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Where to get figure boxes?Where to get figure boxes?Ask MFC

kyoukoskyoukos18 days ago
Something that's been bugging me about my collection lately is that there are a number of figures that I own that I ended up buying boxless. I'm planning on moving out of my parents house sometime in the future once I have a solid place at the university I plan on going to and I'm sort of anxious about having the figures without proper boxes get damaged during the moving process.
That being said, is there any place where you can just get figure boxes aside from hoping for a box-only MFC listing?

I don't think this would fit in the shops forums since it's nonspecific and has nothing to do with shipping or customs, but I suppose we'll see if it gets deleted.

EDIT: I think once I get ready to move, I'll just put the figures in their blisters and then wrap them in bubble wrap. Thanks for all the suggestions!
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People buy boxes only? Didn't know that, meanwhile I threw them all away in bulk very recently, lol
17 days ago
Bubble warps will do the work .
18 days ago
Trying to buy official boxes and/or blisters is pretty much a fruitless endeavor and probably a bigger waste of money than you'd ever get back for having them. I'd suggest using the bubble wrap method and packing them into a box filled with shredded foam as opposed to the typical foam peanuts. This is the stuff I use because I have some left over from a project www.amazon.com/... (you can probably find similar stuff for much cheaper and in lesser quantities), it's super soft so it allows for greater cushioning if the box is dropped or jarred. If you're going to drop some coin on boxes, I'd suggest going with the large plastic storage tubs, maybe even the waterproof locking kind. That way you can keep the figures even safer while in storage, and the plastic tubs are much sturdier, look better, and have more options in terms of usability when you aren't using them for figure transport/storage.
18 days ago
I think that sounds like a kinda pointless endeavour, you’d probably be better off looking for new boxes to keep them in. They might not be glamorous, but cardboard boxes will do the trick. Just wrap the figure in plastic and bubble wrap and maybe even cut out a bit of cardboard for extra support. Basically like how prize figures are stored. They often don’t come with plastic blisters. Yes a blister box is probably safer and sturdier, but I doubt you’ll have an easy time searching online for used and empty boxes. Because they’re pretty much worthless without the figure.

As for where to find cardboard boxes... firstly you could search around the house and in the paper waste/cardboard recycling bin; do you have any boxes from products that you or your parents have already bought? Food boxes (cereal?) or maybe a box from a new device or product. You could also ask your friends if they have anything like that.

If that fails, you could try going to a bottle-o and asking for one of their used beer/wine boxes.

If that fails, you could possibly try looking in op shops, like Goodwill. They might have some empty boxes you could use or buy, I think that they hold onto boxes, bags and wrapping paper that comes their way so when a customer buys something delicate they can wrap it up for them.

If you still can’t find anything, look in homeware type stores or simply the post office. The post office will have a large variety of different box sizes. Homeware stores you might not find anything at, but they do sell storage boxes and sometimes decorative boxes. Also you could try Officeworks, too. Any store you go to ask them if they have any loose boxes out the back that they’d be willing to give or sell to you. Then ask about what they actually have in stock, do they sell any storage or decorative boxes?

Personally I tend to hang on to any boxes that come my way. The cardboard boxes that figures get shipped in may be too big for storing figures but it depends. I also hang onto wrapping paper, plastic and bubble wrap. I keep that in a small to medium sized box and it lives at the bottom of my wardrobe, waiting for the day it’s contents might come in handy again. If you, unlike me, are not a hoarder of such “maybe this will be useful one day” things you could ask around. Similar to all the suggestions above, ask friends and family. Look in the same types of stores listed above and ask them if they have and spare or unwanted wrapping paper or bubble wrap. If they were unwilling to give it to you for free you could always offer to pay for some. I don’t actually know where bubble wrap is sold, lol.

Finally, you could also ask the moving company for assistance. I am sure they would be happy to help and would have plenty of boxes, wrapping paper and bubble wrap. Similar to the post office, it’s what they deal with everyday.
18 days ago
I sometimes see boxes/boxes with blisters pop up on Yahoo Japan Auctions and Mercari Japan.
18 days ago
XRaptor718 days ago#84293058If you tape up the blisters real good then I doubt you'd need a box in that case tbh. If you're still worried, taping cardboard "plates" to each side of the blister would probably make it even more resilient.
Thinking about it now, the cardboard-plate idea is actually how they shipped a lot of my no-box figures Σ(゜ロ゜;) I can't believe I didn't think of that. I'll keep that in mind for when I start packing. Thanks so much! uvu
18 days ago
kyoukos18 days ago#84293056I'm actually only looking for the cardboard box: all of the figurines I've bought without boxes at least have their blisters.

If you tape up the blisters real good so they don't pop open, then I doubt you'd need a box in that case tbh. If you're still worried, taping cardboard "plates" to each side of the blister would probably make it even more resilient.
18 days ago
Qlucier18 days ago#84293046The only way I can think of is posting an ad asking for the box on MFC. I would post this in some kind of thread too because many people asked the same question before and their article got deleted
I haven't had great luck with LF ads on MFC so far but I suppose the only thing I can do at the moment is post them and hope I eventually get a response. Plus, push comes to shove, I could just put the blister-only figures on the top layer of stuff inside the moving boxes just so they're less likely to get crushed or damaged. Thank you for your advice!
18 days ago
XRaptor718 days ago#84293052If your only purpose is to get a box to contain the figure, then perhaps bootlegs are a choice?
Yeah maybe it's not good supporting bootlegging, but as long as the figure fits in the box then it might not be that bad.
I find it kinda unlikely that people would send you a box, either because they're probably either A: they're the type of person who've already thrown away the box, or B: they're the type of person who keeps the box themselves.
Like if it was just the cardboard it'd be one thing but the blister is what you need and people are less likely to part with that.

I'm actually only looking for the cardboard box: all of the figurines I've bought without boxes at least have their blisters.
18 days ago
If your only purpose is to get a box to contain the figure, then perhaps bootlegs are a choice?
Yeah maybe it's not good supporting bootlegging, but as long as the figure fits in the box then it might not be that bad.

I find it kinda unlikely that people would send you a box, either because they're probably either A: they're the type of person who've already thrown away the box, or B: they're the type of person who keeps the box themselves.
Like if it was just the cardboard it'd be one thing but the blister is what you need and people are less likely to part with that.

I personally would just pack with standard bubble wrap, polystyrene wrap, packing peanuts etc. if you [or someone who you can trust to not manhandle it] are[is] the one transporting them. I don't know about moving companies or post though.
18 days ago
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