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Getting Hot Wheels Listings Right – Part II

Getting Hot Wheels Listings Right – Part II

After Part 1 (read it here) and our recent work on Better Sorting and Filtering (more on that here) this is the final part of fixing our Hot Wheels Database Items.  We have more Hot Wheels pages than any other website out there and by quite a margin.  While that is great it also created […]

One of my heroes is backing us & that made my day

One of my heroes is backing us & that made my day

I’ve known of the other Christian since the mid-Nineties as nobody, really nobody has taken documenting collectibles (in his case Matchbox) more seriously.  We then met at one of the Nuremberg Toy Fairs maybe 10 years ago.  He was there with a number of big folders and to understand the depth that he goes into […]

Another Visit to the Jang Birsens Matchbox Mecca!

Another Visit to the Jang Birsens Matchbox Mecca!
Written by
Patrick Wehr

In the last few months, I visited my friend’s Jang Birsens Matchbox Museum as many times as I could. There is so much stuff to see and it got me back to buy some Matchbox models, for me a kind of a back to the roots moment!  Therefore I decided to write a second report […]

Jean Birsens: Matchbox Collector for over 40 years

Jean Birsens: Matchbox Collector for over 40 years
Written by
Patrick Wehr

Like many of us, Jean Birsens played with Matchbox cars and Siku cars on the carpet in his living room, a carpet which was a Highway, a City and many other interesting places. Unlike most though, Jean’s make-believe world blossomed into a real-life museum today. Starting with hand-me-downs, Jean now owns his own Matchbox Museum […]

For Halloween, You’re Gonna Need an Ambulance or Hearse

For Halloween, You’re Gonna Need an Ambulance or Hearse

Halloween is a holiday associated with walking, specifically around the neighborhood seeking candy from neighbors. But if you need to drive on that date, there’s only one choice. Well, two actually: ambulance or hearse. Both vehicles connote a kind of morbidity… one posthumously, one, umm… pre-posthumously? Humously? The point is, death, gore, all kinds of […]

Mini Matchbox Models Create a Big Mystery

Mini Matchbox Models Create a Big Mystery

While digging through our latest stash of Matchbox prototype cars, we discovered models of a couple of tiny vehicles. They were much smaller than the usual Matchbox offerings. Unsure of what they were, we started sleuthing around. We asked our trio of former Matchbox designers for insight: Rob Romash, Matchbox Master Model Maker; Steve Moye, […]

More Matchbox Prototypes With More Working Details

More Matchbox Prototypes With More Working Details

A few months ago, we shared a treasure trove of Matchbox prototypes and preproduction versions of later production models from the collection of Rob Romash. Romash was a Master Modelmaker at Mattel, working primarily on 1/64 scale Matchbox vehicles in the early 2000s, but also on a surprising range of other toys. We also had […]

From Super Soakers to Redneck Roadkill: Rob Romash Outside of Mattel

From Super Soakers to Redneck Roadkill: Rob Romash Outside of Mattel

We’ve recently brought you some stories of the designers who helped create many Matchbox vehicles from the early 2000s – Steve Moye, Product Designer; Glenn Hubing, Model Painter; and Rob Romash, Master Modelmaker. There’s a lot more to their stories, so here’s a look at Romash’s work before and after his days at Mattel. After […]

Colorful Subjects: Meet Mattel Model Painter Glenn Hubing

Colorful Subjects: Meet Mattel Model Painter Glenn Hubing

Over the past few weeks we’ve brought you the stories of some of the folks who helped bring Matchbox cars to life at Mattel. Steve Moye,  and Rob Romash worked together for several years defining the shapes of those cars. Now meet Glenn Hubing, who created the colorful designs on those models (and many other […]

Penny Pinching, Processes and Practicality: Possible Pitfalls of Diecast Design

Penny Pinching, Processes and Practicality: Possible Pitfalls of Diecast Design

We recently told you the histories of Matchbox Senior Designer Steve Moye and Master Modelmaker Rob Romash, part of the talented team that created many of the brand’s model vehicles in the early 2000s. As much fun as they had working there, not every project goes through without a hitch. From misinterpretations to budget cuts […]

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