Review: Wicked Brick Vario display stands

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Wicked Brick has been making custom display stands for LEGO models for some time, and we've reviewed a few of them in the past.

It has now introduced a line of versatile general-purpose stands, which it calls Vario, that can be used to display just about anything.

We've been sent a few samples to show you what's possible....


Lee at Wicked Brick explains the reasoning behind them: "We created our new Vario display series with the aim of offering a single display stand that is both compatible with a vast range of LEGO sets, and at the same time offers an aesthetically pleasing and subtle design, ensuring the LEGO remains the main focus of the display.

"Using LEGO's own ethos, Vario stands offer the customer a choice of 96 different combinations of base plate, stem and top plate (and still growing) meaning there is no limitation to the LEGO that can be displayed with our products.

"Vario display stands have already been used by our customers for sets such as LEGO: Star Wars, Technic, City and more, they are even proving to be an ideal solution for MOC's."

They are available with clear or black bases, in four different heights, with different sized fixing plates and with stands upon which the plate mounts either at an angle or horizontally.

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They are produced from 5mm acrylic and are extremely well made: no sharp edges, scratches or anything like that. They come in three parts that push fit together and stay together securely. The base and stand have subtle engraving on them.

This is the short stand with angled top, with a 4x4 fixing plate, complete with 4 LEGO 1x1 transparent round plates. This configuration costs £4.49 / US$5.79.

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It's ideal for small flying things...

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... and small vehicles.

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X-Wings always look better in flight mode so these stands are ideal for them. Here's one on a tall stand with horizontal mounting plate.

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Here it's on a taller stand with a 4x6 plate mounted at an angle and attached to the stand diagonally. Wicked Brick calls this 'dynamic'. It certainly brings out the best in the X-Wing.

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It's not only spacecraft that benefit from being displayed off the ground: dragons look great posed in a flying position too.

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Generally, the taller stands are better suited to models that fly. A Creator Expert car could be mounted securely on the 6x6 plate but I'm not sure why you'd want to display a car flying -- other than the DeLorean of course!

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Verdict

I think they are fantastic: well made, great looking and very suitable for displaying models so they look their best.

The components are all interchangeable so if you buy a few with different heights, plate sizes and angles, you can mix-and-match them as your display requirements change. Perhaps Wicked Brick might consider making a mixed pack containing a variety of components to cater for those who are not quite sure what they want.

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Given their quality, I'm actually rather surprised by how cheap they are. The smallest one, with clear base, costs just £3.99 / US$5.14. Swapping for a black base adds 50p. The tallest with black base is just £8.99.

They are available for purchase at the Wicked Brick website. There's currently free UK delivery on orders over £50, and orders can also be shipped anywhere in the world.


Thanks to Wicked Brick for providing us with samples to review. All opinions expressed are my own.

 

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37 comments on this article

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By in Germany,

Cool. Greating pricing too. Now if these were available with free shipping to Germany as well, I couldn't be happier. Bad timing that one of our friends from England arrived just two days ago. Had I known of these before I could have had them shipped to his address and he could have brought them over. Alas, another time.

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By in United States,

It bugs me that you don't make the landing gear flat like it's supposed to be when in flight mode. Just look at the front of the box for the set.

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By in United Kingdom,

Yes it bugs me too that I didn't but I dug it out of deep storage to take the photos and it went back there before I noticed ;)

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By in United Kingdom,

That x-wing does look great. Might have to get a couple. Having the option of a multipack at a reduced price would be good.

I had all the Elves dragons on display 'flying' when they were first released. Used trans bricks but they looked great.

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By in Switzerland,

A quality aftermarket LEGO-accessory that doesn't cost a fortune? A - rare - surprise to be sure, but a welcome one!
I have been struggling especially with the display of my X-wing (among others), I cobbled together a few makeshift stands from spare parts for my other sets, but I refuse to give more money out to build a proper one, that will never look as good anyway as these.

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By in Poland,

I am suprised Lego haven't made theirs yet.

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By in United Kingdom,

They look pretty sweet, however I personally prefer proper Lego brick built stands and displays. The x-wing does look awesome in flight (Love an x-wing) but I think Poes x-wing looks pretty slick landed with the ladder going up to the cockpit too

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By in Canada,

How sturdy are they?
That tiny base of the stand compared to the size of the X-Wing and the way it's tilted...I'd be way worried that it would tip.

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By in United Kingdom,

Just ordered an XL and a L, tilted and with 'dynamic' top plates and clear bases. Came to £20 with the £5 shipping. Almost too many options on the website which is why a 'taster' pack would have been ideal. I have two of the new x-wings so hoping these will look awesome together. Only problem is that the smallest 4x4 attachment may not be the best fit for the x-wing as the anti-studs on the bottom of it are only two studs wide.

A couple of interesting points from the website:

Each top plate contains embedded genuine LEGO studs to ensure the best connection to the set from your stand.
Dynamic top plates contain extra LEGO stud holes, allowing you to re-position the stud placements for the best connection to your LEGO set.

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By in United Kingdom,

Very sturdy. There's no flex in the stand at all and the 1x1 plates securely hold the model in place.

Obviously you'll need to take centre of gravity into account when positioning the model on the stand and I wouldn't put a Helicarrier on it, but you'd have no problem with most models.

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By in Sweden,

Pretty nice. Not a fan of the "WICKED BRICKS" printing on the them though, feels like that could've been made more subtle.

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By in United States,

These look like a great product at a reasonable price, but the cost of shipping to the USA absolutely kills any interest.

