Over Memorial Day weekend, I decided to tackle a new arrangement for some of my collection. I cleared off eight shelves in the built-in bookcases and started to put a variety of items in place of the books that had been there since I built the shelves. Here’s how it turned out…
First let me just say that photographing a wall of items without proper lighting is impossible. Please pardon the glare.
Here’s a close-up view of the shelves on the left…
I really tried to arrange the items so I could get at least three layers of items on each shelf–tallest items in the back and smallest items in the front. (Board games make for great backdrops!)
This style of display suits me perfectly, because it is easy to swap items in and out since there isn’t an overall theme. I decided to mix old and new, and not focus on particular characters or product lines. I want people to see these shelves and discover something new each time, without making the shelves too cluttered or busy to actually enjoy.
I know a lot of collectors like to display every action figure or video game in their collection, but I prefer to show just a sample, knowing that I can always pull out the box of all the other items I have when I want to see them. I only have three Star Wars figures displayed on the shelves but if you look carefully, there’s an entire case of them on the top left shelf. And that G.I. Joe APC is actually filled with vintage figures.
I’m probably the only guy in the world who has a copy of Shogun Warriors #1 on display, but it seemed to want to be there. Now if I could just find Raydeen’s left fist!