Whoa, it’s been a while, right? A lot has happened, and yet nothing has happened. As I mentioned before I was on a pretty tight timeline with getting the edits done on my novel for my publisher. Maybe one day it will see print! Doubtful, but who knows? Its not like I didn’t throw two years of my life into it. Then, before I could start to get caught up, the holidays happened.
Why does that matter? Because my entire collection is in my unfinished basement. Which means it shares a space with the area we have band practice as well as all of the storage for the household. My lightbox is in the back part of the basement to keep it out of people’s way and to control the lighting a little better.
It’s out of the way MOST of the time. However, when someone needs to get decorations out, say for instance, for Halloween, and then Christmas, my entire area is sent into disarray. Currently there isn’t any room for me to maneuver stuff out of the way, which is sad because I do enjoy action figure photography. No doubt because I am not really a photographer and when I’m shooting action figures, they are small enough that I can control every aspect of the process. Lighting, framing, etc. No surprises, no sudden movements, no changing light settings on the fly. It relaxes me.
That being said, I thought “I bet people would be interested in seeing how you display your stuff” and maybe people could get some ideas. I love seeing the pictures of people who have turned their display area into a museum and I try to do that, but on a budget and with the understanding that the basement isn’t “mine” and still needs to be accessible to the family and the band. Honestly with my new arrangement I have a shelf encroaching into the bass player’s area as it is, so I don’t know how much I can push it.
Not that my band or family care, but I do.
I promised myself that I’d start taking pictures as soon as I got the new shelf my girlfriend bought me for my birthday in September. It is a large display case which ultimately led to me redoing all of my display areas. Then I decided I was going to teach myself how to touch up some mass produced faces for a better presentation. That was after I made myself wait because I wanted to put together Bandai’s EXCELLENT First Order Executioner model. Go buy it. Thank me later.
Finally, I decided that if I kept thinking of things to do, I’d never make any progress. Although the wait made it possible to get my Rickhor TLJ Luke robe in and put in place.
What follows are pictures of my displays, with any thoughts I may have on them. You will probably notice a yellow tint on some of these, that’s the color of the lighting in my cases, so I apologize. Also, some of the taller shelves are at odd angles. That is because my camera tripod and lights do not go up that high. Please take a look below and I would LOVE to discuss any figures or answer any questions you may have on any of my display choices.
Let’s start with the side of the room I’m proud of and break everything down.
Filming anything in my basement is a challenge. There is very little light and even with the lights on, though more than bright enough for me, is not bright enough for the camera to do anything with. Therefore I had to use my light umbrellas and figure out what angles works the best. You can see some of the umbrella reflection in the two bottom right hand Detolf shelves pictured above.
The display on the far right was the birthday present from my girlfriend she bought for me in September, so let’s start there.
The second shelf down, and we are approaching my favorite pics from this whole two-week session. We are getting into the meat and potatoes of my Marvel Legends MCU collection.
Third shelf down, the last of my ML MCU shelves. I tried to make this one more “cosmic” which is how I determined which figures went on what shelf.
The fourth shelf down and this is where I realized I was in regards to how much space my new display case got me. My plan for this case was my MCU Legends, my DC Icons, all of my DC figures, and a DCEU specific shelf as well. A lot of this did not happen. Next up are some of my favorite pictures from the whole session.
Next shelf is Icons as well. I hope you enjoy Icons. Or minding your business.
Next I have three large display pieces under the Detolfs that I couldn’t get in-frame in the camera. They are hard spaces to work with… too big for just 1:12 figures but not big enough to do anything elaborate.
Now we get into the Detolfs. Fun stuff here!
Now we segue into the poor side of the room. The other side of the tracks, if you will.
There you have it, the vast majority of my 1:12 figures. The only ones missing are the ones I’ve retired already. I am considering doing my 1:10 display, so let me know if you want to see it. I think DC does a better job in that scale for some reason, but as time moves on and space gets even more limited, I may sell them off.
What figures do you think are the best in your collection? How do you display yours? I’d love to hear from you! Merry Christmas and Happy New year! May old Saint Nick bring you that import exclusive you’ve been hoping for, because if you’re a toy collector, every Christmas you get to be a kid again!