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.
- Small collections
- Easy access
Also good for:
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Large collections
- Limited storage space
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.