Fellow GeekDads and GeekMoms have been plagued by a chronic problem. How to best display our collectibles?
Traditionally we have just stood them up on shelves or desks in sort of cluttered manner. A few years ago I decided I wanted to see my classic Kenner Star Wars figures but was not content with the choices available to me. I wanted the classic feel of the carded figure but in a way I could easily hang on the wall. A trip to the hardware store solved my problem. What I bought was some 4’x2′ plywood and some 1″ x 2″ furring strips along with a box of finish nails.
So the first step was to determine the gaps needed to created the shelves for the figures. It is important to find the largest figure in the set to determine this. I made the mistake of using Bib Fortuna and not Chewbacca so Chewbacca had to stand in a slouched position.
For Step 2 cut the pieces of ferring to create your frame. Secure them with would glue and finish nails.
Step 3 is painting. Here is the display covered in primer. After the primer I give it a coat of matte black.
Step 4 I went on-line and found some Hi-Res images of the original Star Wars card Backs and took them into Photoshop to create rows of colored backing as well as the original logo for the top.
I used 3M spray adhesive to glue everything in place. Now I just needed to add figures.
So now I have a great decorative display that I can hang on the wall and show my entire collection in a 2’x4′ space that only sticks out 2 inches. This is a great project that takes a little over a day to complete and needs a minimal knowledge of carpentry. The total project costs roughly 40$ which is infinitely cheaper than anything you can purchase. I was so happy with it I made a second for my LJN Wrestling figures.