ToyPedia passes 200,000 catalogued items
Pre-War Bois Manu Train Set Pulls ToyPedia past 200,000 Items. Toy Collector's catalogue has surpassed over 200,000 models and toys.
- (1888PressRelease) January 25, 2012 - A stylish wooden train set dating from 1939 has become the 200,000th item listed on ToyPedia, Toy Collector's wiki-based online database of collectable toys and models.
The rare set, made by Belgian manufacturer Bois Manu, consists of an art-deco styled engine with three cars - a canopy wagon, an open wagon and a goods wagon with sliding doors. It was uploaded to the database on January 23rd, 2012, tipping it over the 200,000th mark.
While the database has hitherto contained mostly diecast listings, the Bois Manu train is emblematic of the increased number of listings for a huge variety of vintage toy companies making an equally huge variety of products. Recently added listings include tinplate manufacturers like Bandai, Bing, Kellerman, Marx, Marklin, Tipp & Co and many others.
Launched in 2009 and now the largest toy catalogue on the internet, ToyPedia is attempting to catalogue every toy ever made in every variation. Ultimately, it is believed that this will cover some 100 million items.
While toy and model company and product listings are uploaded by the ToyPedia team to ensure that items are catalogued in a way that makes listings as user-friendly and accessible as possible, once an item or company has been added, its page is wiki-powered, meaning members of the Toy Collector community can add information about the history, images or other descriptive details directly through the site. This gives ToyPedia the advantage of being able to collect community knowledge from a vast knowledgebase that might not be accessible to a single author researching a book on a single subject.
ToyPedia also has numerous other advantages over paper-based references - for one thing, it can cover very rare or unusual items or very small ranges that would not warrant a book of their own, or not have produced enough items to fill one. Also, it can be updated and improved constantly, without the expense, difficulty and waiting time it takes to re-publish a book.
The project is supported by over 350 manufacturers, including Corgi, Herpa, Jada Toys and Minichamps, as well as 18 auctioneers like Bonhams and Christies, with many of these supplying product list information and images for the site. This particular item was uploaded by the Brussels Toy Museum, one of the three museums that recently started supporting the project (the two others are Singapore's MINT Museum and the Los Angeles Slot Car Museum).
Now the team aims to have 500,000 items up by the end of 2012 and reach the 10 million mark in 2014/2015.
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 180,000 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 www.ToyCollector.com or contact Skip on skip ( @ ) toycollector dot com or +44 (1494) 727 947 or visit us at the Nuremberg Toy Fair, we are in Hall 7, Stand C-49 dot
In addition to all this, the site features ToyPedia® - a Wikipedia-style online encyclopaedia of collectable toys which currently covers over 200,000 items and is growing constantly.
Currently, the project is supported by;
• 27 communities including www.DiecastAviationForum.com www.HobbyTalk.com, www.ModelRailForum, www.SlotForum.com and www.Wings900.com
• 670 volunteers
• 12 authors who have permitted the organisers to use text and images from 26 books as part of a ToyPedia Book Documentation Project
• 355 toy brands who have agreed to open their archives
• 15 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)
• 32 members of the ToyPedia Advisory Board who advise on organisation and taxonomy
For more information please go to www.ToyCollector.com/ToyPedia or contact Louisa Cross, the ToyPedia Curator on louisa ( @ ) toycollector dot com or +44 (1494) 727 947.