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Always wanted to know more about these mysterious Hong Kong plastic models

Always wanted to know more about these mysterious Hong Kong plastic models
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I owned two of these roughly HO-Scale trucks as a child (they transported my Airfix figures) and always wanted more about them  – They only said “E” and “Made in Hong Kong” under them.  I had not thought much about them until recently our Squad Coordinator Isaac came for a visit and as a first […]

Wow, is the Chinese Vinyl Art Market really worth $6 billion?

Wow, is the Chinese Vinyl Art Market really worth $6 billion?
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I am a junky for collectible stats and when our man in South America, Javier send me a Bloomberg article on the Chinese Designer Toy market (we refer to it as Vinyl Art Toys) I had to study it.  It claimed the market to be valued at 38.4 billion yuan (that is $5.96 billion!!!).  That […]

To me the Emperor wears no clothes – a personal take on Fractional Ownership in Collectibles

To me the Emperor wears no clothes – a personal take on Fractional Ownership in Collectibles
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I am interested in Collectibles and I don’t want the market to crash (see my recent blog post on What do Tulips, Beanie Babies and Trading Cards have in Common?), so I try to stay ahead in terms of collectible NFTs and other trends that have the power to shift the overall narrative.  One of […]

What do Tulips, Beanie Babies and Trading Cards have in Common?

What do Tulips, Beanie Babies and Trading Cards have in Common?
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For years I have been studying any research related to Collectibles I can get my hands on, starting from the Dutch tulip craze / crash from the mid-1600 century… At the height of that boom you could either buy the (admittingly lovely) Semper August tulip or “one of the grandest homes on the most fashionable […]

83% of all 2021 Investment Dollars into the Collectible Industry going to Trading Card Companies!

83% of all 2021 Investment Dollars into the Collectible Industry going to Trading Card Companies!
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With an obvious explosion of investments in collectibles companies over the last 8 months, Trading Cards are clearly the Elephant in the Room (even before NFTs!). In this article, we take a deep dive into the most recent investment trends in the FanMerch market (worth roughly $450 billion annually). Here are the investments this year […]

The Longest Hot Wheels Track Ever

The Longest Hot Wheels Track Ever
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Here at the hobbyDB team we like toys and have good memories of having run Hot Wheels tracks as children.   And who want to have the longest track?  Here is the author at his first attempt 50 years ago (with what looks like some Tootsie Toys… not really suitable for a long track – still […]

Why Subjects could be your new friend (and how they can become even more awesome!)

Why Subjects could be your new friend (and how they can become even more awesome!)
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Generally, folks use the Database Items search to find that Boba Fett San Diego Comic-Con Special or literature about the 1972 Ford F100 Pick-up, but have you tried Subjects? There are already 90,000 pages dedicated to movie characters, racing drivers and designers as well as Brands, Series, Cities, Movies and and and. When searching for […]

Media Franchisees are becoming ever more pervasive

Media Franchisees are becoming ever more pervasive
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Titlemax did this very handy overview of which media franchisees are the biggest out there over time. Nice Job!  And maybe somebody can do this exercise for every decade since the 1930s?  My assumption is that it all happens faster and faster.  So while more than 1/3 of the franchisees in this list such as […]

Found some photos from way back of my Timpo Toys Collection

Found some photos from way back of my Timpo Toys Collection
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I got a Pentax camera from my dad in 1981 and started to experiment around. Here are some of the results  –               I have no idea how I did that last image but think that they were not bad overall.

Some Collector Stores bring together the best of a Museum and a Swapmeet

Some Collector Stores bring together the best of a Museum and a Swapmeet
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There is nothing more enjoyable than to go to a good swapmeet (we wrote earlier about how different those are in Europe and the US here) or is there?  Some stores manage to rival the excitement.  I wrote earlier about Sinclair’s Auto Miniatures, an amazing store in Erie, Pennsylvania in the 1970s and about Mile […]

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