Great TF Display for less than $450

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  1. Bakushan

    Bakushan Well-Known Member

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    So many of you have read and participated in this thread about the $600 Toy on the $15 Shelf.

    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/transformers-toy-discussion/673559-600-toy-15-shelf.html

    Saving you a long read, I basically posed the question of why would a collector such as ourselves so eagerly spend what can become thousands of dollars on transformers toys, but not nearly anything on a display in which to show them in?

    Many opinions were brought up, and I learned a lot!

    There are some out there who DO NOT CARE about displaying their TF toys.
    There are some out there who DO NOT CARE what YOU think about how they display their TF toys, despite their effort one way or the other.
    There are some out there who DO NOT HAVE SPACE.
    There are some out there who DO NOT HAVE MONEY.
    There are some out there who THINK A PROPER DISPLAY IS SHOWING RESPECT TO THE TOY.
    There are some out there who think A PROPER DISPLAY IS A SUBJECTIVE TERM.

    We can go on all day long obviously.


    What I ended up taking away from the thread was that if you are happy with your display the way YOU have it: then good for you. Do not let ANYONE take anything away from that if that is how you feel. No-one can say what is right or wrong for you except you. :) 

    Now then, I got a ton of calls in that thread like this:

    Listen, this is not about me, or anyone being better than you. I am not. Not by a long shot. In my personal opinion, it makes sense to have a small investment of shelving and lighting to MATCH the large investment of a collection. I say investment not because TF toys are a desposit on a college education, but because if you spend money on something: it has worth to you. Therefore, in my humble opinion, you should treat something of worth like it is worth something.

    After going 11 pages (at 40 posts per page, haha) I read a lot, I learned a lot, and I made some decisions.

    I decided that you could have a badass TF display for under $450.

    So, here I present to you for consideration: My Collection and Display.

    Please bear in mind, I literally started 3 weeks ago. Everything you see here TF related, and the cases, were obtained within the last 21 days. I know my collection is very small at the moment, but it will not be for long.

    The plan is that 100% of the shelf space will be used for TF toys. For now, I have filled in the shelves with other items I own so the shelves are not vacant.

    I estimate that this setup can hold around 500 toys or so. At a cost of under $450 total, I really feel like a nice, clean, mature looking display is in the budget of many of the collectors here, especially the ones who so early spend $350+ on a single toy.

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  2. ex dtw2003

    ex dtw2003 Well-Known Member

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    Nice pics, but this really belongs in the "collections display" forum
     
  3. Timesynch

    Timesynch Go For Broke! TFW2005 Supporter

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    Looks boss, hoss. Materials you used?
     
  4. Bakushan

    Bakushan Well-Known Member

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    Not really a collection discussion, more of a shelving discussion. :) 
     
  5. Bakushan

    Bakushan Well-Known Member

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    IKEA Billy Bookshelf - White X2 31x11x76
    IKEA Billy Bookshelf - White X1 15x11x76
    IKEA Glass Door - (Forgot Product Name) Clear/Aluminum X4 15x76"
    IKEA Spotlights, IKEA Wiring Kit
    IKEA Billy Glass Shelf - 2X
     
  6. ex dtw2003

    ex dtw2003 Well-Known Member

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    Haha, I was going to say that looks like a Billy with glass doors. I have that lamp on my Hemnes as well.
     
  7. Timesynch

    Timesynch Go For Broke! TFW2005 Supporter

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    Makes me wish we had an Ikea here in San Antonio.
     
  8. Backstop

    Backstop Have you seen my box art?

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    nice gotta love Ikea!
     
  9. chrisr291

    chrisr291 Master of the Unknown

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    Come to Austin!:2c: 
     
  10. Cracka J

    Cracka J TURD PARTY DUMPSTERPIECE TFW2005 Supporter

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    I dig it man. You take some really nice collection/display shots too. Should start posting in the cool stuff thread, or supah cleah if you can get a lightbox setup going for pictures.
     
  11. Bakushan

    Bakushan Well-Known Member

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    What is super cleah?
     
  12. CZ Hazard

    CZ Hazard Sons of Unicron PTT

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    That does look good, but it would only fit about 1/4 of my collection. I'd need to spend $1,800 to kit my room out.

    I think it's awesome that you went to the trouble of costing it for everyone :) 
     
  13. seali_me

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    Yeah. I'd love to make my display look cleaner and minimalistic but I just don't have the heart to put away any of them... :( 

    Yeah it looks clean and mature.

    Wait until you get more bots. Sometimes the nerd OCD just outweighs the actual space limitations of any display. I remember making a thread about rotating your display figs. I still haven't tried it yet.
     
  14. Bakushan

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    I currently have 32 or so. I plan to limit myself to MP's and Vintage G1 figures for now, so my collection will grow slowly at an average cost of around $100+ per figure. G1 Dev? $170. MP-13? $170 MP-10? $100 etc etc...

    I estimate that this unit total will be able to hold around 500 total figures. Of course that can change if you get much larger ones, or much smaller ones.

    My plan is to continue down the wall. In our new home, I will have a specific room built for my collection that will have these units or similar ones on 3 side of the walls with 8 DELTOFS in the middle. Thats a little later.

    I plan on diving in here, so in my opinion, best to start off right.
     
  15. seali_me

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    hoosierdaddy04 The Lord of Diecast

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    Timesynch Go For Broke! TFW2005 Supporter

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    I would except nothing I'd buy there would fit in my Mustang. XD
     
  18. Soundwinder

    Soundwinder I wind sounds!

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    Shouldn't this be in the Collections forum?
     
  19. TheBigMachine

    TheBigMachine Initiating JAZZ HANDS!

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    You should edit your initial post with the Ikea details. Thanks for the idea. I'll be watching this thread. I'll assume that the corner display doesn't have enough room to accommodate it's own door?
     
  20. seali_me

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    Ikea hackers or custom display.

    Found this one cool.

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