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M2 Machines models have some unique characteristics among diecast cars. To help us maintain consistent and relevant data on each casting, we’ve created a list of M2 data entry rules to keep everyone on the same page.



Three M2 Machines model cars



  1. 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 in 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.

  2. 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.”

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

  4. Series: Enter the line or lines this vehicle falls under.
    1. Main series, i.e. “Ground Pounders” or “Auto-Thentics.”
    2. Main series with subseries, i.e. “Ground Pounders 15” or “Auto-Thentics 57.”
      1. The release number can be determined by the Rxx 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.

  5. Make: The manufacturer of the vehicle represented by the model, for example "Buick" or "Volkswagen."

  6. Model Designer: The name of the casting designer, not the designer of the real vehicle. Sean Taylor is the only designer of castings at M2 Machines and should always be filled in as such.

  7. 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 (This Production Status isn't available yet, but will be soon. Just use “Chase” for now).

  8. 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. A 1953 VW Beetle Deluxe U.S.A. Model numbered 20-84 was produced in 2020.

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


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

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

  12. 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.


  13. Material: Select Diecast Metal/Mazak.

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.”

  21. 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.  

    3. Detail Photo should be a photo that shows what's unique about the Subvariant. 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.

  22. Variants: With the exception of new castings almost every M2 Machines model will have Variants. Customs are not included as a Variant of a model. More on Variants here.



For information on Subvariants see these articles: