Star Wars memorabilia: Preserving and displaying your collection

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Star Wars fans can easily spend years amassing collectibles. We’ve got you covered with some tips on displaying, lighting, storing and moving your swag.

So, you’ve been to Toy Fair, or maybe raided this year’s Force Friday selection, or perhaps you just hit it big at the local comic book store and now find yourself in possession of a Hutt’s hoard of Star Wars collectibles and memorabilia. What’s an up-and-coming Jedi to do with these highly coveted artifacts? Luckily, we’ve got you covered with some tips on displaying, lighting, storing and moving your hard-earned swag.

Photo Credit: Lucasfilm

“I need someone to show me my place in all of this.”

Now that you’ve made it back to your illustrious temple, or slimy mudhole, it’s time to decide what to do with your spoils. Take stock of everything you’ve got and determine which pieces are worth displaying, which are fun trinkets or paperweights, and which need special care or belong in long-term storage. Finding the right place for your goods is paramount, as no one wants a broken heirloom.

Display Pieces

No one buys a hundred-dollar collectible to stare at the box. When you want to show off your prizes, and relive iconic Star Wars moments, you need a display case. Simple bookshelves are a great start, especially if you’re just furnishing your first apartment, but when you can do better, you should. Consider upgrading first to plastic cases designed for sports memorabilia. These are usually inexpensive and readily available.

When you’re ready to make the next big leap, pose your figures in a glass case, like the ones from IKEA. Recreate your favorite scenes or just place favorite characters together sorted by movie, theme or saga. Make sure the case features a lock if you plan on putting it in a shared space, theft of collectibles can be a major concern. Look for easily opened doors for dusting as time goes by. You do dust, right? If not, check out sealed cases.