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  • BeavBeav Member Posts: 303
    I'm going to have to get on and build my big frame, filled the smaller two Ribba frames and have got many many figs left that need a proper display.

    By the way, does anyone use any sort of UV filters, like little sheets to stick on the glass that protects them?
  • Tevans333Tevans333 Member Posts: 152
    edited June 2013
    I usualy go for something more clean, simple and less cluttered (no accessories and solid backgrouds etc.), but decided to go a different direction with my Batman I display. I liked the Ribba style, but opted for an all Lego solution that can sit on my desk. It's hard to capture it in pics, but here are a few.

    (nevermind the few missing tiles, I need to order them up:))
    GeddesbrickedinSteve_J_OMAsterickedkezatkinsarAJRoper
  • Big_Blue_WinkyBig_Blue_Winky Member Posts: 181
    Mine seem to be all over the place, will post pics up when I get home and take some. None are as fancy as some of these though.
  • TheOneVeyronianTheOneVeyronian Help me, I'm inside the M25! (UK)Member Posts: 1,372
    Since space in my room is limited, I sell quite a few of the minifigs that come in sets, but the ones I keep have their own display. I built a tiered structure onto a 48x48 baseplate and group the minifigures by theme.
    image
    That's not my entire minifig collection, but they're some of my favourites. There's huge gaps in it at the moment, but they'll be filled in the next couple of months when I get access to the rest of the summer sets to complete my 2013 collection.
    I'll hopefully add more tiers to show off my minifigs even more, there's too many on the bottom level, I know.
    If you want to know, the green thing hanging above the minifigure display is a Troll Warship dragon. There's also an Eagle Interceptor and Fangpyre Truck next to it.
  • Stvoyager04Stvoyager04 Member Posts: 120
    edited June 2013
    I built a frame to display some of my minifigs. Each has a seperate 'compartment' with a 1x2 plate for them to be attached to. Each compartment also has red felt behind it. I'm planning to make several more.image<img
    AJRoper
  • BastaBasta Australia Member Posts: 1,259
    edited June 2013
    I have some Ribba frames that I will use for my CMF's. I haven't really arranged this one properly yet, but you get the idea.

    Lego Minifigure display

    I use a 32x32 base plate, you do need to cut 3 studs in from two sides though, I found the Ikea kitchen scissors cut well and as the edges are hidden behind the backing plate recess, it does not need to be super neat.

    For any figure with legs just use a 2x1 brick attached to the back of the legs and base plate, especially handy for the figures with ice skates or boards etc. as you can actually have them attached to the CMF and still be secured, which you can not really do if they are sitting on a shelf or plate.

    For the slope dresses or medusa/mermaid type figure use a 2x3 plate or the black plate that comes with the CMF's as the slide between the baseplate studs and hold quite nicely.
  • hoodaddyhoodaddy USMember Posts: 317
    @TheOneVeyronian, who is the black minifig with the green eyes next to the cyclops?
  • TheOneVeyronianTheOneVeyronian Help me, I'm inside the M25! (UK)Member Posts: 1,372
    @hoodaddy That is a Mars Mission Alien Commander: http://www.brickset.com/minifigs/?m=mm010
    I hope I'm referring to the right one!
  • hoodaddyhoodaddy USMember Posts: 317
    That's the one. I thought the head was a separate piece or helmet, so couldn't find it on bricklink under headgear. Thanks!
  • Big_Blue_WinkyBig_Blue_Winky Member Posts: 181
    Here we go, not quite as fancy as some but it's not bad all the same though.
  • Big_Blue_WinkyBig_Blue_Winky Member Posts: 181
    And for some reason my phone has posted it upside down, excellent.
    piratemania7indigobox
  • piratemania7piratemania7 New EnglandMember Posts: 2,145

    And for some reason my phone has posted it upside down, excellent.

    Ha Ha love it!
  • indigoboxindigobox Member Posts: 470
    edited June 2013
    @Big_Blue_Winky for a moment I thought I was back home in Australia :)

    A useful keyboard command though for Windows Users would be;
    CTRL + ALT + UP arrow. Then do CTRL + ALT + DOWN Arrow to get it back to normal :)

    It should mean you don't have to get a sore neck looking at upside down pictures.

    Some fun though to be had if you have a colleague who has no clue how to set it back. :)
    Big_Blue_Winky
  • Big_Blue_WinkyBig_Blue_Winky Member Posts: 181
    Not windows it's an iPizzle so for some reason just decided to do that of it's own accord, silly Apple junk.
  • TheOneVeyronianTheOneVeyronian Help me, I'm inside the M25! (UK)Member Posts: 1,372
    For some reason, I can't get that Ctrl-Alt-Up arrow command to work on my Windows 7 computer. It just scrolls up a bit every time I do it. Am I pressing the wrong kind of arrow? Or is it because I'm on a laptop?
    Shame, I always wanted to know how to flip the display so I could wind up my not very tech-savvy parents ;-)
  • indigoboxindigobox Member Posts: 470
    Hehe so much fun to be had :)

