We had the great time chatting with CEO of hobbyDB Christian Braun. You can listen in the player below or subscribe at this link!
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You can also check out the transcript below!
Mike: How’s it going, everybody?
Josh: Hey, welcome to a very special episode of talking pops. I am your host Josh.
Mike: I’m your host Mike.
Josh: And we have a special guest with us this week.
Mike: Let me play the theme music.
Josh: Go for it.
Josh: You know him best from hobby DB. We have Mr. Christopher. Christian. See I screwed it up already. Christian Ron with us today.
Mike: How’s it going Christian?
Christian: Hey, thanks guys. Hi, Josh, hi Mike. I’m good.
Mike: So we’ve got a couple of questions for you. We’re excited too. We don’t have cool people on.
Josh: No one ever says yes to getting on the show. So we’re hoping this starts a new trend.
Christian: You didn’t tell me that. Okay, let’s do this anyway.
Josh: So we had a couple of questions we wanted to type up. Well, Mike typed up. I didn’t help at all.
Mike: You were there in spirit.
Josh: I was there in spirit, so we’re going to ask you a few questions. Maybe some personal things you never know. We’ll pepper in what we want to in there to make the show fun and we’ll kind of, we’ll kind of pick your brain if that sounds good to you.
Mike: All right. So we’ll start with the first obvious one. What made you want to start a hobby DB.
Christian: All right, where do you want to start? You know, I was going to write a book about, I collected toy soldiers 40 years ago and I wanted to write a book about the company, and there was no information available. I didn’t want to share what I knew, but I never really quite got around to it. My brother in the meantime wrote about 15 books on model cars. And later when I came back to the idea, I was going to do a website and I realized that this day and age we are actually losing as much information as we’re winning. What I mean by that is, you know, people create amazing websites and you know, life moves on and then they close those websites and that’s happening a lot. There are dozens of websites that I used to use that are just gone and when they’re gone, that’s really it. They’ve really gone. I mean, I can’t even go the internet lackeys archive. You can see two pages, three images, but they used to be 400 pages and 5,000 images. So I made it my mission to change that. The other thing I didn’t really like is, you know, I love Wikipedia, it is a fantastic project, but Wikipedia has come up with this concept of they only want to do something if it’s notable. It has a collective, I think everything’s noticeable. Because I want every single one of them to have a page, but Wikipedia isn’t great. They just want one page. I mean, Wikipedia is kind of for the, what I call the big stuff. The politicians on the walls. I wanted to build a website.
Josh: Sorry, I didn’t mean to cut you off. It might be for politics, I used it to get through high school. That’s what Wikipedia was for me. But I get your point.
Christian: Yeah. I wanted to build a website that has every collectible ever made in the way that I wanting to see that. And you know, different people have different needs or different types of items that need for information. So for example, for comics, you want to know who’s the inker, who’s a penciler, you know, what kind of cover variation are there. You need to know if you are the collector what kind of food it has to be, thick food or thin food. It’s like 20 different peas and that’s what they want to know. So I want to build a database that cover each of these subjects the way that particular tribe wants to see the information and that it’s going to be there forever. I cannot call it the nature of extension to Wikipedia. We start where they stop. So for example, we’ve got now 80,000 pins that are Hard Rock Cafe related. And my hope is that it’s always going to be there, you can always go there, business rocks your boat. You can find them always on. We hope you have that Funko items or kick robot item, sideshow items, Hot Toy item and then eventually Hopefully we have everything that is out there.
Josh: That’s awesome.
Mike: That’s an insane amount of pins. I don’t know if I could even comprehend what 80,000 of anything is other than maybe French fries or rice.
Christian: Disney pins, There’s 200,000. We have the line, hundred billion collectible eventually. I think that’s how many there are. It is so much stuff out there.
Josh: Yeah. Too much stuff.
Mike: Because everybody collects something. Right? My mom used to collect….
Christian: Yeah. 15% of Americans collect something but then everybody else likes to have nice stuff as well and or find something, you know how much it’s worth. But yes, I think it’s going to be a great resource. You know, there’s a few websites that people would always go to. IMDB for movies. Wikipedia for whatever you want to go for that, Kelly blue book for cars. And my plan is the HobbyDB is the place where you go to if you want to know anything about any type of collectible.
