars, has joined the Advisory Council. “I played as a boy of course with cars,” said Ben, who lives in The Netherlands. “Then in my […]

Bob Finn, Longtime Toy Executive Joins hobbyDB Advisory Board

Bob Finn, Longtime Toy Executive Joins hobbyDB Advisory Board

hobbyDB has a new member on our Advisory Board, Bob Finn. Finn has a long history as an executive in the toy industry, starting with Hasbro in 1976. In over a quarter century there, he saw the toy industry grow from dolls and cars board games into the digital age and beyond. When he started, […]

Sergio Goldvarg, Collector and Manufacturer, Hosts Archive at hobbyDB

Sergio Goldvarg, Collector and Manufacturer, Hosts Archive at hobbyDB

The Goldvarg Collection of model cars is the latest addition to the official archives at hobbyDB. If that name sounds familiar, maybe it’s because you know Sergio Goldvarg as the world record holder for the biggest collection of large scale model cars. Or that he has a collection of George Barris TV Batmobiles in every scale (including […]

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