The best ways to display your action figure collection

Collections: awesome to cultivate — hell to decorate. Often times, the result can be a room full of boxes that feels more like a warehouse, or a shelf full of action figures that looks cluttered and junky. Dude, you guys have worked your asses off to collect these things — you should work 'em into your decor and show 'em off! Here are some (hopefully) inspirational options…

The bane of every collector's existence is the constant dusting. To get around this tedious task, encase your entire collection in these action figure cases and display them on a dresser, or put them up on wall-mounted shelves.

A collector's display
Photo by midnightglory
Glass shelves are your friend. Especially if you can find ones that have lighting.

Glass doors on cabinets are also your friend. This Billy bookcase with glass doors from IKEA is expensive as hell, but pretty damn perfect.

Action Figure Room
Photo by Michael Vance
Of course, the best thing to do is keep your collections in the packaging. You could use them as wallpaper.

Soulja On Display…!!! HENSHIN!!!
Photo by fendyzaidan
I prefer funky bookshelves, though. I found this one on Amazon that works both horizontally and vertically. Stack 'em or line 'em up, and show it all off with a little bit of funk.

Similar to book shelves is this room divider. Separate your open spaces into semi-separate room, while displaying your collections. The thing I love about these room dividers are the built-in cabinets to keep some of the collections that you still have in their boxes.

Action Figures
Photo by VARNISHdesign
This minimalist display is awesome, but it's clearly best for small collections. Perhaps just display the best of what you got and store the rest?

Find a coffee table, like the one pictured above from Etsy seller zandswoodwork, that also doubles as a display cabinet.

action figures
Photo by Memekiller
Of course, I'm a fan of recreating particular scenes, like this one from Return of the Jedi!

Millennium Falcon
Photo by pressuretobear
Speaking of Star Wars: I have a buddy that hangs all of his Star Wars air crafts from his ceiling and it delights me to no end.

I'm sure that a TON of you out there have even more suggestions from your homes. So please: enlighten us! How do YOU display your action figure collection?

  1. Thank you! We inherited a coffee/end table set with glass tops and pull out drawers just like the one pictured and we weren't sure what to put in them to display! If his figures fit this would be perfect!

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  2. At the moment most of ours are scattered around on various book shelves and other surfaces.

    But a friend sent the boy a huge box of Star Wars figures (still in packaging) that we haven't found space for. Unfortunately they were designed to hang from hooks so won't stand upright in the packaging (and of course can't be taken out) which makes it difficult.

    I'm hoping to aquire/make some sort of case once we move to our new place.

    Also, so not what this is about but one day I want a coffee table like that to display my semi-precious gemstone collection. I've got hundreds of them but they've always just sat in boxes because I have no where cool to put them. I'd love to have them in there.

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    • i rented a house once that had a bedroom paneled in that plywood with holes in it like you find in a garage or woodworking area, the kind you can poke different holders into and what not. it had been painted white, like the rest of the room. GREATEST. THING. EVER. that second bedroom was sort of like my giant closet (and my dogs room, natch). i got all kinds of hooky things from the hardware store and hung all my purses and accesory itmes on the wall. it was genius.

      those panels would be an awesome col thing to put on an enitre wall or even as a border or stripe on a wall and you could hang stuff on it and change it any time. the panel just needs to be set off the wall, like on a shim or lathe or something so the hook can attach.

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      • This is BRILLIANT! My partner, Funk, has boxes upon boxes of Star Wars collectibles still in the packaging. They are currently in a storage unit that we are trying to downsize from and I was having a nervous breakdown about what we were going to do with all of it but this is a great idea! Granted, we rent, but I'm sure we can rig something up in the apartment… or I'll just have to save it for when we (some day in a galaxy far far away) own our own place.

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  3. My husband and I have given star wars action figures mounted (gently) in shadow boxes (with mirror backs to so you can see all sides). My husband likes it because he gets to show off his action figure knowledge, I like it because it increases the likelihood of someone actually displaying the gift :-)

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  4. Hee, I'll have to show these off to my fiance. He really wants to display our collection on a tabletop, a la Super Smash Brothers, but I'm rather clumsy and bump into things far too easily for tiny figurine pieces not to wind up all over the floor. D: Maybe he'll like one of these?