Josh: That’s awesome.
Mike: That’s sweet. I think you’re working on it right? You are getting pretty close. That’s cool. Yeah. That’s awesome.
Christian: Yeah. We are moving in the right direction. I mean, just some numbers. We got 750,000 user now. There’s about 6,000 volunteers, kind of like Wikipedia, HobbyDB is run on volunteers. So we have 6,000 volunteers. They’ve added about 520,000 pages. You know, and then they have collection. Our users now have about 34 million items in their collection. And they are worth just about $670 million, they have 8 million items in their Wishlist that they wanted to have that were a about $519 million worth.
Josh: Yeah. That’s awesome. So in the spirit of talking about that and building the overall collection and you know, toys and everything that you, that hobby DB is trying to collect, you know, Funko being one of the biggest things in the PPG aspects of it. Do you think that the PPG has had an impact on the success slash popularity of Funko and itself?
Christian: Well, we like to believe so. The one thing that I think has Funko stand out is the cheap entry place you can buy if you go for $10.
Josh: Right, exactly.
Christian: It’s affordable. And then quite a few of them go up in value. And I think that has driven a lot of the success now that, it’s way similar to say, hot wheel. Hot wheel have been 99 cents, since 1968. So anybody can afford that. And then every now there is a model at the treasure hunt, you can buy and it’s worth $50 the store. And that’s just, to me, that’s just fine. So I think If I raised on a very good job with that, you know, like really nice product and then you have a little more lottery aspect this item might become really valuable.
Mike: Yeah. I think we’ve experienced that pretty; we’ve experienced that.
Josh: Pretty brutally.
Mike: And you know, the first thing when we started, because we’re not OG collectors, we’ve only been collecting six years. And the first thing anybody ever told us is like, just start, as soon as you start put your stuff on pop price guide because then you don’t have to worry about it. You don’t have to think about it. You could go, Oh, do I have this one? I’m not sure. Let me check a spreadsheet or look at pictures. Oh no, I have a list of everything that I own on this website. And its great cause it gives you everything you need to know.
Christian: Yeah. Thanks. That was part of the idea. There is always going to be a resource that tells you what you asked and gives you the info.
Mike: Especially in the age of smartphones, that’s a perfect mix. And that kind of leads, we’re going to jump forward to the questions because that was a really good transition. So what was the process of integrating pop price guide into the Funko app or hobby DB into the Funko app? Did they come to you? Did you guys approach them? Are you allowed to talk about it?
Christian: Yeah, they came to us and said we built this app and we really, we really like what you do with pricing. It was also probably a little bit of, we don’t want, we don’t want to show our own pricing cause that’s a little bit dubious to the company.
Mike: Yeah. Everybody was upset. They are going, oh well they’re getting their pricing and then they’re going to say, Oh, this snoakes worth $10 instead of the 99 cents, so that, that’s going to put a mad rush on snoke. And then everybody was really relived.
Christian: Even if they would never do that, there’s always that potential perception. I think that was just drive over it. They wanted it, PPG is the price guide. They wanted that on there, so they didn’t have to worry about it. They don’t have to worry that people think there’s ulterior motive because you know, they are out of, they don’t have any control over, you know, they get the API from us, the automatic feed up prices and that’s it. They don’t have any control on what they show or not show. So it’s really independent and they wanted to provide it as service to the users.
Mike: That’s the way to do it. That was a smart move on everybody’s point or on everybody’s part and I’m sure that thrilled you guys to be able to get on the, you know, in on it like that.
Christian: Yeah, I mean absolutely. And they had a database. They’ve done that work. A lot of companies don’t do that. Few teasing issues. So for example, they don’t separate between stick-up emulation. Any Funko product comes with actually comes with the number stickers because of the European sticker, Asian sticker.
Josh: Oh I didn’t even think about that.
Christian: Those are not really important. But what is important is say, you know, and your comic con sticker. So those are really important and, in their system, It’s the same mark. Cause it really is the same icon set sticker. But you know that sticker creates a lot of value to the item basically says you have to be in New York to get that. At the moment their database has only one of the two entries and it’s not always clear which one, you know they pick one of our prices. So for some of the special, it doesn’t quite work that well. We may look at the common but see the comic con price or the other way around. So that’s something we slapped on out with them. But otherwise it works really well because, you know, we’ve taken their numbers so it’s really one to one. It’s the pricing is the same. It’s always the same on PPG and the Funko App as well as the Hobbydb site. They don’t sell the actual underlying pricing. So if you want to do research, you may have to go to PPG. If you want to see what transaction we made that by, yeah let’s say you want to look at a Ned stark stock headless, then maybe there’s only six transactions. Well you may want to check every single one of them as just to get a view of what’s going on here.
