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Discover everything there is to know about your favorite collectibles and how to manage your collection at the hobbyDB blog

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    In Pixar’s “Toy Story 2,” much of the movie’s plot was driven by the fact that the Stinky Pete action figure was priceless because he was mint in the package, as well as being rare to begin with. On the other hand, Mr. Pete (or is that Mr. Stinky?), led a bitter existence of resentment […]

    The post To Collect and Preserve: Why is Toy Packaging Worth so Much? appeared first on The hobbyDB Blog.

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    A Guest Blog Post from Christopher Leon Gaas, a collector of Matchbox and other 1/64 scale diecast with an interest in the history of the hobby. Beside its huge history in the United Kingdom, the Matchbox brand also has something to talk about in German-speaking countries. With its rich history, some very nice special models […]

    The post A Brief History of Matchbox in Germany appeared first on The hobbyDB Blog.

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    A Guest Blog from Patrick Wehr, owner of Pat’s Modellauto and   The Citroën DS19 was the successor of the Traction Avant and was first presented at the Paris Motor Show on October 5, 1955. During the first 15 minutes of the Motor Show, 743 orders for the futuristic new car were taken, and a […]

    The post Citroën DS: A History Through Model Cars appeared first on The hobbyDB Blog.

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    A couple weeks ago, we brought you the story of Rob Romash, Master Modelmaker for Matchbox in the early 2000s. His ability to translate sketches and technical drawings into perfect prototype carvings was amazing, and he was responsible for most of the castings of that era. Now, meet Steve Moye,  the creator of most of those […]

    The post Drawing Conclusions: Steve Moye Recalls His Days as a Matchbox Designer appeared first on The hobbyDB Blog.

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    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 […]

    The post Penny Pinching, Processes and Practicality: Possible Pitfalls of Diecast Design appeared first on The hobbyDB Blog.

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    We’re gearing up for the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con with a look at two new Entertainment Earth Convention Exclusive items that are sure to enthrall the most dedicated Marvel and Power Ranger fans. Avengers: Infinity War Infinity Gauntlet Wooden Push Puppet – Convention Exclusive Thanks to Entertainment Earth, you’ll now be able to channel your […]

    The post Entertainment Earth Convention Exclusive Heads To San Diego appeared first on The hobbyDB Blog.

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    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 […]

    The post Colorful Subjects: Meet Mattel Model Painter Glenn Hubing appeared first on The hobbyDB Blog.

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    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 […]

    The post From Super Soakers to Redneck Roadkill: Rob Romash Outside of Mattel appeared first on The hobbyDB Blog.

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    Musings By Joschik Christian Braun obsesses over collectibles, antiques and toys more than the average person, but (he believes) in a productive way. At hobbyDB we love the idea of the Blockchain.  It would be fantastic to create digital ledger in which all collectible transactions are recorded chronologically creating verifiable transactions.  Today the only way to […]

    The post Can the Blockchain stop Collectible Fraud? appeared first on The hobbyDB Blog.

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    Over the past few years, we’ve contributed articles to Die CastX magazine for publication on their website and in their quarterly print edition. Here’s the story of an obscure two-seat Thunderbird. When Ford introduced the first Thunderbird in 1955, the car was an obvious response to the Chevrolet Corvette: A sporty looking two-place convertible, not […]

    The post Temporary Two Seater: The 1963 Thunderbird Roadster appeared first on The hobbyDB Blog.

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    Entertainment Earth is taking a journey back in time with its new line of Wittles dolls. Wonder Woman highlights the collection’s premier with a 2018 San Diego Comic Con exclusive dedicated to the Justice League superhero. The dolls are carefully crafted in the style of vintage Kokeshi figures. The Japanese-inspired wooden models are renown for […]

    The post Entertainment Earth, Wonder Woman Debut Wittles Line appeared first on The hobbyDB Blog.

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    A Guest Blog from Patrick Wehr, owner of Pat’s Modellauto and and also a Curator and Champion at hobbyDB. Note:  You can click on each of the images to open the relevant hobbyDB page.   Though looking to the untrained eye like so many other 30’s creations, the Citroën Traction Avant represented a new wave in […]

    The post History Through Model Cars: Citroën Traction Avant appeared first on The hobbyDB Blog.

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    Our good friends at the Model Car Hall Of Fame just announced a cool collaboration between Ed “Big Daddy” Roth and Chris Walker. Walker, one of the most prominent modern Hot Wheels customizers, has created a special limited edition design of the Hot Wheels Dairy Delivery honoring Roth. And if you hurry, you can get […]

    The post New Ed Roth Rat Fink Dairy Delivery from Chris Walker and MCHOF appeared first on The hobbyDB Blog.

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    In case you missed it Thursday night, The History Channel aired a one hour “Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Special” with plenty of interviews, diecast images and video, and, well, history of the brand. Larry Wood, who has been one of the principal designers for the brand since almost the beginning, had a lot to say. […]

    The post Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Special: Making History on TV appeared first on The hobbyDB Blog.

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    One of the great lessons of the “Toy Story” movies was that toys need to be taken out of their packages and played with in order to  become loved through such interaction. One of the great lessons of “Toy Story” collectibles is that some of those toys are, well, pretty darn valuable and must be […]

    The post To Infinity and Beyond… Well, to $4K, anyway, for this Buzz Lightyear Prototype appeared first on The hobbyDB Blog.

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