The most popular solutions for this caching conundrum have far and above been Plano-brand fishing tackle boxes (the big ones with lots of trays and translucent side compartments) and Husky-brand cantilever toolboxes (with two layers of trays and plenty of width for range rulers).
Like many of us, I started out just bringing a single ship – in my case, the YT-1300 – in its box to game night. When I gave in and bought a core set, it was soon obvious that another mode of transportation was needed, a sentiment which exponentially expanded as I picked up other ships. I ended up purchasing a $30 cantilever toolbox, seen below with some of my own highly-partisan ornamentation.
This is why I would genuinely recommend Feldherr bags (particularly, the Mini Plus), and no, neither I nor TNM has been paid to say that.
These are sturdy, highly portable bags which come with customizable foam inserts, in which the ships are kept. The company makes foam insert shapes and sizes to fit every X-Wing ship, dial, part and accessory snugly within the bag.
I've been hauling around a three-ship list, dials, tokens, dice, and all the accoutrements needed for a game in mine for a couple of weeks now, and can overwhelmingly say that I am glad I bought it. I'll go through why, and just a couple minor criticisms, below.
- These bags can store large- and small-based ships extremely efficiently, and the plain rectangular spaces are excellent for holding small ships with their pegs/bases already attached. This dramatically reduces the time it takes to put your builds together – just unzip and go.
- The ability to mix-and-match foam trays to suit your specific ships is brilliant. They even make one large enough to accommodate the Ghost.
- Feldherr also manufactures different sized bags. There's what I have, the Mini Plus, but they also sell larger ones, great for those who can't decide between which lists to bring (though I bet even the smallest one can fit at least two “average” lists).
- If you're like me, you also play other miniature-oriented tabletop games like D&D. Feldherr does produce inserts geared toward D&D/Pathfinder minis, but the rectangular foam inserts that came with my order perfectly holds the two minis and sets of dice I carry to role-playing night.
- I'm not going to tell you how your hard-earned money should be spent, but I do feel it is important to support companies which are made by and for the hobby. The fact that a company like Feldherr exists to create X-Wing storage (and storage for other games) is a sign that the hobby is expanding, which is great for us! We just need to do our part in keeping it going, too. I'm sure the fishing and tool industries adore us nerds when we shell out cash for larger cases, but if you have the money to spare, why not pick up something made specifically for our hobby?
- There is also the fringe benefit of a super sharp look to the bags. See the pictures of mine below to understand what I'm talking about...
- If you have a medium-to-large collection (we're talking core sets plus a few expansions), even the largest Feldherr travel bags will not hold all of it at once. But they do make hard cases which are large enough to hold near-complete collections. Again, the point of the smaller bags is ease-of- access during game nights.
- If you live in Australia, the shipping will cost you about the same amount as a bag. So this sort of ruins my "Under 100" theory if you've already invested money in a tackle or tool box for any of the Australian readers.
- There is the environmental concern of just what happens to the foam if it is thrown away – I can't imagine it biodegrades particularly well. Hopefully, though, if you buy one and then exit the hobby, you'll either give it to someone who still plays or reuse the foam parts by re-selling it with the collection. Either way, in a pastime chock full of plastic, foam inserts may not be the biggest offenders.
By all means, if you already own a tackle or tool box, keep it! In fact, if you do not already have a dedicated means for storing all of your X-Wing stuff, I recommend you start by putting all of it in one of these.
But if you attend game nights or tournaments with any degree of regularity, I recommend you also consider buying a Feldherr bag. They're pragmatic, allowing you to quickly set up your squad, and don't take up much room on the game table.
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