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Andru
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@docsilence I have all my Iron Man hands in one bag, all the repulsors in one bag, etc...Hands and heads are easy enough to distinguish which figure they belong to. Things like repulsors & effects are mix-and-match for me.

I had thought about having a designated bag for each figure to hold their accessories, but it just seems like overkill. Plus a LOT of extra bags!


   
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monkeyjoe
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I used to have three big bags - hands, heads, and accessories. But the Spidey hands became to hard to distinguish. So now I have things separated with a bag for each wave instead. Single releases or exclusives get lumped together by year.


   
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Thanks for the site recommendation, @h-bird

@andru - I started doing individual bags the last few years, but for a while I'd bagged by wave and then made the tragic error of storing figures by theme so now I'm googling, "which Iron Man was released with X version of Captain America" to figure out who belongs with which pieces. 

@monkey-joe Spidey hands, oh boy. I did a decent job keeping them together by wave but now there's so many Spideys (I think I've got three times the Spider-Men as I do Iron Men) I may never figure out which hands go with which ever again. At least most of them are interchangeable. 


   
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hmmberto
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Posted by: @docsilence

Thanks for the site recommendation, @h-bird

@andru - I started doing individual bags the last few years, but for a while I'd bagged by wave and then made the tragic error of storing figures by theme so now I'm googling, "which Iron Man was released with X version of Captain America" to figure out who belongs with which pieces. 

@monkey-joe Spidey hands, oh boy. I did a decent job keeping them together by wave but now there's so many Spideys (I think I've got three times the Spider-Men as I do Iron Men) I may never figure out which hands go with which ever again. At least most of them are interchangeable. 

No problem! I love that site and try to rep it whenever possible without being annoying. Really great resource, and the owner/operator is really responsive to feedback and suggestions. 

I went through and individually bagged everything a few years back since most of my figures are not displayed, and probably won't be for some time. It was a hassle to do it, but pretty easy to keep up with on new purchases. I do still have a bag of miscellaneous Spidey hands I still need to reckon with though...

I'm still looking for that ideal storage solution for tons of loose figures. Right now they are organized into shoebox-sized plastic bins - not a terrible option, but not ideal when you end up with several dozen stacked on top of each other, and it doesn't account for any big/oversized figures either. We just bought our first place and my hope is (once all the necessary house projects have been done) to design and build a custom shelving/storage combo. Like I said, that's probably a long ways out.

 


   
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@h-bird I use a brand of storage containers from Target, might be their house brand. Depending on the line, I'll use a shoebox sized one or the next size up - I'm able to stack the undisplayed figures about four deep so I don't worry about them being warped or crushed, and use the bags their accessories are in for a bit of padding. It's not ideal, but it's better than using a huge tub where they might get bent or damaged. Been using them for all the lines I collect but Legends is definitely taking up the most space these days.


   
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joedick
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Woo hoo, we're back! Just a heads up that these are in stock at DJC, which I believe is the first place to carry them. Prices are Canadian dollars.


   
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hmmberto
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Posted by: @docsilence

@h-bird I use a brand of storage containers from Target, might be their house brand. Depending on the line, I'll use a shoebox sized one or the next size up - I'm able to stack the undisplayed figures about four deep so I don't worry about them being warped or crushed, and use the bags their accessories are in for a bit of padding. It's not ideal, but it's better than using a huge tub where they might get bent or damaged. Been using them for all the lines I collect but Legends is definitely taking up the most space these days.

I missed this reply before the forum crash! Are the types of bins you're referring to one of these? https://www.target.com/c/storage-boxes-bins-baskets-containers-organization-home/target-brands/-/N-osh3kZxmf9o

After moving into our first owned home (yay!) I'm pretty motivated to figure out a good long-term storage solution - including getting some standard size boxes that I can customize shelves/closet space to accommodate!

 


   
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Posted by: @h-bird

Posted by: @docsilence

@h-bird I use a brand of storage containers from Target, might be their house brand. Depending on the line, I'll use a shoebox sized one or the next size up - I'm able to stack the undisplayed figures about four deep so I don't worry about them being warped or crushed, and use the bags their accessories are in for a bit of padding. It's not ideal, but it's better than using a huge tub where they might get bent or damaged. Been using them for all the lines I collect but Legends is definitely taking up the most space these days.

I missed this reply before the forum crash! Are the types of bins you're referring to one of these? https://www.target.com/c/storage-boxes-bins-baskets-containers-organization-home/target-brands/-/N-osh3kZxmf9o

After moving into our first owned home (yay!) I'm pretty motivated to figure out a good long-term storage solution - including getting some standard size boxes that I can customize shelves/closet space to accommodate!

