There’s nothing I love more than looking through other people’s collections. Things have certainly moved around since the last time I took you on a tour of my own cave. After the Great Flood of 2015 (not really), I decided to rearrange the shelves and focus more on the heroes in my collection, which is where pretty much all of my attention is focused these days.
It’s still a work in progress but I thought it would be fun to show a few of the shelves after the big shake up. Here are a few highlights of the current setup…
I love the way this shelf turned out. It really is what I want every shelf to look like — amazing vintage graphics layered with toys from the past.
I actually thought I had a lot more Superman items until I started to set up this shelf. I needed to add a few Green Hornet items in the background just to fill in the gaps. I’d love to find some more Green Hornet items, and maybe give him a shelf of his own one day, but products based on that character are hard to find!
Spider-Man and Hulk now have four shelves dedicated to them, along with the very few other Marvel hero toys I’ve been able to obtain. If it not’s from the 70’s or earlier, I’m not too interested, but that date has been sliding a bit as the toys from the mid 80’s are starting to appeal to me more and more.
For whatever oddball reason, I am fascinated by Spider-Man head items — objects that are only his head — banks, radios, squirt guns, etc. A shelf of just Spidey’s heads would be fantastic.
Here’s an overall shot of the center section of the bookshelf wall. I’m still arranging three of the bottom shelves, but they’ll get there eventually. I’ve been meaning to open up the Funko ReAction figures, but after seeing them all in one place, I’m having serious doubts if I’ll ever do that. I even made a custom shelf for the loose figures, but tearing them off of that packaging is going to be hard to do!
I finally figured out a place for all my AJ Renzi banks. These sit atop the Batman cabinet, and my fleet of 1966 Batmobiles is parked in front. I love these banks, and I’m STILL looking for that blue King Kong!
Here are a couple of corners. I picked up this magazine rack a while ago and love it because it allows me to display a variety of covers while holding a ton of comics. I probably rearrange these every other day, just to show different covers!
Of course, I still love my monkeys.
After a long absence, I put the Westworld print back on the wall. this was the first Mondo print I ever bought and it’s still one of favorites. I was thrilled to hear that HBO was making a Westworld series, and Ed Harris is always excellent, so I’m super stoked for that to happen. I think the ESB poster will be coming down soon. I want to put up an old Marvel poster in that spot, but I need to get it framed first.
So, that’s the current state of the Cool & Collected Cave. The Batman cabinets are still a work in progress, so I’ll have to show you those another day. It’s amazing how much stuff I ended up putting into storage — all the GI Joes and 80’s toys are now packed away, but I’m sure one day, I’ll get nostalgic for them again, and swap them out for what’s currently being displayed. I’m always up for a trade if you happen to have something that you think would fit better in my collection than yours — I’ve got lots of other items, just let me know what you collect and maybe I can help you fill in a gap or two on your shelves.
If you like looking at other people’s collections as much as I do, go check out the collector profiles that have been submitted. I’d love to see and share your collection, if you’re into collecting cool pop culture. Here’s a page with instructions on how we can make that happen.