$600 Toy - $15 Shelf

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  1. Bakushan

    Bakushan Well-Known Member

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    I have been looking around and around here on the forums, and one thing I have seemed to notice is quite odd to me.

    Despite having upwards to $10,000 invested into a collection or more in many cases, the overwhelming majority of figures seem to be displayed on the cheapest shelves possible.

    Maybe I am wrong, maybe it does not matter, and likely: people dont care. I simply wonder why you would spend $550 on a Herc, but not more than $15 on a shelf. Why not get something nice... glass... custom. Something hand made to order... that fits into a room... with lighting... protection... ventilation.

    To be honest, the most badass transformers case never seen could likely be made from scratch with a fraction of the cost of an average 3rd party combiner.

    So why then, in a community full of nerds proud of their 30 year old plastic toys, whom have so much extra income that in the middle of a world-wide recession they can spend hundreds of dollars on Japanese imported toys an average American would have no idea even exists, why then does no-one spend "the big bucks" on the displays themselves?

    Maybe they have, and maybe I missed it. But I could find 10 pictures in 2 minutes that show $5,000+ of toys on about $40 worth of wood.

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  2. optics

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    Cheap shelves, expensive cases, whatever, so long it gets the job done and you can display them how you want, thats all that really matters.

    Glass is expensive. What if your expensive glass case were to shatter, then what? Buy another? A whole room filled with glass cases may look nice, but an earthquake can easily change all that.
     
  3. guard convoy

    guard convoy The Big Daddy

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    i use bookcases i bought at biglots, and in the end, they may be cheap, but they serve the purpose i need them to:to display my toys.

    no need to spend hundreds of dollars just because to get shelves when the ones i got are just fine:

    for reference here is my collection:
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  4. Valkysas

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    I bought the cheapest shelf I could. It's a single shelf that goes across one entire wall of my bedroom. I don't have room for any fancy multi-shelf bookcase thing, and I don't see a reason to spend money on a more "impressive" plank of wood the go across my wall.
     
  5. Zendai

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    I personally like the cheap shelf look. I had some bookshelves made to display my collection on.
     
  6. Starscream Gaga

    Starscream Gaga Protoformed This Way

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    I have 6 Detolf Display cases and 2 Billy Bookcases. Costed around $800 all up and I bought them all on sale, making the Detolfs $100 each and the Billy for around $60 + $65 for glass doors each. Not exactly cheap...
     
  7. Bakushan

    Bakushan Well-Known Member

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    Ya know, that's the "easy answer" around here, in life, on every forum and everywhere else. No. NO. "Whatever makes you happy is all that matters!"

    :rolleyes2 

    Yeah, sure, buy whatever you want, do whatever you want, think whatever you want "as long as it makes you happy". Come on. We are all like what, 30 years old in here?

    I am 100% serious. What is the logic is spending a car payment on a toy, but a movie ticket on the shelf that holds it? What is the point of having $10,000 worth of amazing collectibles displayed on lumber from the home depot in the corner bedroom at your moms house?

    I see these amazing collections, I mean AMAZING, and I think "Man, if they cared about the display as much as they did spending 10 years finding this stuff then it would REALLY kick ass". But hey, what do I know, maybe I am the only one and someone needs to ducktape my mouth shut.

    We are literally in the MIDDLE of one of the biggest collections of non essential spenders I have ever met, and I dont see why people draw the line when it comes to the homes of these amazing figures.

    "Honey, I am going to spend $350 on the new reissue fort max! No problem! Oh... what? They want $30 for those shelves? WAY TOO EXPENSIVE... come on... lets go to harbor freight they are much more reasonable there". lol
     
  8. Bakushan

    Bakushan Well-Known Member

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    Badass. Lets see some pics of that epic setup my man.
     
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    TigerBlade Prepare for extermination

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    I agree with this man, I personally hate the stuffy wooden look but each to their own. I don't collect many figs but for those I do I wouldn't put my figs in anything other than a detolf.....looks classy and protects them....but then it also has to match the surrounding decor.


    I don't agree with this. It isn't an easy answer to say it is personal opinion. We all have our own likes and dislikes and age has nothing to do with it.
     
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    You are assuming too much about the amount of disposable income people have. Your point is valid about fantastic toys on crap shelving but my guess is more collectors would upgrade their shelving once their tf and oher lifestyle want lists died down.

