Thursday, November 12, 2009

Making Shelf Space

I gave in to my anal retentive side and started making space for my modest model kit and toy collection. The reason being because I saw that the shelf which originally held the collection was starting to look like this.

Making Shelf Space to Display Model Kit and Toys Collection

The Rick Dias is almost over the edge along with the VF-25G Messiah. I'm a bit scared that a quake might knock it over the edge or it can be easily grabbed by my son who likes to look at them. Of course in times of earth quake one must value life over his collection *snicker*

I found a larger shelf space I could use that I felt was a wastage of good shelf space. The previous contents I removed and maximized it with the contents of another shelf. Judging from this picture below you can easily tell that this is a boy's room due to the state of disarray.

Making Shelf Space to Display Bandai Model Kit and Toys Collection

After moving all the stuff, I got an old rag and proceeded to wipe away all the dust and dirt that had accumulated in that shelf after years of neglect. Afterwards was able to place them here with ample space from the edge of the shelf and from each other. Wouldn't want them hitting each other whenever I have to move them out for cleaning because it might chip the paint.

Mecha Model Kit and Toys Collection

Then some close up shots.

Mecha Model Kit and Toys Collection

All that VF. The 1/55 Bandai VF-1S of Hikaru Ichijo I had since I was a boy and consider it a prized possession. Over 23 years with me already, it gave me lots of happy memories. The small VF-1S I "inherited" from my older brother because he had no interest in toys. There's the recently purchased 1/60 Hikaru Ichijo VF-1S from Yamato toys that I got.

Mecha Model Kit and Toys Collection

There's the God Mars toys from Bandai that I also had as a kid. I lost all the spare parts (arms) of the individual robots because a relative decided to throw my toys out without informing me because they wanted the cabinet it was in for themselves. I kept them in the cabinet because I thought they would be safer there. Some other toys I lost was a Bioman robot that I cherished and some other mecha toys because some construction workers decided to go through my stuff when they were renovating our house.

Sad sad sad... it has been a painful lesson to bear because I thought I had taken great steps in taking care of my toys as a child. From a moral perspective, stealing is bad but I guess what is worse is stealing from a Child.

Then there is Swoop, the Transformers Dinobot. I loved the Dinobots so much when I was a young boy because even earlier on I really loved Dinosaurs. I saved up most of my allowance for 6 months so that I could buy Snarl at Christmas. Snarl was a Stegosaurus and the Stegosaurus was my most favorite dinosaur because of its shape, the plated back and spiked tail. Back then you could buy the Transformers toys in Hobby Shops, so I called up the hobby shop and asked how much it was (I can just imagine myself asking in my squeaky prepubescent voice) and that's when I started saving up for it. To my dismay of course come Christmas time that the price had already gone up. That was my first introduction to the law of supply and demand and market forces. And that's how I ended up with swoop, because he was the only one I could afford. Check out the old Japanese commercial of the original Dinobots below.



I realize now that each toy in that shelf contains an anecdote about my life and therefore serves as a milestone in charting it. If ever I decide to write a memoir so that I can leave something behind for my relatives to remember me by, no doubt that my toys would play an integral part in helping me remember the events in my life.