In this post and the following few posts, I will take a closer look at the 'collection' related parts of our new place, namely the display shelfs.
As with all the furniture and shelving fixtures in our place, these display shelves are completely custom made to our specifications. The take up a 'Ushape' in a room that we tore down and made open plan. Each shelf is 60cm deep - ie: enough to display Fortress Maximus in city mode, see below!
It has been my long time wish that I can display Fort Max in city mode, with lots of mini-Transformers and SCFs among him - with these display shelves, I can do just that!
The shelves also has adjustable tempered glass dividers within. Each tempered glass divider can be adjusted upwards or downwards 'Ikea' style. Tempered glass dividers also come in 3 different sizes - Size 1 goes the entire depth of shelf (ie 60cm deep); Size 2 goes 2/3 the depth of the shelf approx 40cm deep; and Size 3 is 1/3 the depth of the shelf approx 20cm deep. These make a lot of possible display options, especially when there are taller and shorter robots.
For example, I can place taller robots in front and have something behind them - like Teletraan-1 behind Fort Max (see below); or tall robots behind with shorter robots in front.
The shelf lighting was also specifically done by our contractor. My brief to him was to achieve even lighting, at each level of the shelf - this ruled out having the top down style lighting that many display units had (where the light hardly reaches the lower shelves). The desired effect was achieved using LED strip lighting that went around the perimeter of each shelf.
The camera made the lighting look less even than it actually is in real life, but the overall effect can be seen. The lighting also turns out more yellow than it should be in photos (I don't know why). In actuality, it is completely daylight-white and gives off little to no heat even if switched on for 4-5 hours (I have tried that). As such, each shelf has good even lighting and there is no damage to the toys through heat.
Now, I will focus on the right 'little shelf', which shows the even lighting (remember, in real life this would look daylight-white and not yellowish).
The right shelf is our "feature shelf", where certain pieces are given key locations and featured rather than lumped together with other robots. Here, I also display some of my non-Transformer things.
This is an overall shot.
The top part features DC's Justice League, the 'new 52' version, which are by far the best sculpts for Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Flash and Aquaman for figures of this particular size. I didn't like the New 52 sculpt of Wonder Woman, so I used the one from the "Who is Wonder Woman" story arc and designed by Terry Dodson (see here and this shows the other 3 figures in the line, which I also have). To me, this is by far the best Wonder Woman sculpt that I have seen.
The below shot also shows the 8 lantern rings from the Blackest Night saga promotion back in 2009 / 2010.
My favourite villains are below the Justice League heroes - these include the mighty Galactus, Thanos the Titan, Darkseid, Juggernaut, Sinestro and Circe.
Close up shot of Circe, another beautiful sculpt from the same Wonder Woman figure series I mentioned above.
Next is E's Soundwave shelf. This contain all the key Soundwave figures, including 17 - Soundwave MIB; D-101: Soundblaster MIB; a loose G1 pre-rub Soundwave; MP-Soundwave; Transformers United Soundwave; Music Label Soundwave; SCF Soundwave; Robot Heroes Soundwave; Transformers History Collection Soundwave; and all Soundwave's cassettes.
Then comes my 2 favourite Headmasters Apeface and Snapdragon. Here there is a loose figure displayed in front of each MIB Japanese boxed version. I have another Snapdragon in plane mode (and another one in dragon mode, not shown). Their USA boxes are also not shown in the pic.
My Bluestreak shelf is next.
As many know, this is one of my favourite Transformers and I just adore the box art. In this shelf there is - MIB Diaclone Fairlady Z, black hood version (aka 'black hood' Bluestreak or anime accurate Bluestreak); MIB Diaclone Fairlady Z, blue version (aka 'blue' Bluestreak); MIB eHobby reissue chrome Bluestreak (a reissue of a Diaclone champaign car); MIB Transformers G1 Bluestreak (rub-sign version); MISB Transformers G1 Bluestreak (pre-rub version); loose eHobby reissue 'black hood' Bluestreak; and loose G1 pre-rub Bluestreak.
In this next shelf, there are E's Reflectors (she loves photography). There is the MIB Diaclone MC-05 Reflector, Japanese box 21 - Reflector and a loose Reflector set that I bought from VF-01.
On the bottom shelf is some of my Bleach figures. I really like this anime and my favourite character is the Captain of the Third Squad, Ichimaru Gin.