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GerardHaZGerardHaZ15 dagar sedan
Hi everyone.

Some time ago I got ITEM #617147, my first scale figure. I had her in a shelf on my desk for two or three weeks, and I dusted her every 6 or 7 days. However, for some reason in my house there is a lot of dust, and two or three prize figures I have in the same spot were proof of that. 3 or 4 days after I dusted them, they were already showing fluff and dust. So I was afraid that she would eventually get some damage or get really dirty (plus I was getting tired of dusting her so often). Especially since she has lots of details and dust can easily get there and then it's impossible to get it out. Per example, between the different layers of her skirt. Dust gets there and it's over.

However, she's beautiful and I really love her, and really want to display her. My collection is still really small so I don't feel like it's already time to buy a bookcase or those glass shelves yet.

So, my question is... Does dust damage figures? And what do you do if the dust gets in some unreachable spot? Any advice on how to avoid this? Maybe I'm being dramatic or am worrying too much about something stupid. But as I said, she's my first scale and don't want it to get ruined or something so I'm extremely cautious with her.

Thanks in advance!
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GerardHaZ14 dagar sedan#81156778Yup, that's what I was doing but the dust in parts hard to reach is what was bothering me. Thanks for the response!

I also recommend anti-static brushes. Even with makeup brushes, sometimes dust will cling to a figure due to static electricity. These however get the dust off in one go.

These are made specifically for scale models, but are soft and perfectly safe for scale figures as well. I've been using these for a few years now.

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Hyndil14 dagar sedan#81157812Also really appreciate your warning, i hadn't even stopped to think about the glass possibly shattering! I will absolutely do some more research before actually investing in 1 or 2 detolfs... thanks a lot!
If you're really paranoid, you could always use plexi shelves instead of the original glass ones
Have to be somewhat thick to not flex under load, and will cost a bit, but it can be done

That said, haven't had any trouble with mine in 2+ years, though I was careful during transport and assembly, and they are not exposed to any sunlight or other thermal shocks (ambient temperature stays between 22-26°C 24/7/365)

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Gokanma14 dagar sedan#81157699Detolfs are expensive? That’s a first. Their known for their first line cheap way to display figures. They’re a great option but keep in mind when getting heavier pieces (statues) or more expensive pieces the glass has been known to shatter randomly. I would be careful about buying second hand detolfs. For cheap Figures Eg scales they’re more than fine though

I don't know what is the norm! Though when i was looking around for them, this place was selling them for 300+ and i couldn't find many other actual detofls besides them and IKEA, just bookcases mainly...

Also really appreciate your warning, i hadn't even stopped to think about the glass possibly shattering! I will absolutely do some more research before actually investing in 1 or 2 detolfs... thanks a lot!
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Hyndil14 dagar sedan#81157403Hi! I'm a fellow new collector and just to point out... i went and looked at detolfs right away since i have a few figures ordered.
They can be really expensive, the cheapest i've found are from IKEA for 60 bucks a piece. Then i realised, hey, damn... second hand detolfs are a thing, i found someone selling multiple for 15 bucks a piece.
I don't know how the secondhand market is over at your place, but do check it out!


Detolfs are expensive? That’s a first. Their known for their first line cheap way to display figures. They’re a great option but keep in mind when getting heavier pieces (statues) or more expensive pieces the glass has been known to shatter randomly. I would be careful about buying second hand detolfs. For cheap Figures Eg scales they’re more than fine though
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Hi! I'm a fellow new collector and just to point out... i went and looked at detolfs right away since i have a few figures ordered.
They can be really expensive, the cheapest i've found are from IKEA for 60 bucks a piece. Then i realised, hey, damn... second hand detolfs are a thing, i found someone selling multiple for 15 bucks a piece.
I don't know how the secondhand market is over at your place, but do check it out!
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GerardHaZ14 dagar sedan#81156778Yup, that's what I was doing but the dust in parts hard to reach is what was bothering me. Thanks for the response!

If it's "old dust" that kind of sticks to the figure, you can clean it with lukewarm water and a mild dish washing soap. Don't use any kind of hand washing soap, because it might contain moisturizers that could damage the figure. You can use a soft paint or tooth brush to get every bit of dust out of there.

Make sure to rinse off all the soap afterwards. You can use paper towels to dry it or use a hair dryer, if it has a cold blow-dry setting (DON'T use it if it doesn't, because the heat could damage the figure too)
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Gonna be an echo to what everyone said, but dust won't really do any serious damage to figures. Just don't let it accumulate for several months or years. I keep mine in shelves, not the best ones, and it still gets kinda dusty. I dust them once a month and use a Tamiya cleaning brush. Theyre not too expensive and perfect to clean for those hard to reach places.
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Dorayaki_Senpai14 dagar sedan#81156944i think you already know the answer to all of your questions. the real problem is to manage your stress. its already time to invest like detolf or something, just find the cheapest one.
it doesnt matter if you only have some, your collection will eventually grow. be patient and enjoy the journey.. with less hassle and stress xD

Thanks for the advice! The main reason because I don't want to buy a detolf yet is because I'm still a college student and my income is 0 lol. I had to save for a whole year to buy that scale. And I've seen that an average glass shelf or bookcase is really expensive, so I'm avoiding that for now. I'll try to just enjoy, as you said. It's a wonderful hobby after all!
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BuyMyFigs14 dagar sedan#81156924I always start off with a spray of computer duster to blow off any loose, larger detritus, then I use a special fluffy brush I got with a Prisma Illya figure as well as ear swabs for the stuck on stuff and small areas. The makeup brush idea is a good alternative, I might try it myself actually. But dust itself won't damage the figures as it just sits on top, same with dust on a car for example. The only real way it can "damage" anything is if you rub it in with your fingers, especially if your hands are sweaty or greasy. Moisture and dust is a bad combo. If you have hard to reach dust, you can always rinse it lightly with some purified water. Only use filtered water as tap water is hard and full of chemicals and minerals. Then you can use the computer duster or a piece of paper towel to clean the excess water.
As for keeping the figure dust free, since it's only 1 figure, maybe get a glass box for her. I have a few figures in glass containers, 1 in a basketball display box ITEM #198412 and one in a football display box ITEM #257410. The backs are mirrored too so you can see all sides of them. If you live in the US, Michael's craft store has sales on their frames/display boxes all the time so you can usually snag one for 50% off, and they have online coupons too if they aren't on sale.

Thanks for the advice! I thought about the glass box, but this is probably not my last scale figure (once you start you can't stop) and the glass boxes I've seen are really expensive, some even more than an actual bookcase. I'll check that site, thanks for the suggestion!
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i think you already know the answer to all of your questions. the real problem is to manage your stress. its already time to invest like detolf or something, just find the cheapest one.

it doesnt matter if you only have some, your collection will eventually grow. be patient and enjoy the journey.. with less hassle and stress xD
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