That guy has a lot of space, I am jealous of clearly American houses, I mean damn look how high those ceilings are! But yeah, looks good, hopefully the amount of Billies I can fit in here will allow that set up, the only problem will be the giant combiners / big boys. They will have to settle for the floor I think.
Stunning, but, I dunno, crazy... crazy amount of toys...
And the DUSTING!!!
When I display, which I don't really do, I tend to go with groups of characters from the same line. So all CHUG, for example. And I often have a small display of Prowls. But the G1 and Masterpiece together display style looks very effective. Quite nostalgically beautiful infact.
I was the one who let you know, I was your sorry ever after, '84, '85. Give me new toys and I'll decide, but I'm really only after, '84, '85.
I think MP & G1 together is a really nice way to do it because it gives you the original and the ultimate form together. However I've also come to realise that large collections of toys on shelves very quickly starts to look like a jumble sale. I've been trying to put all the Generations versions of the Diaclone cars together recently and much as I love it, I'm not sure it's a permanent display.
I was inspired recently by Martin saying he has a straightforward set of the original Autobot cars - done. I think that would look amazing because it's a complete yet compact collection. I can imagine when I eventually do get some figures on display (when the house remodeling is done) it will be small themed sets, potentially of MP & G1 together. Eg, here's a shelf that has the G1 dinobots and the Fans Toys ones. One of my favourite recent mini-displays was MP Megatron with the Toyworld Constructicons. It just worked. Another would be the Insecticons in original and MP form.
Hmm. I'm finding here all of a sudden that aside from the cars, the best MP figures are all Fans Toys...
I'm also heading towards some Special Teams displays. What we have had so far from the FT Stunticons/Aerialbots would certainly make for an awesome self contained display with the G1 originals. Infact that might go G1 combined, MP individual robots.
But my thinking at the moment is definitely small, contained but complete sets rather than everything on a shelf.
The more I look at what I have out on display currently, the more I think that MP and G1 equivalent is the way to go. That leaves me with the question of what to do with the modern interpretation though..
This is the eternal problem. The constant drip feed of new toys coming in, versus the diminishing amount of space to put them in. There is no answer short of shipping out as many as come in, or finding ways to compact what you do have.
I'm on the latter at the moment; I've come to the conclusion that I'd rather have a toy without its box than not have the toy at all, hence from PotP onwards all retail Generations toys have been opened and boxes disposed of.
I do do that. Takes time to get it all out and put it away. I display new stuff for a few months, then put it away and do something else. Like at the moment this room is covered in Micromasters because they're my in thing at the moment. The Wreckers were all out for a bit when I got Spartan, but they'd taken the place the Constructicons/Megatron display was in.
I did have a semi-permanent display of MP cars, but they got transformed and re-boxed when I thought I was moving and the prospect of getting them all out again at the moment has defeated me, so those shelves have all the Generations versions of those on instead.
I have whatever takes my fancy out on shelves at any given time. Every few months I rotate some stuff into one of the two plastic storage boxes in the cupboard that keep "off display" stuff in, and rotate something else out to take its place. What it will be is as much a mystery to me before it happens as it is to anyone else. When there are too many robots to fit into the boxes, some of them are regretfully culled. (Usually they go to Toy-Fu and end up being given good homes by someone.). For example, this evening the Build Tiger team have come out of storage - replacing CW Ultra Magnus who has departed into storage. Really the only constants since my last move have been Fire Convoy and Black Convoy - my first CR toys and the start of my "modern era" of collecting in many ways.
New toys will sit out on, or near, my desk for a while. Like Decepticon Nitro, who is hanging around the desk because he was picked up last Sunday. He'll likely be around for a while before I decide on his alternative name (he was bought to go with the SS Thundercracker and the TLK Megatron - who are now Heralds of the World-Scourer Quintessa as Stormrider and Harbinger respectively). Then, like most new toys he will do his time in storage before he returns.
Unlike some of my other collections I don't really have a clear "display strategy" for stuff. But, given that the Gunpla display strategy is "they all fit on the old wall display unit with room to spare at the moment" there probably shouldn't be too much intent read into that...
Back when I wrote fan-fiction is was common for me to have toys of characters I was writing about hanging around the desk quite a bit. But obviously that latter doesn't really happen these days, so my displays boil down to "whatever I fancy at the time".
I do have shelves that are crammed with whatever I happen to have bought or recently played with when I found another little space. This is not a good display option though and I have recently realised how dusty they are.
The closest I have to an organised display is two shelves of Animated. As much as I would love more Animated not getting any means I dont have to worry about constantly adding to it.
Other than that I do love grouping repaints and remoulds together. Especially the moulds that get some really crazy character selections.
RTS Jazz is probably my favourite example of that. Jazz, G2 Jazz, Wheelie, Kickoff, SG Treadshot, Shockwave, Ricochet and SG Stepper. Theres an almost Andy Warhol like quality to them all displayed together.
Banzaitron, Bludgeon, Megatron and Overlord too. The Classic Prime mould and the Classic Starscream mould also make similar displays.
I think Im going to do something with my Spychangers and Movie legends class toys too.
I store mine on a shelf. Not just any shelf. 100% solid chipboard with Vinyl/PVC polymer wrap with faux natural wood finish. It's a nice shelf. I only put my transformers on it to show off the capabilities of such an awesome shelf.