Now that the first part/room of my Project Spring Clean is complete, or is mostly complete, I can now do some serious work on my Project Pop Renewal. I decided to begin with my Marvel shelves which, after staring at them for a while trying to decide what to do, I realized how terrible they look as-is. My mom pointed out how poorly they are aligned. Joke’s on her; I never even tried to align them when I originally put them up years ago! (You can see how everything looked before I started in the first photo below on the left.) So, I started by taking all 80+ Marvel Pops off of said shelves and putting them elsewhere. Now comes the hard part of figuring out how to exactly to move them and rehang them the way I want them to be. I would like to be able to have three rows of Pops on all three shelves like I do on the top shelf since all three shelves are the same depth. I will also be soon adding two more shelves to that empty space to the right so I have to figure those into my calculations as well. In addition to figuring out how high I want each shelf and how far apart from each other, I would like to at least try to get them aligned a little more this time so they don’t look so haphazard. I have a laser level so getting them level shouldn’t be too much of a problem, right? Right?!
Once I do get the shelves properly arranged and rehung, I’ll have to create several new risers for the new third rows I will now, hopefully, have room for. I had better check now and make sure I have enough foam blocks or if I need to order more. Then again, maybe I should wait until I rearrange the shelves due to the shelf supports which are “dividing” my current risers (as you can see in the second photo below on the right) and will probably do so to future ones and I know not exactly where or how. So that’s what I’ll do; first work on shelves, then worry about risers.
I finally took all three shelves down and then, after a lot of measuring and leveling and way too much “eyeballing it”, I managed to rehang all three shelves. As you can see from the new photo below and first on the left, they are now further apart and slightly more level with each other on the left side plus further from the window on the right. (Ignore all the marks and old holes on the wall. Those are from many years past and will hopefully be covered up by risers and Pops soon. If not, I’ll try to mix up some of my acrylic paints up to touch the wall up with a bit.) After all that, I set about figuring out how many more foam blocks I need to buy to build all the new risers I will need. (I need at least 9 more blocks so I’ll be taking a break from all projects and going shopping soon for various things including foam blocks.) I think I have plenty of white cloth to cover them with already and I have a bottle and a half of Mod Podge that’s still liquidy so I’m good on those two fronts.
I was going to hang the two new shelves but ran into some problems with that. I received the new 24″ shelf in the mail the other day but it’s damaged so I’m waiting on a replacement while I ship this damaged one back. The 16″ shelf is still being shipped but should be here “soon” according to the site I ordered it from. I’ve no idea when “soon” will be but I’m guessing next week sometime. Oh crap. I just realized I need to count how many foam blocks I’ll need for risers on these two new shelves as well. I’ll just have to take a guess… I also need new risers for another section of Pops so I had better just buy a few extra packages to be safe. Lucky for me they are cheap and on sale this weekend.
Now that all the risers are completed, dry and on the shelves, I can put my Pops into the spots and on display. I still have a few Pops on the way and on pre-order so I’ll put some placeholders in their spots for now. You can see a photo of the finished Marvel display below. I now have room for several more Marvel Pops on these original three shelves! As you may have noticed, I didn’t hang up the two new shelves yet. There are two reasons for this. I decided I didn’t need the 16″ shelf at all so I returned it and will rebuy it down the line if I decide I need it again. As for the 24″ shelf, I now have the replacement for it but haven’t decided whether to hang it now or just hang onto it until I need it for more Pops.
While working with my Marvel Pops, I also had to do some quick fixes with either museum putty or, in extreme cases, superglue. My Avengers Infinity War Vision #307 Pop refuses to stand on his own and didn’t come with an acrylic stand of his own. He should have! I was able to do a non-permanent fix of adhering Vision to a clear acrylic disc with some removable museum putty. Now he stands on his own and I can move him anywhere I want. I had to do the same to Infinity War Iron-Spider #287 and Dr. Strange with Rune #161. Some Pops just were not designed well enough to stand on their own! Oh, and if you’re wondering why I used so much putty and/or museum wax… I was just so damn tired of these particular Pops falling off the shelf that I wanted to make certain that they never fell off again!
As for more permanent solutions… When I purchased my Civil War 2-piece set of Captain America and Iron Man from a Facebook trading group, the trader didn’t tell me that Cap’s arm could pop off. So a little glue later and no more popping off, finally. I also glued both my Wasp and Ant-Man Keychain Pops to clear acrylic discs so that they would stand on their own and I could move them around anywhere like normal Pops. By the way, even though it says is “dries clear”, Loctite Superglue actually dries snowy white on clear acrylic. I should have bought special acrylic cement for this job but I didn’t know better until after the fact. I’ll know for next time though!
Sadly, while I was moving all of my Marvel Pops to their new spots, I dropped Infinity War Groot with Stormbreaker #416 on his head and broke several of the decorative twigs that were on top of his head. I was able to find half of the pieces but the rest remain gone forever. The pieces I found, I glued back into place. I also glued Groot himself onto a clear acrylic disc so that he wouldn’t fall over again. After lamenting on Facebook about this mishap, a very dear friend sent me the funds to get a new Groot Pop so soon, this little paragraph will be just a distant memory…
That’s all for the Marvel part of my Pops collection and this part of my Project Pop Renewal. Tune in next time for Part 3 which will will detail the renewal of the rest of my collection and be the final part of this project. I’m so glad to have this largest part of my project now complete! Now to do the rest… Oh, and I’ll soon be posting how I craft my risers too so be sure to look for that post as well. I’ll probably post it as soon as I finish posting this post because I already have it written!