 

 

We're back online! This is the brand I use - the latches are good because they help keep theme sealed up but it's not totally air tight. I pretty much use them for all action figure storage these days. Only figures I run into trouble with are some of the ones with gummy limbs because if they shift they can get a little warped (got a few Pizza Spidey buck figures and older female figures who got a little bent out of shape when they tipped over in the box): 

https://www.target.com/p/sterilite-6-qt-clear-view-box-clear-with-latches-purple/-/A-13794493

That's the bigger box I use, but they have one that's one size down I like better for smaller collections. 

Plus being clear if I try to find someone specific I can just kind of hold the box at different angles until I see who's in there! 

 


   
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hmmberto
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Thanks for the link! I've been using something very similar for storage: https://www.amazon.com/IRIS-Quart-Stack-Pull-Clear/dp/B00APUHNGO

I might pick up a few to compare. Even though it will only be a minor difference it makes a difference if I'm potentially going to have dozens of the things and cut shelves to fit them! Plus the latches on mine are flimsy and break easily.

EDIT: Does anyone else have this problem with Amazon links? I posted a URL but instead it's showing a big white kindle preview window.


   
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Posted by: @h-bird

Does anyone else have this problem with Amazon links?

Yes, they stopped rendering here correctly about 3-4 months ago.  I usually paste them into code tags now, which sucks because you can't click them then.  Here's your Amazon link pasted into code tags:

 https://www.amazon.com/IRIS-Quart-Stack-Pull-Clear/dp/B00APUHNGO 

   
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hmmberto
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Posted by: @enigmaticclarity

Posted by: @h-bird

Does anyone else have this problem with Amazon links?

Yes, they stopped rendering here correctly about 3-4 months ago.  I usually paste them into code tags now, which sucks because you can't click them then.  Here's your Amazon link pasted into code tags:

 https://www.amazon.com/IRIS-Quart-Stack-Pull-Clear/dp/B00APUHNGO 

Thank you!

 


   
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Akatsuki
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Posted by: @docsilence

Posted by: @h-bird

Posted by: @docsilence

@h-bird I use a brand of storage containers from Target, might be their house brand. Depending on the line, I'll use a shoebox sized one or the next size up - I'm able to stack the undisplayed figures about four deep so I don't worry about them being warped or crushed, and use the bags their accessories are in for a bit of padding. It's not ideal, but it's better than using a huge tub where they might get bent or damaged. Been using them for all the lines I collect but Legends is definitely taking up the most space these days.

I missed this reply before the forum crash! Are the types of bins you're referring to one of these? https://www.target.com/c/storage-boxes-bins-baskets-containers-organization-home/target-brands/-/N-osh3kZxmf9o

After moving into our first owned home (yay!) I'm pretty motivated to figure out a good long-term storage solution - including getting some standard size boxes that I can customize shelves/closet space to accommodate!

 

 

We're back online! This is the brand I use - the latches are good because they help keep theme sealed up but it's not totally air tight. I pretty much use them for all action figure storage these days. Only figures I run into trouble with are some of the ones with gummy limbs because if they shift they can get a little warped (got a few Pizza Spidey buck figures and older female figures who got a little bent out of shape when they tipped over in the box): 

https://www.target.com/p/sterilite-6-qt-clear-view-box-clear-with-latches-purple/-/A-13794493

That's the bigger box I use, but they have one that's one size down I like better for smaller collections. 

Plus being clear if I try to find someone specific I can just kind of hold the box at different angles until I see who's in there! 

 

Yeah these are what I use, too. 

 


   
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Why such small containers?  How many figures can you fit in those 6-quart containers, maybe 20?

I use the Sterilite 37 quart containers mostly with each figure in their own polypropylene bag along with their accessories.  If any of the accessories are painted like the sword that comes with Nightcrawler and Corsair then they go in their own smaller bag inside the figure bag so the paint won't rub off.

https://www.sterilite.com/product-page.html?product=19314304

https://www.target.com/p/sterilite-37-qt-gasket-box-stackable-storage-bin-with-latching-lid-and-tight-seal-plastic-container-to-organize-basement-clear-base-and-lid-4-pack/-/A-76019890

Target used to carry these 37-quart containers for years, but not anymore--the link above to Target's site is a third-party seller listing them through Target.  Currently I just stack these on top of each other, but I'm thinking about getting adjustable metal shelves sized to fit these containers precisely so that you can stack them higher and there's no issues directly accessing boxes towards the bottom of stacks.


   
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We had a storage thread in the previous forum before this WordPress version.  We should probably start a new one, but I'm not sure which sub-forum to put it in.  This is what storing them in 37-quart Sterilites looks like, with a few 12-quart containers thrown in as well.  If I go with a metal rack I can stack all of these up towards the ceiling without having to move stacks around to get to the ones not on top.


   
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Akatsuki
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I use the 15-qt size boxes. Easy to stack and move around and get characters organized. But I’m starting to have too many! 


   
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