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Moving? Nendoroids? Solution!Moving? Nendoroids? Solution!Tutorial

ImasockImasock5 years ago
I am moving at the beginning of next month and having to move all of my figures with me is a bit of a daunting task. I knew that moving my scales was going to require cleaning them and then putting them back in their original boxes, which has thankfully already been finished. Unfortunately, that took an immense amount of time and I don't even have that many scales! I looked at my 100+ nendoroids and thought it would take forever to put them back in their boxes.

Thus, this tutorial was my plan to move them without them all going back in their boxes. Hopefully this can help someone if they're going to be facing a similar task now or in the future. I tried to keep it as simple as possible. This exact process allowed for storage of 57 nendoroids (25, 16, and 16 on shelves in a single box per the kit).

The only downside to my choice of materials is that there was a lot of room left over in each cell, as you'll see (especially the 25 shelf, those are deep and the nendoroid maybe takes 1/3 of it, tops). However, I couldn't find any other solution that worked well enough for the purposes I wanted, so I used what I could.

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Items I used:

1) I bought a box that had an accompanying conversion kit into a cell-based container
http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2016/06/17/1562723.jpeg

2) The Cell-kit itself
http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2016/06/17/1562740.jpeg

3) Packing peanuts
http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2016/06/17/1562741.jpeg

4) Miscellaneous cardboard you can cut to make tray walls

Total Cost:
1) Box: $6
2) Cell-kit: $6
3) Packing peanuts: $4 cu/ft (3.89 per bag)
4) Whatever cardboard you may have around: $0-$3 depending on if you have to buy some

~$20/box after completion

You may be able to find similar or comparable things instead of what I used or even make your own, but as I'm limited on time, I used what I could find in the most convenient way I could muster. It's likely not perfect, but I'm only moving ~10 miles, so it doesn't have to withstand jostling around in a moving truck for long distances/times.
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Process:

1)
Set up the box and the cell kit (shown on the cell kit box above)

2) Cut cardboard big enough to cover the outside edge of the cells, essentially making a wall around them on all 4 sides, then tape this wall to the base piece of cardboard that would go under the cell grid. This essentially creates a tray with 5 sides and no top, and each cell should be closed except for the top so you can put the nendoroids in. Make sure these outer walls are close to the cells without extra wiggle room, as they still need to slide down inside the bigger box as shown on the cell kit instructions (there should be some extra room in the big box that accommodates for this extra cardboard wall, as the cells did not fit in the big box perfectly snug originally).

3)
Place nendoroids inside the cells, making sure to center them where possible. If you have nendoroids with any protruding pieces (like the Flandre there on the right), make sure to remove those and place them in the cell or at the bottom to ensure they won't break or snap off along the way. This also helps with the next step as well.
http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2016/06/17/1562733.jpeg

4) Fill up each of the cells up to the top of the nendoroid heads if you're moving a short distance like I am. This secures them in place relatively well as long as you don't plan on shifting the box around intensely. If you're moving long distance, I would advise filling each cell completely so there's little risk of any shifting around regardless of the box orientation (if something crazy happens). You may also have to move some of the packing peanuts strategically to get around them all the way.
http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2016/06/17/1562731.jpeg

I liked the cell kit I got because it had a shelf with 25 spaces for the nendoroids without many pieces or accessories (not filled up all the way so you can see what it looks like inside).
http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2016/06/17/1562735.jpeg

The cell kit also contains two 16 cell shelves for the ones with a bit bigger of a presence or pieces to go along with that were too big for the 25 cell shelf.
http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2016/06/17/1562729.jpeg

5)
Carefully layer each shelf stacked on top of one another in the box as shown on the cell kit.
http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2016/06/17/1562739.jpeg


And you're done! Seal the box up and you now have a packed box of nendoroids!
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angelbott3 years ago#25571907I know this is old blog.. I wonder about packing peanut is safe not get some painted from figures on? =o
I kept these figures in this box exactly like this for over a year and there was no damage to them due to the packing peanuts. I think it's important to get the dissolvable ones because those usually do not have any harmful chemicals that could potentially interact with the PVC. They are meant to be bio-degradable and are typically made of corn starch. Some of my nendoroids had gotten sticky and I was concerned that the packing peanuts would somehow get stuck or something, but there were no problems at all.
3 years ago
I know this is old blog.. I wonder about packing peanut is safe not get some painted from figures on? =o
3 years ago
Imasock5 years ago#11675433What part of using the packing peanuts do you not agree with?

