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The old shelves look to be around 76 studs wide, or approximately 2.5', and fit roughly 37 minifigs (with double-offset rows) per row.
The new shelves are 5' wide as indicated by the post, so that doubles the count per row, or 74 with the same double-offset rows. I'm taking a rough guess, but estimate about 15 rows worth of space based on the current spacing in the new shelving unit. So, roughly 1,110 minifigs, give or take?
Just a guess.
I already ran those numbers, My old shelves fit 370 on large and 185 on the smaller one with out cramming them on there totaling 925 for all 3shelves.
My new one will hold 1079 without cramming that is proper spacing. each shelf is going to have Fourteen 4 x 12 plates and hold 83 figures per shelf and total 13 shelves on the unit.
Take note my old shelves sometimes got crammed and I could squeeze on typically 50 figs each shelf that was designed to hold 37 so cramming numbers I have no idea!
Geez I didnt see your guess until after I typed my reply but wow! Awesome math Sir! *Tips hat*
They "only" hold ~300 minifigures per door, but I'll bet there are more efficient ways to arrange this.
Another kind of fun option could be something similar to the door, but maybe a set of sliding panels . . . hmm... engineering that could be fun! Alas, I am not building out my basement anytime soon.
The door display would be fairly easy to accomplish with a hollow panel door and some plexiglass.
With a home build on the near horizon, I may be able to put some of this inspiration into practice!
Here is the finished version.
If you don't want to do custom built-ins like that, have you ever seen the Moducase stuff? https://us.moducase.xyz
Pricier than Ikea Kallax or Besta, but they're deeper and a little more flexible with your horizontal space, in that you don't have to have the panels installed between two cases. That means you can stretch a seamless display out across 2 or more. They've also got magnetic front panels, so I would expect them to be easy to pull off to really work around the display area without an open door getting in the way.
That is about 10x the cost of building your own shelving.
Having grown up watching the original film every year, getting such a large house with so many details and easter eggs is fantastic.
I hope you enjoy the Home Alone house. It is certainly on my wishlist of sets. So I'll live vicariously though anyone else who is building it currently!
HO-HO-HOLY SH-T this thing's cool!
I thought I would compare it with its big brother #75094, the set that got me out of my dark age :)