Where do you keep your Minifigures?
Posted 05 September 2011 - 06:46 AM
Posted 05 September 2011 - 11:22 PM
That said, I don't really collect them, just pick up the ones I like and fit well with a town theme.
Posted 06 September 2011 - 03:15 AM
My open set minifigures are usually kept with their vehicles or buildings and so on. Many of them are also kept in a Rubbermaid tote along with my classic figures from when I was a child. Altogether I would say I have at least 500 to 600 minifigures if not more. Someday I plan on building a large city in the basement and will use many of them at that time.
Posted 18 September 2011 - 08:26 PM
Posted 27 April 2012 - 05:05 AM
Edited by Rufus, 27 April 2012 - 06:30 AM.
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Posted 12 May 2012 - 01:39 PM
Edited by kasmca, 13 May 2012 - 12:37 AM.
Posted 28 September 2012 - 04:42 PM
These cases are made by the vendor on his spare-time (not part-time) so it took more than a month for me to receive them. But they look great and are very clear.
Here is a side shot with the covers off.
Each case is mainly made of three pieces of plastic, not including the cover. A large piece is molded to form the outer case. Two smaller pieces are each molded into a bracket shape "[" to create two shelves each. Each shelf also has a little lip fold that helps prevent things from sliding off.
Six tiny "L" shape pieces are glued to the brackets at various areas to connect the shelves to the main case. A minor complaint is that the middle of two shelves has an "L" piece in the top-side middle, which presents some unevenness, depending on how deep your display item is.
The bottom shelf has "L" pieces on the top-side as well but at the ends, so it's not as bad.
I would like to go on a tangent and discuss how each minifigure is displayed. As you can see, I have added pieces under each minifigure plate that matches the color of the corresponding series. This makes it much easier and faster to reorganize everything back together by series. Now I can play around by arranging figures into groups based on color, story, job, etc but still can tell from which series each comes from.
I originally though of using a row of four 1x1 plate pieces instead of the current 4x1 in the front side and using a binary numbering system for each minifigure to match their ordering in the series catalog sheet.
So for example, 0 = black, 1 = color
0 = 0000, 1 = 0001, 2 = 0010, ... 1111 = 15
Another issue was that I didn't like having figures that couldn't attach to the base, like those with ice skates, skis, etc. I've seen workarounds where the figure holds their accessories, but that seems rather boring. Here is how I tried to solve that.
For the ones with surf boards, you can simply attach them to the plate horizontally, but I didn't like the unnatural look of them going perfectly sideways into the adjacent figure. So I did this. I like how I can put them flush with each other.
The skiers were especially tricky since it's hard to attach directly from the back, so I used an L plate to attach from the side. Another L plate is used to attach to the base.
The ones with feet attachments were pretty straight-forward, but specific pieces are needed to ensure the ice skates are aligned correctly so they touch the base between the pegs and not look like they are floating.
I couldn't really think of a cool way to arrange the skate boarders so I just attached them at an angle. Anyone have them doing a tricky move?
I didn't like the mime having two extra heads just floating around so I bought extra bodies for them.
Here is how the bottom looks like.
Thoughts? Suggestions? Is there a thread speculating the colors of the next bags?
Edited by badbob001, 28 September 2012 - 05:12 PM.
Posted 28 September 2012 - 05:43 PM
Posted 28 September 2012 - 09:24 PM
I only bought a few of those thinking I wouldn't have that many figures to display. So when they were on clearance at Wal-Mart last Christmas, I didn't buy any. Huge mistake! I love those cases, even if you can't have certain accessories held vertically. I've been looking to buy more, but I also like these other cases people have suggested, so I'm torn now. I also thought about having my dad build me some out of wood. He's very handy with woodworking and I thought it might look a little unique/classier that way instead of plastic, although more expensive.
Thanks for showing us your displays. That is very impressive. I love the creativity of having the angled displays. The mime especially is creative. I hadn't considered buying extra bodies for him, but now I almost would want to (granted I don't own the original either). I may have to buy those cases when I have some extra funds. I like how much room there is to display the figures plus accessories. It seems they are pretty sturdy, and that price is unbeatable for the amount that can be held.
Edit: I just checked that website and was going through the checkout process. I had no idea shipping was going to double my total. I only had one in my cart at $25.00, but shipping for that one item was $24.50, so almost $50 total. I guess the price isn't as unbeatable as I thought. I didn't realize shipping would be so high. Just to forewarn anyone else from the states trying to place an order. I may have to keep looking.
Edited by TheLegoDr, 28 September 2012 - 11:31 PM.
Posted 29 September 2012 - 01:12 AM
For the four I ordered, shipping was $32, and I live in the States as well.
The other display cases are nice, but to me, some are too much cramp like a cryogenic pod, where you're not expected to touch their contents for a long time. Now that I have all my figures in place, I'll probably soon re-rearrange them and I have so much space to do that. It's more fun to be able to touch and move them around them on occasion. And having all my figures attached to their bases makes it much easier to move and push them around like chess pieces.
Edited by badbob001, 29 September 2012 - 04:03 AM.
Posted 29 September 2012 - 08:32 AM
I use these as well, and love them.
Dust isn't much of a problem for me, so I take the plastic off the front. This allows for a more 3D display:
Posted 29 September 2012 - 09:01 AM
I love what you have done with the surfboards, skateboards, ice-skates, etc. The mime looks fantastic.
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Posted 14 November 2012 - 08:27 PM
Edited by badbob001, 14 November 2012 - 08:28 PM.
Posted 16 November 2012 - 02:30 PM
Edited by AmperZand, 16 November 2012 - 02:33 PM.
From Family Guy... Peter: "You've got Legos? Cool! Lois only gets me Mega Bloks."
Lois: "It's the same thing."
Peter: "No, it isn't."
Posted 22 November 2012 - 01:32 PM
I'm loving badbob001's and ruxy_100's solutions though, brilliant
Posted 24 November 2012 - 12:53 AM
Posted 28 November 2012 - 12:08 AM
I love these perspex shelves, really makes you focus on the figs and not too obtrusive. Nice hinge idea too :)
I currently have mine balanced on my book shelf while i first started collecting, now i have 3 series + I think it is worth getting a proper system. I was thinking of creating a outline of a 5 foot minifigure with a grid inside. Then in the grid you could place each series. Would take more lego then i currently have though!
Posted 17 December 2012 - 07:19 PM
Solid, easy to put together and with shelves deep enough to store at least five rows back of minifigs.
It's also a nice coincidence that a whole row of sixteen minifigs fits nicely across the width of the shelf.
Will be able to fit a whole lotta small folks in there.
Edited by Rufus, 23 December 2012 - 09:12 PM.
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