I'm preparing to expand into a second Star Wars room, so I've had to take everything off the walls and start from scratch.
We put new carpet in the basement, so I had to remove everything to be sure that nothing was damaged. I think it took me 2 days (about 15 hours) to pack everything up safely (at least I hope so).
Here's where I'm starting. This is a little hallway at the bottom of the stairs and my 2 rooms are off to the left. I originally just had the further room, but my wifey game me the closer room as a Valentine's Day present.
I played with the idea of knocking down the wall (actually I'd been teasing her that I was going to do it for a year
). But I realized that keeping the wall was smarter because it gave me more wall space for shelves and therefore displays.
Here you get a better view of the 2 rooms side by side. They're quite small, but it's amazing what you can get in one of them, so 2 will be great. I also used the little hallway before, but I'm going to see if I can get away without using it. I'd like to be able to hang a couple of posters there.
This is the room on the left. I'm going to put a crap-load of shelves in here for all of my loose displays. I've got all of my toys from childhood (ah, vintage
) plus I've been grabbing as many loose modern figures as I can. One of the first things I have to do is replace the fluorescent light with an incandescent fixture. I recently read that fluorescent light is almost as tough on collectibles as sunlight. Out it goes!
And this is the room on the right. I've been a carded collector since starting in 1995, so I think I've got about 450 basic carded figures, plus nearly 100 deluxe/ultra/cinema scenes/etc and over 20 ships and creatures. I've got pegboard on one wall now, but I'm going to add pegboard to the other so that I can display as many carded figures as possible. Of course, the ships take up a lot of space, so they may have to spill onto the shelves in my "loose" room or into the hallway. We'll see how it goes...