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Shelf Porn Face-off | Who has the best Shelf Porn? You decide!

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I’ve noted in the past that Shelf Porn isn’t a competition — it’s a celebration of the diversity of collections from fans all over the world. Well, today we’re going to push that philosophy to the side for a good old-fashioned, knock-down, drag-out Shelf Porn Face-off! Two collections enter, but only one can leave the champion.

It started when I received an email from Tommy Baldwin, who said that he and his friend Shawn Hoklas wanted us to help settle the question “Who has the better room/collection?” I suggested we put it out to our readers to help decide. So, I’ve posted both sets of pictures today, and I’ve set up a poll so that you can vote for the room you think is better. If you aren’t sure how to decide, you can use the same criteria they use on Chopped — creativity, presentation and taste.

You can view Tommy’s collection below, then jump over to page two to take a look at Shawn’s. Finally, on page three, you’ll find a poll so you can vote for your choice. I’ll leave it open for a week, and then next Saturday we’ll declare a winner. Update: And we have a winner! Click over to the poll page to see who won.

Special thanks to Tommy and Shawn for sharing their collections with us. Now check them out!

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Hello! My name is Tommy and welcome to my studio/getaway. I use this area to work on my illustrations/3D art and to store my collection of toys and vintage collectable from the 1980s. I guess you can say that I have always been a collector. I was the kid who always took extra good care of his toys. Well enough about me- onto the collection!

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I am a huge G.I. Joe fan ever since my Dad gave me “Rock and Roll” way back in 1983. My collection has grown since then to include every Joe from 1982 to 1989.

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Here is where most of my illustrations and sculptures are created.

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I collect any weird 80’s toy line and none is more bizarre than the Worlds of Wonder line, GERMS! However I also appreciate more contemporary stuff like Ashley Wood’s 3A POPBOTS.

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I also love MOTU. Note my custom Merman mask. One of my favorite pieces. It was created by my friend Erick Pertl.

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My Indy costume and some of my favorite G.I. Joe vehicles and figures.

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Here are some of the props I made for the Indiana Jones costume I put together a few Halloweens ago.

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This is my vintage Eames-era chair that I pulled out of a dumpster. I refurbished and reupholstered it. Now it’s the perfect spot to read comics.

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Nothing better than listening to some old mix tapes and reading some horror comics!

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Here is my original Masters of the Universe animated cell background that over looks my mini arcade. The arcade consists of a 1969 Bailey’s ON-BEAM pinball game and a 1981 Centipede Cabaret. One of my goals in life is to get over 5,000,000 in Centipede.

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While both are very nice collections, I voted for Shawn’s. I guess what swung it in his favor was the fact that I have most of my old action figures in great condition, too, but rather than display them on shelves, I gave them to my 4-year-old son to play with. He has nearly complete collections of MOTU, Thundercats, DC Super Powers and Marvel Secret Wars and tons of others. But, those were kept from my childhood and really didn’t take any monetary investment on my part. Shawn’s room(s!) also has a great display, but the statues and books and SPACE devoted to it all looks to be money well spent. Again, they’re both nice, but I personally would be most proud of a collection like Shawn’s.

Shawn’s by far. That is nerd paradise.

Both are spectacular, but I voted for Shawn’s room because it is visually stunning, as well as what *I* would desire as my own collector’s paradise. Kudos for both for their dedication and vision.

Shawn’s the best one, I am dying and salivating looking at all those comics and original art

Shelf Porn is the stupidest phrase I’ve heard in a while. Seeing as people do keep porn on shelves as well. Why don’t you say “toys” or “nerd stuff” or “memorabilia”

Shawn wins, though perhaps it is a contest over who has more disposable income, or straight up, more income?

@Chip because we treat what is on the “shelf” as though it is “porn”. Hence, “shelf porn.” Or maybe a nicer, faker, portmanteau is what you seek? Shelfporn.

Now, what the hell is a portmanteau?

Shawn`s is a bit better but both are excellent and anyone would be proud to own either.

It’s no shelf porn as long as it doesn’t include red lights in the glas vitrines LOL
Can you describe more how you did the glas vitrines with the figurines? That looks awesome. I bought my first 2 Hot Toys Action Figures and wondered where I could get those glas vitrines or how to do them in general?