Josh: Yeah, that makes sense.
Christian: And also, we’ve recently started adding specific group of Funko pro lovers and we started working with them to add Funko prototypes. We’ve added the first few hundred, they will be about 15,000 I think when we are done. Funko always have two prototypes. I do monochrome and then the colored one.
Mike: We only have a couple.
Christian: Okay. So there is a number of each of those. And that area, I think where there’s lot of shenanigans going on.
Mike: Oh, there’s a ton of shenanigans.
Christian: So I think that’s going to be great to have as a resource. Because if you have one of the you know, pick out which one is actually what is genuine, what’s not genuine. A, there’s no date on them anywhere, b, they tend to be more pricey beyond the 300 dollars each. And the combination of that high value and nobody knows anything about them plus they are pretty easy to fake. scrapers.
Mike: Scrapers, mind styles.
Josh: What are those?
Mike: Mind styles are….
Christian: Mind styles are produced in a factory that Funko works with. Although they work with funko they are unoffical, there is a lot of grey area here and I think having a database there is going to be really valuable.
Mike: I think too. A lot of people I think would be into that because the fake ones are getting better and better by the year. And I’m sure that’s an obstacle you guys have to try to overcome even with, oh man, what’s that one that I’ve seen faked a hundred times on eBay? Your Planet Arlia. Even non high dollar ones.
Christian: Actually that is a production model, I think. So there is a number of things like sticker fakes. You can actually go to eBay or Etsy and buy some legal convention stickers. So there’s that. Then they, you know, coloration stuff, holographic model for example gets faked quite a bit. And then there’s variances. The more information we can make it available, particular I think of people have start the hobby. I think that’s important. You know, you don’t really want to pay a high price and get crude just joining your hobby because you don’t know. Part of our mission is to tell those guys, you know, here is the stuff you want to look on for. I mean, in fact the guys we’ve worked with has a database of every fake that they have seen coming out and you know, we’re not talking to how can we make them available, but it’s going to be way valuable to have a lot of people that have been at this for a long time sharing that knowledge.
Mike: So yeah, it’s rough out there with the fakes and the fakes of any caliber. I mean we’ve seen $25 pops faked.
Josh: Yeah. We have. And it’s really put a damper on the us trying to get rid of and help people community. Because the trust is not there, and people are doing stuff like that.
Mike: Josh has been looking for a red eyes frieza for years. And you can’t trust any of them on eBay anymore.
Christian: Well I mean you’d like to hear so what we do on that, when I set this up, yeah. And I probably like I was probably new to eBay about 40 million dollar worth of items. I wasn’t a fan. I really didn’t like it. And what I want to do is create a safe environment. So when you buy something on the PPG marketplace, or Hobbydb we keep the money in escrow. So if you buy from somebody who is the trusted seller when I was someone we know. What would pay them off there for tracking you, then we are good for the money. So if something has gone wrong, we will pay the buyer back. If somebody comes to new to database, do not complain. We call them not yet trusted. We just don’t know them. Well then, they only get paid after the buyer tells that they are happy with the item they received. Or five days have past. So as a buyer you are going to have five days to tell us hey this is a fake, something’s wrong with this or the conditioning is not as required and then you can reverse transaction and we’ll pay you. And we did that. We feel very strong about never ever paying a scammer. And we’ve not done that. We’ve had many people coming in, you know one thing they know is there are many Chinese vendors they’ve got basically fake items that they get produced. They come in and they put them up and you know, $60 items, $10 free shipping. People jump on that, people buy this. And we’re like Oh that’s going to be fake. But don’t worry, we have the money. We don’t ever pay out to these people. Then they leave. We don’t actually see many coming anymore. Cause they know, without they’re not getting any money. Well the game plan is originally you put these items up, you make trillion sales, you get the money 15 of them, you make a run of eBay closing down so they make new accounts. Same thing over and over again. It costs nothing down there so they’d create hundreds of accounts every year We want to make our mission; we never ever pay these guys anything.
