So my collection has grown since the last time this picture was taken.
Here is my collection as it stands today!
I recently moved to a new place that I'll be staying in for the foreseeable future, so I decided to go all out on this setup. I tried to make everything look as classy as possible considering the nerdy subject matter. I didn't want the room to look too over cluttered and sloppy. It took some Ikea bookcases, a bunch of picture frames, and some well thought out layout ideas, but I love waking up to this sight every morning!
Here I have a picture frame full of Dragon Ball Super posters and a couple of the cover chapters of the manga that ran with V-Jump. It hurt ripping those covers from their respective books, but I think they look good in the frame.
My Dragon Ball AMV awards. I take great pride in these awards, because not many Dragon Ball AMVs ever made it to Anime Conventions as finalists within the past few years before 2012. Especially not fun and emotional types of Dragon Ball AMVs! I constantly have people tell me that when they first saw a Dragon Ball AMV on the list of Drama type videos for the contest, they were confused how that would work and thought it was a joke, but by the end of the show it turned out to be their favorite video! I'll leave a link to my popular Gohan themed AMV in case anybody wants to check it out! I highly recommend it even if you're not into AMVs. But hey, I guess I'm biased, so...
Pain into Power - A Gohan Tribute
I got this canvas idea from LordCrumbs about a year ago when he posted pictures of his. I decided to get custom canvas prints of the first 6 pages of the series. Another user on the forums, jumpshot22, was kind enough to help me get the colored images I needed to make these prints. They look amazing every time I look at them. Canvas art is the way to go!
Below that is a poster frame themed with the movies. The Japanese Collectors Edition release of Battle of Gods came with postcard size images of the posters of every movie up until that point. They made for a perfect border around the edge of the frame. Since I didn't have a postcard of Resurrection F, I threw in the promotional pamphlet of the movie.
This is a movie ticket for RoF that I got from eBay.
One of my most prized possessions. The One Piece and Dragon Ball Z special Collaboration Ticket. There are only 8989 copies of this in the world and I got 4356...from eBay, of course! I got it signed by Masako Nozawa (Goku), Toshio Furukawa (Piccolo), Ryūsei Nakao (Freeza), and Yūko Minaguchi (Videl). I had the chance to meet them during Animazement 2013. That was an amazing Convention! Masako Nozawa was so surprised to see the Collaboration ticket when I showed it to her to have her autograph it. She said that even she didn't have one and to take good care of it!
I've had these 1:1 scale Dragonballs for a while now, but I couldn't think of a good way to display them. That's when I had the realization that they were about the same size as baseballs! A baseball display case would be perfect! I found a 7 baseball display case on Amazon and snagged it up! It's perfect! I may move it somewhere more front and center in the future. Next to it is the Shenlong model used to create the dragon. The model can come apart too, to resemble how it looked after Piccolo Daimao killed Shenlong. It's supposed to light up too, but the light is very weak.
Battle of Gods and Resurrection F movie items.
I only recently finished collecting the original Dragon Ball Tankobon. It feels nice to finally have them all.
Dragon Ball Super items. There are SSGSS Goku and Vegeta drinking glasses, a bento box, volume 1 of the Super manga, figures, and some V-Jumps.
Guide Books and Art Books. As well as two copies of Shonen Jump with the One Piece and Dragon Ball crossover Cross Epoch.
All 34 volumes of the Kanzenban. It annoys me that a couple of their obis are white on the bottom. And what's worse is that they're obis that advertise Dragon Ball Evolution, haha.
The US Dragon Boxes. Fortunately at the time I had disposable income to purchase these as they were coming out. So I never had to pay more than $40 for each one. Another of my most prized possessions, because I was able to get them autographed by the Japanese voice actors as well. I got Ryu Horikawa's autograph at an anime convention in Hawaii.
Dragon Box The Movies! The inside cases that hold the discs look so nice that I had to have them out for display!
30th Anniversary book, another art book, and Jump Ryu in the back.
Here I have a few of Akira Toriyama's non-Dragon Ball works. Nekomajin, Volume 1 of the Dr. Slump Kanzenban, and the US and JPN volumes of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman.
Full Color Manga. I stopped buying the Japanese version of them once the US versions started coming out. For once the US equivalent feels a lot better than the original! My collection of them is still incomplete though.
The US Manga. Finally, a format of the manga I own that I can actually read!
DBZ Kai. You know you have an issue when you purchase 4 different versions of Part 1. Part 1 on the far left has the Yamamoto music. The green set on the right was signed by Chris Ayres. The new US voice of Freeza. I'm sorry, I mean "Frieza."
There's no theme on this shelf. Just a bunch of stuff that didn't fit anywhere else. That's not to belittle any of the items there! There's some really cool stuff there, like:
-The Bardock and Trunks TV special DVD that has them in Dragon Box quality
-The SSJ Bardock and Plan to Eradicate the SSJ's special
-Some of the Japanese Dragon Box singles. I bought them back when there was no sign of the US getting Dragon Boxes
-The first 5 Dragon Ball Legend releases. It sucks that these go out of stock so quickly. I wasn't able to get volume 6 so now it wouldn't feel right getting any of the other ones.
-The manga version of the 2008 Jump Super Anime Tour special
-The manga version of the SSJ Bardock special
And the last thing on this shelf!!!
-1984 Weekly Shonen Jump Vol.50 - This is the issue of WSJ prior to Vol.51 which was where the first chapter of Dragon Ball was released to the world! There are two pages in this issue that advertised a new series that Akira Toriyama was working on called "Dragon Ball". I haven't decided what I want to do with this yet. I'm debating whether I should rip the ads off of the issue and frame them for display...or if I should just keep it intact.
And yes, I got Vol.50 because the actual Volume with the first Dragon Ball chapter, Vol.51, sells for around $400. Drabaz don't got that kind of spending money!
A bunch of Goku figures
Villains. I guess Bardock doesn't really count as a villain, but whatever.
S.H. FiguArts figures with some enemies in the back.
And lastly on the bottom row are my US DVDs. Just look at all the attempts at trying to collect the series in one consistent format. It was tough times back in my the day. You can see I only ever purchased one copy of the Orange Bricks. But I guess I do have that release to thank for giving Funimation enough revenue to actually give us the Dragon Boxes.
That's most of my collection. I do have a bunch of video games, wall scrolls, and more little figures that just didn't make the cut. I've been collecting since 2003. So this is 16 years in the making. I'm not rich so I had to collect things little by little. A good amount was purchased by fellow people here on the Kanzenshuu forums. So I have this great community to thank for all this! Thanks!!