Ahhh.... I have to say, this is the most confused I have been as a collector. I am not sure where to go or what to do. I am at war with myself and not sure where to go from here. For those of about to read this who are new to collecting, take this as a warning. For those of you who are where I am, or been here for years, I hope you can find solace that your not the only crazy ones. Today, I think just put it over the edge. Yesterday I got Jetwing Prime in. Today I opened him. While I was never a fan of the new Movies or even the toys, this figure single handily changed my mind about the toys. He is one amazing figure. His size alone with all of his cool factor make him display worthy. Then I open Leader Class Ironhide. While not as cool, he is also display worthy. Then I opened Leader class Sentinel Prime. I think you know where I am now going with this. The problem is, unless you have a basement and can display all of your figures like Sentinel can, then you really have to think carefully about what to display and what not to display. Sentinels Basement. I hate you! Now, to make this decision, you have to decide one small thing. How do I display my TFs? Do I let each figure have their own breathing room, so for anyone who is to look in, they can see the charm of each figure OR do I just throw as many figures on a shelf as I possibly can? I have seen both of these from the various collection threads. To me, once a figure is completely lost on the shelf, the idea of a display is lost. It is a storage area at that point. So that brings me to next issue. I am a collector of TFs. I have decided this is what I am. I use to think I was focused. I had a game plan. I knew what I wanted to do and had a clear vision on how to get it done. That vision, I can now admit to myself is long gone. When you look over your collection and you realize you are collecting 7 different lines of toys and you are close to over 300 figures, your "focus" has long left the building. So there is no more lying to myself. I am a fan of collecting these toys. So the nightmare begins. When I started collecting these were my rules: - Stay focused. G1, Classics, MP - Display everything you buy. - Make sure the display has breathing room to let each figure shine. So now rule 1 is broken. I personally cannot break rule 3, as it does a disservice to the figures. So that leaves me at Rule 2. Display everything you buy. Argh. Well, I cannot. I don't have the room! So what to store? What to store? And can I store it? ARGHHHHH! Well, this is where I am today. I was so close to starting to take down the following shelves: This shelf I pretty much bought when I was bored. So that shelf may have to go anyway. So I almost feel like I am starting to get somewhere. Then I went to put this shelf away: I first took drift off the shelf. However, him standing by himself really showed of how cool of a figure he is. As I was taking one by one down, I was thinking these cannot go. All of these figures are sweet in their own right. Then I looked at my MP shelf and thought, "Damn it, but the large sized figures scream display worthy". These smaller figures don't. Having a quick glimpse at them on the shelf is cool, but all these are, are toys. They are not Display pieces. So I stepped back further to judge again. OK. So what is a "Display piece" and what is a "toy", considering they are all technically toys. I think this is the conclusion I came to myself: - G1 are display pieces, because they have a history and sentimental value. Even visitors I get know what these are. So this is a display piece, because people know what they are looking at. - Large figures like MP, and Leader+ sized figures are Display pieces because they are large and easily catch your eye. - Some Third Party Toys, but not all are display pieces. You tell Hercules he is not Display worthy. The rest are toys. Yes, the classics, the FoC line, the Prime Line, everything else are toys. YES they are awesome, but they are toys on a shelf. If I need to restrict myself to just what I need to display, those have to be considered toys. The problem is, the toys need to be stored. They need to go away. As I write this, I look over at the PRiD FE line I have and think, but they look awesome. How do they go away? So I again stand torn. I know what needs to go away. What needs storage. But I am a collector. A transformer lover. How do I box up FE Prime or Bulkhead? Fine, you say, keep just the ones you like out. Or the best of the best. Fine I say, but that still does me no good. I don't like mixing my lines. So even if I do that, I just have less toys on the same amount of shelves. Argh.... Enough to make you go mad. On top of all of this, what good is a toy that sits in a storage bin? I have come to the conclusion that at one point or another, I will take these back out to play with them. But I don't know if I will. I never stored any of my figures before. So out of sight out of mind, maybe? But I also realized that this will not stop my purchases. As a collector, I want to find out what is cool about this toy and that toy. So I get them, especially when you have sales like we do this time of year. Makes it easy to spend $20 and get 2 figures you never thought you would get. So I come to this crossing point. I use to be a display only collector. But my limitations in display area is forcing me to be a displayer with storage bins of toys. How do we deal with that? When did you guys realize this for yourselves? Was it the count of toys or the display space that made you finally realize this? Better yet, how do collectors like Tigerblade and Chrisr291 stay so focused? I know that Chrisr291 has sold his collection multiple times. I know that Maz speaks of the freeing feeling he got selling his collection to refocus. I just don't have the strength to let these go. I am hoping that storing these may help me gather that strength. Then I ask collectors like Trailbraker77, how do you keep a nice display and how do you decide what to store, especially as the collection grows? Thanks all for reading this far. I hope you can share my pain.