The Omniplate - A universal action figure stand [UPDATED 7/27]
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The Omniplate - A universal action figure stand [UPDATED 7/27]

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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.

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[PLATE #1]

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.

[REVISIONS]
•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.



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[PLATE #2]

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.

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[THE PEG]

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.

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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.

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[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!:





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[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.

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DC Direct
Supergirl (2003 Superman Series) - T

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Mattel

Halo 6 inch
Fotus spartan - S
Helioskrill - S
Elite Officer - S

DCUC
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)

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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

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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)

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NECA
TMNT Ninja Turtles (5 inch comic style) - S

MCFARLANE
Blisk (titanfall 2) - S

Posted by Henchmen4Hire
on Thursday, June 21, 2018 - Updated on Monday, July 30, 2018
User Comments
Henchmen4Hire -
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
I haven't been able to find anyone willing to go through with this project to completion, so I'm going to make a bunch for myself. Here are the dimensions of the plate if you want to make your own.



•2mm thick sheet styrene also works, I'm just going to glue the pegs.
•Plastic rods are cheap from China, I ordered 3mm and 4mm sticks.
MrMonocle -
Thursday, March 14, 2019
I wouldn't mind trading with you for some.
Red Wolf -
Monday, July 30, 2018
Here are some Measurements for your "Loaded Bases":

NECA V for Vendetta - Length/31.9mm, Width/11.6mm, Peg Diameter/3.5mm
DC Collectibles The Atom - Length/28.3mm, Width/9.6mm, Peg Diameter/3.6mm
DC Direct Arkham City Robin - Length/25.5mm, Width/10.6mm, Peg Diameter/3.3mm
ToyBiz King Theoden Two Towers - Length/27.3mm, Width/10.6mm, Peg Diameter/3.1mm
Hasbro Mace Windu - Length/17mm, Width/7.1mm, Peg Diameter/2.8mm
McFarlane Series 6 Rick Grimes - Length/22mm, Width/7.9mm, Peg Diameter/2.6mm
Hasbro Sabine Wren - Length/12.3mm, Width/4.9mm, Peg Diameter/2.5mm
Henchmen4Hire -
Monday, July 30, 2018
Length and width refers to their foot size? If so, I'm happy to say all those feet fit neatly on the plate.

Thanks, that's crazy how the peg hole diameters are so inconsistent. The peg I designed works with hole sizes between roughly 2.9mm and 4mm, I think another, thinner peg needs to be made for the 2mm to 3mm holes. I think slotted pegs might be too brittle at that diameter though, only testing will tell for sure.
Red Wolf -
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Yes the Length and Width is for the foot size. I measured more but the majority of their sizes within the same manufacture/series were pretty close to each other.
Henchmen4Hire -
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Updated the first post. I made a prototype and tested it with some figures.

TLDR;
I'm a genius, give me lots of money. Please? lol
Spartan-023 -
Friday, July 27, 2018
I've always made my stands out of rubberized wire.

Bend it in half, twist all but the last 2 inches on the loose ends.
Dip it, add base.

It even works for flying figures, and can be hidden with creative bending.
Henchmen4Hire -
Friday, July 27, 2018
This system appeals to collectors who don't have the time to (or don't want to) jury-rig solutions.

But that gives me an idea. If I leave the underside of the plate hollow, there should be enough space so people can use that wire idea and loop it through the holes, possibly creating flight stands. In certain configurations, at least it gives the figures a stiff spine to rest against.
Henchmen4Hire -
Friday, July 27, 2018
By the way, anyone have suggestions for what to name this plate/peg system?
TheRubicon -
Friday, July 27, 2018
Henchmen Inc. Omniplate
Henchmen4Hire -
Friday, July 27, 2018
Lol, it sounds like a Robocop villain or something, cool.
TheRubicon -
Friday, July 27, 2018
Paul Verhoeven is my spirit animal. Also, Henchmen Inc. Dynastand. also available with modular plug-in terrain or Hero Logos
TheRubicon -
Friday, July 27, 2018
Oh, have you considered a way to attach weights to it? like a set of leaded plates that can plug into the bottom while the figure plugs into the top? might really help with flight poses or extended flexion.
Henchmen4Hire -
Friday, July 27, 2018
Yeah, I was considering that, but I think simply making the plates wide enough would provide enough stability for carrying things with outstretched arms, etc. These aren't really meant to be used as flight stands, have to work on a separate plate for that.

If I make the plates interlock somehow, that would be a neat way of letting people make as big a plate as they need...

There could also be some molded tabs in the hollow underside though, where people can wedge in some round magnets or something. I think hot glue would work just as well though lol
Henchmen4Hire -
Friday, July 27, 2018
I talked to someone on Etsy who 3D prints stuff, he said it might be around $1 for a plate with some pegs, so maybe $2 for a pair of plates and pegs. That's actually really reasonable considering the prep and tinkering that goes into getting optimal prints.

