Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1) What is MBX-U?

Matchbox University (MBX-U) is a non-commercial web site dedicated to the hobby of Matchbox collecting.

The goals for this site are:

  • Provide basic information about Matchbox cars and the hobby
  • Stellen Sie eine umfassende Datenbank mit Matchbox-Miniaturen bereit, die einfach und schnell durchsucht werden kann und detaillierte Informationen zu jedem Modell enthält.
  • I started the site as a way to catalog my own collection, then thought it might be useful for others as well. For those who create an account on the site, it provides a way to build and maintain an electronic record of your models, accessible from any web device.
  • Provide up-to-date links to other Matchbox web sites, collectors clubs and reliable sellers.
  • Give site users a mechanism to provide input on model information, corrections and upload info and photos to be included on the site.

2) Why is it called Matchbox University?

Many of the existing sites are called "on-line databases" or "virtual museums", so I was looking for a different theme. Since first and foremost the site provides information the idea of a university occurred to me (complete with a Matchbox Professor!). Wie an einer Universität gibt es also einen Kurskatalog mit "Lektionen", eine Modellbibliothek (die Datenbank) und sogar einen College-Laden, in dem Sie Code 2-Modelle sehen können, die (kostenlos) zum Erstellen und Erstellen von Konten und anderen Aktivitäten verfügbar sind .

3) What kind of information is available on the site?

The matchbox "curriculum" consists of a number of short write-ups on different topics pertinent to the hobby. It is geared more for newcomers to die-cast and Matchbox collecting, or for those who may have taken a hiatus, but recently returned to the hobby and need a quick refresher/catch-up.

As well, there is extensive information on each model that is listed, with a photo of that model. There are also reference file listing that show window colors, release series, package types, etc.

4) What's in the database?

There is a separate menu item ("About the Database", below)that will take you to a page on the details of the MBX-U database approach and structure. Briefly though, MBX-U is built around a relational database rather than a text or excel listing. There are a variety of ways you can search for models or releases (how a model is packaged and sold). The database, for the foreseeable future, will be focused on Matchbox miniatures. Currently it covers the 1:64 vehicles such as those offered in the 1-120 series, 5-packs, etc. Ich hoffe, dass ich in Zukunft auch auf Skybusters und Convoys expandieren kann.

5) Do I have to learn a new numbering method?

No! The database is structured around a unique model ID that I assigned each model, and a model/version/variation/release hierarchy. ABER alle üblichen Methoden zum Katalogisieren und Organisieren von Matchbox-Modellen - Charlie Mack-Nummern, FAB / MAN-Nummern, Modellnamen usw. - sind noch vorhanden und können verwendet werden. If you are interested in how the models are organized though, please check out "About the Database" from the "About the Site" menu.

6) My own collection, really?

Indeed. You can create and name your own collection, as well as set some user-specific options. As you search for and drill down on specific model variations you can tag them to add to your collection, or add to a wish list. Sobald Sie eine Sammlung haben, wird bei Ihrer Modellsuche angezeigt, ob Sie über einen bestimmten Artikel verfügen oder nicht, und Sie können natürlich Listen Ihrer Sammlung oder Wunschliste-Modelle ausdrucken.

7) Do I need an account?

No. You can come to the site and do searches for models and releases or read the articles without creating an account or logging in. But, if you want to set some preferences on your searches, build and update your own collection, or provide feedback/input for the site, you will need to create an account. It's very simple, and of course no financial info is needed. And... I will even send you a special MBX-u model when you set up your account!

So, please look over the site and try out the functionality. Ich hoffe, dass es Neulingen einige Einführungsinformationen zum Hobby und Enthusiasten einige zusätzliche Tools bietet, mit denen Sie Ihre Sammlung besser genießen können. And remember, this is all for fun! Wenn mich jemand fragt, warum ich Spielzeug sammle oder irgendetwas wirklich, sage ich ihm zum Vergnügen von:

  • Seeking: The excitement of filling in the holes in a collection, especially with that long sought-after model
  • Learning: Matchbox has a rich history and knowledge base. There's lots to learn, even after years in the hobby, and the knowing the backstory makes collecting the models so much better
  • Sharing: Matchbox collectors are great at passing along what they know about the hobby. Even the newest collector can find a new wheel variation at the store, or an unknown gem in an old collection. Tell us what you've learned.
  • Genießen! Finde Freunde - trete einem Club bei, gehe zu Sammlertreffen und habe vor allem Spaß mit diesen Spielsachen. Roll them around, check them out from all angles, photograph them, move the moving parts. Denken Sie daran, mit ihnen zu spielen hat Sie an erster Stelle interessiert !!