Mike: That’s the good way to do it. Then you’re just cutting them off and they just leave on your own. Like you said, that’s the best way to get rid of someone.
Christian: They don’t come back. Time cost them a little bit, but that just doesn’t cost them much, but it does cost them a little bit. If they never get paid, they just don’t come back. We think it works for us. Then the medium term and the short term were painful cause then you get your money back. But we liked the fact that, and we’ve had many, many buyers who bought something and then, ah see this is fake and we are like, do not worry we got your money.
Josh: That’s awesome. That’s great. So in the spirit of, of making people’s days and or ruining their weeks you know, you’re pretty high up there on the chain, the corporate chain, we should say. How many emails do you get any emails? Do you get a lot of different, like weird slash upset slash funny shout outs, comments, emails, complaints, anything that you want to that stands out that you want to share that we can make fun of, that we could talk about? Anything that’s really rocked your world in the last few years.
Christian: Yeah. We get loads and loads of emails. Most emails fall into two camps. They really love what we do and want to say thank you. Or they really hate the aspect of the site or an experience. We also get the funny emails. So we get along, we have model trains for them. I will get along, emails from India asking me for a train timetable. Or you know how to get from Mumbai to another city in India. We have model plane and we’ve got the other day we got a complaint where somebody complained about the food on the American airline plane. We got a guy who inquired from the fair line he shared it with us. Like, you know how much mileage this hot wheels car has. You get some funny stuff coming here.
Josh: Yeah, I would assume.
Mike: We like to get our bad reviews and design t-shirts around them. So like, it’s like one star. These guys aren’t great.
Josh: Tee shirt, tee shirts like tattooed on my arm and things like that. Cause I don’t hold grudges.
Christian: Then the other thing I’d like to add is, you know, you talked about corporate and some stuff, so fortunately everyone in the team, so there’s 16 of us. We all collect something. We would love what we do, and we’ve now got 600 volunteers helping with the project at Hobbydb.
Josh: That’s awesome.
Christian: At PPG, Headline, other websites. And then we’ve also, so we’ve always said by collector for collector and we think that’s kind of important. We’re now taking that step further; we are saying by collector for collector owned by collectors. We are currently doing a crowd funding on We Funder so people can now own a part of PPG. And if you ask me, I’d like to have every user owning at least one share. I want it to be something that’s totally shared with the community. So that takes us a step further where people don’t really complain anymore because they own it. They come in saying, Hey, you know, this didn’t go through well, how can we make this better? That’s kind of where we want to get to, where people come in and saying, I own this site, I use this site. And I want to help as much.
Josh: Yeah. And that’s great. And that’s a great way to run the organization, right. You’re always going to be able to get better. You have people invested, volunteer or not and that’s great. Yeah, that’s awesome.
Christian: I did buy a little bit.
Josh: You bought a little bit?
Christian: Don’t get too psyched. It was barely more than a share, but I did buy some.
Josh: Nice, contributing.
Christian: Nice. Thanks.
Josh: Thank you. Thank you. So obviously you know, we talk pops right where we got involved in this interview and everything else that we do because around pop, so hopefully your collector by collector for collector, you collect some pops, right?
Christian: I have a large collection of all kinds of stuff. I guess you’re going to hold it ask me now we kind of want to see. I find that collecting has to come a little bit too easy because you can be on Hobbydb at this point of time, I think even by about 52% of every product that Funko ever made. And there’s actually a little bit higher than that, because you know you add the socks and the tee shirt that we put dont really buy that much then it’s probably 75%. I personally think that people should have a thing. Yeah, that could be every single Pop, but that’s going to be a bit hard to do. I like space twice from the 30s to the 50s.
Mike: Oh, nice.
Christian: And lucky for me. There’s still some bloom that we had, so you know, Buck Rogers, Dan Dare and creatures like that. I like, I like all the spaceship from that period, so I collect stuff from that period all that’s more than we made of it.
Josh: That’s awesome. You know, like you said, everybody collects something, right? So it doesn’t matter what you’re doing as long as you’re having a blast with it.
Mike: That’s right. That’s right. Hobby.