Please, please post measurements of your figures' feet, we gotta figure out the dimensions for the plates.
Ivory Towers -
Friday, July 27, 2018
following
Henchmen4Hire -
Thursday, July 26, 2018
I overhauled this post so it's much easier to read.
Red Wolf -
Friday, July 27, 2018
Really liking the updated designs. I wonder if you could have these 3D Printed. We have bought 3D designed prints from the Customizer Strangefate a couple of times. Strangefate uses a 3D printing web service called Shapeways to sell his designs.
Henchmen4Hire -
Friday, July 27, 2018
The prototypes could be 3D printed in resin for testing, but I think they would be too expensive to sell if they were all 3D printed. Printing with filament may be cheaper, but they would look ugly and the pegs wouldn't be uniform.

I'm going to make some prototype plates with styrene to get an idea of what shape and size they need to be to provide the most stability in the most situations. I REALLY need people to measure their figures' feet and foot holes and post the data so I can add it up there. That will help me get a ballpark for the dimensions of these things.
Henchmen4Hire -
Monday, July 9, 2018
[EDIT: This is assuming they're injection molded, shipped in from China]
Looked at some other stands currently out there, I want to aim for a cost of around 20 cents per single-foot stand, with one peg included. Most people will buy 2 per figure, so roughly 40 to 50 cents per pair. Is that fair?
TheRubicon -
Friday, July 27, 2018
I think you're better value would be to sell them in a bagged kit of say 20 for $5-$10. individual stuff would cost you more to mail, ya know?
Henchmen4Hire -
Friday, July 27, 2018
If they were injection molded, maybe those prices could work. But since they're all being 3D printed, the cost of one plate and peg is roughly $1. (and the guy printing them still has to make a profit somehow...)

Customer pays the shipping so I'm not worried about that, although I guess it would cut down on the cost of packaging.
Henchmen4Hire -
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Updated the design for the single foot bases. More holes give more options while using less plastic.
antithetical -
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Great idea, even though I really haven't made much use of stands except for a couple of figures with pointy heels (ML Enchantress specifically).
Henchmen4Hire -
Saturday, June 23, 2018
I def need them because if one of my figures falls it knocks over all the ones around it x_X
antithetical -
Sunday, June 24, 2018
I have had that happen before, though usually when I've not been home for a few days, so I suspect it's roaches and/or lizards which get in the house and go exploring.
Henchmen4Hire -
Saturday, June 23, 2018
I made a prototype peg by carefully dremeling a slit in the LEGO rod (so it's 2 prongs instead of 4).

That was scary for my fingers but it was a success. After some test fitting, I discovered there's an optimal length for the prongs. I snipped them so now they'll flex enough to fit in a smaller hole but still spring back to normal when removed. A little sanding cleaned everything up.

And it works! Almost all the "tight" fits listed above became comfortably "snug." The only one that still wouldn't take the peg is the Snowtrooper, and that's because the holes are much smaller than the other figs'. That requires a thinner peg to begin with.

While I don't have a way to add the ribs to the peg to retest the "loose" fits listed, I remembered that LEGO already made a slit rod with ribs! It's found on modified plates with wheel attachment pins. The ribs take the form of a "lip" on the tip, but serve the same purpose, to add a little girth.



And it works! It pops into the larger heel holes and stays in there, anchored by the lips. Adding another pair of ribs on the shaft would definitely make it sturdier though.

Unfortunately I can't harvest these LEGO pins. After cutting them off the LEGO element they aren't long enough to plug into the base.
Henchmen4Hire -
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Initial results suggest around 3.2mm is a good starting size for the peg's diameter, letting the ribbing and squeezing tip to take care of the rest. I don't have any more NECA figures other than the TMNT, so I definitely need a larger pool to sample.
Henchmen4Hire -
Friday, June 22, 2018
Updated post, added a new type of base that's better for action poses
Edgy 3 -
Friday, June 22, 2018
I use bbq skewers ( large wooded tooth picks ) cut to size and glued in a pre-drilled pilot hole.....fits most Marvel legends and black series starwars figures.
Red Wolf -
Friday, June 22, 2018
A Great Design to cut out all the different bases! We've got a lot of varying bases of size and shapes in our collection; anything from the bases coming with the figures to store bought and even metal washers with small magnets pushed into the figures heel holes. A universal base would definitely cut out all of that!
Henchmen4Hire -
Friday, June 22, 2018
Yep, that's the plan.

I'm going to test all the heel holes in my figs and see if there's a pattern. I'll be using a LEGO rod, which is exactly 3.18mm.

I saw a vid with the magnets and metal washers, looks neat though I think you would have to spray the washers with specialty sealer to prevent rust. Plastic stands should be cheaper and have the added benefit of being available in clear plastic.
Red Wolf -
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
The metal washers where a good idea for action poses but like you said they are more costly than plastic. The Lego prototype looks promising!
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