HOW TO PACKAGE FOR INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC TRADES
Some ideas from someone who has gotten lots of packages across the wide blue Pacific Ocean
by Nigel Percy
Yep that's right I'm an Australian and I've had numerous packages from the US, that have ended
up in many different conditions, so how do you pack your little goddies? Well it all depends
on what they are (loose, carded or boxed) and the condition that the customer/trader wants them
in (will they open them, or are they a MOC collector?). I try to keep packages light as to reduce
shipping costs. From my memory, every pound costs more in the US.
Loose figures are the easiest things to package. A padded envelope is enough for sending
these, unless they have parts that may break off easily (ala Scourge from Spawn series 7,
Maleboglia), I would still recommend a small box for maximal safety. Make sure all
accessories that have been talked about (if you say its complete, that means all
accessories), are put into a zip loc bag (doesn't have to be with the figure, but I usually
do) so they dont get lost in transit. I usually put the figure and the accessories into
one ziploc bag and squeeze the air out, and then put that bag in another and lock it up
with some air inside to cushion the figure. Then I put this figure into a small box that
is packed up with plastic or foam peanuts.
You can either do this the right way, or make a real mess of it. The most important thing
about paking up figures that are to arrive in a MOC condition is a good box. I use double
corregated boxes when ever I can, usually the case boxes figures arrive in are good enough.
If you can push the side of the box in relatively easily (depends on your strength!) dont
use it for MOC packaging. Also another method of packing which will cost more in shipping,
but recommended to me by a dealer was to pack the figures in one box (as below) and then
put that box in another that was packed full of foam peanuts. This allows for one box to
be damaged, with the inside one being unscathed, but of course this is larger and heavier.
So how do you pack the first box? Well I usually put bubble wrap around the figures, to
try and protect the bubble. If there is more than one, place them so the bubbles fit
together and then pack some foam or plastic bags in the space between the bubbles so the
cards don't get bent into each other (put two Star Wars figures and you know what I mean).
I then put bubble wrap around both figures. I then pack this into the box with plastic
bags along the bottom, and then a single layer of foam peanuts. I then place foam peanuts
around the figure and over the top, and seal up the box with a good packing tape, avaliable
at the supermarket.
Boxed figures can be a pain also. Why? Well, 2 reasons. The first is the size is much
larger thus more area to be damaged, the second is they have plastic windows which are
really easily damaged (check out the windows on boxed figures at TRU for example). So how
do I do these? Well, I find a strong box. The stronger the better, and usually with a
couple of centimeters in front of any window areas on the box. The cardboard areas on the
box are less easily damaged so I don't worry about these as much. I then pack the plastic
and foam peanuts (if I have them) across the bottom of the box. I then place foam rubber
in front of the window and especially if the window has a fold in it (like the top of the
Death Star Escape packs), and then place foam peanuts around the box, and then foam peanuts
across the box. I always try to line the box with plastic bags.
So what if I dont have foam peanuts? Well I have had plastic bags used which have provided
just as good (possibly better) packaging as anything else. I have also heard that
newspaper can be used, but be careful using newspaper, because newsprint rubs off easily so
it could rub off onto the figures. I have also heard that there are protectors for carded
figures which are rather cheap, and these may be a good thing for packing MOC figures,
again depending on cost. If anyone has anything to add, please contact me at
I'd be happy to hear any comments.