I vote for Shawn’s room. It’s true he does comics reviews over at my https://comicspectrum.com/ site, but I tried to be unbiased. His room has a very classy look to it and amazing array of comics art & books.

He gets the nod for being comic-centric and he has a LOT of stuff that doesn’t look cluttered (which is the problem with my own space). Also a very LARGE amount of space. Lucky man to have that amount of square footage for his stuff!

They’re both fantastic, really. Can you really compare them? Shawn’s looks like a beautiful museum that never gets touched, and Tommy’s looks like a place some one really lives and works.

These are both great, I have to vote for Shawn because I dig the shelving and the killer original art.
Kudos to Tommy’s Hellboy figures, Indy costume and pinball machine though!
The real question is what the heck do these guys do for a living?

xxx,

I myself got my large vitrines from a skate shop going out of business and the wall display cases originally were from a cell phone store that I converted for my Joes. Other wise you can get some cool cabinets from IKEA, but if you keep your eyes out, you can score free ones like I did.

Thanks for voting
Tommy

Wow, that GI Joe collection (plus the inclusion of the Transformer Topspin) takes the cake!

Both collections look really great! (and we must remember that the most important opinion about a collection and the way it’s displayed is that from the collector him/herself).

But i voted -without a hint of doubt- for Shawn’s, because it’s most COMIC-CENTRED than the other one. I love comics with all my heart, but i’ve been never been interested in the action-figures/toys hobbie.

I think they are completely different hobbies. A los of fans happen to be interested in both as a natural thing, but others like me have absolutely no interest in the second one.

Thanks for all the comments guys. Fun to share the photos :). It’s a fun work in progress!

Bill Priestley

June 29, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Wow. Shawn wins but both are awesome. Mine was featured like a month ago and both of yours blow my collection out of the water! Shawn we seem to have similar taste in comics and living areas. I’m in Schaumburg and I was telling my gf how I wanted my guest room to look, and it was pretty much a miniature version of yours.

loved shawns room including the art but had to go with tommy most for he wound up not only shelling out a fortune for his own pinball machine but also his own centipede which had to cost him a big fortune. not to mention love indies coat sticking above greyskull

Is that statue if Susan Storm really backwards..?
Other than that, his collection looks stunning in presentation.

No Xris, she’s facing the right direction :)

Shawn, no question. Dude is clearly loaded – that house, that collection, those toys! – and it shows in the quality and arrangement of these rooms. Really nice stuff.

page 2 is pretty and looks like a museum… but page 1 wins- just for all the cool stuff. I ilke the gi.joe shelf and the random junky one too. It’s more man cave, than manseum.

Where does he keep Golobulus in his 82-89 collection. That seems to be quite a dilemma!

Definitely Shwn’s room is a museum, because it enjoys every object has. A dream place!

Peter Whitney

June 29, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Shawn. While I do love Tommy’s and it brings out nostalgic feelings. I just see myself spending more time in Shawn’s place

Bub,
Unfortunately Golobulus, did not fit in the case, but I do have him packed away.

Thanks

i definitely vote for shawn. i would die for some of your books. i also like how organized everything is. where did you get the shelves?

Thanks Sean,
The shelves are all from IKEA. The glass cabinets as well. They are surprisingly sturdy and hold the books well. Thanks for looking at the pics!

I liked Shawn’s, the display and organization. But I gotta go with my heart and vote for Tommy. Yo Joe!

Tommy has the toys and the collection diversity: Point Tommy.

Hands down Shawn. Love both, but Shawn has a hell of collection of comics and comic art. The werewolf by night 32 didn’t hurt either

Shawn. without question.

Shawn wins it.

David James Keenan

June 30, 2013 at 12:00 am

Tommy gets my point. His personality comes through with the various action figures, games, and comics. Shawn’s is amazing too. Definitely getting ideas for my man cave!!

Excellent taste. Classy. Every statue is picked out with a specific location in mind. Every comic nicely displaced. Very good taste in artists…including Norm Breyfogle ( one of my fave Batman Artists of all time, his batman physique was the ideal standard in my books) I have that same comic, it was one of my first Batman (Detective) comics too!

