Chapter 8: LEGO Minifigure Storage
In this chapter:
This chapter looks at ways to store and protect individual LEGO minifigures. Any of these options will protect your minifigures and prevent you from losing pieces, and this guide will help you pick the best option for your home. For example, plastic bags allow you to store your minifigures in a smaller space, but it’s harder to quickly find a specific minifigure. You also might need a solution which allows quick access if you need to access your minifigures easily, such as when playing the LEGO Dimensions game.
If you would rather display your minifigures than hide them in a storage container, go back to Chapter 7: Displaying LEGO Minifigures.
Minifigure Storage Requirements
Consider your storage needs before picking a minifigure storage solution:
- Do you need to be able to access your minifigures quickly?
- Do you want to store accessories with the minifigure?
- Do you want to store the black 3×4 Plate (Part 88646), or a LEGO Dimensions tag with the minifigure?
- Do you have limited space or a limited budget?
If you would rather disassemble your LEGO minifigures and sort the parts by type (heads, torsos, legs, accessories, etc…), please look for ideas in Chapter 5: LEGO Storage for Large Collections.
The following storage solutions are recommended for protecting your LEGO minifigures.
Tackle Boxes come in many sizes, and are divided into smaller compartments with fixed or removable dividers. You will need to pick a tackle box with compartments that are appropriately sized for your LEGO minifigures.
I also recommended Tackle Boxes for storing LEGO Bricks in Chapter 5: LEGO Storage for Large Collections. It’s a cost effective storage solution for both minifigures and small LEGO elements.
While you might think that every minfigure is the same size, there is more variety in physical dimensions that you might think, especially for unusual figures in the Collectible Minfigures Series. For example, Shark Suit Guy (Season 15) has a tail sticking out the back, or Wizard (Season 12) which is taller than most figures because he has a dress, beard and tall hat. Worse still is Garmadon, the villain in the LEGO Ninjago Movie — he has a two-story torso with four arms!
You also need to decide if you will keep the 3×4 plate attached to minifigures from the Collectible Minfigures Series (32mm x 24mm x 3mm) , or the round clear plastic tag for minifigures from the LEGO Dimensions game (32mm x 32mm x 6mm)
A compartment that is at least 32mm x 32mm x 62mm should fit most minifigures, including minifigures with tall hats and baseplates or LEGO Dimensions tags. (This might not be tall enough for Garmadon, but he is a weirdo.)
- Plano 3600 – 11″ x 7.25″ x 1.75″ with 16 compartments. This is a low cost storage option, with compartments that are large enough for almost any minifigure.
- Plano 23701 – 14″ x 9″ x 2″ and up to 24 compartments. It should be able to store 24 minfigures easily.
- Plano 23705 – 9″ x 7″ x 2″ with up to 16 compartments. The compartments are smaller than our top pick, so you might need to remove the base or hat from each minifigure.
- Minifigures-Storage.com Boxes – Each case stores 16 LEGO Minifigures, with a custom label designed for each series of Collectible Minifigures. Unfortunately, at £8 per case without including shipping, they are really expensive compared to similar plastic tackle boxes.
- Storables 24-Compartment Clear Box – With 24 compartments measuring about 2.1″ x 2.1″, this should fit most LEGO Minifigures, although I haven’t tried it with LEGO minifigures to be sure.
In Chapter 5: LEGO Storage for Large Collections, I explained why plastic bags are one of the most practical and cost effective LEGO Storage solutions. Only the smallest bags make sense for storing individual LEGO minfigures. (If you want to store multiple minifigures, minifig parts, or accessories in bags, you might need a larger bag.)
Even if you store most of your minifigures in one of the other containers suggested on this page, or display most of your minifigures in one of the products suggested in Chapter 7: Displaying LEGO Minifigures, I recommend that every LEGO minfigure fan has a stack of 3″ x 5″ bags for overflow storage.
- 3″ x 5″ bags – If you want to store minifigures along with their accessories, the only option which will work every time are the larger 3″ x 5″ bags. The wider opening makes it easier to insert or remove the minifigure, and there is enough space to include a piece of paper describing the specific minifigure.
- 2″ x 3″ bags – These smaller bags can hold most single minifigures, although it can be difficult to include their accessories in the same bag. These are only recommended of you have a lot of the same figure and want to store accessories separately.