X-Wing: Miniatures Game Storage Solutions

If you are like me, you have bought yourself a few extra expansions to go along with your core sets; and now you will need to find a place to store them. There are many different parts to the game, and you will want to find a place to keep them organized and protected. Good news for you, there are a few options you can go.

Storage Solution #1:

The cheapest way you can do this is with Plano Tackle Boxes. Yes, you heard me correctly, tackle boxes. Not only are they perfect for holding various fishing accessories, they are perfect for hold X-Wing Miniatures too!

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You can find them at your local sporting goods stores, and online of course. For dirt cheap. At around $7 to $8, you can get yourself a decent size box that will hold all your tokens, dices, dials, and ship templates.

The actual model number of the Plano box that I use is: Plano 23705-00. I got mine at Dick’s Sporting Goods. You can also get it at their online store as well.

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As you can see, you can fit all the bits and pieces of the game, perfectly into the slots. It also comes with dividers so you have different size slots if you choose to do so. I was able to fit three sets of dices (3x core sets) into an individual slot.

As for the ships themselves, you could also store them in Plano boxes as well, but personally, I don’t want them shaking around. They might not be that fragile, but I don’t want to risk it.

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What I did us to just use the plastic compartments that the ships came in. Then I throw them all into the core set box, tetris style. I also throw in the maneuver templates and range template.

Last but not least, the cards. The regular sized pilot cards, and the mini sized upgrades and damage cards.

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I like to have all my cards protected and sleeved. Since I am an avid card gamer, I also have a few deck boxes laying around too. So my pilot cards go into there. All the mini cards can go into a small ziplock bag, and into the core set box as well.

Storage Solution #2:

The next way to store your game pieces is a bit more expensive. It is by purchasing a Battlefoam Kit for your X-Wing Minis. The price varies depending on if you want a kit for both factions, or a kit for just one of the factions. The all-in-one kit will run you around $30, while the individual faction kits will cost you $20.

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As you can see, for the person who has a few of each expansions, they can fit all their miniatures in this kit. Your miniatures will fit perfectly into each designated slot. The accessory try however, is a different story. If you read the reviews for the accessory tray, you’ll find that the card slots are too small for any of the cards if they are sleeved. Even if they aren’t sleeved, people are still having a difficult time put the cards in.

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That’s not the only negative thing. These trays are pretty big, and won’t fit inside the core set box. So you are left with finding a box to hold your foam kit. You could also purchase a Battlefoam P.A.C.K., which is pretty much a carrying bag for your foam kits. This will run you around $50 for the basic version (which is all you need since you don’t need to carry paint for your X-Wing Minis). If you’re going for convenience, this is the way to go. They don’t look bad either.

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For those of you casual gamers out there, don’t worry. There is cheaper alternative if you only have a core set and a few wave one expansions. It will only cost you $16, but it is able to hold 4x TIE Fighters, 3x X-Wings, 2x TIE Advance x1, and 2x Y-Wings. The best part is, that you can fit this inside your core set box.

There is also a slot where you can keep all your tokens, templates, and cards. Though I’d suggest you have them zip-locked separately, or else it’ll just big one big pile of mess.

Storage Solution #3:

Then there is the most expensive option available, the KRMulticase Storage. They are very similar to the BattleFoam Kits, a bit more on the price, but also a bit more on the quality.

The tray sets start from $35 and go up to $44, depending on what kind of ships you need storage for, and how many. Unlike the BattleFoam, the minis are stored With the stands attached to each ship. For players who want to cut down on assembly time, and want to get games going as soon as possible, this is a positive. However, for players who don’t have they’re squads made beforehand, and choose to play on the fly, well, you’ll have to reassemble them to place the corresponding ship tokens onto the stands anyways.

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Another plus is that the trays actually fit all the cards whether they are sleeved or not. There are also corresponding slots for all your maneuver templates as well. So these are all pluses over the BattleFoam versions.

An expensive tray set isn’t complete without its accompanied expensive carrying case! Here you will also have various options to carry your trays, depending on how totally boss you want to look while bringing your minis to the competition.

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The pricing starts at $55 for a cardboard box to hold the trays, and go up to as high as $193 for the prestige case, which is a traveling suitcase with handles and wheels. Another thing to note is that all these storage options don’t all hold the same amount of trays. For example, the cardboard box can hold only one tray, while the prestige case can hold around four to six trays (depending on the size of trays).

Final Thoughts:

As much as I want to go with option #3, I don’t think it is really worth it to spend upwards of $250 to protect less than $200 worth of miniatures. Even the cardboard box solution for option #3 can cost you around $150 if you want to store everything. You will also run into the problem of what to do when FantasyFight Games release more expansions. You’ll have to upgrade your trays and/or storage. That’s is way too much of a hassle and waste of money in my opinion.

Option #2 seems like a good investment for a more dedicated player. For about $80, you can hold all your minis AND carry them anyway you go. The problem of new releases won’t effect this option as much as with option #3. You will just have to buy and carry more bags. This is a fairly decent solution, for a more dedicated player, or someone who travels a lot with their minis.

As for me, I went with option #1. I rarely travel with my minis, and would rather spend the money on getting more minis instead of buying fancy storage units for them. But that’s just me, everyone is different. You just have to find the right solution that fits your needs.


5 Comments

  1. Hobbie May 28, 2013 7:48 pm 

    The plano storage boxes are the best way to go. I don’t have the same model number as you, but they’re pretty much the same.

    I agree with not storing the actual minis in the box as they will rattle around if moved. Like you, I kept mine in the plastic holders, and placed them in the core box.

    Nice article. Ran into too many players who just don’t take care of their minis and it makes me cringe.

    Cheers!

  2. Cadius September 20, 2013 5:59 am 

    I’ve been addicted to battlefoam, House all my 40k stuff in there. X-wing is just as protected, and to get around the card sleeve issue and plus all the small tokens a picked up a Plano.

  3. Bert October 9, 2013 1:39 am 

    Thanks for the article: great overview.
    I don’t like any of the solutions as they require you to take the ships of their stands. (even solution 3 requires you to take the larger ships of their stands)
    I think that it is very risky. (Taking of the stand of the base isn’t such a problem.) Even though I was very careful, the stand of the x-wing broke off. Ik have to drill out the broken part of the stand out of the x-wing now. Don’t you have problems with that?

  4. Tuna October 11, 2013 4:14 pm 

    @ Bert

    So far only one casualty so far with the peg breaking and a piece stuck in the mini (Y-Wing), but it was from a dropped mini, not from taking the stand off.

    I see where you’re coming from, and know of a player who does the same thing. He bought one of the bigger Plano boxes, and keeps his mini on the stands, and the Plano box he uses has big enough spaces to hold a mini still on it’s stand, if it is laid on its back.

    I believe it is this one: http://www.amazon.com/Plano-Molding-5231-Double-Organizer/dp/B000HJ9514/ref=pd_sbs_sg_42

    If you look at the picture, you can see that it is big enough to hold the minis, even with the stand. Not sure how much it can hold though. Looks like you’ll need a few of these if you have a lot of minis.

  5. Hoot December 20, 2013 10:04 am 

    Concerning card sleeves not fitting in the corresponding BattleFoam slot, they do that on purpose so unsleeved cards aren’t too loose in there. Because you know… it’s foam. It’s easy to cut. Just shave off a millimeter off of each side and card sleeves fit perfectly. Took me about 5 minutes. I really don’t see how this is a negative.

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