LEGO Minifig Case




I found out recently that LEGO released a line of Minifigs that came in sealed mystery bags. I saw the series that was out at the time and found them pretty cool, considering I had not touched a LEGO toy in ages. So I bought one.

At ~$3 a pack, you gotta think what's the harm right? Well, what started out as a harmless purchase, has now snowballed into a small addiction. I now have over 50 Minifigs, and nowhere to put them. They were just lying around all over the place and I thought they needed a home before I started loosing some of them or their accessories. So I decided to get a case for them. 

I looked around online and in many stores but none of the existing cases fit my criteria, specifically, easy to build, compact, durable, and easily expandable. Since I couldn't find one in the stores that matched my needs, I decided to make my own. After some thought, this is what I came up with.

If you collect LEGO Minifigs and have nowhere to put them, maybe this solution can work for you too.

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Step 1: Parts & Tools

Here's the materials and tools you'll need to make the case. For the materials, you can mix and match any color/background combination that you want. I kept it simple and went with red & black.

- 1 x IKEA Ribba (deep frame) (20.5" x 20.5" x 1.75") 
- 1 x Foam board (they usually are 20" x 30" x 3/16")
- 1 x Background (must fit 19.75" x 19.75")
- 49 x Lego base plates (to place the figs on)

- Hot glue gun
- Utility Knife
- 24" ruler
- X-ACTO Knife

Step 2: Cut Strips

Using the utility knife, cut 19 1/8" x 1 3/16" (~483 mm x 30 mm) strips from the foam board. (Fig. 1) Be sure to use a new blade to make a nice clean and smooth cut. 12 strips will have to be made.

After the 12 strips are made, 6 slits need to be cut (Fig. 2 & 3). Do this for all 12 strips.

Step 3: Connect Strips

Now that the strips are all done, they have to be connected. Place the strips perpendicular to each other and connect them with the slits (Fig. 1-4) .  Connect them to form a 7x7 grid and fit into the frame (Fig. 4). Make some adjustments if the grid doesn't fit into the the frame.

Step 4: Glue Lego Base Plates

If everything was done right, the grid (shelves) should fit snug into the inner frame. Now you will need to glue the Lego base plates (Fig. 1) to the shelves. Place some hot glue on the bottom of the plate (Fig 2) and stick it to the shelf, placing the plate in the center of each of the square's bases. (Fig 3)

Step 5: Place Minfigs

When the placement of the base plates are completed, the Minifigs can now be mounted.

Step 6: Place Backing

Once the figs have been placed, create the wallpaper. Use the included matting as a guide to measure the background's size. Cut the background (Fig. 1) and then place it on the back of the case. (Fig. 2) If everything fits, place the background, matting, then the frame backing on the frame. (Fig. 3) Attach the picture-hanging wire if mounting it to a wall.

Step 7: Finished Case

Here's the finished case.  

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    4 years ago

    Since my son and I still want to play with the minifigures, we opted to put the glass between the foamboard grid and the posterboard background. As a result, I had to cut the strips a little longer than the instructions said, so that the lip of the outer frame would hold the grid in place. Otherwise, the grid would fall out. I cut the strips 49cm long and cut the slits every 7cm.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    ty ive got a bunch of doctor who character builder figures that i'm running out of room for and this would do just nicely.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    this is exactly what my daughter needs.

    What kind of foam board is that, I cant find anything like that. Can you elaborate on that aspect, like where you bought it?

    I love the frame you have made and I have a question about it. The foam board you have used, do you know if that is the same as ethafoam? And can you possibly tell me the measures in mm/cm (metricsystem).


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Absolutely superb (& simple) idea, far better than leaving them all kicking about at the bottom of a drawer losing their accessories. I finally managed to arrange a trip to Ikea (on the pretext of buying new furniture!) & purchased a large & small frame. After fiddling about with various sharp knives I realised it was much quicker, & safer, to cut the slots in the foamboard using my wife's pair of cuticle scissors. I also managed to squeeze an extra column in without making it look too cramped. Then all I had to do was find all those bl**dy tiny accessories at the bottom of a drawer & we were cooking with gas! I used the bases that came with the minifigs which were fine. Some of the accessories had to be glued into place or required slight paring down to fit (e.g. Seagull's wing, Mexican's Sombrero). Finally the masterpiece was ready for hanging & pretty damned fine it looks too, if I say so myself! See what you think;
    I used the small frame to display the Olympic minifig collection, using a slightly different method. I now have to take it apart again to take photos so's I can post my own instructable - Doh!
    So watch this space & many thanks once again for a great job.

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    nice sister

    6 years ago on Introduction

    This is great -- thanks! I was going to build one out of wood for my son but this would be much easier. The problem is (and you may run into this, also) he has SO many minifigures this won't hold them all. I think I will line the bottom of each opening with a lego base so each space could hold 2. Then, because I know they will continue to accumulate, I'm going to build 2 of these and hinge them together so the whole setup can be hung on the wall and opened/latched closed.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Good idea Rayjo! That would make things a lot faster easier. I hope others see your post and give it a shot :)


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I've had this instructables bookmarked for some time. Finally got around to making it. Thanks so much for the idea and plans. Made two. First one I did the foam board pieces individually. Second time, I was a little smarter: 1. I cut the initial strips separately (19 1/8" x 30mm). I made two extra for a total of 14 2. I stacked them together and wrapped painters tape around them in about 6 places (around the 69mm marks, where the slats are notched) 3. next use the exacto-knife to cut the notches - well, you can cut down into the material on both sides of each notch but you need to finish the notch later. 4. When the tape comes off, it will peel the paper finish off of the end pieces (that's why I made two extras). 5. finish the notches one at a time - use something flat and as wide as the notch and sharp-ish (screwdriver? or, as I used...a wood carving tool). Hope that description makes sense. If not, let me know and I can elaborate.


    7 years ago on Step 4

    Nice mini figures please post more stuff to do with Lego


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Now if I could only get my kids to keep them in this case,I would make them one,or Great job....So cool!!!