Space efficient (and cheaper) alternative to Star Cases

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Space efficient (and cheaper) alternative to Star Cases

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Finally, a product I've been waiting for since the early 2000s. I've always used Star Cases to protect my non-display MOCs, but it has always bothered my how much space inside them is wasted due to the excessive depth, and how expensive they are. I must have about £500 worth of the things!

I recently stumbled across a company that makes 'video game box protector' style cases for MOCs. For those unfamilar with these, they come flat packed and are a perfect fit with no hang tabs or outer edges. They are also significantly cheaper to buy, roughly half the price Star Cases cost.

https://deflectordc.co.uk/collections/s ... lay-case-1

As you can see in these photos, the smallest (30mm depth) versions comfortably fit even the large tri-logo bubbles. In fact if space is in issue like it is for me, you can even fit two figures in each one! And as the comparison photo shows, each one is less than half the depth of a Star Case (plus the space saved from not having a hang tab or edges.)

Now I have to say these are not as sturdy as Star Cases and I will definitely continue to use Star Cases for posting figures or storing expensive MOCs, and obviously acrylic is still the best option for display. However these things are literally going to save 75% of the storage space I am currently using for my collection, and it has only cost me about £90 to buy enough for every MOC I own. In fact if you buy them now, there is a Black Friday sale on:

https://deflectordc.co.uk/collections/b ... splay-case

I hope this helps other collectors struggling for space!
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Thanks for the tip. From a storage standpoint alone they make an awful lot of sense if space is an issue, and they certainly wouldn't look terrible on display either.
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I personally use these for modern figure storage. Recommended.
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Snaketibe wrote:
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Thanks for the tip. From a storage standpoint alone they make an awful lot of sense if space is an issue, and they certainly wouldn't look terrible on display either.
My only concern with display is that they are not too stable (the 30mm ones anyway) which is probably why star cases are so deep, to give them a bit more stability when upright. However the good news is that these are so light, even if one did fall off a shelf it probably wouldn't do any damage to the MOC inside.
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I see that they are available for most toy lines which is great as I’ve been looking for something like this for non Star Wars MOCs.
Brilliant, thanks Edd. :D
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edd_jedi wrote:
Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:31 am
Snaketibe wrote:
Sun Nov 24, 2019 5:54 pm
Thanks for the tip. From a storage standpoint alone they make an awful lot of sense if space is an issue, and they certainly wouldn't look terrible on display either.
My only concern with display is that they are not too stable (the 30mm ones anyway) which is probably why star cases are so deep, to give them a bit more stability when upright. However the good news is that these are so light, even if one did fall off a shelf it probably wouldn't do any damage to the MOC inside.
OK, thank you. I wonder whether they could be weighted down at the bottom to lower the centre of gravity and make them less inclined to incline?
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Great shout Edd 8)
These are great as an alternative to star cases and a cheaper alternative to acrylic

A little blu tack holds them steady ( fold the creases as you assemble thenm as well gripping finger and thumb together and sliding the fold helps as well)
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I use these for Bluray Steelbooks that I also collect and they are a good cheap alternative to acrylic.
As Mike has mentioned, fold the crease lines as you assemble them and they look great.
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They look great Mike! Yes it's really important to fold/soften the creases multiple times or they won't close properly.
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Great recommendation @edd_jedi

Bought some a couple of weeks before Xmas and just putting some together for some modern and they're perfect for what I need them for.
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I actually use them for display: I don't have hi-end MOCS and I think they look nicer than star cases despite not being as strong. I long for a shallow star case too though as they can straighten a really warped card.

These things are nice.
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It really baffles me why Pro-Tech make such deep cases when 95% of the figures fit in a case <1 inch deep
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I might have to give these a whirl. They look great on display and space is becoming an issue in my cabinet. I wonder if a cardback fits in and stays in place for display??
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Yes Rob they are fine for cardbacks as well :D
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Cheers Mike (thumbs up emoji)
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