Sunday, November 12, 2006

Time to set up the toys

After months of working on the room, the actual shelving is finally done. It took all week, but over the last few days, the glass shelves have been put into all 8 of the wall cabinets and brackets have been installed into all 6 of the display cases. We put the glass into the display cases and started Windexing all the shelves and doors. I had to buy some 48" flourescent light bulbs for the display cases, which Home Depot had...but I still need a 60" flourescent bulb (a very hard size to find) that they don't have. I had to keep searching for that.

Saturday morning was kind of an errand day. I had a car appointment at 10am, so I dropped off my VW, picked up the loaner car and went down to Ikea to pick up another lamp (one of the 16 I bought was missing it's clamp hardware) and also another glass shelf or two. After that, I went to Home Depot looking for extension cords to wire in the cabinet lights. I was also looking for that 60" flourescent bulb, but they told me to try a store called Lamps Plus. Lamps Plus didn't have the light bulb I needed, but they did give me a piece of paper with some phone numbers of special light bulb stores on it. None of them were open over the weekend, so I headed back up to Seattle to pick up my car.

Once I had my car, I met John and Elizabeth for lunch (they were spending Saturday cleaning for a party, so they couldn't join us in the SW room setup). We went to Wal Mart after lunch and I looked for clear display risers to stack figures on like steps. Although I had seen them posted on Rebelscum several times, they didn't have any at this store. I went home to get started on the room.

By this point, it was 4 or 5pm. With just over a week to go until my deadline, it's time to finally begin setting up the toys.

Heather and Angie joined me in the Star Wars room and we got started setting up. I began with my favorite items I collect, the Gentle Giant busts. Here's a basic idea of how many boxes we opened (there were about 20 besides this stack).

Next, I worked on the Gentle Giant Bust ups. Lots more cardboard was produced for the recycling bin:

While I was working on those, Angie and Heather worked on opening other figures. Angie opened all of my Sideshow figures and Heather put together the Kotos. By the end of the night, all of the Gentle Giant stuff was out of the box (minus some bust ups I hadn't found yet) as well as all of the Sideshow figures and all of the Kotos.

Angie was having a little too much fun with the Sideshow figures and decided that Obi Wan needed to be posed like Merlin. Here he is in all his glory:

After Heather finished up with the Kotos, she set up all of the Unleashed figures in the center cabinet. They were looking pretty awesome and I wish I would have taken a picture.

At that point, we called it a night, it was after 10...and that was a nice long day.

Sunday morning, I got up and got back to work. Heather started with the Unleashed and then moved on to the 12" figures. When I finished with the Bust-Ups, I moved to unpacking. I started trying to figure out what was stored where, as my collection is all in cardboard boxes. Even though I tried to label it when I packed it up, my labels weren't all correct (I'd omit certain items from the labels of boxes I threw them into). We kept coming across more Unleashed, or more Bust-ups which all had to be added into the room.

We finished sometime after 10 or 11pm....a nice, long, productive weekend. Tomorrow, it's back to work Here's just a little taste of how the room is shaping up:


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