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    12" figure deep storage advice

    Ok, I'm thinking about packing up the toy display in my apartment to give me more room so my question is does anyone have any advice? I was thinking about putting each 12" figure in its own Ziploc bag along with their accessories and then laying them flat in a box then stacked up like wood. What's my best option? These could end up being in storage for a year or possibly a lot longer so I'd like to plan on the longer option.
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    Re: 12" figure deep storage advice

    Here's what I did recently:

    I packed up my 12 inch collection last summer, moving them into a mini-storage facility from August 2004 until April 2005 . . . I did not bag them. I used sturdy Rubbermaid or Sterilite totes and all I did was lay them down gently, stacking one on top of another.

    Some people might advise against that but I just unpacked them in the last 2 weeks and they are quite fine.

    To be safer, yeah, you should probably bag them but really I think it's more important to use a plastic bin than a cardboard box. My collection sat in storage through the summer and winter and while the boxes I used for other stuff held up pretty well (not too much moisture consumption by the boxes) I was just more comfortable having them in totes.

    I even put my binders of cards in totes and not one card got damaged from the temps it went through . . . although I did notice some ice formation underneath the totes where the concrete met the container. Had those been cardboard boxes I would have raised them off the slab via a pallet or something.

    ExP, good luck with whatever you do but I think you've got a solid plan of action . . . I would just invest a few bucks in getting a better storage container instead of a box and your stacking idea should work just fine. Good luck.

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    Re: 12" figure deep storage advice

    The Rubbermaid boxes are a good idea, I'll have to get a few of those as I'm going to do all my displayed action figures (Simpsons, Transformers, Robotech, etc). and a few of those items are very bulky.
    "No one helped me so why should I help you?" - College professor circa 1999

    By choosing not to decide you still have made a choice.

    I'm in love with the women of Univision.

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    Re: 12" figure deep storage advice

    Three pieces of advise:

    1) USE THE BAGGIES YOU MENTIONED! I stored mine for an extended time and the the paint was damaged on about 1/3 of the figures I stored due to them being against each other.

    2) Don't stack them very high as they will bend under the weight over time. Particularly IG-88, OO-M9, the Battle Droid, and the Pit Droids. This happened to me and it also happened when I stored them standing up.

    3) CLIMATE CONTROL! Put them in a storage unit that is protected from heat. I rented one that was inside of a building of storage units so there were other storage units on all 5 sides of mine. It worked well to keep the temperature at about 75-80 dgrees even though I live in the middle of the Mojave desert, and I didn't have to pay the higher price of a true climate-control unit.

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    Re: 12" figure deep storage advice

    I was thinking about the stacking height today. I might try to come up with some sort of board or something that I can use to support each level of figures that I place inside. Thanks for the tips Darth Cruel.
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    Re: 12" figure deep storage advice

    Glad to help. Also...depending on space and money constraints...you might consider buying the flat plastic storage containers that are advertised as being convenient to slip under a bed. You will be able to stack the containers fairly high and still only have the figures 1 or 2 deep in each container. I think you would be able to lay about 10 or 12 per layer in each of them. That could be a little pricy though if you have a larger number of the figures to store.

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    Re: 12" figure deep storage advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Cruel
    Glad to help. Also...depending on space and money constraints...you might consider buying the flat plastic storage containers that are advertised as being convenient to slip under a bed. You will be able to stack the containers fairly high and still only have the figures 1 or 2 deep in each container. I think you would be able to lay about 10 or 12 per layer in each of them. That could be a little pricy though if you have a larger number of the figures to store.
    That's what I use - those big, flat rubbermaid deals. Except mine are about 4 to 5 inches deep. I put 'em all in plastic bags (becuase of the paint rubbing issue), and laid them in the bins. Then I stacked the bins in a storage room. I've got about 20 of those bins full (4 full of 12" figures), and the toys are doing just fine.

    So far it's worked out great for me, and it's been close to a year now.

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    Re: 12" figure deep storage advice

    Reefer Shark - How many can you get into each container?

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    Re: 12" figure deep storage advice

    It's hard to say since I never really took a count, plus some figures are bigger than others. But I want to say they can fit anywhere from 30 to 40 12'ers in each bin if you lay them right.

    If my storage area wasn't such a frickin mess right now, I would bust a few bins out and take a count - but that would be a monumental job at this point. I'm such a pack-rat.......

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    Re: 12" figure deep storage advice

    Well I've purchased 4 bins and a bunch of 1 gallon Ziplock bags so tomorrow the packing begins. Each bin is 48 quarts and I'll post how many figures fit in each.
    "No one helped me so why should I help you?" - College professor circa 1999

    By choosing not to decide you still have made a choice.

    I'm in love with the women of Univision.

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