Can clear Sterlite storage boxes damage my figures?

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  1. petes2177

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    I keep my miniscule amount of TF's in clear tupperwear boxes made by Sterlite.

    What I've heard is that the chemicals in the boxes can put wear on your figures and damage them.

    I'm wanting to clarify this because I plan to keep them in the tupperwear boxes until I reach a reasonable amount to display.

    Also, my other question question is Do glass display cases do anything to your TF's?

    Here's a picture of the type of box I use:
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    I'd appreciate it if you helped!

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. FartRipper67

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    I haven't heard of those doing that, but I would line the inside of the box with a towel or a t-shirt regardless.
     
  3. Midnight

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    I'm curious as to what the best storage methods are.

    Any advice cuz cardboard boxes aint cutting it for me.
     
  4. MidnightBliss

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    I've had my tfs in those containers for 3 years now...no problems yet.
     
  5. Alung

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    Is it that you don't like cardboard boxes or that it's bad for the figures? Even when they are bubble wrapped?
     
  6. Megatronwp38

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    That's sounds a little ridiculous to me. I have had stuff in those types of bins for years.
     
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    I've never had a problem with those types of containers
     
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    I have never experienced a problem either. Although I have recently moved my collection to the larger blue totes which I believe are also by sterlite.
     
  9. ryan.j

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    Aren't they designed for food storage?

    If they are, there is very little chance they'd contain something that could damage metal/plastic...
     
  10. petes2177

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    Thanks everyone for the answer!

    Can't the temperature differences damage figures as well?

    I think I'm gonna put some bubblewrap around them later today just in case.
     
  11. Lunar Archivist

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    Bubble wrap them, put them in acid-free polypropylene storage bags (the kind used for magazines or comic books), and then toss 'em in the container. That should probably be sufficient.
     
  12. Smokescreen38

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    I have been using those and opaque ones as well...so far mine are okay but it is a legitimate question as different types of plastics do leach chemicals. I have heard that sandwich baggies are bad for figure storage... but who knows..

    With the clear bins... I would definitely keep them in the dark though. I suspect that they could still be sun damaged/yellowed.

    Also, cool/dry places are best as chemical reactions/degredation happen slower in cooler temps...and drier conditions will slow the growth of mold that shows up on figures sometimes (Star Wars figs in particular get this).
     
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    Cardboard causes roaches, they eat it or something.So ive been told anyway.
     
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    :eek:  Where can I get those Sterlite containers, I don't want roaches in my closet. And also, zip lock bags for sandwiches are bad for figure storage?
     
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    You can get them at any major dept store. I've found them at Walmart, Target and Kmart. As for ziplock bags. I heard nothing wrong using them.
     
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    As Waverider said, go to local department stores. I usually grab mine at Wal-Mart. It's roughly $1.50 U.S. for a 5.7 l container (about the size of a shoebox) and perhaps $3.50 U.S. for an 11.6 l container (fits two folded-in-half Metroplexes comfortably).
     
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    I e-mailed the Sterilite website about this a few years back, after reading a similar thread about figures yellowing, etc. They claimed that the plastic they use in the clear bins is acid-free and "archival safe".

    Of course, they're no telling what kinds of tests they've done to prove this, or whether they've changed plastics since then, but I'm inclined to take them at their word.
     
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    They could if they're desperate enough, but, usually, cardboard draws silverfish (another insect) more and they're prone to eating materials derived from paper. Plus, cardboard does not hold up well to humidity, water, heat, cold, etc. I myself use very large plastic totes and I just "toss" 'em all in. *shrug* I pack them carefully, but have had no problems for years so far.
     
  19. DoubleClouder

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    I have literally had my collection in these types of containers for 20 plus years. I have had not problem with any figure yellowing from being inside them
     
  20. Dolza_Khyron

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    i use ziplock bags to store the parts i do not have attached to figures. they work nicely; i've been storing them that way for years; keeps it well organize. so i know exactly where a part is when i need it.

    i see nothing wrong with it.

    and i do not see how it could hurt the figures; other then maybe the weight on top of each other eventually crushing something lol.
     

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