Display your minifigs in style

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Minifig display case

So, you've acquired all 64 collectable figs and you want to have them on display, but you hate your LEGO getting dusty... well now there's a solution in the form of these minifig display cases which are sold exclusively in Europe by Simply Bricks. Emma of Simply Bricks has sent me a sample for review, so here goes...

The first thing that strikes you when see and handle these is the quality. They are not made by LEGO but the dimensional accuracy and quality of the plastic is such that you'd think they were. They are very clear and virtually scratch-less, thanks partly to the way they've been packaged. They are supplied with a 4x4 plate upon which the case fits very snugly. For the picture on the left I've added two 1x2 jumpers so that the figure is positioned in the centre of the box. They are 6 bricks high which should be tall enough for even the largest of hats, like the witches'. There are studs on top (minus the LEGO writing, of course) to enable them to be stacked and built into larger models and I would think a 'wall' of these would look very cool indeed.

There isn't anything to dislike about them: they fill a definite need that every minfig collector has, very elegantly. There are other storage solutions, of course, but none that look as good, that are infinitely expandable and most importantly, affordable. I'd like to see a 4x6 version in addition to this 4x4 one to accomodate minifigs with capes and accessories: caped figs will fit in these but it's a bit tight. Who knows, if these are popular, maybe one will be forthcoming in the future.

They are available from Simply Bricks at BrickLink, priced £1.35, which is about €1.50. They can be shipped to most European countries.

Update (just an hour after posting the above...): It seems the 'Brickset Effect' has struck again -- it looks as if Emma has sold out! Hopefully the stock will be replenished soon.

29 comments on this article

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By in United States,

How about for the USA? Can us Americans buy them?

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By in United States,

Yaeh! I'd like to know whether I can or not, though I do like my current display...

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By in Ireland,

Price for one doesn't seem too bad until you consider 16 x 4 x €1.50 = €96 to display Series 1 - 4. Ouch!

A very nice idea though and the execution looks good - if people can afford to spend on storage/display I'm sure they'll be very happy with the purchase.

Imagine using it to display *all* Lego minifigures you have, not just Series 1 - 4. Is Lego straying into the realm of Comic Book Guy?

And if you use these to display customs too... well, you'll have to think about including your storage in your insurance costs :)

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By in United States,

Yes, these look really great! Just the solution I've been looking for... but unfortunately I'm in the U.S. And I don't want to ship across the pond either. Do we Americans have any other options?

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By in Canada,

Looks likes they ship only to 'selected countires':

"Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia,
Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania,
Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino,
Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican City State "

... nothing West of the Atlantic there (yet I hope)... boo-urns.

Otherwise I know I'd snap up a few for sure!

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By in United Kingdom,

Just ordered a few to try them out, couldn't resist (even though I have another minifig display solution).

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By in United Kingdom,

You can buy these same boxes (but without the plates) from our US friends at ME Models ( http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=MEModels ) who ship to US and Canada

We had to restrict the regions we currently service through Bricklink due to other commitments, and we are likely to open up shipping worldwide again in the future.

These really are a good product!

Emma @ Simply Bricks

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By in United Kingdom,

I've ordered a load of these - they look excellent. Kudos to Emma for sourcing them and making them available.

I loathe dust and can't wait to put a select group of SW minifigs plus a couple of series of collectible minifigs in their ABS prisons where they will stay pristine ! A wall of these is definitely on the cards I think.....

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By in United States,

These look sweet! It's a pity I don't own any series figs...darn my finances:(

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By in United Kingdom,

Wow, now these are exceptional for display purposes, and for cryogenic storage units for my sci-fi mocs.

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By in Canada,

The display cases look great as well.....might have a get a few. Thanks for the heads up!

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By in United States,

@zacharano. and others: You can always invest in a Diecast car display case, either with a mirrored or un-mirrored backing.. It'll cost (a sizable one would be about 15-30 I think) but with creative brick and plate usage you can build a tiered platform and display many in one display case.. yeah, yeah you cannot see the backs, but then again not many people will see the backs in any container...

That is what I will do or just wait until the Lego official sets of 4 fig displayers come out.. which will probably make the car case display seem cheap plus the display cases for Lego will stack as well, and at 3 dollars a piece for 4 figs, the lego ones will either be the same price or cheaper for a 'block' of four.. again you cannot see all the way around the fig with the new Lego ones.. so I guess it is preference.

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By in United States,

I use the yellow display cases but they only hold 15 characters. I can't wait till the new cases come out, the ones the showed at the toy fair.

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By in United States,

Like madforlegos, I'm going to hold out and wait for the official Lego display cases. The ones they are releasing this year look top-notch.

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By in United States,

I do what ever good builder does. I built my own cases out of trans 1x2 clear bricks, a few studs and some small plates.

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By in United States,

What about my mexican's sombrero?

How soon can a bigger version be up for sale?

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By in United Kingdom,

Aw sold out, oh well I can't be bothered even though they are very nice!

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By in New Zealand,

i just went on and it says she's got 59 of these cases

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By in United States,

madforlegos-I built a stepped display for my figs in a die cast collector's display. Here are pics pf my series 1 figs in a case:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/notenoughbricks/4972972464/
Since this pic I've built displays with blue for series 2, lime for 3 and orange for series 4.

starfire and others interested in the official LEGO fig display cases from this year's Toy Fair: Here is a link to a pic of the 8 fig case:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/notenoughbricks/5465911173/

and the 16 fig case:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/notenoughbricks/5465910797/in/photostream/

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By in United Kingdom,

bmwlego - out of all 3 pictures you posted of possible display solutions, I much prefer your solution using the truck display case. Clean, simple, no fuss and viewable all round - nice one!

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By in United Kingdom,

First Ever Post :)
Have bought 16 of the Simply Bricks ones, delivered today (uber fast!!). Not got to open and check them out yet but will let you know my thoughts when I do.

When I bought them I had not seen the new official LEGO displays that they are bringing out, however after seeing bmwlego's post above I have the following comments:
1. I think the official ones look really nice
2. I can see the appeal of stacking them and a wall of figures.
3. BUT unless they are placed REALLY well they will be pretty dark. The 16 fig case in bmwlego's post looks dark and dull.
4. bmwlego's case is AWESOME, and I much prefer that, it lets you see from all angles, great for light and is flexible enough that you can space fig's out more if they have large accessories.

So good work bmwlego, I just need to find where a simular display case is for sale in UK.

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By in United States,

@bmwlego: Sweet.
That is basically what I want to do, plus I believe those are UV protected, so the figures will not get sun worn (hopefully). Good idea about the colors matching the series colors

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By in United States,

Gold, prince and mad,
Thanks guys! I like the die cast truck display option as it fit the need to display all 16 figs in the series. It was stepped so you could see all of the figs and I could customize each case to match the color of the packaging. I mentioned to the creator of the official cases at Toy Fair that I loved his cases because they looked like a brick, could be stacked, fit all 16 figs and that you could customize the background for all 16 figs because the compartments for each fig are bigger/wider than a fig so you could build a 1 brick wide wall behind each fig in a different color. I looked at being able to customize a background wall for each fig as a positive whereas it seems others would prefer being able to see a 360 degree view of each fig.

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By in Poland,

Today I saw the Series 4 in my city Wroclaw, Poland. The price is the same as former figures - 8 PLN (about 2 EUR).
I will not buy them until somebody cracks the system... I want to know what I buy - I never buy a pig in a poke! (a Pole would say: cat in a poke)

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By in United States,

Series 4 is at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Chicago. It's official.

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By in United Kingdom,

delivery just arrived, will be adding them to our inventory shortly.

Emma

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