LEGO Minifigure Storage

Chapter 8: LEGO Minifigure Storage

Do you have a lot of LEGO minifigures from sets you purchased? Maybe you are trying to get all of the figures in the Collectible Minfigure Series? Let’s look at how to store and protect your minifigures.

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.

Storage Solutions

The following storage solutions are recommended for protecting your LEGO minifigures.

Tackle Boxes

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.

Minifigures-Storage.com case is an expensive but convenient option. (Photo from Brickset)

Minifigures-Storage.com case is an expensive but convenient option. (Photo from Brickset)

Best for:

  • Easy access
  • Portability

Also good for:

  • Storing minifigure accessories

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.)

Recommended Products:
  • 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.

Plastic Bags

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.)

2" x 3" or 3" x 5" bags are perfect for Minifigures.

2″ x 3″ or 3″ x 5″ bags are perfect for Minifigures.

Best for:

  • Low cost
  • High storage density
  • Overflow storage

Also good for:

  • Sending minifigures in the mail
  • Storing minifigure accessories

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.

Recommended Products:
  • 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.
How do you store your minifigures? I’d love to know if you have found another approach that I should include in this guide — email me or leave a comment!

6 Responses

  1. Joshua says:

    I’ve noticed that my local Wal-Mart sells the same storage boxes that Minifigures-Storage.com uses. They are in the craft section and sell for ~$2.50. Thanks for putting this guide together!

  2. Nik says:

    Would you recommend storing the mini figures disassembled to reduce fatigue on the parts?

    • tomalphin says:

      I think removing the head, hair and legs is a good idea for long-term storage, but don’t remove the arms or hands. Brick fatigue is a topic that deserves more attention in a future update to this guide.

  3. Erik says:

    I like to build all kinds of minifigures and don’t have a need to keep them together the way I bought them. That’s why I store them disassembled: heads, bodies, hair, hats and accessories apart from each other. I group all of these in broad categories, like ‘uniformed bodies’ and ‘medieval bodies’, or ‘female heads double sided’ vs ‘male heads single sided with glasses’. The categories are stored in tackle boxes. I stick the heads on&under 1×10 plates, because otherwise they always turn their face away when you grab ‘m from a compartment. Torsos and legs are not separated, I seldom have a reason to change to different legs. One compartment is meant for loose hands, which were swapped for a different color.

  4. Andreas Lederer says:

    …. A challenge could be oversized “Minifigures” for example Marvel Super Heroes 76078 (Hulk vs. Red Hulk).
    This chapter is very clear for me – thumbs up!
    Regards, Andreas

    • tomalphin says:

      Andreas – great suggestion. I added a section called “Types of LEGO Figures” to this page, and a thank-you in the Appendix. Thanks!

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