Christian: I think you want to find something that you like. And that’s the beauty of today. You know, when I grew up, you kind of had to collect what was locally available cause it’s no fun if you can’t buy anything and you also need to collect something that kind of fits your budget. For example, if you’d like to collect 1950s and 1960s tin plates, robots from Japan, but you know every one of them sets you back $20,000. I don’t have that kind of money. I can only buy one every 10 years.
Josh: Oh my God.
Christian: So yeah, I think today you can actually really unusual stuff you can collect, Argentinian crafting bottles if you wanted to. Cause you can do it, you can buy them on eBay and I think the hard, the big part of having to search for them and making yourself knowledgeable and some do, just like I am all the time. I think the buyer has a lot of knowledge. You really have to be knowledgeable otherwise you’re going to be taken advantage of.
Josh: Oh yeah. That’s a very good point. Especially with the protos. That’s funny. So something I’m very interested in and I wanted to kind of pick your brain with, the pop culture hall of fame. How did you, how did you get involved with that?
Christian: Well, the pop culture hall of fame was actually called the toy collector hall of fame. It was part of me then in Las Vegas. I went once, and I thought this is great but we don’t have that for our world and when that event struggled, I spoke to the guy that owned it and I said why dont we change it to the pop culture hall of fame. And since then we’ve inducted some really cool people. I mean Reis O’Brien is in as is Funko . So every year we induct a bunch of brands, like this year with star Trek for example. And we also have a number of people, you know, and one charity.
Josh: That’s awesome. Go ahead, sorry.
Christian: You can see all that at popculturehall.com.
Josh: Right, right. So you induct X amount of people, right. And X amount of fans and may be an X amount of podcasts. Question Mark.
Christian: We also run the model hall of fame, first year we’ve done that. We call it influencer. We’ve inducted the YouTube Channel. It’s a new thing. I think that’s something we should do.
Mike: So you’re saying there’s a chance.
Josh: You are telling us there’s a chance. That’s all I wanted to hear.
Christian: Yeah. So this year we inducted for example, star trek, mention that sideshow collectibles of the final fantasy kind of thing, the joker and then the charity called extra life which, you know.
Mike: Great cause we meant to do that this year.
Christian: Last year we did the pops for patients, which I think is great.
Josh: Oh that’s awesome too. Yeah, we donated them too. That’s awesome. They’re one of our plugs on our shows. That’s pretty cool.
Christian: Yeah so, we inducted those guys, the idea is to give that a little bit of exposure and then value what they’ve done. So you know, those guys are in the same class that, so this year for example we’ve inducted Sabian power Rangers. Robert Downey Jr, Reis O’Brien, the chief design officer of Funko.
Josh: Reis lost Some guy
Christian: And Christopher Lawrence.
Mike: Yeah, that’s pretty cool. That’s pretty neat.
Josh: So you collect, we all collect, you know, what would, if you had to pick something by Funko, what would something you’d want them to make? Is there some dream Funko item?
Christian: Yeah, I really wanted them to do buck Rogers and I don’t know if you’re done, I don’t know if you then or then thats the case. They have 50 characters and very, very cool, you know, base looking aliens.
Mike: I think I’ve heard of them. Josh is way younger than me, but his wife’s older than me, so you’ve got to give him a little…
Josh: Yeah. Okay. All right. That’s fair.
Mike: I have a question for you. And it’s a weird one because it’s a local company to us…
Josh: So you might not have ever heard of it.
Christian: Let me just finish on that. With one idea I thought it would be good and we should shout in direction of Seattle. Lego does this thing now where you didn’t go to the Lego o sites and you can show them a model you make and you can say, Hey, Lego people do you want and then. Yeah, you can say I like that. And need them both for it. Nick can get 10,000 votes. They make it. Obviously, I need the license and so forth, but I think that would be cool. And then you can go out and say, I can talk to everybody. You should really do buck Rogers, what the guy looked like. I listened to you have some funny name dog, you can say, Hey, you should do a model of these dogs. And then anything that get 10,000 votes get made, you know, maybe.
Josh: Well, we’re going to see two pack of the best podcasts around.
Mike: We’re going to see Funko next two weekends from now at toy fair. We’ll give them our idea, right?
Josh: Yeah. Our idea.
