Otachi came to play with my other toys this holiday season but what with all the visiting friends and family, entertaining too, there wasn’t time to get her out of her box and put her on the shelf with the other toys. This, as we all know from Pixar’s Toy Story, makes toys sad.
So this weekend I took the time to liberate Otachi from her box. Then came the necessary emptying out of the shelf she was to be displayed on, dusting each piece lovingly before setting carefully in a box. Then dusting the shelf itself. Good gravy! Apparently the top shelf hadn’t been dusted in quite a while.
Quick cleaning tip: Canned air really helps get the dust out of Godzilla’s spines. Canned air also helps reach all the trouble spots in the nooks and crannies of say, Gipsy Danger; off Manda’s whiskers, out from Destroyah’s many limbs; it’s good for any place you can’t reach with other dusters.
Then came the hours of setting up, moving, shifting, composing, taking down, redisplaying and recomposing the scenes on the shelf. Otachi had to be displayed to the best effect. Next Striker Eureka at Otaqchi’s feet, having fought well but about to be vanquished. But wait! Godzilla is there too! Godzilla suffers no rivals. Yes, these scenes are that much fun to set up.
In reconfiguring the shelf I also set up a playset that has part of the San Francisco skyline, Muto and set the Golden Gate Bridge so it can be seen through the buildings. Since I have some sets of smaller Godzilla and monster figures to use, if the city is viewed from the right angle Manda can be seen entwining the bridge.
Now some might be tempted to think it is beneath the dignity of an adult to play with toys. I submit that playing with your toys cuts down on the amount of dust that builds up on them. This keeps them clean and your display case looking well cared for. If you’re going to collect figures, you do have a responsibility to keep them neat and clean.