Chapter 7: Displaying LEGO Minifigures
In this chapter:
Minifigure Display Requirements
Consider your requirements before picking a LEGO display case:
- How many minifigures do you want to display?
- Do you need a dust-free display solution?
- Do you have large figures which might require a custom display?
- Do you want to display your minifigures on the wall or on a shelf?
- Do you need room to grow?
- Do you to be able to remove the minifigures quickly?
There are a lot of ways to display your LEGO minifigures. I’ve collected some of the best display solutions on this page, including a variety of commercially available and DIY solutions.
Minifigure Display Case & Frame
The only LEGO minfigure storage solution that’s made by LEGO is a hybrid solution — it can be used as a stackable tabletop display case, or can be wall-mounted like a frame.
It comes in two models, one which can display up to 8 minifigures, and one which can display up to 16 minifigures. I like that it has a front cover to keep the dust out, and you can open the front while it’s attached to the wall. While I have not tried it yet, it has very good reviews.
- LEGO Minifigure Display Case – Not only is this an officially-sanctioned LEGO product, but you can stack them too. The larger model is the better value, at around 30$. (15″ x 1″ x 7″ h / 37cm x 4cm x 18cm h)
Minifigure Display Cases
If you want to display your LEGO minifigures on your desk or a shelf, a display case is perfect. Most cases have a stair-shaped platform, allowing you to show off several rows of minifigures while still being able to see the figures in the back row.
The simplest solution is to build your own stepped platform using basic LEGO bricks and plates. This allows you to build a custom solution of any size. Even if you want to build your own stepped platform, you may want to consider a plastic enclosure to prevent dust. By the time you add a plastic enclosure, you might want to consider one of these purpose built solutions.
- Plastic Display Case – While it is technically designed for 1/18 scale model cars, these stackable cases work great for LEGO minifigures. You can use a flat baseplate, or build a simple stepped platform. If you are willing to put the figures very close together, it can hold around 90 figures. (13″ x 5 1/2″ x 5″ h)
- Small Multi-level Display Case – This compact display case comes with a three-tiered insert. It looks great with about 24 figures, but can probably hold more than 50. (10″ x 5 3/8″ x 6 3/4″ h)
- PureDisplay 32 Minifigure Display Case – This mingifigure display case is designed for minifigures and their 3×4 stud base. (320mm x 150mm x 120mm h)
Minifigure Display Frame
Many LEGO enthusiasts have every shelf in their home covered with completed LEGO sets and custom creations (MOC’s). If that’s a familiar problem, maybe you should find a different way to show off your LEGO minifigures — hang them on the wall using one of these LEGO minifigure display frames.
Display Frames you can buy
You can always buy a purpose-built frame for your LEGO minifigures. I recommend options with a glass or acrylic front to keep dust out, and a hinged cover so you can access your minifigures easily.
- 180 minifigure frame by sfDisplay.com – This well reviewed frame can hold a lot of minifigures on it’s 6 shelves. Easy access with an acrylic door, and can be locked with a small key.
DIY Display Frames
There are a couple reasons to create your own LEGO minifigure frame. For one, you might be able to save a little money compared to the commercially available options. You also might want a custom size or a really large display case.
The easiest DIY options involve modifying commercially available frames, but if you have the skills or budget, you can build a custom display case of any size.
If you are thinking about making a custom display for your collection of hundreds of LEGO minifigures, you should also check out the gallery of custom cases highlighted at minifigpriceguide.com.
- Brick-built frame – You can build your own frame using a 32×32 or 48×48 baseplate, and some basic LEGO bricks. It’s a free solution if you have a large collection of unused LEGO bricks, but it is not dust free.
- Ikea Ribba Frame – Sarah offers detailed instructions to make your own frame using a 15$ Ikea Frame, some white matboard, basic 2×4 LEGO bricks and superglue. This attractive display option holds 56 minifigures, but it doesn’t have a glass door so it isn’t dust free.
- Modified Shadowbox – You can buy pre-built shadowboxes that are 2″ deep at a framing or crafts store. Another option is the Ikea Kasseby Shadowbox which is pretty small but inexpensive. I recommend shadowboxes with a hinged door, since you can open the front and swap out minifigures easily. There are two ways to mount the LEGO minifigures: Gluing bricks to matboard as suggested in the Ikea Ribba project, or by adding small shelves. Either option will give you a dust free, and professional looking display.