Transformers Collection Display Advice!

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  1. liquidroyl

    liquidroyl Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone found a great single-display-case solution for combiners in various configurations?

    It's easy to find a display with shelves that are a good height for combined mode OR bot/alt mode, but never both (either it fits combined mode and then bot mode looks like it's wasting a lot of space, or it doesn't fit combined mode well at all)
     
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    Not *entirely* certain I get what your asking, but have you looked at the IKEA Nornas yet?

    NORNĂ„S Glass-door cabinet with 2 doors - - IKEA

    I just bought one for non-Transformers, and I love it. Great height and width for the shelves.
     
  3. liquidroyl

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    Looks good I'll check it out !
     
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    I have a question about LED lights / puck lights some of y'all use in your displays:

    How long do they theoretically last? I've been considering built in shelving all around the room but I'm concerned what will eventually happen when the lights go out (even if that's many years from now)... Can they be switched out without removing the shelves from a wall?

    Just curious, this would be the first time I use this kind of lighting for a project...

    Also, can they be strung together to all be on one switch?
     
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    So I've asked around and I just want more opinions. I'm redoing my room and for displaying my transformers I want to use floating shelves but I'm worried about dust. I noticed teron's post with acrylic sheets to cover each shelf and it's a great solution but I just wanted to see if anyone else had suggestions for the individual floating shelves to keep dust off or a different type of display option besides shelves. I should mention that I'm not looking to spend a lot of money on an expensive display case since I'm going to college in the fall.
     
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    I am looking stand for multiple flying figures

    like this:
    scourge-062.jpg

    this Flighpose stand and something behind
     
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    No idea about plastic shelves, sorry. Lots of people go for ikea detolf glass shelves or their billy shelf...
     
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    Thanks anyway.
     
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    I already have some Ikea Vittsjo display shelves (ya, they don't keep dust out... but they fit my budget) and a simple bookcase or two for my main display.

    Now I need a solution for my Legends scale display. Right now I have them setup around Generations Metroplex in base mode on a small table. But I need to free up some table space for Trypticon and some other bigger 'legends scale' bots coming.

    Ideally, I'd like to find white or clear light weight plastic shelves that I can easily mount with a few screws on the wall above my current legends display table. I'd like it to be 4-5 feet wide by 3-4 feet tall and it really only needs to be 3 inches or so deep. The clearance between each shelf should be about 5 inches.

    My goal would be to move most or all of my Scout/Legends/Legion sized figures on to this wall mounted shelf, leaving Metroplex, Fort Max, Trypticon, Apollo, Hulkie, and a few other biggies on the table.

    Has anyone come across a piece like this?
     
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    I love my collection, but man is it dusty. I hand-dust each figure individually whenever I fiddle with them, but how could I go about dusting off them all off at once? I've tried air dusters to little avail. I do hope to invest in display cases.

    I'm also running out of space. How can I maximize existing shelf space without removing figures?
     
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    Has anyone gotten Lozier shelves for displays?
     
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    Sorry if I missed it while scrolling through, but I have a question about lighting. I am considering adding some lighting to a display case I want to build. However I worry about lighting fading some of the G1 figures I have. Anyone have any suggestions or recommendations on lighting that won't cause any damage to the older stuff or fade it more than it already is? Thanks.
     
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    Others can confirm, but in pretty sure LED lighting won't fade plastic... I have several vintage Joes and Transformers under led lights and haven't had any issues.
     
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    I have a ton of figures that have been stored in LED lit cases for years and haven't seen any discoloration. I'm pretty sure it's the UV rays from sunshine that damage figures.

    I've also heard that black lights can be bad for figures, but I can't confirm that myself.
     
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    This company makes a lot of awesome RPG gaming mats that I've felt would be good for displaying Transformers on. I think I've mentioned them before.

    They've just come out with a new one that might get me to finally pull the trigger:
    Frontline Gaming FLG Mats: Urban Chaos 6x4'

    Only problem is that at 6'x4', I have no where to put it! ...unless I want to make a temporary display on my bed during the day...
     