Anyone aware of a US supplier of something similar?

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By in United States,

Is there a comparably-priced alternative based in the US? Shipping here is pretty expensive

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By in United States,

I am just imagining, all five original rebel fighter ships on these stands. That would look AMAZING!!!!

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By in United States,

I've been a customer of Wicked Bricks since you guys first featured their stands. Just ordered a few of the Vario stands. I'm in the US, so shipping was a bit much, but owning a few of their branded stands, it's worth it. High quality. High recommendation.

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By in United States,

Guess there's no US equivalent to these eh?

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By in United Kingdom,

Awesome! Been making these custom-made stands for myself and occasionally for others for a while now. Makes your collection look a lot better. Not really a fan of the engraved lines tho. I like mine better when they're just entirely clear.

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By in New Zealand,

Looks like a great product - such a shame shipping is killer! 24Gbp to NZ - can't easily justify that...

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By in United Kingdom,

Out of curiosity, how would these stands work for something like Slave I where, when in flight, the anti-stud surface is on the back rather than the bottom? It doesn't seem like these would be very practical for that.

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By in Canada,

^ get real creative with snot building and throw a couple cinder blocks on the base.

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By in United Kingdom,

It would probably look OK with the angled 'dynamic' plate but obviously wouldn't be vertical.

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By in United Kingdom,

@BionicleJedi They also do set specific stands, including one for Slave 1 which would probably be more suitable than these Vario stands.

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By in United States,

"I'm not sure why you'd want to display a car flying -- other than the DeLorean of course!"

In addition to a modified DeLorean set, I've designed MOCs of the flying Ford Anglia from Harry Potter 2, and a minifig-scale Holley Shiftwell from Pixar's Cars 2. Beyond those, other eligible cars include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the AMC Matador from The Man with the Golden Gun, J'onn J'onzz' car from the Supergirl TV series, L.O.L.A. from Agents of Shield, _any_ car driven by Evel Knievel, the Flubber-powered Model T from The Absent-Minded Professor, Gru's...thing from the Despicable Me movies, the Jetsons' car, the Spinners from the Bladerunner movies, all the airspeeders from the SW movies, and so on, and so on, and so on. And that's not even getting into the fact that in TLBM, technically the Speedwagon, the Scuttler, and the Batwing are all the same vehicle (though I'm not sure these would be robust enough to hold up that Batwing model).

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By in New Zealand,

Nifty. Huw, you said you wouldn't mount the Helicarrier on one of these, but what about using four of them, for example? I'm wondering if the angled mounting plate would allow two larger stands to the rear and two shorter ones in front.

I feel some geometrical calculation coming on.

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By in United States,

Larger models could incorporate multiple angled stands to get the dynamic view.

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By in Canada,

I order a similar product off ebay from AUS shipping is 10$ I might try out these guy I like their angled stands.

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By in United Kingdom,

These look great value for money.

An option for antistuds on the vas would be fantastic.

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By in United States,

I won’t mind getting a few ,but the shipping cost to the US kills the deal for me.

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By in United Kingdom,

I might have to get some of these, I'd love to display some of my Star Wars vehicles in more dynamic poses. The price is great too.

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By in Slovakia,

which size of the stand is in picture of xwing ? large or xlarge ?

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By in United States,

"Dug it out of deep storage"

Hey, Huw, if you're not actively using your sets (as it would seem) I would be an open alternative to them sitting unloved in storage. :). I would take great care of them.

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By in United States,

@Block-N-Roll:
@Bustin:

Yes, in theory, but it doesn't look like the current selection will allow it without a _LOT_ of work, and a model that's large enough that four stands might buckle under the weight. The site is locked while it's updated right now, so I can't get in, but the article seems to cover all of the current components except for the large clear base (there are two sizes of black base, but the two clear bases appear to be the same size). In clear there are two bases, four stands, and four mounting plates, and the two bases are repeated in black. If you look at the four stands, the two mid-sized stands are horizontal on top, while the tallest and shortest have angled tops. Just the fact that they're so different in eight means they'd have to be spread out over a large distance to line up with each other, but it's further complicated by the fact that the tall stand has a steeper angle on top than the short stand has. That means you'd need to attach one to a horizontal surface, and the other to a surface that's at precisely the right angle to match the difference. If they end up making stands in different heights with the same angle on top, then it gets easier, but still not easy. With two stands you'd need to find exactly the right distance to space them just to tilt the model on one axis. To get the dynamic pose, you'd need a minimum of three different sizes because you'd basically be trying to repeat the pattern seen on the dynamic mounting plate (one low, one high, two about halfway between). And to actually set it up, you'd need a minimum of two people (one to hold the model, one to place the stands).

Dmcc0 mentioned that they make stands to display specific sets. That sounds like a much safer option to me. They've already figured out the COG issue so the model won't tip over at the slightest disturbance. By restricting it to a single stand, it simplifies the math required to actually mount the model. And it's probably a lot easier to mount the model without assistance.

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By in Sweden,

It appears that the website is gone, hopefully some technical problems that will be resolved soon.

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By in Germany,

Yes, strange that. But if it's only due to some website update like they say, there shouldn't be anything to worry about.

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By in United Kingdom,

It's back now.

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By in Japan,

Tempted to get some but I live in a land of quakes and I fear a jolt will send these toppling over. Still they look so nice. Would love some for some of my Star Wars sets.

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By in United States,

WOW these are cool. I have had a lot of gray baseplates with colored pieces for "lights" but these look a lot cooler and save floor space too. Will definitely be getting some of these!

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