The Omniplate - A universal action figure stand [UPDATED 7/27]
Posted in Action Figure Chatter
Due to different foot sizes and how action figures are manufactured, the holes in their feet can vary in size. This means a poor fit can happen even within the same toy line while using the same stands.
To address this, here's my idea for figure stands that should be compatible with almost any action figure.
The plates connect to the foot holes with a removable, slotted peg. Either end can be plugged into either the figure or the plate so the best combination can be used for any situation.
There are several holes in the plates, making this a modular system that can adapt to any figure.
This plate provides stability for figures that are standing upright. It's designed to allow both the figure's feet to make contact with it. Only one peg needs to be used.
For figures with very large feet, two of these (plus an extra peg) can be used by aligning the plates lengthwise with each foot.
•I think the edges of the plates should extend a little farther out, to provide stability even when the figure holds heavy accessories with outstretched arms.
This plate is best used in pairs, it gives the figure stability when in dynamic poses. One plate and peg is used per foot.
3.75in. figures are small enough to stand centered on a single plate.
There could be variants with some flame or lightning effects, for flaming kicks, stomp effects, etc.
This is what makes the system outstanding. The slotted, ribbed end allows the peg to fit into slightly smaller and slightly larger foot holes.
I think the slit end could be slotted in a cross, to create 4 prongs. This makes it easier to squeeze into smaller holes. Also, if one of the prongs ever breaks. The other 3 are enough to keep it functional. Up to 2 prongs could break (one on either side) and the peg will still be functional. However, a single slot would also work if 4 prongs would be too fragile at this size.
I think a system like this would solve the problem of all those different sized holes in figures. I'm sure we could easily expand this system by adding interlocking edges like Marauder Gun Runner stands.
Other things to take into consideration:
•Foot holes have different depths. I think people can simply modify the pegs as needed by simply shaving off excess length from the solid end.
•I think it's reasonable to include maybe 2 pegs with each plate, and sell extras for 10 cents or whatever.
•Some figures don't have foot holes and must be drilled. The solid end of the peg should be a common drill bit size, so people can just buy a drill bit of that size and easily make a snug hole in the foot. (A 1/8th drill bit works well with 3.2mm rods.)
•In theory, this system could work with ANY figure, simply by creating thinner or thicker slotted pegs as needed.
[PROTOTYPE PLATE #2 TESTING]
Made this with styrene and a standard LEGO rod (3.2mm diameter). It may look crude, but it works exactly like I intended.
Figures that are 3.75in., 6in. and 7in. scale can all center their feet on the stands. The 3.75in figures can stand centered on a single plate.
The 3.75in figure here has the hole in the middle of the foot.
I sized the plate so that figures can use two of them side-by-side to stand normally, in any orientation.
I found that the hole size between the 3.75in. and 7in.+ figs is simply too big for one peg to adjust to. I have to make a smaller peg specifically for the smaller figures. The 3.2mm peg works fine for the 6in and 7in figs though.
Stability is great, I was surprised at how far a figure could tip before falling over. And I was only using one plate!
For the extreme poses, I found that not centering the foot greatly increases stability. This is because you can then pivot the plate so it rests where support is most needed.
Here you can see how the plates are offset to provide support:
Look how far this heavy fig can lean, still using only 1 plate!:
[FOOT HOLE DATA COLLECTION]
I'm stuffing a LEGO rod (3.18mm) into the foot holes of all my figures to learn what size pegs work best. Feel free to post your own data!
I'll list the toy line and how the rod fits, noted as; Loose, Snug (ideal) or Tight.
Supergirl (2003 Superman Series) - T
Halo 6 inch
Fotus spartan - S
Helioskrill - S
Elite Officer - S
Superman (black recovery suit) - S
Kamandi - S
WWE (Elite males, Basic females)
Big John Studd - T
AJ Lee (series 30) - S
Alicia Fox (Series 23) - S
Kaitlyn - S
Asuka - S
Beth Phoenix - S
Macho Man (slim jim colors) - T
Bret Hart (defining moments) - T
RVD - T
The Miz - T
Stone Cold - T and S (has two different shape holes, wtf)
Marvel Legends 6 inch
Star Lord (v1) - L
Havok (juggernaut series) - L
Speed Demon - T
Spiderman 2099 (Hasbro, classic version) - S
Spiderman (ASM2 Goblin wave) - L
Wasp/Medusa (Hasbro) - L
Maria Hill/Sharon Carter (2-pack with iron man) - L
Lady Deathstrike (Toy Biz) - S
Judge Dredd (LCBH) - S
Nova (groot series) - S
Phoenix (juggernaut series) - S
Punisher (Walgreens exclusive) - S
Thundra - L
Radioactive Man - L
Sentry (RM body) - L and S
Electro (ASM2) - L
Savage Dragon (LCBH) - S
Star Wars 6 inch Hasbro
Clonetrooper - S
Guavian Soldier? - S
First Order Stormtrooper - S
First Order Flametrooper- S
First Order Deathtrooper- S
First Order Snowtrooper - T (hole is way too small)
TMNT Ninja Turtles (5 inch comic style) - S
Blisk (titanfall 2) - S
Posted by Henchmen4Hire
on Thursday, June 21, 2018 - Updated on Monday, July 30, 2018