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Safe storage ideas for MOCs?

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Safe storage ideas for MOCs?

Postby edd_jedi » Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:32 am

Common story, I am running out of space. I don't really want to sell anything, did that before 10 years ago and regretted it, so I need to find a way of storing some of my MOCs without it taking up the huge amount of space star cases do. It really annoys me how much space star cases waste, most of my figures have at least an inch of free space in front of the bubble, which for 150 carded figures is over 12 feet of wasted space!!!

Can anybody recommend some safe ways to store a large amount of carded figures? Back in the 90s before I knew about star cases I used to put my MOCs in sandwich bags and then store them all in cardboard boxes. This would probably do, but would like something a little more robust.

Or does anybody know of anything similar to star cases (clamshells) that are a better fit for vintage figures?

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Re: Safe storage ideas for MOCs?

Postby poncho » Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:39 am

what about the cardboard boxs gw arylic boxes come in. ask christian im sure you could buy a bulk of cardboard boxes of him

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Re: Safe storage ideas for MOCs?

Postby edd_jedi » Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:51 am

That's a good idea! Maybe not those specifically but shallower cardboard boxes, they only need to be an inch deep for 99% of figures

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Re: Safe storage ideas for MOCs?

Postby edd_jedi » Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:58 am

I’d love to know which genius thought this was the optimal size for storing figures!

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Re: Safe storage ideas for MOCs?

Postby subzero » Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:09 am

What about comic boxes?, I think boxes for classic size comics are just a bit wider and higher than MOC's so they would be an almost perfect fit stored vertically.

You could stand them up without cases in the boxes 2 MOC's at a time with the bubbles 'face to face' so you can fit more in the box, the boxes are archival safe ( acid free ) and very strong too and can be stacked up high.

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Re: Safe storage ideas for MOCs?

Postby edd_jedi » Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:09 am

I think we have a winner! Found an old 11.5 x 6.5 x 3 inch box. It fits six Kenner MOCs in it comfortably, and is almost the same depth as a star cases. This should enable me to fit 72 carded figures in the same space as 20 in star cases!

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Re: Safe storage ideas for MOCs?

Postby _Lee_ » Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:24 am

I stumbled on these the other day:

https://toschetraders.com/collections/d ... play-cases

Havent bought any yet but its an ok idea, but im a acrylic snob for vintage but these are an idea for modern or space saving purposes.
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Re: Safe storage ideas for MOCs?

Postby aussiejames » Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:40 pm

_Lee_ wrote:I stumbled on these the other day:

https://toschetraders.com/collections/d ... play-cases

Havent bought any yet but its an ok idea, but im a acrylic snob for vintage but these are an idea for modern or space saving purposes.


I gave these a go- look the same /similar
http://www.outerrimcases.com/
I got them to save space and use with my cardbacks with bubbles still attached.Image

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Re: Safe storage ideas for MOCs?

Postby edd_jedi » Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:24 pm

They look good, but $3 each is a bit much.

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Re: Safe storage ideas for MOCs?

Postby Lom » Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:48 pm

Assuming you still wish to stack your figures you could always cut the whole of the front and an inch of the side off of your star cases all the way around. When you stack your figures the back of the case doubles as the front of the case below. And, assuming you have some scissors, there’s no additional outlay as you’ve already got everything you need.
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Re: Safe storage ideas for MOCs?

Postby Plastikheld » Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:07 pm

There are different sizes of shipping boxes. In Germany we do have a size called "Maxibrief", which ist the highest "envelope" shipable as a letter.
I used them to store vintage cards some time ago, when I did not have the possibility to display them and Acrylic Cases used not to exist on the collector's market yet. Theres only one MOC per Box:

https://www.ebay.de/itm/100-Maxibrief-K ... 0005.m1851
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Re: Safe storage ideas for MOCs?

Postby theforceuk » Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:14 pm

My only thought here is that I don't like storing carded figures facing down because of the pressure the figure is putting on the bubble over time. Ok it's probably being a bit over the top, but it's an unnecessary risk. Just my opinion. :)
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Re: Safe storage ideas for MOCs?

Postby Tickion » Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:45 pm

I have a few shallow star cases that have come with MOCs over the years but I've never seen them for sale. Must be some out there...? They do save a lot of space and like Ed find the standard star cases oversized and a storage problem, so went down the acrylic route.

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Re: Safe storage ideas for MOCs?

Postby Pomse2001 » Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:56 pm

Found this some pictures here, walkie have them in boxes, why not try that ?

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or what about buying a factory box for the moc, I have some of mine in such a box, it works fine for me until I get more room to display them.
Here is a link to a factory box

viewtopic.php?t=21437

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Re: Safe storage ideas for MOCs?

Postby Dannywhiteley » Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:10 am

Star cases years ago used to be much slimmer than they are now. Assume they reverted to a standard size to suit all the fatties?


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