I'd rather get a figure than a shelving case. >.> The shelves I have my figures on were only 5 bucks a piece. Since I dust my figures once every other week anyways, I don't really feel the need to put them behind glass. I like looking at them out in the open. <3 To each is own, though, I suppose. >.>
re; Ikea shelving: That bookshelf looked pretty pitiful, sure, but they do have nice stuff, and IMO a Detolf is completely worth it. A display case is practically a must-have for anyone with a good-sized figure collection. Keeping them in their boxes makes them take up even more room than necessary, but just having them out on non-covered shelves is insane, at least if the room you keep them in is anything like mine; a dust magnet. But have you seen the prices on other display cases? I couldn't find any besides the Detolf for anything less than $200.
If you're okay with dusting your collection every week, or stacking boxes, I suppose the $60 would be a bit much, though.
Thanks for explaining why it's a good investment there, Ohki. >w<b That's precisely my justification for getting the Detolf. I have enough issues remembering to clean the parts of my house that I frequent, much less my out of the way shrine room. Besides, I don't like having to move around my figures to dust. (I also ordered that Azunyan too, btw. Saw you added it to your MFC page.)
Anyway, for all talk about how fansubs are killing the industry, the flipside is they help spread the word about series that otherwise wouldn't get licensed and released in the states at all. If you think the anime publishers over here don't pay attention to the popularity and word of mouth about fansubbed series when deciding which series to license, you would be mistaken. Until recently, anime was a very big investment, normally about $25 for a single DVD with 3-4 episodes on it typically, which if you compare this to American shows released to DVD which typically come out at around $40 for a 13(ish) episode collection, there was too much of a disparity. If you buy two singles of an anime series for a show you end up not liking, that's a huge loss. However, if you know that you enjoy a series, there is no risk to purchasing a series you love.
Fansubs are killing the anime industry no more than Hulu is killing TV shows or Napster killed the music industry. And before you argue, let me explain the latter. Music was dying because of a poor business model, and that's anime's issue. Music's issue was that they got away from the single song releases. Why would people want to pay $15-$20 for a whole CD when they only want 1 or 2 songs? That's why iTunes is so successful because it allows people to buy exactly what they want, nothing more, nothing less. Anime has gotten much better about this over the past two years or so, I will admit. We've been seeing a lot of half-season (13 episode) releases in the $30 range, and the release dates are getting closer to the Japanese releases as well. Unfortunately they started instituting these changes right when the economy went into the toilet. I think sales will pick up once the economy improves, but the problem is these companies made that change too late and may not survive that long.