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  5. We have our star wars vehicles hanging from the ceiling (like the last pic above) and in our office, the toys that are still in packaging are pinned up around the top of the wall as a border. The loose toys are in our china cabinet. It's a formal looking dining room, so people always do a double take when they see his GI Joes/Star wars toys hanging out in the cabinet. :D

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    • Ooh, I love the idea of using them in their packages as a border! Clever clever.

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  6. I love the minimalist one! It wouldn't work for where we are now, but I am definitely keeping it in mind. Makes it look less like a "geek collection" and more like art. It would be so me to fake being cool, when I am really a complete nerd!

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    • Yeah, the minimalist one is definitely "geek chic." ;)

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  7. Alas my collection of catwoman figurines has suffered with all the moves I've made.

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  8. My grandmother started traveling the world when her children were grown, and everywhere she went she bought a doll. My grandfather was the son of Montana homesteaders and brilliant at everything. He built her a beautiful display case, with a cherry frame, glass front/sides/shelves, and a mirror back. My aunt has it now and it will go to my cousin after. So that's an idea, if any of y'all have mad woodworking skills! (He also built his own house. Including the brickwork and the electricity and everything. Pretty amazing guy.)

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  9. I have just bought a vintage 50's glass cabinet today! Once it's up and running I shall post pics!

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  10. Oh my god, brain spasm! First Offbeat Bride makes me excited about getting married, now this site makes me excited about just moving out! Hopefully me and my FH will sometime next year, should our financial situation become secure enough and if we do, first thing I'm doing is buying display cases!!!!! And our Star Wars crafts are going up AND I'm totally recreating miniature scenes!

    Oh my god, geeking out. This article was just too perfect!

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  11. We have the tall glass display stands from IKEA (pictured above) and they are fantastic. Over time I have collected shoe boxes and covered them in black card and use them at the back of each shelf to create different levels and maximise the space, and the amount you can fit in without it looking cluttered.

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  12. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU SO FUCKING MUCH. Action Figures are EVERYWHERE in my house. They're on top of the bookshelves (involved im an epic Jedi battle). on top of our dresser (a whole ARMY of clone troopers, ready to be deployed at a moments notice), on our dining room table! My man has so many action figures that we're running out of room in our fairly sizable two-bedroom duplex and have been shopping around for some neat display cases.

    You are my hero. Thank you so much for posting this.

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    • You are WELCOME WELCOME WELCOME! When you get them all organized you gotta take pics — I wanna see!

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    • I am having the same problem. There are Marvel and DC heroes all over my house. And let me tell you something, when you knock Batman over and he drops a Batarang, my hubby notices! Lol these are all awesome ideas! I think the shadow boxes would be the most viable for my house. I'm also trying to figure out a way to mount his Batmobiles on a canvas so I can paint different scenes behind them.

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  13. where could i find the case from the second picture I've been looking around for one of those?

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  14. What about taking the loose toys, putting them in the china cabinet playing with the dishes ala the Christmas Elf. My stormtrooper is doing a playboy pose in the vent of my car.

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  15. I am so glad I found you on a google search. I've been looking for something like those display cases with the three-tiered stands forever. Thank you!

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  16. Lots of great ideas ! I'd like to know where to find the individual display cases like the one shown with the "minimalist display" ?

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  17. We have a tall glass cabinet like the one pictured at the top. We popped into a shoe store and cheekily asked to buy some of their clear shoe stands to add 3 tiers to each shelf. The staff were confused but complied and was a lot cheaper than stands online.

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  18. Hello! I have a whole lot of halo 2 Joyride Figures still in packaging and the boxes are quite big and heavy. I had them just hanging on a hook but seeing as some of them are quite heavy, some of them got some creases and the cardboard hanging on to the hook almost ripped off. What is the best way to hang them on my wall to use as basically a wallpaper? I used blu tack for a while but that doesn't always last that long. What would be the best thing to use and to make it possible to take it off the wall whenever. Thanks to anyone who gets back to me!

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  19. Hi Ben, I'm not sure the weight of your figures but 3M have a line called "Command Strips" which are quite a good alternative to Blutac. The products don't leave a mark when you remove them either which is very handy – especially if you rent a property. They have hooks and clips and allsorts, well worth a look: http://www.3mdirect.co.uk/command-strip-products.html

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