I have been working on my own theme from the default RWD on

I would like to limit the related products to show only 8 products instead of all of the say 139 I have currently for a single product.

Also, I would like to randomise so pick at random 8 from all of the related products.

I am aware that I could simply add a break in the loop so when it has iterated 8 times it'll stop, but this I believe can be waste of resources.

I have gathered that the code below is responsible for creating the collection of related products. So, how would I amend this in the correct way to limit to 8 products and choose at random?

    $product = Mage::registry('product');
        /* @var $product Mage_Catalog_Model_Product */

        $this->_itemCollection = $product->getRelatedProductCollection()

        if (Mage::helper('catalog')->isModuleEnabled('Mage_Checkout')) {
//        Mage::getSingleton('catalog/product_status')->addSaleableFilterToCollection($this->_itemCollection);


        foreach ($this->_itemCollection as $product) {

        return $this;

In hindsight this was quite an easy question to solve: By adding the two lines below in the _prepareData() function above the itemCollection load.

However, although I am still new to the magento world I know you should never edit core files and instead should extend the module that you want to change. But, sadly this is above my knowledge so if someone could incorporate my answer so it is deemable as being done the correct way then I'd appreciate it.

$this->_itemCollection->setPage(1, 8);
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  • funny how writing your problem down to explain it to people often leads to figuring it out :) – iphigenie Feb 15 '16 at 14:42
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    The correct way is to rewrite the block as described in inchoo.net/magento/… - besides that, I strongly advise against using order('rand()') in Magento collections. More on that in my answer to magento.stackexchange.com/a/74186/243 – Fabian Schmengler Feb 15 '16 at 14:55
  • @fschmengler sorry been awhile, how would you propose I can alter the basic magento 1.9 code for list related products to display random 5 rather than all? – Vaishal Patel Apr 1 '16 at 12:28

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