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Risers: A Beginner's GuideRisers: A Beginner's Guide

MaakieMaakie6 years agoTutorial
Hello~!

Welcome to "Risers: A Beginners Guide"! My goal of this article is too put most of the information available about risers in one article. Why? Well, I get lots and lots of questions about risers whenever people see my collection and I also see a lot of people making blog post with questions about them, so why not make a good guide? \^o^/ That being said, if you have any information to add, let me know in the comments!

This guide will consist of the following:

1. What is a riser?
2. How can the use of risers improve my collection?
3. Where can I get risers?

1. What is a riser?
A riser is, simply put, a piece of material (most of the times plexiglass or acrylic) that is made to put an item on. It's supposed to be for store windows or displays so they can show off their (smaller) goods to potential costumers. Mainly in jewelry-stores you see them a lot, since they offer small goods. Here is an example of how they are used in-store:

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2. How can the use of risers improve my collection?

These last few years, figure collectors have also found out how useful risers are when displaying their own collection. What are their reasons?

Risers let you fit more items in a smaller space without making it look to cramped.

A good example is my Card Captor Sakura collection. I first needed a whole detolf to show them off nicely:

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But now, with the addition of risers...

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...I only need 2 shelves to show them all in, and they look much more like a real collection!

They give you more possibilites when it comes to variation of displaying.

There are many types of risers. Following are a few examples of the ones that are easiest to find/buy (There are no official names, since every store calls them differently. These are the names I call them myself):

Loose steps

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They are very wide, but don't have much depth. They are very good to use with small figures, for example:

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Stairs

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These are 3 small steps with 2 different heights. The places where you can put items have the same depth and wide. Quite big bases fit on them, so you can use them to display scaleds and prize figures.

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It can also help if you have more figures from the same series, but have problems displaying them properly because most of them have around the same size. Example:

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From this crowded place...

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...to this small shrine!

Raised squares

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These are available in multiple sizes, from very short to very long. Most shops offer around 3-5 different sizes of these. The square is just big enough to hold one base of a scaled or prize figure, but not all bases will fit on them.

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I mostly use them if I want to display a bigger figure inbetween smaller figures...

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...or when I display a smaller figure next to a bigger figure.

Always try out and shift the items you are displaying every now and then!

Something small like going from this:

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To this:

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Can improve the composition! (First they were aligned from big to small, which looked a bit weird, but after shifting 2 of the figures on there, everything just looked so much more neatly!)

3. Where can I get risers?

Well, here comes the hardest part. Risers can be quite hard to get. They are meant for business and not for private use, so most of the shops that sell them are business-only warehouses. Still, there are possibilities of ordering them without owning a company:

Retif (BeNeLux only) webshop www.retif.nl/

Webshop with quite some choice for a good price, unfortunately only available for people from the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. Please keep in mind that this webshop has very high shipping, so group orders are a good idea for this one!

DisplayPro www.displaypro....

An UK-based webstore, and as far as I know they deliver worldwide (correct me if I'm wrong). I know some friends ordering from there and they were very pleased with what they got. Only downside: the prices are quite high.

The Container Store www.containerst... www.containerst... www.containerst...

An US-store, expensive, but you can buy them in person. Thanks to ymous and Cyren

Alles voor Uw winkel www.allesvooruw...

Only ships within the Netherlands, but if you are Dutch they are a very good option looking at their prices. Thanks to Manon1986

Mudesco musdeco.nl/inde...
Average prices and on some parts a bit more expensive. Pick-up and shipping within Netherlands, not sure about outside Netherlands. Thanks to raptorx

Eddies www.eddies.com/

They have retail stores in both Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. They ship to both the US and Canada, don't know if they also ship to outside. Also no idea about how high their shipping costs are. Thanks to Paulichu

Amazon www.amazon.com/... www.amazon.com/...

Amazon also shows quite some suggestions on the same page. Thanks to Torchersphix

TAP Plastics www.tapplastics...

Store that sells all kinds of acrylics and ships worldwide. They also make costum risers. Thanks to plasticrhombus

Wal Mart www.walmart.com... or Dollar Store

Cube picture frames are sold here, which can also be used as risers. Thanks to heathersaur

Ikea www.ikea.com/us...

Use Tindra Ikea candles as risers after they burn out. The glass is very wide at the top which will give more stability and slightly smaller at the base so it doesn't take up too much floor space. The best part is that these are very cheap. $1.99 in the USA. I recommend using these glasses for figures 1/7 scale and smaller. Thanks to shinhawk and Atheist1

Ultra Pro shop.comicoasis...

2-piece Ultra Pro card storage boxes. They're really cheap and gives us 2 risers between $1-2 depending on the size of the box. Thanks to shinhawk

Use an make-up organizer www.containerst... and You can use storage boxes for smaller figures! www.joann.com/a...

An example of how user Maggie uses them: PICTURE #903031 and PICTURE #556969

Added to above examples: Fabric and craft stores (Jo Ann fabrics, Michaels in USA) carry the above examples in their organization sections, and many times have 50% off coupons and discounts running. From experience, these are better picked out in person because some of them have hinges that don't allow the box to be displayed on its side. Best to buy something that is like a drawer organizer with no lid. Also, takes some of the guesswork out of if the thing you want to display will fit or not. I usually bring a few various sizes of keychains with me when I know I'll be shopping for displays. Thanks to Maggie

Make them yourself!

