News-Antique.com - Jan 11,2010 - With the addition of a section on Corgi’s famous character toys, ToyPedia - Toy Collector’s wiki-based toy encyclopedia – has become the largest database of collectable toys on the internet, with over 25,000 items now listed.
The section on Corgi’s character toys features all the TV and movie tie-in models which were produced by the company under Mettoy ownership between 1954 and 1983. They include Corgi’s three larger-scale versions of the ubiquitous James Bond Aston DB5 (among many other Bond-related models), the Batmobile and Batboat, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Charlie’s Angels’ Van – and Popeye’s Paddle-Wagon!
ToyPedia is attempting to catalogue every toy ever produced, in every variant. The Toy Collector team believes that that 100 million items have been produced which will qualify for entry and that for as long as toy production continues that number will continue to grow and new items are being added on an ongoing basis. It is already the biggest online toy database.
To cope with the high projected number of entries, ToyPedia will have a unique search system, allowing users to filter and view content by any criteria they choose. For example, a user will be able to view content by manufacturer (i.e. Dinky Toys or Steiff), subject (i.e. Circus Toys or Napoleonic Figures) or type of model (i.e. models of Ferrari cars from any toy manufacturer).
ToyPedia operates as a wiki, contributed to by the whole Toy Collector Community; collectors from all around the world. Everybody from individual collectors to specialist auction houses to manufacturers and dealers can participate. As such, ToyPedia differs from a paper-based reference source in several ways:
1. It will have entries for very unusual or rare toys that would not be covered elsewhere.
2. As entries are being constantly updated, they’ll become more comprehensive over time.
3. It will be continually updated far faster than a paper-based reference source.
4. Users can create their own reference guides from it, focusing on whatever items interest them.
Many more features are planned for the site which are still in the pipeline. These include the ability to browse the site’s entire content via custom indexing, valuation information and collection management software to help collectors keep track of models and toys they own. Full details of the site’s current and future features can be found here.
Numerous leading manufacturers, toy auctioneers and retailers are already on board with the project, including Bonham’s, Christie’s, Corgi, Herpa, Jada Toys, Minichamps and Schuco.