    Also i can see reasons why some rich collectors may not want to share photos of their collections, and this would make the make the number of uber display galleries around even smaller.

    I have 1 detolf in the living room, some old tatty 60's cabinets out of the way, a big tub of random figures in the basement and some loose figures scattered around the house so i guess it also depnds on how you want to enjoy them. I imagine most loose Black Zaracks are in fancy cabinets but Hercules is a fun figure so many are displayed out on stereos or on a computer desk.
     
  11. Bakushan

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    If you drove one of these...


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    Would you park it under one of these?


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    LOL.

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    Would you park it on one of these?


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  12. optics

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    I have one detolf case and 2 other glass cases (Don't know the brand) that I display all my figures in. I try to limit what I display. I went to Target the other day to buy a $10 wall shelf that I put right over my computer. I currently have the Classic TMNT figures on it. Gonna rotate the figs here and there.
     
  13. Starscream Gaga

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    Still under construction unfortunately. I'm in the process of cleaning out a spare bedroom to devote an entire room to my collection, so 4 Detolf and 1 Billy are still in box not yet built waiting for the room to be finished.
     
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    I care deeply about my collection, I take time to dust and display my collection proudly in my room, cause it means a lot to me. So what if I put it on $30 shelves? I display my collection not to get words of praise from other people, I display it for myself, so I can look at it and be happy at the collection that I've worked hard to put together. So what if I don't spend several hundred dollars on shelving, doesn't mean I don't care enough about my collection as much as someone else who does about their own collection
     
  15. Bakushan

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    Detolf are a great, affordable way to display TF figures in a classy, upscale way worthy of their investment. I saw them today at IKEA for $64 each. Most of you have several figure worth twice that easily.

    Now, I understand the earthquake argument, and I agree. Here we don't have those, so pardon my ignorance.

    I guess, for me at least, when I spent a ton of money on something with the specific intention of display (collectible figurines) I think taking a little extra time, and spending a little extra money, to really make them look great in your home is well worth the time and effort. It boggles my mind that someone would spare no expense to acquire the collection they desire, but spare nearly every expense when it comes to shelving, lighting and display options.
     
  16. Bakushan

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    Your collection is EPIC. You know it, we know it, everyone knows it. And lets be real here, you would have never shared a picture of your collection on these forums had you not wanted to share the excitement of your collection with others.

    I think your collection could look literally twice as valuable and presentable for less than $240 total investment. Less than the cost of many of your single figures.

    Again, AWESOME collection, and looks great, even on wood. I simply wonder, for someone like you who has a collection to be proud of, why not go the little bitty step further to have a display as epic as your collection is?
     
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    For me, it is a lot easier to budget for $100 figure than a $500 case right now. It doesn't matter right now as I have no space to display my collection. It is nice to see a clean collection and I would eventually love to have built in cases with white lining, glass shelves and glass sliding doors, but I need a much bigger house and some space for it. Right now I will just focus on the collecting till I can get the house of my dreams.

    I would love to have them in my office room as I kind of keep my collecting to myself, because outside of the locals I have met here, most of my friends could give a rats ass about Transformers.
     
  18. Astronut

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    No, that's the ONLY answer.
    If you haven't seen expensive setups, then you haven't been looking. Go look for the Metroplex shelving unit one guy built, for example.
    I don't really see a point in trying to degrade someone's collection just because their shelves aren't up to your personal standards.
     
  19. Bakushan

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    Relax Astronut... no degradation here.

    I am simply trying to make sense of the logic.

    All collections are awesome, small ones... big ones... they all ROCK. I love them!

    For the people out there with HIGH TICKET ITEMS and MASSIVE COLLECTIONS worth TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS I just don't understand why a seemingly majority of them prefer economical shelving options. They certainly were not considering anything economical when they spent the MSRP of a Honda Civic on a collection of Transformers!

    And by all means, if there are ultra impressive links to displays: lets see them. This forum is not organized in a way that I may search "badass epic display case for epic collection" and get proper search results, lol.
     
  20. silverstreak70

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    I have 7 Detolfs and 6 shelves from Walmart. I'd love to have more Detolfs but I'm 20 minutes from 9 Walmarts, almost 6 hours from the closest Ikea. Also not willing to spend 3x for shipping.
     

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