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Alternatives for acrylic risers?Alternatives for acrylic risers?

LiLMoonLiLMoon1 month agoAsk MFC
Ever since I started collecting figures, I have always dreamed of having an amazing way to display them. I kept them all in boxes when I first started, then bought glass cases to finally display them in. I was happy, but not overjoyed since they were all level and crowded. I took to MFC to see what I could use to improve my display and found that many people use acrylic risers to add height to their figures.

Using acrylic risers was a great idea, but what I didn't count on was how freaking expensive they are! With how many I wanted to buy, I honestly couldn't justify paying that much just for a stand. So I started looking for alternatives. I saw people use figure boxes and I saw some people make their own out of craft paper. But I really wanted clear stands. I figured I would just have to save up until I could afford to buy some risers, but then I received inspiration while thinking of party planning. Clear plastic cups are a great alternative!

I feel so silly with how long it took me to think of this idea. I don't know if this is a new idea or not, but I have yet to see anyone else use this. Clear cups are great! They are easy to find in stores, they come in a variety of different sizes, and they are very inexpensive.

I went out this weekend and bought 3 different cup sizes: regular, martini, and shot glass. Here are the results.

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One problem I have found is that not all figure bases are smooth on the bottom. This can become an issue given the small surface area the cup offers. This happened in my last image, but as you can see, I still managed to use the cups. On Atem, I simply used the wide mouth of the cup to hold him. I had to do the same with Hinata since her figure needs more area to balance properly. On Yami Yugi, I was able to find the perfect balance spot so he could stand without falling over.

I'm very happy that I don't need to pay a lot to have good risers. Though I am still interested in other creative and inexpensive ways to display figures. What other options would work wonders?
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1pt
I do this! I bought some shot glasses and these small dessert glasses from the dollar store. They came in sets of 3 (shot glasses) and 6 (dessert glass). The dessert glasses are made of plastic while the other is glass. For extra height I took two of the dessert glasses and put some glue around the rim of one glass and placed it in the other until I had the height I wanted.
https://static.myfigurecollection.net/image/thumbnails/EnvyNeko1571422504.jpeg

I've also made my own risers out of posterboard (also from the dollar store XD Dollar Tree is the best <3)

I know they're not clear, but they look cool nonetheless:
https://static.myfigurecollection.net/image/thumbnails/EnvyNeko1571422515.jpeg

And also these:
https://static.myfigurecollection.net/image/thumbnails/EnvyNeko1571422521.jpeg

The mario amiibo are made of posterboard hot glued into a circle and then I just printed out the checkerboard pattern and glued that to the cylinders. :D
1 month ago
1pt
Good tip , I will consider about it .thank you
1 month ago
1pt
Stereoman (1 month ago) #68910066I have the luxury of being able to make risers out of clear PC at work for free. However, due to this, I can also see that a lot of companies can bulk-produce risers for you. That way, you can get them cheaper than buying them individually.
Otherwise, you could use different type of glasses from IKEA, Ferrero-Rocher boxes, etc.
Another idea that might be the cheapest is to just take anything - a box even - and to put a really nice looking cloth on it and then the figure on that. It's not transparent and may block light, but could work out nicely with some figures.
For figures with bases that aren't entirely flat, I usually add a little bit of blu tack. Works like magic and doesn't damage the figure. But I would never buy cheap blu tack. Only good quality ones.


Thank you! Those are all very helpful suggestions. I know I have seen some people use boxes them drape cloth over them to create a type of scenery for their display. It's not a bad idea.
1 month ago
2pt
I have the luxury of being able to make risers out of clear PC at work for free. However, due to this, I can also see that a lot of companies can bulk-produce risers for you. That way, you can get them cheaper than buying them individually.

Otherwise, you could use different type of glasses from IKEA, Ferrero-Rocher boxes, etc.

Another idea that might be the cheapest is to just take anything - a box even - and to put a really nice looking cloth on it and then the figure on that. It's not transparent and may block light, but could work out nicely with some figures.

For figures with bases that aren't entirely flat, I usually add a little bit of blu tack. Works like magic and doesn't damage the figure. But I would never buy cheap blu tack. Only good quality ones.
1 month ago
1pt
LiLMoon (1 month ago) #68863905Thank you! I will have to check next time I go to Daiso. Those risers look pretty good.

Glad I could help! Hope you find them :)
1 month ago
1pt
ekatersk (1 month ago) #68903495I use a lot of clear plastic display cases that I've found at thrift stores - I think some of them might be meant for Beanie Babies... (they're sort of like this: ecx.images-amaz...). Nonetheless, they work and I've gotten lucky finding them for under $3 each. You can use them on their side or vertically as in the image I linked (which helps add a lot of height if you need it - the ends are also great sizes for Nendoroid bases!) As a bonus, since they can be opened up, you can put little fairy lights inside them if you wanted to.

That's a great idea. I used to collect lots of Beanie Babies myself and had tons of those cases. Though I could kick myself now since I got rid of all my cases. T.T
1 month ago
1pt
solluxcaptor (1 month ago) #68900843I think it seems a little risky with the larger figures that expand out much further than the cups, but its really great for smaller ones!

They actually hold up very well despite how they look. The size of the base isn't what matters, it's the size of the figure since that is where all the weight comes from. If the figures were wider, then I would probably use 2 cups. But I did a shake test with my detolfs to make sure the figures were steady and they didn't budge an inch.
1 month ago
1pt
I use a lot of clear plastic display cases that I've found at thrift stores - I think some of them might be meant for Beanie Babies... (they're sort of like this: ecx.images-amaz...). Nonetheless, they work and I've gotten lucky finding them for under $3 each. You can use them on their side or vertically as in the image I linked (which helps add a lot of height if you need it - the ends are also great sizes for Nendoroid bases!) As a bonus, since they can be opened up, you can put little fairy lights inside them if you wanted to.
1 month ago
7pt
I think it seems a little risky with the larger figures that expand out much further than the cups, but its really great for smaller ones!
1 month ago
1pt
nagi2525nagisa (1 month ago) #68818603Oh wow, when did Amazon Prime get so many risers!? Last time I checked, most if not all of the acrylic risers were sold by third parties at steep prices. This is good to know; many thanks!

You are very welcome :) I am glad I could help!
1 month ago
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