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London, United Kingdom, 2012/03/13 - We added a huge 20,117 items to the database in February, including a huge amount of Corgi’s more modern models and classic Corgi Juniors! - ToyCollector.com.
Not to mention New Cavendish Books becoming the first publisher to have its toy-related books added to the database. Since ToyPedia is intended to be the complete resource for collectable toys and models, we’ve always intended to catalogue books, publications and everything else that’s related – so it really is the COMPLETE resource. This is just the start!
February also marked our second year of attendance at the world-famous Nuremberg Toy Fair (see our coverage here), where we had a rapturous reception. We met with 94 different toy manufacturers and brands, out of which a fantastic 92 have agreed to support the project, while 107 out of the 128 dealers and sellers we talked to are very keen to use the new sales platform, some now and others after the introduction of our pending API. We greatly look forward to data and ongoing update support from the manufacturers – and to welcoming all the exciting new sellers on board!
We also rolled out our new Update Programme. When we catalogue obsolete toys and extinct classic brands, we know our listings will be complete and correct – but when the
company is still in existence, that means they keep making new things and we have to keep adding them! So we’ve devised a new programme of ongoing communication with companies to keep us updated on their new products. So far, we’ve enrolled BBR, Brooklin Models, Epoche, FrontiArt, Look Smart, Otto Mobile, Thomas Gunn and TrueScale Miniatures with more brands joining daily.
ToyPedia. Joining us in February are Allen Levy, owner of ACE Trains, publisher at New Cavendish Books with an excellent understanding of many toy and model subjects and John Houghton, the author of the Definite Guide to Matchbox Toys 1-75 Series 1953 to 1969.
About Toy Collector
Launched in 2008, Toy Collector is a web portal for collectable toy and model enthusiasts designed to allow collectors to share their passions via blogging, discussion forums, picture and video galleries. The site currently hosts over 25,000 toy-related articles and over 200,000 images. It offers resources like want ads and a yellow pages supplier directory and boasts the largest toy-and model-related event calendar on the internet. It also hosts ToyPedia® and the TC Market.
For selling on the market or more information on the site please go to ToyCollector.com or contact Skip on skip[.]toycollector.com or +44 (1494) 727 947.
In addition to all this, the site features ToyPedia® – a Wikipedia-style online encyclopaedia of collectable toys which currently covers over 230,000 items and is growing constantly.
Currently, the project is supported by:
• 27 communities including DiecastAviationForum.com HobbyTalk.com, ModelRailForum, SlotForum.com and Wings900.com;
• 740 volunteers;
• 23 authors who have permitted the organisers to use text and images from 39 books as part of a ToyPedia Book Documentation Project;
• 450 toy brands who have agreed to open their archives;
• 18 leading auction houses including Bonham’s and Christie’s have allowed use of their images;
• 3 Museums (Brussels Toy Museum, Singapore’s MINT Museum and the Los Angeles Slot Car Museum);
• 34 members of the ToyPedia Advisory Board who advise on organisation and taxonomy.
For more information please go to ToyCollector.com/ToyPedia or contact Louisa Cross, the ToyPedia Curator on louisa[.]toycollector.com.