About this project
What are we doing and what do we need?:
Toy-Gear is proud to introduce Action Figure Archival Trays as the perfect compliment for quality loose figure collections of Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Indiana Jones, Marvel and more.
Our 4 inch Figure sized Trays have been specifically designed to fit most modern and vintage action figures and provide a neutral, padded, organized long term storage solution. They also make for a great way to display your figures with an acrylic stand or mounted directly to a wall.
We are doing this Kickstarter to help get the word out about our product, and also to build up a large enough initial inventory of trays for local toy shows and online reviewers. As an incentive for this Kickstarter, we are offering our trays at a special lower price than we will be at retail.
REWARD ADD-ONS - Custom Tray Inserts!
These semi-gloss quality card stock inserts are professionally printed and designed specifically for our trays. They add a custom flair to your tray display and are really eye catching in person! Simply cut and insert. We will be adding a multitude of insert styles and designs over the coming months allowing you to choose from our full assortment before your Kickstarter reward ships. Please note that these awesome inserts will be available for all of our tray sizes.
So what are these trays exactly?:
Our trays are made from a very high quality EVA material and have a number of compartments equally sized on a tray that is 15 by 12 by 2 inches in measurement. These extremely light but durable trays are easily stackable and come in sets of 4. We will be offering sizes that accommodate figures as small as 1.5 inches all the way up to 7 inches. We have designed our trays to fit any standard bankers/office archive box (sold separately) that are easily found at any retail location.
Why do we need it?
Being avid action figure collectors ourselves, we realized that as our collections grew we were looking for not only a better way to store our figures but a purpose built solution for displaying them. Even moving our collections around and keeping them organized became a big task. We searched high and low and found nothing that would be suitable for our needs. So we decided to make one!
What is being offered exactly?
We are offering 4 different tray options:
3” Action Figure Trays - Storage for 24 Figures Per Tray of:
- Hot Wheels
- Lego mini Figs
- and more!
4” Action Figure Trays - Storage for 12 Figures Per Tray of:
- Modern and Vintage Star Wars
- G.I. Joe
- Indiana Jones
- Marvel & DC Super Powers
- Transformers (Legends Class)
- ReAction Retro Figures
- and more!
6” Action Figure Trays - Storage for 8 Figures Per Tray of:
- Star Wars Black Series
- Marvel Universe
- McFarlane The Walking Dead
- McFarlane Halo
- Various Kickstarter Funded Action Figures
- Vintage Ghostbusters
- Vintages COPS
- Vintage Visionaries
- Power Rangers
- and more!
7” Action Figure Trays - Storage for 4 Figures Per Tray of:
- WWE Mattel and Jakks Figures
- Vintage He-Man Figures
- Modern Classics He-Man
- Modern and Vintage Teenage Mutant Ninjas
- NECA figure lines
- Vintage Thundercats
- and more
Who can use these?
Individual collectors of mint condition loose (opened) action figures who want to store or display their collections. Even those who just want the safest possible way to ship their collections. This is also an ideal solution for dealers both at the retail level and those who frequent collector, toy, and comic shows.
What are the trays made of?
Each tray is made out of a high quality closed cell EVA material which is completely neutral and has no off gassing with an extremely long shelf life with no degrading in excess of 30 years. Our trays can be stored in a wide range of temperatures and feature anti static properties, and are resilient against pests, moisture and mold.
What other things can be stored?
Although our trays have been designed specifically for action figures, we have found they provide an excellent solution for anyone who needs padded, static proof, organized compartments for various delicate items such as:
- Lego...a perfect system for sorting shapes and colors
- Christmas Ornaments
- Traditional Girl Action figures (She-Ra, Sailor Moon, etc)
- My Little Pony
- Berstein bears
- Shot Glasses
- Watches and other jewelry
- Camera Lenses
- Led and Plastic Soldiers
How did we create this?
The following images tell the visual story behind creating our design from a concept all the way through to full production.
What are the Rewards?
A Childhood Rant Revisited:
Since 1984, Rupe’s class of 82-83 Joes had always been dutifully stored in the vintage collector case which unfortunately had hard textured plastic compartments…This caused paint rubs galore on the figures heels and raised painted areas on their backs. Needless to say, Rupe was pissed because on a kid's weekly allowance it took forever to re buy the original 13 with swivel arm battle grip, and was miffed that they were getting scuffed in the official case... I think he just wanted to share that rant with everyone...
Some of our Trays in Action:
Loads of mounting options:
You can mount our trays on the wall making an instant awesome display. There are so many mounting options available to you. We prefer a non-destructive removable method using 3M Velcro tape as shown in the picture above. Some have suggested high quality mounting magnets and others have just suggested standard nails or screws but we recommend using a washer so the nail or screw does not pull through the tray. The choice is yours!
We have none and we will detail specifically why. We feel that it will not add any additional value to our campaign. We don't want to have any barrier for collectors of various sized figures from getting and enjoying the trays they want. This way the collector can select exactly what size tray they want without having to have specific requirements met beforehand.
Please understand that although we are deep into the prototyping phase, some materials and design specifications may change before the final product ships out. We will keep you informed here on any major changes that we make.
****Action Figures pictured are NOT INCLUDED with any "reward", shown for illustration purposes only…we mean it…you aren’t getting any of our toys…ever!****
Risks and challenges
Toy-Gear has a lot of experience working with other vendors and manufactures both here in the United States and Overseas. We have experienced people in-house for both design and CAD setup of the trays which allows us to make changes to meet production costs and customer criteria quickly and efficiently. We are very confident that we can smooth out any potential issues and make sure that every customer gets their product in a timely fashion. WE TAKE OUR DEADLINES VERY SERIOUSLY! Having said that, there is always a slight risk of delays in production and shipping caused not only our desire to further test and refine the product, but elements that are out of our control. We feel however, that we have already taken steps to minimize potential issues by meticulously planning and costing each step, allowing coverage for possible set backs and unforeseen difficulties.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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