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The storage and display of vintage action figures
How to keep your action figures dust free and archive safe!
I love to collect things! Whilst my postage stamps and postcards can be easily stored away in archive-safe albums, away from daylight, my vintage action figure collection poses more of a problem as regards storage and display!
Collectors go to a lot of time and trouble to track down hard to find and rare items in as good a condition as possible. If a collectible toy has withstood the ravages of time and attacks by children over the years, it might not appear that it needs too much extra protection at first, but if we are to continue to keep our collectibles in pristine condition in the future, some kind of organised display and storage system is needed.
Dust, sunlight, fluctuating temperatures and humidity are all potential dangers for your collection. Think about the efforts that a modern museum takes to maintain a constantly controlled environment for artifacts and you get an idea of what you're up against! As a general rule, therefore, it's better to avoid the two places that most readily spring to mind when one thinks about storage - the attic or the basement, as these are the areas in the home that suffer most from extremes of temperature and damp. Cupboard or wardrobe space within the house is a far safer bet.
I usually keep a dozen or so figures safely on display in Protech cases and will rotate them for a change from time to time, but the bulk of my collection is carefully stored away in Ziploc bags within PP storage boxes. This lens takes a closer look at these methods and the other, surprisingly affordable vintage action figure storage and display solutions available.
How to display your vintage action figure collection!
An action figure display diorama is a fun way to display your collectibles!
Order your Star Wars action figure display diorama here! - Perfect for vintage or new Star Wars action figures
The ultimate for Star Wars collectors!
This diorama acts as a dual-purpose action figure stand and displays Star Wars figures in classic stylings that harken back to key scenes from George Lucas' groundbreaking sci-fi films! Includes Tatooine Desert and Mos Eisley Cantina Bar sections.
The diorama has a reversible backdrop that features a classic space duel over the Death Star or a Tatooine desertscape.
Includes 50 individual figure stands (small discs, separate from the display stage), which can accomodate both classic and modern Star Wars action figures. Ships in vintage packaging, patterned after the classic Kenner '70s package design.
This unique display measures 24" x 10" x 14".
Protech stands for loose vintage action figures
Acid free and archive safe!
These action figure stands are designed for use with all vintage Star Wars figures (1977 to 1994). They work by placing the vintage figures on the peg of the stand.
They also work with many other vintage action figures, so check the feet of your figure and see if there is a peg hole. I can personally confirm that these stands fit GI Joe 3 3/4" figures, and Kenner 5" Beetlejuice, and The Real Ghostbusters figures.
Dimensions: 2" diameter, the peg on these stands is 1/8th of an inch in diameter.
Peg holes in feet for display stand
Buy Protech clear vintage action figure stands here!
These clear action figure display stands are 2" in diameter with a 1/8" peg. Use these stands to display vintage Kenner Star Wars figures from 1977-1985, Playmates Star Trek figures, GI Joe (A Real American Hero) figures, Kenner Batman, Aliens, Real Ghostbusters and Predator figures, and more.
Protech display stands are also perfect to help balance larger scale action figures
Action figure stands for modern figures - Pack of 25 stands for your 3 3/4 inch action figures!
Give your figures the support they deserve. You're gonna love these action figure stands! Extremely durable and scratch resistant, these round platforms look great and are clear. Each measures 2 1/8-inches in diameter and features a peg that fits snugly into your figure's foot. Give your characters all the support they need and merit! Action figures sold separately. Stands fit most 3 3/4-inch Hasbro Star Wars (1995-present), Hasbro Indiana Jones (2008), Hasbro G.I. Joe (2007-present), (2009-present), and (2009-present) action figures.
Displayed Star Wars figures in Protech cylinders and cases - An impressive display of newer figures
Acrylic display cases and stands
Look for acid free, archive safe and scratch proof acrylic
Always look for high-grade acrylic cases, where it is specified that the plastics used are acid free and archive safe. The best display cases should be crystal clear and never yellow over time!
Protech display case for vintage Star Wars figures
Protech display cases for Disney Vinylmation 3" figures - NB - These WILL NOT fit Star Wars figures
IKEA's Detolf display cabinets with acrylic risers really show off your action figure collection
Detolf Cabinet Photo © bluedino
The IKEA Detolf glass cabinet - Smaller figures can be set on acrylic risers, with taller figures standing behind.
One of the most popular and affordable large display cases used by action figure collectors today is the IKEA Detolf cabinet.
The shelves and the door are made of glass so your figures will look extremely stylish! The doors do not seal hermetically, however, so this is not a 100% dust free environment for figures, but it certainly affords a great deal more protection than if a figure were displayed on an open shelf. A strip of foam weather insulation will solve this problem very easily!
* Width: 16 3/4 "
* Depth: 14 3/8 "
* Height: 64 1/8 "
* Max load/shelf: 13 lb
NB - As with most IKEA items this arrives in a flat pack and will require some piecing together! Top tip - READ the instructions first and ask a friend to help with this one - two pairs of hands work best!
How to store your vintage action figure collection!
Ziploc plastic bags are perfect for storing action figures and accessories
Buy Zip Lock Bags here! - The perfect size for 5-inch vintage action figures
5 convenient packs of 100 bags - great deal!
4 inches x 6 inxhes in size
How to store a HUGE action figure collection! - This guy needs a bigger flat!
Polypropylene (PP) or PVC?
Polypropylene is the safest option for our archives
Polypropylene is an extremely stable plastic and 100% recyclable. It is the preferred product for archives as it does not use any dangerous chemicals in its production or release them when it deteriorates.
PVC can leach potentially damaging chemicals as it ages and ruin your action figure collection, so make sure your bags and storage boxes are made of PP.
Polypropylene storage boxes are ideal for stowing away your action figure collection
Buy clear polypropylene storage boxes for easy view of contents!
Stackable storage box is made of high-quality clear polypropylene for strength durability and easy viewing of contents.
Storage box features snap-down buckles for secure handling.
Fishing tackle boxes are perfect for small toys!
Keep those loose figures organised!
Fishing tackle boxes are a great way of organising action figures and keeping loose accessories safe - just make sure they have adjustable compartments!
Plano 3700 Prolatch tackle box - With adjustable dividers to help arrange your collection
They can be custom assembled to fit any need. This box has dividers to create 4-24 compartments