If you're looking for a frame to display your minifigs in you are spoilt for choice. There's a large variety of different solutions available, both official LEGO ones and those made by others.
Official LEGO frames tend to be a bit garish and not the sort of thing you'd want to hang on the wall of your lounge, and are also expensive if you have a lot of figures to display.
Some of the better quality 3rd party ones are based on Ikea Ribba frames but as they are relatively shallow you can't always get every shape and size of figure in them. Even better ones are custom made for the purpose, which is the case with this one that's sold by DisplayFramesUK, a husband and wife team based in Devon in the UK.
My collectable minifigures have been languishing in plastic boxes with many not seeing the light of day for years so when they offered to send me a frame to review I thought it would be an excellent opportunity both to evaluate it and to finally put my figures somewhere where they can be admired.
Having done so, I think I've found the ultimate minfigure display solution...
The company offers white and black frames in one size, at a cost of £89.99. However, there is a way to get them cheaper, as I'll explain below.
I opted for the white one which arrived very well packed in two cardboard boxes.
It measures about 56cm square and 6.5cm deep. It has seven shelves and a hinged door with a plexiglass window, which is held closed with hidden magnets.
I am very impressed at how well it's made. There are no cheap materials or unsightly plastic veneer edges in sight.
There are two hooks at the back to enable it to be hung on the wall.
I'm sure you will have noticed in the pictures above that there does not appear to be a way to fix your figures to the shelves. That's because the plates needed to do so are packed separately.
The shelves are exactly six studs deep by 64 wide so the unit is supplied with 56 6x8 white plates to cover them.
The plates are sourced directly from LEGO so add significantly to the cost of the frame. For that reason, if you don't want them, perhaps because you have enough already, you can order the frame without them for a £24.99 discount, which thus brings the price down to £65.
However you source the plates, once they are in place you can then do with the frame as you see fit, which in my case was to display the first seven series of collectable minifigures.
64 studs of width provides ample space for the 16 figures in each series, plus their accessories, although you can of course bunch them up a bit to fit more in if you plan to display CMF series with more than 16 figures.
There's a 6 brick+2 plate clearance between shelves which should be enough for even the tallest minifigures: indeed, 71023 Giraffe Guy fits just fine.
When the frame is full and the figures are all neatly spaced I think it looks very attractive.
Many minifigure frames make it difficult to access the figures once they're inside, but not this one: the door keeps the dust off but also opens easily allowing you to play with them whenever you want.
You are not limited to just putting minifigs in it. This picture, from the DisplayFramesUK site, shows what can be done with a little imagination.
I've been looking for something like this for some time: high quality, cost effective and attractive. I would go so far as to say that this is the best solution I have come across for displaying figures en masse in a pleasing and uncluttered way, and in fact I have just ordered two more to display series 8 to 21 in.
Their flexibility is also a very big positive. You are not restricted to using them for minifigs: Speed Champions cars and other 6-wide models would look great in them. My father-in-law collects thimbles. They look to be ideal for displaying them, too!
They can be purchased directly from DisplayFrameUK for £89.99 including the 6x8 LEGO plates, or £65 without. Postage to the UK is free. I think that's pretty good value, at around £10 per CMF series, given the cost of new figures and value of old ones nowadays.
European and worldwide shipping is possible, although because they are bulky and quite heavy it's not cheap: £60 to the USA, for example.
Here's what the black one looks like:
If you're quick, you can enter a competition to win one.
Thanks to DisplayFramesUK for sending me the frame to review. All opinions expressed are my own.