Find Exactly What You’re Looking For – hobbyDB Search Tips

When you’re looking for that one specific collectible, there is nothing better than seeing it pop up as the first search result. One of the things that makes hobbyDB special is that there are already more than 300,000 items in the database! We like to think that it’s like Wikipedia meets IMDB. We want to make sure you have every tool you need to research your favorite items on hobbyDB, so we’ve built a powerful search engine to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Check out some of these tricks to help you narrow down your results – 

Don’t be shy with your search terms

One of the best ways to get super specific results is to add anything printed on the item to the search. For example, if a Dairy Delivery model made by Hot Wheels has the words “Got Milk” printed on the side, you should search ‘Dairy Delivery Got Milk‘. Feel free to add as much data as you can in the search bar and see how your results change. 

Get Specific with Search Filters

When you’re not quite sure what you’re looking for, but know it’s a certain type of item, try using our powerful search filters. For example, if you know you’re looking for a particular Hot Wheels model that was made in 1988, you can search for “Hot Wheels” then click on the type “model cars” and then filter for “produced in 1988” and include any incomplete dates and you will narrow your results down to two models.



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Because you can filter by so many characteristics, it’s possible that the search filters may time out from time to time. We are definitely aware of this issue and are working very hard to fix it, so we appreciate you bearing with us!

Remember, most things are interrelated 

One of my favorite parts about the database is that everything is interrelated. That means that if you’re looking for a particular James Bond action figure, all you have to do is visit the James Bond character page, and you see a bunch of James Bond action figures. You will also see many of the related model cars, posters, print ads etc. 

Beware of Special Characters

The search engine will disregard special characters such as – or ‘. This means that searching for Mercedes Benz and Mercedes-Benz will show the same results. On the flip side, this means that spaces need to be used, so looking for Hot Wheels Scool Bus will not bring up any results but Hot Wheels S cool bus does.

Embrace Equivalent Search Terms

Sometimes it’s hard to know exactly how an item is spelled in the database. For example, is it VW beetle or Volkswagen beetle? Or is it 1932 or ’32, or is it Chevy and Chevrolet? It’s for this very reason that we’ve created an equivalent search term tool. Now when you search for a Chevy, you will see search results for both Chevy and Chevrolet. We are constantly adding similar search terms to this tool, so if you have any suggestions, please feel free to send them to us. Just use the small chat box at the bottom right of your screen to get in touch. 

Narrow down your results with a minus sign

To narrow down your search results, you can use the Minus symbol. For example, Porsche -911 shows you 924s, 928s but no 911s. We plan to introduce other Boolean search features such as brackets, OR etc in the next few months. 

Find exact matches with ” “

Looking for something in particular? Simply put your search term in quotes and you’ll only see search results that are an exact match to your phase. 

And that’s it! We hope these search tips are helpful and that you’re able to find what you’re looking for. If you need some more help, feel free to get in touch by clicking on the chat icon at the bottom right corner of your screen.