Thank you so much for sharing this. wow.

I like both of them, but I voted Shawns, since it is easily the best collection I have seen in MY LIFE! WOW, DUDE! Seriously! As much as I like the charm of 80s nostalgia, Shawns collection is almost flawless.
It really does help that he displays his books, art and statues in exactly the same way I do in my living room, with the difference that his room is larger and he has at least double as many statues as I have.
I love how clean everything looks and that its not cluttered, but all displayed in a very modern and grown up cool way.
I will find myself a camera in the next few days and make a few pictures of my collection, so you guys can see what I mean by the similarities, but I have to admit that it won’t be as impressive as this one.
Wow, Shawn! Sunds silly but this is an inspiration, man! As soon as I cann afford a bigger flat after college I will try to emulate that. Great display, man!

i like them both, but i have to vote for Shawn’s… Because… More Books!

HAHA, I love the GI Joe action figures… Those really do look like the originals! :)

The Pin Ball Machines are a nice touch as well.

- RyanzComicBrain

It was a tough call, but I went with Shawn, just because I’m more inclined towards trades and hardcovers than action figures. Tommy has some incredible stuff, though. The arcade games and the 9.8 Walking Dead 1 are things I’d love to have. I also love how the G.I. Joe figures are displayed. I’d be very proud to have either collection.

Question for Shawn, who is the artist on that Batman/Clayface piece? Looks awesome.

Thanks for looking and for the comments Genghis Frog. The Batman/Clayface piece was done by Tom Fowler. His work has been seen on Mysterious the Unfathomable, Venom and others.

GenghisFrog,

Thanks for the kind words. I got the Walking Dead #1 when it first came out and my good buddy Shawn got it graded for me last Wizard World.

Tommy

oh yeah, i forgot – both are extremely awesome, and honestly I’d want both.
The manseum leading into the hidden mancave.

I went with Shawn’s collection. The original art and statues are way cool, and the whole display is just really slick. Despite what my wife says, you sir, are an inspiration! Tommy, I really dig your arcade cabinet and pinball machine. Really good display ideas all around!

WINNER! That’s got to be the greatest setup I’ve ever seen! I like my room, but I’m jealous!

Although both are very awesome…my vote goes to shawn!

Can’t decide. But, how does one display classic He-Man figures without creating a domino effect when they fall over? Or, better yet, how does one get them to balance?

BOTH collections are AWESOME!!!!

I loved Tommy’s tho, because it’s like reliving my childhood! All those awesome vintage toys, I still have some of mine, but there was a mishap many MANY moons ago that cost me a bulk of my Transformers, T-cats and Joes…

Great collections!!! I’m sure it MUST be that Chicago connection! ;D

Nick~

Both are great, Tommy snuck a Bucky O’Hare on the shelf…very nice! THe budgets are clearly very different for each collection so I don’t think its fair to compare them head to head. Nice work though on both sides.

Keep my name out!!

July 1, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Shawn’s room all the way! Sorry Thomas!

Shawn wins!

Shawn’s room is off the charts. Organization, presentation and just overall wow factor. FTW!!

Give me the idol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks Phoenix and to all the rest for the kind words and taking the time to checkout Shawn’s and my collections. Please feel free to visit me over at my Blog at culturedzombie.com or follow me on twitter at https://twitter.com/CulturedZ0mbie for some more vintage toy fun!

Thanks,
Tommy

The first pic alone made me go for Shawn.

I vote for Shawn

I’m with Tommy; the Mer-Man mask is awesome!

Both awesome collections. Probably amongst the best ever featured on shelf porn. It puts my own collection to shame, making me not want to submit my own shelf porn.

I can’t say I have a favourite as I love both toys and comics, statues and original and they’re both amazing collections.

Shawn Is there anywhere where you have posted scans of your original art?

Thanks for the comments Seany T. I have not posted any scans of the artwork but am looking to do so. Any suggestions?

Hey Shawn,

Comicartfans.com is a pretty good place to post scans of your collection. It’s great for seeing some amazing artwork and sourcing more pieces for your collection. It has a good community spirit with everyone generally pretty friendly and willing to answers questions about where and how they got commissions and original pages.

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