I have seen this a lot, since risers can somehow be quite hard to get. Real risers are made from acrylic or plexiglass, so if you are a handy person, you could buy acrylic and bend it in the right shape. I have also seen people making risers from old Tupperware-trays, but I want to give a warning for this: figures (and mainly bigger ones) can be quite heavy, so make sure your DIY-risers can support enough!

Tip from xcupidxstuntx and Shinigamiyoko: Use short glasses as risers. They are cheaper and the weight distribution looks quite even! Be carefull when rearranging, since they can be knocked over quite easily.

Tip from ymous: Baseball/golfball display cubes work pretty well- they split in half so they're like two risers.

User Shizuya uses Ferrero Rocher boxes as risers for her small figures! PICTURE #900467 and PICTURE #900468

User ItsaTimmy came up with a very good idea if you have some experience with metalworking. You can read all about it in his blog post: BLOG #1027

User Exand has his own DIY-method: I make my own acrylic cubes and I use the unused acrylic to make custom risers. I buy acrylic sheets from Home Depot www.homedepot.c... (they come in various sizes) then score / snap cut them with www.homedepot.c... and use IPS Weldon #4 with an applicator bottle www.amazon.com/... to weld them together.

User Lishtenbird has found an useful blog post for Russian collectors: moifigurki.ru/s...

And one last tip...

Buy more than you actually need! Although most people will try to convince me that they are going to buy less figures next month/year/lifetime, most people have an ever-growing collection! So stack up on them! That way, if a new figure arrives, you can easily grab an extra riser if needed for display!

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These are the current leftovers from my last order, standing underneath my desk until I need them! :)

I hope this small guide can be useful for other collectors and let me know if you have any additions when it comes to webshops or info I forgot! (Of course your name will be added to the article! :3)

Jewlry store picture is from Yahoo! Catalogue-pictures of the risers are from Retif.

Thank you guys for reading and I hope this can help you!
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Trafalgar_DLaw (3 years ago) #4789567Haha yeah >.< well thats custom made which is more expensive than a regular riser or the one I showed you (buried post at the bottom) xD the one that inspired me. It's like an 80 cm width riser, but anyways dont worry about it xD thanks though!

Woops, slow response. No problem and good luck! ^^

Flamingwolf (3 years ago) #8741530This is fantastic, thank you so much! I think I can do well with Amazon.

Glad to read that it helped you! Good luck! ^^
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This is fantastic, thank you so much! I think I can do well with Amazon.
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Maakie (3 years ago) #4767311Did you see this one btw? :O Because you were looking for risers for the same figures, right? blog/25247&amp;...

Haha yeah >.< well thats custom made which is more expensive than a regular riser or the one I showed you (buried post at the bottom) xD the one that inspired me. It's like an 80 cm width riser, but anyways dont worry about it xD thanks though!
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Trafalgar_DLaw (3 years ago) #4745376Hahah I am not an expert collector, not a creative guy either xD I think I'll use either ferrero rocher or the candle thingy to make rooms smell good lol, from bath & body works

Did you see this one btw? :O Because you were looking for risers for the same figures, right? blog/25247&amp;...
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Maakie (3 years ago) #4742192I'm curious to your findings/solution once you get to it! Please share! ^^

Hahah I am not an expert collector, not a creative guy either xD I think I'll use either ferrero rocher or the candle thingy to make rooms smell good lol, from bath & body works
3 years ago
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Trafalgar_DLaw (3 years ago) #4676017Haha well small risers together might work then, definitely not the DIY with heating, that's too much work and I cannot weld or do such stuffs xD thanks anyway! I'll see what I can do

I'm curious to your findings/solution once you get to it! Please share! ^^
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Maakie (3 years ago) #4652547If you're good with handicrafts you could try to make them yourself? I also did some small crafts with bending acrylic with heat (example: www.cosplay.com... )
Also maybe not the prettiest solution, but you could also place 2 smaller risers next to each other?


Haha well small risers together might work then, definitely not the DIY with heating, that's too much work and I cannot weld or do such stuffs xD thanks anyway! I'll see what I can do
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Trafalgar_DLaw (3 years ago) #4614659Hahaha noooo xD too much for my budget and time. I wish they have one with free shipping. It's the shipping and handling fee that hurts while all I need is one 80 cm wide riser @_@ I dont know if you're familiar with straw hat pirates one piece, but I wanted to copy this idea (link below) I might get high blood sugar if I use ferrero rocher boxes that wide xDD *exageratting*
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If you're good with handicrafts you could try to make them yourself? I also did some small crafts with bending acrylic with heat (example: www.cosplay.com... )

Also maybe not the prettiest solution, but you could also place 2 smaller risers next to each other?
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Maakie (3 years ago) #4604621Or you could buy acrylics and bring them to a workshop and let them be costum made. ;) More expensive, but the best result!

Hahaha noooo xD too much for my budget and time. I wish they have one with free shipping. It's the shipping and handling fee that hurts while all I need is one 80 cm wide riser @_@ I dont know if you're familiar with straw hat pirates one piece, but I wanted to copy this idea (link below) I might get high blood sugar if I use ferrero rocher boxes that wide xDD *exageratting*

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Trafalgar_DLaw (3 years ago) #4560446Yeah...I guess it would have to be a couple of ferrero rocher or candle holder glasses I guess @_@

Or you could buy acrylics and bring them to a workshop and let them be costum made. ;) More expensive, but the best result!
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