Off the back of the debate in the FT Omega thread, I wanted to get your opinion on an idea I’ve had. My original plan was to get my entire collection into two detolfs – one for Autobots and one for Decepticons. The vast majority can still be displayed this way, and although it may get a bit crowded on some shelves, if posed right you can still make a good group shot. For example, I know that I can get all 18 Ark-bots posed together nicely. However, as the figures being released have got bigger and bigger, the plan has had to be revisited. In my Decepticon Detolf right now I have MMC’s Predaking on the bottom shelf, and I’d quite like to get TFC’s Piranacon in there with him, and although it is possible, in order to do so, the display will not look good. In addition I have Warbotron’s Bruticus and GT’s Devastator on top of the detolf, and these look good posed together, as they don’t have glass containing them. However, I’ll still have TFM’s Menasor to add at some point, and I just don’t have room for him with the current setup. The Autobot detolf is even more of a problem. I only have 1 Autobot combiner so far – Shuraking… but he’s a biggun’. Stood on top of the detolf he takes up almost the whole thing by himself. I’d have liked to display him with the Gigapower Dinobots, but there’s no way that’s going to happen, as they’re all big figures too… and that’s the other problem that’s coming up. Some of the outstanding individual Autobots characters that have started trickling out now are some of the biggest figures we will own. Gigapowers Dinobots will take up at least two shelves just by themselves. Fanstoys Jetfire looks like it will be too tall to go inside the cabinet, Fanstoys or Gigapower's Omega Supreme are behemoths, and at some point Sky Lynx will be tackled… plus someone might reveal a Defensor and/or Superion that grabs my interest. And I’m not even interested in the citybots and all the other combiners that a lot of collectors are, so other people definitely have space issues that are worse than mine. I think I’ve come up with a good solution to my upcoming space issues, although I’ve yet to convince my very understanding fiancée of this as she thinks it’s a disaster waiting to happen. I don’t want to get another cabinet, as the figures that are still to come will be too big for the internal space anyway… plus I like having a single detolf per faction… I’ve got one each of the faction symbol lights from 3DlightFX attached to the underside of the top of each detolf, so the collections are currently illuminated by their own symbols. It works and looks good. A third detolf full of mismatched figures would kind of spoil the effect. I need a shelf, but given the size and potential combined weight of the larger figures, it would have to be really sturdy, and the wall really strong… and I’m not overly confident of it succeeding. What I have thought of though is the following… my detolfs are displayed at either end of a three seater sofa. My plan is to get a very strong, matching piece of wood made, that will sit perfectly on top of both, stretching above the sofa, with each end secured to the top of each detolf, giving the whole thing a kind of goalposts appearance (soccer, not American football). This will give me the shelf space I’ll need, without the worry of failing brackets as the weight will be distributed between the two detolfs and therefore the floor, and will also keep the collection together and cohesive. My fiancée is worried for two reasons… one unfounded (I believe) and one founded: Firstly, she’s worried that this “contraption” will end up pushing over the detolfs at some point and everything will get destroyed, as well as whatever else it takes out with it. I’m not an engineer, nor very handy, but my argument is that as long as the “shelf” is strong enough not to bow under the weight on it and is secured securely to the two detolfs, the weight will be distributed evenly and not only will the detolfs not be pushed over, but the new structure will actually be more sturdy and stable than the two detolfs were on their own. Secondly, she’s concerned the figures could fall off and break or fall off and injure someone. Okay, that’s a valid point, but is it any more of a risk than you take with any other ornament you have on display? Anyone sat on the sofa shouldn’t hit their head on the shelf as it will be at about the 6 foot high level so out of reach unless they’re stood on the sofa itself. And yes, some of the figures can be a little wobbly (Shuraking, I’m looking at you), but as long as no-one bumps into the structure too hard, they shouldn’t move. What do you guys think of my solution? How do you display your collections?