It's hard to believe I started this blog way back in 2011, with the then new Universal Dominator Unicron. (The post about Transformers #80 was done retroactively sometime later). I was excited to begin exploring this new (for me) frontier of social interaction, and I really enjoyed the journey. Despite having my account hacked and having to re-create the blog from scratch, I feel it has been such a positive aspect of my life, one that I am sad to see go.
This began as an outlet for me. Not really anything else, just a way for me to put my feelings and thoughts about Transformers out there for anyone to listen to. At the time I had few people to discuss it with, and let's be honest, I was much more engaged four years ago. But too much time with anything will cause burnout, and it happened at least twice that I'm willing to admit. Probably more. And burnout leads to disgust, and ultimately rejection.
I managed to avoid it though, with careful breaks here and there, and a culling of my collection. A MASSIVE culling. It began as a space issue, I no longer could cram any more figures in my room. But eventually it evolved into an aesthetic requirement, I didn't want things to be so cramped to my eye. And it was getting out of control. But with the help of friends I've made through this blog and locally, I realized what my true goals were. I wasn't a collector, but a curator; someone who takes care of a collection, displays and maintains it in the best way possible. And that required refinement, it required discipline, and it required a lot of boxes and bubble wrap.
I've sold almost 65% of my collection, from Beast Wars all the way through Classics. I even dropped a bunch of G1 figures that I only kept for completion purposes. But the new me didn't want to be a completionist. He wanted to enjoy everything he had, not hoard. I feel like I have accomplished that goal.
All of the new cases are up (though many are still missing doors, those will come later) and everything now has its designated place, which will not change. In some cases figures get entire shelves, sometimes they get two (Sixshot), but you can see it all now. It isn't so cluttered. And when I'm done, every figure will have a label, for those who visit and would like to know more about a particular piece. It is no longer a collection to me. It is a museum.
Now on to what you've really been waiting for: the pictures!
|First the "empty" section. For many of these figures I haven't yet found their boxes or doubles. An ongoing goal.|
|One corner of the "Detolf Square". Masterpiece figures dominate this section with room to expand.|
|Generation One figures fill the perimeter, everything else is in the middle. Here are the few Movie and Prime figures I kept.|
|A better view. You can also spot my three remaining Alternators and a couple other random figures.|
|Looking at the wall you encounter when you first enter. G1 is organized mostly by year, with a few exceptions.|
|The Beast Wars corner. I kept all the show characters, and a few other figures I liked.|
|The first Decepticon case is in the background. You'll notice the SCF collection to the left.|
|Unfortunately Fort Max and Scorponok wouldn't fit in the cases, so they had to go in Detolfs. G2 is behind them.|
|One of my favorites, Targetmasters and Headmasters. Still a few holes to fill.|
|All the Autobot cars on the left. I managed to fit them all in one case!|
|Another favorite: the Japanese G1 case.|
As you can see I still have a lot of work to do, but the main bones of the room are in place. I'll wait to do all the doors until I've completed more of the later years of G1, but once it is all done, everything will be under glass. No more dusting! Also, every case is lit, and they are all on one switch, so it is just a matter of flipping the light to turn everything on!
I'll admit, I've been putting off this post for a while, because I knew it would be my last. My last update was December of 2014 for crying out loud! I unfortunately just don't have the time or desire to update anymore, but I don't necessarily consider that a bad thing. There are plenty of other blogs out there that can do it bigger and better. And that's great, I'll continue to visit them all to see what is new. But for me, this blog has served its purpose and its time to close shop. I want to thank everyone who has ever visited for taking the time out of your day to read, comment, discuss and debate with me. It has been a wonderful experience and I am grateful for all the friends I've made, many of whom would not be in my life had it not been for this blog.
I would leave you with the traditional Transformers send-off, but that seems over done. So I'll just say thanks, it's been fun.
-Eric (Arkvander) Warren
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