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M2 Machines model vehicles have their own unique identifying characteristics. Each model has a ton of subtle information that allows identifying exactly what makes each car unique. To help us maintain consistent and relevant data on each casting, we’ve created a list of M2 data entry standards to keep everyone on the same page. If you have any questions or suggestions for these standards, feel free to contact us with the green "Contact hobbyDB" button on the right.




Three M2 Machines model cars



  1. Adding New Cars (Variants and Subvariants): With the exception of new castings every M2 model will have variants and many will also have Subvariants. Customs are added as a variant of the original casting, but have the customizer's name set as the brand instead of M2 Machines. More on how to add customs here.

    Always search for the casting and use "New Item" -> "Add Variant" to create a new entry if other variants of the casting already exist in the database. Subvariants are items with only minor differences, such as a different packaging style. 

    When adding a new casting that doesn't yet have any Variants or Subvariants, find another well-structured M2 item and use "New Item" -> "Clone" to create a new entry. Be sure to review every field before saving 

    More on how to create new items here.

    More info on Subvariants:
  2. Image: There is no limit to how many photos a Database Item can have. Photos should ideally show the item on a white background, and official product images from M2 are preferable if they're available. Up to 3 of the photos on an item are our Standard Photos:
    1. “Main Photo” should show the car in its original packaging.
    2. “Show on Search Photo” should show the car out of the package on its display base. The M2 website usually has good stock photos to use for Show on Search.
    3. If the item is a Subvariant, “Detail Photo” should be a photo that shows what's unique about it compared to other Subvariants. For example, the type of packaging or changes in details between standard and chase models.
    4. Other images can be added, too. More on this here.

  3. Name: Always enter the name exactly as it is on the display base. Please do not add any other information about the model to the name field.
    1. For example, on Auto-Thentics release 64 the Camaro base plate reads as “1985 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z.” Enter the full display base name exactly as it reads and nothing additional.

  4. Alternate Name: If there is another name commonly used for the model it can be added here, even if it's not the official name.
    1. For example a 1987 to 1993 Ford Mustang is often referred to as a “Fox Body Mustang” and a 1973 to 1987 light duty Chevy pick up is often referenced as a “Square Body.”

  5. Brand: This should always be M2 Machines (unless it's a Custom, guidelines on those here).

  6. Series: This is the most powerful field as it places the item on related pages/lists on the site. A Series is a group of products made by the same manufacturer, linked by being the same type of item and frequently by theme, scale or similar characteristics.
    1. Main series, i.e. “Ground Pounders” or “Auto-Thentics.”
    2. Main series with sub-series, i.e. “Ground Pounders 15” or “Auto-Thentics 57.”
      1. The release number can be determined by the R## number on the model's display base or packaging.
    3. Add an exclusives category if one exists; for example Walmart, M&J, O’Reilly Auto Parts, or Target.
    4. Add specialty categories such as “Promotional” if it was a private run for a dealer, show, or other special event or announcement.

  7. Related Subjects: This field is for associating the item with any other applicable subjects. These subjects are shown on search results and can be used to filter searches. Some common Related Subjects are the make of the real-life car, casting designer (Sean Taylor for all M2 castings), and livery or sponsors.

  8. Model: Enter the model name of the real-life car. The contents of this field are used as search keywords.

  9. Body Type: Sedan, convertible, SUV, etc.

  10. Production Status: This provides a number of classifications from which you can select; for example,
    1. All under 10,000 produced pieces (all base vehicles) should be entered as Standard
    2. All under 999 produced pieces should be labeled as a Chase
    3. All under 250 produced pieces should be labeled as a Super Chase

  11. Released: This is the year the model was released. This can be determined from the first two digits of the car's reference number on the display base. For example,
    1. The "1953 VW Beetle Deluxe U.S.A. Model" numbered 20-84 was produced in 2020.

  12. Discontinued: This field can be left blank since M2 releases are always limited runs that don’t span multiple years.


  13. # Produced: Enter the number of items that were produced, if known. Most M2 releases have the production numbers on the packaging.

  14. Made in: This is always China for M2 Machines.

  15. Scale: Enter the scale. Most M2 models are 1/64 but they also make models in 1/24 scale and have made 1/18 scale models in the past.


  16. Material: Select "Diecast Metal/Mazak".

  17. Color: List the paint color(s) and whether the paint is metallic, flat, etc.

    1. List only the main colors. For example, if a car is two-tone red and white, list both of those colors, but if a car is blue with red flames list only blue. Mention the color of the flames in the Decoration field.

  18. Decoration: Add any decoration details such as a “Fire Dept” decal or “Orange & blue stripes on sides and hood”.

  19. Features: Select any additional features in the list. Multiple features can be selected by holding down the Control (Windows/Linux) or Command (Mac) key while selecting the list items. Common features on M2 models are rubber tires, opening parts, and display bases.

  20. Packaging Details: List what type of packaging the model came in, for example "display case in window box" or "blister card with display case". If the model is available in more than one type of packaging we should have a separate entry for each one and connect them as Subvariants.

  21. UPC code: Enter the 12 digit barcode number (without spaces) as found on the package, including the leading and trailing digits.

  22. Reference #: The reference number is the code on the model's display base in the format ##-##. This is an important piece of data as it helps users easily find the model in the database.

  23. Description: Enter any other details about the car that aren’t covered above and or highlight what makes the car different from a normal release. Use complete sentences and keep a neutral point of view. Example: “This version has a roll cage and smaller bumpers than other variations.” Details already specified in database fields should not be repeated.