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Has anyone tackled displaying the 2012 NYCC TMNT figures on the circle cardboard backer yet? I'd love to see what others have come up with. Personally I'm at a loss on how to display this in a shadowbox without using some kind of adhesive on the card to make it stay where I want it.
The cardboard is a 4"x4" circle. Trying to fit this into an 8"x8" shadowbox, smallest I could find at my local craft store.
However, in some cases, it just doesn't work. I know some people display minifigures for merely, well display.. however I personally also do it for protection from the "elements". I see displaying figures as a means of showing them and also preserving them.
Unfortunately, a stack of LEGO bricks, as amazing as they are, just don't cut the cake.
Brick-built cases would be great for smaller displays. The main constraint will be the size of the frame. To make one big enough to hold 100 figs, the cost would be hefty. Especially if it requires large trans-clear panels to enclose. Then comes the engineering part to prevent sagging while retaining clean asthetics.
What I've been keen on lately are those mini-vignettes folks do for each fig. Incorporating that into a full display would be stunning.
I did design a frame that is holds 100 figures and is all bricks, but doesn't have any clear panels in front. To bricklink it would cost roughly $300.
The nice thing is with shadow boxes they look nice and are cheap, and it takes about 25-30 total to build one I think (not sure since BL prices vary from store to store)
Arts and crafts stores like Michaels, Joanne's, and such have been good avenues for cheap cases. The Container Store also for a variety of display boxes in other dimensions for big objects like footballs and helmets. Any other good sources to check out for low cost cases?
Not sure how its gonna look but Im gonna mess around with different Star Wars prints to put in as the background of the case. But, if it makes it look too busy or clustered Ill just go with how it is now.
The problem is that it is not just UV light that damages lego, visible light will too. The safest way would be to frame them behind thick black glass or other material so no visible light gets through. Or store them in a box.
When I was at Michaels getting my shadow box I asked the framing guy about UV protection and he said they sell a film that you can put on the glass that will help protect it. That's all the info I got though.
I have decided to bite the bullet and have purchase a qty of the Large Lego Display cases. They are expensive but I have found them for £13.50 instead of the £20 RRP.
I deliberately left a gap in between rather than stack them so that I have access to the door switch.
Also, is there a set number for the frame thing?
Might have to give it a try next time when I'm short of frames!
The frame thing? Are you referring to the Ribba frame from Ikea? If you are, I can't remember which one it was but it holds exactly 22 CMF bases wide. If you're referring to the Lego Display case, then it doesn't have a set number.
I'm going to hold 1 series of CMF per case with only one fig per compartment but for any other minifig, I'm going to squeeze 2 per compartment where I can just like @wrangler6915 above.
Opinion: do y'all think these little cases are ok for display or should I group them all together in one big display case
And since i desided to keep Mr Gold i made him a case/blister card display.
Totally dust-proof, too! Perhaps I'll be brave enough to chop up some green and tan baseplates next.
Frames all from Michael's.
Uh oh- looks like I'm going to have to start collecting model tanks too. The case is just the perfect size for a small display. Very nice indeed. Plus, recycling is an added bonus!
The one with Frodo inside fits a 15x11 baseplate nicely, although cutting them up is a bit tricky. I also have a lot of cases that fit 18x8 studs. They're all just the right height for minifigs and they can stack. Perfect!
From a single 32x32 baseplate, I can make four 15x11 cases and one 18x8 case without too much waste.
I have bought a bunch of the display cases at Michaels lately. I just need to get series 3-6 CMF to get caught up.
They keep clean for dust, safe for damage and you can stack them in any direction you want. The only negative point is that some Minifgs are to heigh and dont fit in complete :(
Here is a picture of my complete CMF Series 1-10 + TGB and my other Minifigs.