    @TheOneVeyronian you maybe need to hold the function key as well. I am not sure to be honest though as I run a Mac network :)
  • TheOneVeyronianTheOneVeyronian Help me, I'm inside the M25! (UK)Member Posts: 1,372
    @indigobox Nope, does exactly the same thing, scrolls up a bit and nothing else. Could this command have been removed from Windows 7 altogether? I've tried nearly every key combination on my laptop but no screen flip. It's not even listed on my list of computer keyboard shortcuts, so maybe it only works on older computers.
  • MeadleMeadle UKMember Posts: 84
    I would have loved a lego option for displaying figures but decided on a DIY tiered stage. I have another full of CMFs and another (maybe 2) planned for my Star Wars figures. Oh yea, and this one is full so probably another after that!
  • littletokilittletoki Member Posts: 519
    I'm in the process of changing out my cases and building 10 new ones that open in the front. Labor of love!

    I should probably sell my existing ones.
    indigoboxBrickDancer
  • littletokilittletoki Member Posts: 519
    Okay - if you're in the Portland area, I am officially selling my cases so send me a PM (they're too heavy to ship). They hold up to 99 minifigs, have all the Lego plates in place so you can just insert your figs, open from the back and they're wired to hang on the wall.

    They look like this. With one major caveat: Minifigs pictured are NOT INCLUDED. :)

    Lego Minifigure Display Wall: 99% full
  • littletokilittletoki Member Posts: 519
    Oops! I should have checked with my husband first - he freaked out. So, I guess we're keeping the big ones after all. Mods - feel free to delete the above comment.

    Thanks!
  • DrmnezDrmnez USA, Planet earth Member Posts: 859
    Still debating on bigger individual cases or putting all these polybag mfs plus the celebration, ny I <3 yoda, medal darth, and special forces cc clone trooper in one big case
  • woony2woony2 UKMember Posts: 336
    AJRoper said:

    I've used the Ribba frames from Ikea for series 1-9 and Team GB but I am finding Medusa problematic. Has anyone else had issues or found a way around her rather ample behind?

    @AJRoper Just started to fill up my big Ribba frame finally and yes, Medusa's posterior is a pain. But I did find if you tuck her tail into her left hand as far forwards as possible and place her near to the centre the back board will bend to accommodate her tail. Also add things like the mermaid and ocean king above and below her as their tails tend to help relieve the stress on the back board a bit.
    I haven't tried this in the smaller frames yet and I'm not sure that it would work due to the boards being shorter and not having as much flex.
    This is for my method of mounting as shown on pages 4 and 5 of this thread.
    If OCD kicks in and you must have them in a certain place then this system will not work.
    Hope this helps if you haven't already found a solution.
    AJRoper
  • AJRoperAJRoper Member Posts: 33
    @woony2 excellent! It's a bit of a squeeze but it seems be ok! Great solution! Thanks
  • piratemania7piratemania7 New EnglandMember Posts: 2,145
    Right now I just have a spare nail/screw drawer system that I picked up at my local Home Depot that I store figures from each theme in. I don;t really have the space, and I am afraid of my two cats getting to them, but man, I am getting some phenomenal display ideas for when I have my LEGO cave! Thanks!!!
  • AdeelZubairAdeelZubair London, UKMember Posts: 2,698
    Minifigures Collectors Box:
    -Harry Potter
    -Iron Man 3/ Iron Man armours
    -Superman/Man of Steel
  • jasorjasor United StatesMember Posts: 839
    ^what? Is that what you use, are you suggesting it, or.....?
  • AdeelZubairAdeelZubair London, UKMember Posts: 2,698
    jasor said:

    ^what? Is that what you use, are you suggesting it, or.....?

    I was saying I use the Minifigures Collectors Box, they keep your minifigures dust free and for that I do suggest them. However they are not really that good for display as they are carry cases but that doesn't matter to me!!
  • SteakyBoySteakyBoy Member Posts: 16
    I hit The Container Store and use the acrylic sports boxes/doll boxes and multilevel display cases. http://www.containerstore.com/shop/collections/display/cubesCases?productId=10022884&N=233

    Keeps the dust out. That is the worst part about displaying anything...the dust factor.
    jimmyp1982
  • BoiseStateBoiseState Member Posts: 804
    I use cases from arts and craft stores that are used for sewing thread.. Perfect size for individual minifigs.
  • geographybee2012geographybee2012 Member Posts: 26
    I bought a large, 31 x 16 inch shadowbox from Michael's for about $30, and have my shelves from Home Depot (following littletoki's model). However, getting the pieces to make my columns is going to cost me about $30, so I was wondering if anybody has suggestions for how to hold up the shelves without using Legos, or relatively few pieces. Maybe gluing something to the sides of the box, to act as pegs, like bookshelves' shelf support? (But what glue is strong enough?)

    Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

    PS I'm going to be building it horizontally, with about 20 to 24 minifigs per row.
  • TXLegoguyTXLegoguy USMember Posts: 125
    I need to get me a couple of shadow boxes to put my minifigures in like littletoki's frames.
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    edited July 2013
    ^^Any hardware "L" bracket in black should work for holding up the shelves, as they are very light even with figs on. Then using 'sticky dot' adhesives to stick the upside-down L-bracket to the sides plus one dot on the top to put the shelf on and not move. Another option is to screw them into the sides of the frame for a more permanent solution.
  • Decroded77Decroded77 Member Posts: 40
    @geographybee -I dont have pics to upload but I use the shadow boxes from michael's and cut wooden shelves for the length of it. As for the vertical supports just use the same wood as the shelves cut to your specific height needs. Use zots (the glue dots someone else auggested) to hold them to the side of the case. My shelves aren't glued to the vertical supports. They just slide between the verticals from the back. Much much cheaper than supports built from Lego. Like 2 bucks per case.
  • CupIsHalfEmptyCupIsHalfEmpty CanadaMember Posts: 547
    ^^^ I would just make vertical supports out of the same material you are using to span across. You could either glue the connections using wood glue, or use finishing nails.
  • geographybee2012geographybee2012 Member Posts: 26

    @geographybee -I dont have pics to upload but I use the shadow boxes from michael's and cut wooden shelves for the length of it. As for the vertical supports just use the same wood as the shelves cut to your specific height needs. Use zots (the glue dots someone else auggested) to hold them to the side of the case. My shelves aren't glued to the vertical supports. They just slide between the verticals from the back. Much much cheaper than supports built from Lego. Like 2 bucks per case.

    Thank you everybody! Why didn't I think of that before?
  • woony2woony2 UKMember Posts: 336
    Finally I have finished my first frame for my Team GB minifigs. Yes I know I'm almost exactly 1 year late but you know how it is with Lego projects.
    I based my design on the Ikea Ribba frames which I have written about here many times, but this time I have made them from scratch so that I could get it exactly the size I wanted. I routed out the frame and then cut the mitres. Once the frame was glued together I airbrushed the Union Jack onto it and I'm rather pleased at the outcome. I have a perspex front for it but I've left it off for the photos because of reflections.
    I plan on doing a second horizontal version as well. Then my kids can have one each in their rooms.
    The last photo is it next to the larger Ribba frame to give it some sense of scale.
    GothamConstructionCoBrickDancerkhmellymelloadedbrickAdeelZubairindigoboxTheLoneTensorjasor
  • hechenbhechenb United StatesMember Posts: 32

    I really liked the clear acrylic cases that a lot of people have and almost went that route but I don't have surface space to display them properly. I'd have to move some sets around.

    So, I went with a wall mounted approach. I posted this in another thread but here are my display cases. This is Star Wars Case #1. I'm in the middle of building SW Case 2 and 3 this week.

    LEGO Minifigure display

    And from a distance on the wall:

    LEGO Room - Minifigure display

    This is awesome!!!!! I would like to have one of this! Could you tell me how can I make it by myself?
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    @hechenb Go to page 3 of this thread for more details.
  • DrmnezDrmnez USA, Planet earth Member Posts: 859
    Decided to do this instead of displaying with the bag/lanyard
    BrickDancerBeavBrick_Obsession
  • GeddesGeddes Member Posts: 574
    edited July 2013
    @brickdancer as requested :) i am awaiting themed iron man 3 and man of steel cases
    nerick906Steve_J_OMBrickDancerBeavkhmellymelGothamConstructionCoGalactus
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    Really liking the backgrounds! Looks great set up like that, but you're gonna run out of space real soon with how many Superheroes being released.
  • GeddesGeddes Member Posts: 574
    I know batman will have his own case soon! And the old batman need one. Long may they keep coming!
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    ^Amen to that. Long live the Superheroes!
  • GeddesGeddes Member Posts: 574
    ^ I will gladly buy as many cases as it takes! My girlfriend likes them in the lounge, so hopefully she wont object to a wall dedicated to superhero minifigs lol
  • nerick906nerick906 Bristol, UKMember Posts: 423
    Geddes said:

    @brickdancer as requested :) i am awaiting themed iron man 3 and man of steel cases

    @Geddes Where did you get those boxes?
    Amazing display, that's what I wanted to do, dust free and nicely stacked to minimize the space. Are you in US?
  • samiam391samiam391 A log cabin in PA, United StatesMember Posts: 4,398
    Drmnez said:

    Decided to do this instead of displaying with the bag/lanyard

    Ahhh, I love it!

    Perhaps it's just my obsession with minifigures, but I absolutely love the reflection of light that comes off of those two minifigures. The choice of color and the sleekness of it is my favorite. Don't judge me! :o)
  • GeddesGeddes Member Posts: 574
    @nerick906 http://www.gaeox.webs.com/

    His name is gary, tell him chris (geddes) sent you
  • BeavBeav Member Posts: 303
    Those cases look fantastic!
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