Your anime figures comes with a fairly standard configuration usually consisting of the following:
- The figure box itself (we hope it did)
- The plastic support packaging – the packaging in the box holding your figure
- Knick Knacks – instruction manuals, bonus content, etc…
1) Deflating Method
While the box itself can likely be deflated. The plastic support packaging can’t. The additional stuff that comes along can be stored however it makes sense (ziplock bags in a ziplock bag and then appropriately labelled)
Given the above scenario, you probably identified right away that its a catch 22 problem. The box deflates, the support packaging doesn’t and not only do they not deflate, they are ironically the same size as the inside of the box you deflated.
What I’m about to describe is something that I don’t preach but more about that later…
This method may work, because deflating and storing the boxes are a good idea if where you are storing them is safer then before its deflated where its currently stored.
What this means is – deflating the boxes for safe storage is beneficial in a sense that you will ensure the boxes remain undamaged.
For example, if you presently got them packed away in a dank cellar. The moisture could ruin and damage to the boxes over time.
Storing them deflated in your room (which by this point may take up very little space) makes a lot of sense now, see where I’m getting at?
If you are like me where it may not overly matter to you if the boxes being slightly damaged or not and the environment that it is in now is totally safe for it to be lying around then by all means, don’t worry about deflating and packing it away (move onto the next suggestion!) – If you did deflate and store’em then how about storing and packing those support packaging?
I have read an interesting post where I got this whole idea to begin with and I take no credit for this of course – the best thing to do would be to label the support package accordingly and then toss them taped together in a large industrial garbage bag (not to be tossed to trash surely) and to safely store it where you can for later recollection. You will be quite amazed with how much space you can really save!
2) Stacking Method
If you are already doing this and are struggling doing so, you may be doing it well enough. (Move onto the next suggestion)
If you have stacked it and aren’t struggling then now might be the best time to really master real life tetris. Start stacking till you can stack anymore!
This advice, coined the “best advice” because it is the proven and tested cost effective solution that not only saves you money but improves your brain processing abilities at the expense of some time.
3) Decor (Wall Mosaic) Method
If your head hurts from playing tetris, why not take a break and think outside the box? Pun intended of course.
Your boxes look better then you might think!
Notice that when you were stacking them away, you could possibly line them up and turn their unpleasant up front appearance to a mosaic of vibrant figure illustrations along a wall!
Just like the art of flower arrangement, you too can also not only master tetris but anime figure box arrangement as well!
Get creative and have fun arranging your boxes into artistic stacks next to your figure display, perhaps line a particular shelf with them (works great with Nendoroids and Figma boxes!)
4) Display Backdrop Method
If you are fortunate enough to own a display with deep shelves, you may be in luck!
I was lucky to have that luxury in my earlier figure collecting days and had got away with tossing my figure boxes behind my displayed figures and used them as backdrops to the collection!
A nice plus point other then obviously having the figure boxes stacked along the wall from the ground up, is that when you have buddies over drooling over that collection, they instantly know the names of the figures on display.
It saves you from wasting valuable oxygen to point out the obvious and more time talking about things that matter!
5) The Dank Cellar/Equivallent Method
When it comes to this you don’t got quite more of an option. You could always just take the easy way out and cram it elsewhere, where no body usually goes unless they are looking for that old family photo from two yester-Christmas years ago.
Nicely line them up, stack them in your basement, that creepy AF attic, storage rooms, or the equivalent there to where other boxes maybe present so they can hang out and make friends and catch some dust.
6) Bonus: Abuse Your Friendship
Now that doesn’t sound too appealing but the truth is, if that is what you are doing, then and they are cool with it then I guess its cool ain’t it?
That’s right, if your friend is kind enough to hang onto your boxes for you, go for it. They may have the proper storage facilities to store them, perhaps they have a huge garage/storage room, or perhaps they are also in the same hobby as you and have the space you don’t to keep it all organised.
None of the above
Ok so you don’t have the luxury of space in your house, maybe because you yourself lives in the very basement and those boxes are now poised to take over your headquarters, outnumbering you 100 to 1. You don’t stand a chance.
Maybe your parents are saying they don’t want any more of your beach queen figure boxes on their bookshelf in their bedroom!
Fortunately, if you are in this predicament, the only thing the figure Gods have graced you with is that you are blessed financially to continue the hobby indefinitely but you might have to give up that one figure per month to store all of your waifu’s containers in a possibly abundant space kind of place.
Is trading your soul worth it to the devil? Lets find out…