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    When you want both a display table and display shelves:
    https://i.imgur.com/OdVMLlC.mp4

    I think it would be awesome to have a bunch of bots set up on the shelves so when you swing it down to a table, it they all come into position for a big battle diorama
     
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    i have some plastic shelves.

    the good: cheap, lots of different sizes, so you can find wide and deep, or more narrow

    the bad: some may warp; height is limited and usually can't be adjusted; quality control for assembly may be hit or miss

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    I subscribe to this thread and appreciate the help others have given me with display advice, so I thought I'd try to reply to as many recent posts as I could to pay it forward...

    Sorry if you already know all this, but as background:

    I've used a couple of different kinds of lights (always LED):
    1) LED "rigid" strips that come premounted to a rigid strip (duh) with connecting wires that string the strips together and power them
    2) LEDs mounted to flexible strips that come on a spool. These can be cut to different lengths to fit different shelf lengths and those strips are then "daisy chained" together with connectors or "spacers" (that don't have LEDs, just carry power). Once daisy-chained together, rigid or spooled strips all run off one power source, usually battery pack or AC plug. There are some limits to how many LEDs a single source can power, but it's many. I run 4 12" strips off of one AC plug, but I think you can power more than that easily.
    3) Puck lights with LEDs usually come in two configurations: sets connected by a wire or individual pucks. One disadvantage of those connected on a wire is that you can be limited to how far between lights you can go. The individual pucks that are wireless, you have to press each one to turn on. So, if you have more than a few individual puck lights, that can be a pain to turn on each and every one.

    The LEDs in puck lights are usually grouped together behind a plastic cover.
    To answer your question, the LEDs in these strips are supposed to last for 3+ years, but/when one LED goes out, it depends on what lighting solution you've done to see how big a pain replacing it will be... The LEDs aren't like Christmas lights where you can unplug a bulb easily and replace it. With LEDs rigid strips or puck lights (individual or in a wired set), the LEDs are are behind a plastic cover that could be removed, but all LEDs (AFAIK) are mounted directly to some kind of board and replacing individual LEDs would likely require soldering.

    Therefore, I think the easiest way to future proof your shelf lighting, would be LED strips on a spool because you can easily replace the strip and reconnect it in the chain. The strips aren't very expensive and you may have more strips left over on the spool as backups.

    You might want to look into individual wall-mountable cubes... The IKEA Kallax system (replaced Expedit) I think come as individual wall-mountable cubes that I think you can also buy glass/acrylic doors to keep the dust out. Ikea also has a new, cheaper (and smaller) line of individual cubes called Eket that I think also you can get with glass doors for individual wall mountable cubes.

    Also, see what I wrote below about using baseball display shelves. I've seen them used for POP displays like this: https://www.funkofunatic.com/images/galleryNew/upload/28839.jpg

    I'm not sure if it would be tall enough, but it's a sleek way to display toys in a more "adult" way that also prevents dust.

    You may have already found this, but I think that's a Bandai Tamashii flight stand. They make some with multiple arms to support multiple flying figures like this http://a.co/a4VLaIU. Those are good for holding up multiple mid-size to large figures. For individual and smaller figures, I'm also a fan of Obitsu body stands here: http://a.co/23KIRJX They also have add-on parts to support multiple flying figures, but they support much less weight. On the plus side, because they have a small footprint, you can float several figures near each other. I've attached a photo here from my display to show you what I mean.

    Something I saw recently that may work for you is using an acrylic baseball bat display case. These can be wall mountable and should be large enough to fit Legends scale figure in. Many are wood, but there are some clear ones kinda like this: http://a.co/5k9a0H6

    The advantage is you wouldn't have to dust, the disadvantage is, it may be more expensive than open shelving.

    I think the answer to both of your issues is to rotate your display... Pick sub-groups of your collection display at a time, store the rest, then rotate occasionally... That will help you with space and the switching displays in and out will decrease the time dust has to accumulate. I'm personally tempted often to display everything I have from a line, but trust me - putting too much on any shelf, even expensive high quality shelves just makes it look too cluttered. You loose the detail of individual figures, and just have a blob of colors and shapes. Your trained eye may be able to make out the individual figures, but as a display piece, it just looks like a blob.
     

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