InToyz has been making accessories
for 1/6th figures for awhile, and has just started branching into the
1/6th figure market as well. The also make 4" scale military
figures. To find their products, check out their web site. I
picked up a case (16) of these stands from www.toymaniacs.com
for $52 (about $3.25 each without shipping).
Design - ***1/2
So what makes them special? First, they are designed to hold the
figures by the leg. The small gripper is spring loaded to hold the
figure tightly and secure.
These stands are also adjustable, and come
with two different lengths of pole. The shorter one works very well
for 9-10" figures like Famous Covers, while the taller pole works
perfectly for 12" figures.
Having two poles is not the only
adjustable aspect - each pole can further be adjusted by an inch or two,
up or down. Screws at the base and at the joints of the pole allow
you to position the gripper in almost any direction, giving you tremendous
To add to this flexibility, these stands come in four
colors - clear, black, blue and camo. You can select the one that's
best for a particular figure or your display over all.
Not only are the
flexible, but they work terrific. I placed several of my problem child
figures on them last week, and not a single one has managed to relocate.
only improvement would have been to make the base a little larger, to give
you some additional options on stances.
These aren't cheap, so shop around. Most places sell them for about
$4, but you can get that down around $3 if you buy in bulk and do your
homework. Since traditional doll stands are often $2, provide far
less flexibility, and are much more obtrusive, these really are a decent
For figures that have a tough time standing on their own, I'd recommend
grabbing a few of these stands. At the price point, I wouldn't buy
them for every 12" figure you have, but for those vertically challenged,
it's well worth the couple bucks to keep them off the floor.
The only bricks and mortar store I know of that carries this is Rider's
Hobby, and then only some. Your odds of finding these is pretty
slim, so on-line is your best bet.