Mike: All three of us. So I think you know what questions common, because it’s like I said, I think this is a good one.
Josh: It’s a stupid question.
Mike: It’s not a stupid question. There’s a local company to us called Pittsburgh plate glass. They make a glass and paint, but their websites, www.ppg.com are you mad that you can’t get that website? You’re an idiot.
Christian: Yeah, of course. We were trying to buy the company.
Josh: Oh, there you go.
Mike: That’s what you got to do. Just buy the company. Take the website.
Christian: The site actually was what was called Popeyes guns, but people start calling PPG and it’s kind of stick.
Josh: Yeah. It sticks all the time. That’s what I call it.
Christian: Something kind of happened.
Mike: it rolls off the top.
Josh: Its these millennials, man. They will get you every time.
Mike: You take the Es out everything and just add an R.
Christian: I should probably take the moment to thank John Ham. John actually was the guy created Pop Price Guide, and he was doing it on his own. He was making canvas and he was building it out and we start talking, he liked the vision that we were doing. And there are some technical issues and you know, this type of skills and there was some problems with it going down and, you know, we kind of keep the up and he worked with us for a year two. I just want to make sure I mentioned his name. There was him and then there were untold volunteers helped over the time managing pricing. We’ve probably had two wonderful and few years over the years working on PPG and we still have a number of them. There’s always new ones coming through. People were taped in and out. Sometimes they come back up the time when they didn’t have time, but the volunteers have really done an amazing job. It wouldn’t have been possible without them.
Mike: Yeah, I did it for about six months.
Josh: Oh, that’s right. That’s right.
Mike: And it is interesting, it’s pretty intense sometimes when you look at how many you need to do and you’re like, Oh, geez.
Christian: Oh, I should say we improved the tools a lot. It’s much more matching and so and so forth. I think it’s actually now much more fun than it was.
Mike: Well, it, it wasn’t too bad when I did it, but sometimes you’d look at it and you’d be like, where did they even get this name from?
Josh: Yeah. That’s cool.
Mike: So is that the same process you do for all the sites? Where the volunteers go in and they take a look and they verify, make sure there’s no damage and then approve it.
Christian: You need a certain amount of, you need, you know you use to do it. I mean, there’s help and there’s tools available, but you know, as I said, we want to cover every collectable ever made. And at 16 year, we all have like at least one interest, but you know, we can come with a quote. So we have different people with different expertise, handling certain sections of the sides. And that includes everything from making sure that entries are correct, complete, to maybe adding images for the new things to helping with pricing.
Mike: It’s reassuring to know that there’s an actual set of eyes that look at it and not, you know, just some mechanical…
Christian: Yeah. The happiness has to automatically, and that’s okay. I mean, that’s not what we do now or, you haven’t seen that because the tools have changed. So when you’re a volunteer and you look at say, a price for me and you compare it against something from the database, we now color coded. We tell you, hey, this is this within the range. So this is the $30 item, and the guide says 31 that makes it so much more lucky fit. Also, if you ever make a mistake, it’s not a big deal because the $30 for a $31 one item, that’s okay. If it’s a $500 item and you want to apply a $10 to it, which happened in the past, that’s much harder now. It warns you, Hey, you know, that doesn’t look like it’s the right fix. There’s something broken, you know and if you tried to do this automatically, then you end up, you know, all the special Comicon stickers end up generic listings.
Mike: Right. And we can attest to a Funko pop collectors loving the reels, you know, the con stickers because we are the same way.
Josh: I am all about that sticker.
Mike: There’s just something so much more.
Christian: Did you guys think that, do you care if an item has an Asia Pacific sticker?
Mike: I kind of, when it has liked an Asian specific sticker or a special edition sticker, like when I was over in Australia, I walked into a game stop over there and there were target exclusives and Walmart exclusives, but they all just have the special edition sticker on there. And it took a lot for me to not buy some, just so that I had all the stickers. So like I understand fundamentally they’re the exact same thing, but Oh, you know, you really, you should have three because there’s three stickers.
Christian: Actually I think I have four and there’s a European sticker to it.
Josh: Oh, see, there you go.
Mike: Son of a gun, you got me again. Speaking to Comicon’s and such, I’m sure being in the collecting field, you probably go to a ton of those. Right?
