Ruthless Cynic wrote:
I can never remember detolfs being much cheaper than they are now. I went through what you are going through now. I bought some nice bookcases for $40+. The issue is that they will warp if they are particleboard and dust is everywhere. Even the cheap shelves are $30 now at target and Walmart. Do yourself a favor and get Detolfs. $65 they are still a steal. The lack of dust is the real selling point for me. Here is part of my collection http://imgur.com/a/S8s6k
To be honest, keeping figures inside DETOLFs only "lessen" the accumulation of dust, unless you seal up the two seams on the sides of the door.
I've got a DETOLF at home for TF displaying; while it takes about a month before the TF's require dusting inside a DETOLF as opposed to less than a week on an exposed bookshelf, it still doesn't really solve the dust problem.
That said, figures do look much better in glass shelves, as you can look at them from all angles. And unlike other collectibles that have hard-to-clean elements like cloth, synthetic hair and rubber skin, TF's can be cleaned relatively easily with a rag, compressed air or even a mini vacuum cleaner.
My Hot Toys figures, on the other hand, are kept in airtight acrylic display cases, as these usually have fabric clothing and rubber skin that are hard to dust.