ʀᴇᴠɪᴇᴡ: 32 LEGO Minifigure Display Case by iDisplayit
The second section of The LEGO Storage Guide looks at ways to display and store your LEGO Minifigures. In researching that section, I was surprised to see how many products were available to show off your minifigures. One popular option was the “32 LEGO Minifigures Display Case” by iDisplayit, which is made of precision cut clear acrylic. They provided a sample unit for this review.
Many LEGO Storage solutions come pre-assembled, but this is not one of them. In the package you will find 13 precision cut pieces of acrylic and 8 screws, which you can assemble in less than 15 minutes. Thankfully, you don’t need to dig around in your toolbox for a screwdriver—like many IKEA products, the allen wrench you will need is included in the package.
The IKEA analogy holds up throughout the construction process; all you need to do is follow the six simple steps to assemble the four clear walls of the display case. (The instructions aren’t as elegant as those which came with your Kallax shelving unit, but they get the job done.)
While the walls are attached using screws, please note that the bottom is not attached at all. Instead, the walls sit into notches in the base. It is not quite airtight, but certain to nearly eliminate the concern dust accumulating on your minifigs.
At least in my review copy, no instructions were included for assembling the stand. That said, it was extremely straightforward to assemble, as each part is slotted and can only go together in one way. Again, the stand is not screwed together so some care is required when moving the case after assembling it.
Most importantly, we should talk about how well it works as a display case! First of all, I’m pleased to report that the Acrylic material is extremely clear, and it allows you to see your Minifigs easily through the top or sides. The four screws on the front of the case do not interfere with enjoyment very much, and depending on your style, you might appreciate the industrial aesthetic.
I am also pleased to report that the case is large enough to hold much more that 32 minfigures–each row is wide enough to hold 10 minfigs for a total of 40 in the case. It’s a little snug, but I suspect most people will want to fit as many figures as possible into each case.
I did find it time consuming to position figures carefully in a row, as each shelf is deeper than the three-stud base which come with the Collectible Minifigure Series. It is a good thing that the shelves are deeper, as some figures (ex: Shark Man) have a long tail and need the extra space.
Adding a groove in each shelf with a three-stud depth would help you position figures perfectly, but it would make it harder to shift a single figure forward or back a little due to oversized accessories. Alternately, the shelf itself could have studs on it, allowing you to snap figures right into each shelf. (Members of my LUG suggested attaching the minfigures to one another using long 1x and 2x plates. This would make it a lot easier to keep the minifigs in an orderly row.)
I also found it difficult to position figures in the front-most row, as it is tricky to remove the side panels while the riser is in place. If I had put figures into the case from front-to-back, this would have been less of a problem.
I’m happy to recommend the product for the discerning adult fan of LEGO who is able to carefully position their figures and leave the case alone on a desk or shelf. It is very well made, with an industrial aesthetic that will appeal to many adults. At $34.50 plus shipping, this is a premium product with a premium price tag.
It is harder to recommend this product for younger LEGO enthusiasts, most notably as the bottom is not attached. Since it’s heavier than it looks, this could result in a mess or injury when kids try to pick it up by the sides. Likewise, initial assembly requires some care, and even if you are careful to pick it up by the base, minifigures will not stay where you put them when moving it around your home.
If you would like to purchase this case, you can find it at iDisplayit.co.uk
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