Displaying LEGO Minifigures

Chapter 7: Displaying LEGO Minifigures

You have a great collection of minifigures, and maybe even a few rare ones… Let’s find the best way to show off your collection, while protecting your minifigures from damage.

Minifigure Display Requirements

Consider your requirements before picking a LEGO display case:

  1. How many minifigures do you want to display?
  2. Do you need a dust-free display solution?
  3. Do you have large figures which might require a custom display?
  4. Do you want to display your minifigures on the wall or on a shelf?
  5. Do you need room to grow?
  6. Do you to be able to remove the minifigures quickly?

Display Solutions

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.

LEGO Minifigure Display Case

LEGO Minifigure Display Case

Best for:

  • Kids
  • Small collections
  • Easy access

Also good for:

  • Portability

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.

Recommended Products:
  • 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.

PureDisplay 32 Minifigure Display Case is a more expensive option.

PureDisplay 32 Minifigure Display Case is a more expensive option.

Best for:

  • Large collections
  • Low cost
  • Large and oddly-shaped minifigures

Also good for:

  • Displaying minifigures alongside small models.

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.

Recommended Products:
  • 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 Locking Display Frame

180 Minifigure Locking Display Frame

Best for:

  • Large collections
  • Limited storage space
Recommended Products:
  • 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.

Brick-built DIY LEGO Minfigure Frame

My simple DIY brick-built LEGO Minfigure Frame.

Best for:

  • You have lots of extra LEGO bricks
  • Colorful, kid-built solution

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.

Recommended Projects:
  • 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.
I hope you’ve found the best way to show off your collection… If you have found a different way to display and protect your LEGO minifigures, please let me know!

11 Responses

  1. Andrew says:

    My solution for displaying Lego figures was to get a piece of quarter round wood trim, like you would use around the bottom of a wall. I routed a channel in it that matched the width and depth of a 1x plate and then hot glued plates into the channel. I mounted the trim on the wall, and can then add or remove minifigs with ease. If I need more room, I can just add another piece of trim. Only downside is that you have to have a router and know how to use it.

  2. Ali says:

    I’ve used the Ikea Kasseby frame to display my minifigs. It is a shadow box with a hinge, and you can mount it to a wall vertically or horizontally. I just glued in 2×2 inverted slopes and can fit about 30 minifigs in one. Since it’s DIY, you can also alter the rows for larger figs, like Hulk. I even have Groot in my Marvel frame.

  3. Keith Fisher says:

    Medusa is the most annoying minifig to display, with the serpent tail not fitting into any of the standard cases or shelves!
    Don’t think you mentioned it here, but don’t Ikea also do a ‘picture rail/shelf’ that is only a few inches deep and modular, and is ideal for displaying standard minifigs? Great project by the way, will be returning regularly
    Keith

  4. Jme Wheeler says:

    Hey Tom!

    All of these solutions are great, and I use most of them myself. Similar to your frame solution, you can find shot glass display cases that have divided compartments with a hinged glass front; no need for modification! They look really sharp, and the compartments are tall enough to accommodate figures with long accessories, or particularly tall figures like Lord Garmadon.

    • tomalphin says:

      I have heard people mention Shot Glass display cases but haven’t seen one in person. Can you recommend a specific product that you have tried and worked well?

  5. Andy says:

    Having read your storage guide it seemed to be exactly how my collecting and storage has grown over the years – I started with a small collection of technic models in toolbox type storage so that my collection was portable and I could take it out and about with me – my collection grew and grew till it could no longer be portable outside of the house but could be moved between rooms by using tall storage units with drawers but on wheels – now 30 years later I have had to convert one room at home to a dedicated lego build room and have used a combination of Ikea storage drawers, really useful storage towers and boxes, and the Papimax storage trays. For mini figures I store them in drawers in re-sealable plastic bags but for displaying them I use the Papimax storage boxes and storage frames which means I can have a theme for each one of them. Your guide is excellent and so are your labels!

    • tomalphin says:

      Andy,
      Thanks for the kind words, and for reinforcing that the content in the guide is organized in an appropriate order: from small, to medium, to very large collections in a dedicated room.

      It sounds like I’ve captured most of your favorite storage solutions – Papimax drawers, ikea drawers, and Reakky Useful Boxes. I am of course curious to hear which of those products you like best, as i’m trying to sort the “recommended products” for each category with the top pick at the top.

      Also, I’d love to see what your organized collection looks like!

      —tom

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