On several occasions I’ve been asked what I use to display my Zoids, particularly my HMM’s and articulated customs. Coming from other collectible fandoms I’ve carried over to my Zoids collecting some ideas I’ve wanted to apply to make my Zoids look more dynamic when displayed.
While most people who collect mecha model kits go for ones like the Bandai Action Base. I far prefer the Tamashii Stage Act series. Mainly because their smaller, and I far like the look of the clear arms and base more. Which when combined with acrylic risers, give a more clear look to the display. To me these help avoid making the display look cluttered.
Tamashii Stage Act 4., designed with standard figures like the DragonBall Figuarts series in mind. And the Tamashii Stage Act. 5, designed with the idea of displaying figures like the Robot Spirits series . Despite the target figure scale being a bit smaller than Zoids, this stands can actually hold most standard sized Zoids pretty well.
Both initial releases of Stage Act 4 and Stage Act 5 come with three bases and three arms. I mention this mainly because the newert release of the Stage Act 4 base and arm only comes with two.
Above is the packaging of the new release that only has two stands. Initially I was disappointed with it, specially after a mixup with Amazon where I had ordered and payed for a three pack (even described as such on the listing). Eventually I found these for a good deal at 9.99 a set. (The original Stage Acts 4 & 5 would run me about 20-25 for three stands/arms).
The best thing about the new Stage Act 4 two pack release is this new claw they’ve included which can probably fit a Zoids’ body better.
Above are the standard claws of the Stage Act 4 & 5. I have been able to utilized these two as well on Zoids.
Aside from these I’ve also been able to incorporate other Tamashii display products like effects or other stands and arms from different sets. But these two are the core of my display approach when it comes to posing figures.
The purpose of the acrylic risers is to put a figure on a higher level. It helps utilize maximum shelf space, and fill up and extra space on the upper part of the shelf level.
With motorized Zoids it can help organize them more, and gives a little bit of flair or style to the set up, instead of them remaining static as they’re not poseable figures and are stuck in one pose.
With HMM and poseable Zoids it allows for more poseabilty and even the potential for diorama like displays.
There are different kinds of acrylic risers, and what you decide to buy really depends on what you want to do for your display. The ones pictured above are the ones I’ve bought the most of. The long one helps me utilize the upper space of the shelf a lot, specially with motorized Zoids. While the ones of the set of three allows for more versatility in the space they’re going to take up. Depending on the display, I sometimes mix and match different types of acrylic risers.
Both the Tamashii Stage Act stands and the acrylic risers can be found easily by googling the terms. You can also find them on Ebay and Amazon.