Well actually you ended up answering my issue with the packing peanuts in one of your responses. I am just reluctant still to do any more experimenting with packing peanuts after the damage they've done before melting into some of my other figures. But I love the way you've utilized the box with cells.
5 years ago
skylinedo5 years ago#11683294packing peanuts are kind of expensive in my area but is cleaner than newspaper. pvc doesn't require packing peanuts, actually for highly fragile items like lace dolls i use packing peanuts as filler exclusively (soft grade). your method is good for long term storage but don't forget to label the top of the box!
You can get 7 cubic ft of them for ~$22 on staples website, free shipping I think for orders over ~$15 (cheaper than the $4/cubic ft I paid, but I needed them _now_). I only used like 1.5 cubic ft for this one box. But again, this is for large quantities of nendoroids; scale PVC is another story, I put those back in their original boxes.
5 years ago
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Imasock5 years ago#11675433What part of using the packing peanuts do you not agree with?packing peanuts are kind of expensive in my area but is cleaner than newspaper. pvc doesn't require packing peanuts, actually for highly fragile items like lace dolls i use packing peanuts as filler exclusively (soft grade). your method is good for long term storage but don't forget to label the top of the box!
5 years ago
When I last moved several months ago I disassembled every nendo displayed outside and put them back to their original box. Very time consuming and in the end I snapped a base of one of the nendos when putting all thing back together after the moving.

Thus I think it's an very interesting method. Efficient and saves a lot of trouble. Was thinking about why not adding some material under the nendos for some cushioning in case nendos may fall down but with this design this will not happen...
5 years ago
Moebius1185 years ago#11655847I don't necessarily agree with the packing peanut part but I am very glad someone opened up the talking of moving with a large collection of nendoroids. Alot of these comments have been reassuring.
I will be moving soon and I took one look at all my nendoroids and I had to ask myself what am I even in for?

What part of using the packing peanuts do you not agree with?
5 years ago
aigis5 years ago#11653258it's not just that; certain different plastics and compounds don't react to each other very well. it's not that the peanuts just get stuck but they might actually "melt" the plastic of the nendoroids and cause irreparable damage. if you're going to unpack them right away it's less likely to be a problem but wrapping them in cloth or tissue paper is highly recommended.
It says right on the package these are made from corn. There is no plastic in bio-degradable ones, that's the purpose of them being eco-friendly and dissolvable.
5 years ago
I don't necessarily agree with the packing peanut part but I am very glad someone opened up the talking of moving with a large collection of nendoroids. Alot of these comments have been reassuring.

I will be moving soon and I took one look at all my nendoroids and I had to ask myself what am I even in for?
5 years ago
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Imasock5 years ago#11601773This is potentially true, but these days you can get packing peanuts that are biodegradable. The ones I purchased (as you can see in the image, on the right) can be dissolved in water. If for some reason they "get stuck" to the nendoroids, there should be no lasting effects since a quick dunk and light brushing by fingers should get them free of anything. They're also some form of corn product, so the only thing I can think of that would be potentially damaging in some form might be the dye in them (if any). They're actually quite nice for this purpose.
it's not just that; certain different plastics and compounds don't react to each other very well. it's not that the peanuts just get stuck but they might actually "melt" the plastic of the nendoroids and cause irreparable damage. if you're going to unpack them right away it's less likely to be a problem but wrapping them in cloth or tissue paper is highly recommended.
5 years ago
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