Christian: Yeah. I’ll try as much as I can. I go to lot of them. they got all kinds of stuff, which I love. What an amazing event. New York is coming up. And then Denver Comic Con is coming up. So, yeah, I love to go.
Mike: Yeah. The Comic-Con put the kibosh on other people. SDCC put the kibosh on people using Comicon didn’t they?
Christian: Yeah. Yeah. Everybody had to change their name.
Mike: Some of them. I think Emerald city still Emerald city Comicon.
Josh: I think you are right.
Mike: Sticking it to them.
Josh: Cool. Well go ahead. Sorry. I cut you off.
Mike: So we have one question that we like to ask everybody that’s on the show. Do you eat cereal? Like breakfast cereal?
Mike: When you’re done eating the actual cereal part.
Christian: That was the question?
Mike: No, that leads up. When you’re done eating the actual cereal and there’s milk left in the bowl, do you drink the milk, or do you dump it out?
Christian: Who would dump it out? You drink it.
Josh: That’s right. You drink it.
Mike: It’s been like 50, 50.
Josh: My side. It’s not been 50, 50 you’ve gotten like two weird people to say yes.
Mike: Ming Chen dumps it out and Sully dumps it out.
Josh: Whatever. Hey Christian, I appreciate you being on my side.
Christian: Well I miss the period, but when I was raised, there was always the toys and you had to get the bottom of the package. I kind of missed that. Maybe we’ll have to talk to Funko doing mini pops and put them in there. That’d be cool.
Mike: They have the cereal.
Josh: They kind of do that with the cereal. You have to be careful. They’re called Funko.
Christian: Now like that. But you got to buy that and there’s not much, not on my normal, you know Corn Flakes.
Mike: Oh, I see what you’re saying.
Josh: I want tare, tare, 10 of the top’s mailman with $2.95 on a stamp.
Mike: Like Dr pepper.
Josh: That’s right. So Christian, is there anything else you want to talk about or plug before we kick you off of here?
Christian: I’m just hoping that we can get more people in both of the projects. You know, we’d love everybody to join and just do, you know, just take part of the catalog of what they like doesn’t really matter what that is, you know, we talked about hot wheels and Hot Toys, Funko whenever you like, we would love to have you on board. In fact we just launched something called adopted superhero on www.adoptedsuperhero.com. We want everybody to adopt either superhero or super villain and be responsible for that and kind of protect those guys. There has been thousands and thousands of these guys. Yeah and then some like iron men would never die, but there’s so many out there quite quirky ones that came out in the past and have never been heard off again.
Josh: Yeah. That’s great.
Mike: Sounds great. You go ahead.
Josh: I was going to say, make sure you check out Hobbydb if you haven’t already. Christian runs that and which is in part with PPG or is part of the Hobbydb. No, I’m not, I can’t talk. We’re checking out the invest in Hobbydb as well.
Mike: www.wefunder.com/hobbydb. I mean honestly you use the website for free for how long, you know, own part of it.
Josh: Yeah, exactly. So we recommend you checking that out. The adoptive superhero, we’re going to check that out too. You know, this is all great stuff, Christian. We’re so happy to have you on the show. Honestly, we’re so happy for everything you guys have done for us. Because PPG has been our bread and butter from the beginning. And you know, the hobby DB is amazing as well. It’s incredible how much data you have. There’s got to be one heck of an Excel file somewhere. So that’s amazing, and we really just appreciate everything you do.
Christian: Thanks. Thanks. And if anybody wants to have a question, so there’s a green button on both PPG and Hobby DB just shoot me an email. I’ll come back to you.
Josh: That’s great. Well Christian, thank you so much for having us. Or you have or us having you.
Mike: Well thanks for joining us.
Josh: Thanks for joining us. That’s right. Sorry, I’m new at this. No, we really appreciate it. And we wanted to say thanks again.
Christian: You are welcome. I have to think about every time I eat breakfast, I can think of you two.
Mike: Perfect. That’s how we like it. But we can’t thank you enough for coming on. I’m sure you’ve answered so many questions that collectors have wondered and haven’t been able to ask. So we will end the show here unless you got one last, you know, couple of last things to say,
Christian: Greeting from Boulder, Colorado, and thanks for having me. I’m always happy to come back.
Mike: We appreciate it. Thank you.
Josh: Thank you.