I have been thinking about redoing my minifigure display wall as it was getting overcrowded. There are many different ways to arrange minifigures using various display cases and stands – some made by LEGO, some by third parties, and you can also build your own.
Collectors tend to prefer closed display cases to protect their minifigures from dust, and this definitely makes sense for rare and expensive characters. Personally, I like to keep my displays open and accessible for play, customization, or just for an occasional rearranging.
My original display area consisted of a metal sheet that I attached to, and painted the same color, as the wall. It was basically a hidden metal wall perfect for attaching magnets. I used the 2×4 magnet bricks from the LEGO magnet packs to display minifigs on the wall. While this solution worked great for a while, my minifigs eventually grew out the space, and the metal sheets were kind of expensive to get more of.
At this point, I upgraded to a large magnetic dry-erase board, which basically provided the same thing as the magnetic wall I had before, and I could still use the 2×3 magnet bricks to display minifigures on the board. I liked the versatility of being able to rearrange minifigures quickly just by sliding them around, however as my collection grew this mobility became a hindrance; when I moved one minifig, the others started to get misaligned too. I realized what I really needed was a display option that is still open and versatile, but the minifigs can be placed into fixed positions.
So I started looking at other display options. One solution that I found very attractive was using large LEGO baseplates attached to the wall. There were just a few problems; individual LEGO baseplates are expensive, they come in a limited range of colors, and they have rounded corners, which are somewhat unsightly when you place them next to each other.
This is when I ran across a video by JANGBRiCKS where he shows off his Collectible LEGO Minifigure display. Instead of official LEGO baseplates, he uses large plates produced by a company called Strictly Briks. I was super excited about this solution, got some of the plates, and also wrote a review on them (see: Baseplates for LEGO in a Rainbow of Colors).
Just to be clear, Strictly Briks produces two types of plates. Standard thin baseplates with studs on top, smooth bottom, and rounded corners. They are just like what LEGO makes, but in a larger selection of colors, and sizes. Then they also make what they call “stackable baseplates”, which are the same thickness as regular LEGO plates with studs on top, tubes at the bottom, and sharp corners. These are the ones JANGBRiCKS used. They come in a number of different sizes and in a huge variety of colors. Landscaping colors like blues, greens, browns, white, gray, and black. Bright colors like yellow, orange, red, pinks and purples. Metallic colors like gold and bronze, and even some translucent colors. Colors and sizes can be bought individually or in various bundles.
I first got a bundle of twenty-four 32×32 stud plates in a rainbow of colors just to see how they compare to LEGO. As I mentioned in my previous review, they are the same quality as LEGO, and most of the colors perfectly match LEGO’s own color-palette. The plates also have some very thoughtful features, like the bottom tubes are not as dense as on standard LEGO plates. This is to prevent the plates from sticking together too much when they are stacked. I also like that their name is moulded onto the studs, which makes them very similar to how LEGO studs look like. All in all, I was very impressed and super happy with them.
By this time I was sure these were the plates I wanted to use for my new minifig display wall. All I needed to do was measure the area and calculate how many plates I will have to get, and also decide on the colors. While I really like the bright and transparent colors, I decided to go with the two lightest and most subdued colors, white and tan, in an alternating pattern. This is because my room is already a bit cluttered with LEGO displays and so many colors, and also because our house is under a lot of trees and mostly in the shade. As I needed 21 plates in total (3 columns of 7), I got three 4-packs of each white and tan plates, and a roll of double-sided mounting-tape. It took about an hour to mount all the plates on the wall.
Next, I needed to decide how to attach the minifigs to my new display wall. There are various L-shaped LEGO brackets that are great for this purpose, and you can also use bricks with studs on the sides. I eventually went with 1×2 bricks with two studs on the side. I mostly choose these because they take up very little space on the wall, and they come in both white and tan, so would blend in well with the plates. I’m still in the process of displaying all my minifigures, but I have taken a couple of pictures for you to see how the wall looks like so far.
Overall, I’m very happy with this solution, and plan to use the same plates for other projects as well. They are of course great for providing a play-surface or a platform for large displays, and they can also be used for building a minifig display wall as I have demonstrated here. Other projects I have in mind with them are mosaics and brick-built backgrounds for displays. I should also mention that Strictly Briks doesn’t just provide standard square and rectangle plates, but interesting shapes like a circle, half-circle and triangle as well. These open up some interesting opportunities for designs both for LEGO dioramas and large wall-displays.
If you are interested to check out the Strictly Briks baseplates and stackable plates, you can find them at their online store at StrictlyBricks.com, and also at their store on Amazon where they often have discounts: STRICTLY BRIKS ON AMAZON
What do you think? How do you like these baseplates as a solution for a minifig display wall? What kind of system do you use to display your minifigures? Feel free to share your thoughts and own review in the comment section below! 😉
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