One of the dilemmas of every figure collector is how to display your collection so that it’s aesthetically pleasing, showcases your figures, maximizes available light and maximizes the space you have available. Kev & I have been collecting for almost a decade (yikes! >__<) and it snowballed from a handful of Final Fantasy figures once upon a time to what I still consider to be a growing collection today.
I have quite an array of different sized figures in my collection: from 2″ tall to 2.5 feet tall and everything in between so I have encountered all kinds of display dilemmas. The simplest (and most expensive) solution would be to buy tons of commercial acrylic risers. You can find them at retail supply stores, or if you’re lucky to be in a city with a MUJI you can find some great risers there in all shapes and sizes – however they are not cheap! So this is when you sometimes have to get thrifty and creative. In my opinion, the nicest displays are in tiers of multiple levels to suit the size of the figures, but things don’t have to be completely symmetrical.
I have the Detolf cases from Ikea – as many of you do too – and the reason I chose them was because they have a door (to keep my cats out and dust off my figures) and because they are glass they let in as much light as possible. One of the downsides of this style of display case is that you are somewhat limited by the shelf sizes and unless you put spotlights into them they are still quite dark.
Have a look at the stuff in this picture:
No, it’s not tomorrow’s recycling T__T”
This is an assorted collection of different items that I use in my display cases as risers just to show some of the variety of items that I’ve kept for future use. Only the 4 in the top-right corner of the photo are actual commercial acrylic risers, since most of my risers are being used and I didn’t want to take apart my displays for this post! The rest is an assortment of bits and bobs that I’ve accumulated over time and have become quite useful. There are:
– plastic boxes from chocolates
– parts of a bathroom toiletries set (liquid soap dispenser with pump removed, soap dish, etc)
– stackable makeup and craft supply jars
– cosmetic display units
– CD spindle case
– superglue jar/ empty pill bottles
I made a quick video talking through the individual items in the above photo –
My point is that if you are resourceful you can find all kinds of things around the house to use for your displays. I’ve read that some collectors use glass cups, cake displays, jars and other clear items. If it has a flat surface for a figure to stand on, it can be used as a display! [Disclaimer: I don’t suggest hoarding things to the point that your friends and family need to stage a TV intervention!]
Okay, so remember all that plastic “stuff” from the picture above – see if you can spot some of them in this (outdated) photo of my Kingdom Hearts chess set. (I’ve got the new ones from KH2 in the shelf – just haven’t gotten around to taking an updated photo! ^__~”)
I hope this post got you thinking outside the (chocolate) box about how to display your toys and figures. I’m not a “keep it in the box forever” type of collector (although I have nothing against collectors who like to keep things MIB) but I like to be able to see the efforts of my years of collecting, so to me, an attractive display is necessary.
Next time I’ll post about a completely different way to make use of space in your cases to display figures!