How to Have Nendoroid Standing without Stand Base? (Part 1)

It looks like BRS-chan was having difficulties to stand properly there

It looks like BRS-chan was having difficulties to stand properly there

Well, I guess this topic is one of the most requested Nendoroid articles ever. Actually, I have already had planned to write about this previously, but then it got overshadowed by other news and topics.

…. until a few days ago, when some visitor of our Facebook page said that they are having difficulties making their Nendoroid to stand without the stand base. It served as a reminder for me to write about this particular topic.

So … there you have it – I am going to share some common ways to have your Nendoroid to stand without the base.

Type of Nendoroid Stand

Before we get into the main topic, let’s see some types of Nendoroid stand that are commonly used.

Back plug-in stand arm

Back plug-in stand arm

As far as I know, there are 3 types of Nendoroid stand in general:

  1. Back plug-in: This type of stand is usually found on newer Nendoroid releases – starting from Black Rock Shooter. Stick one end of the stand arm to the hole on either hair or back of your Nendoroid, and stick the other end to a hole in the base.
  2. Magnetic: A few recent Nendoroid come with this stand. Simply put the magnetic end of the stand arm to the back of your Nendoroid head, while stick the other end to the base.
  3. Skirt / legs holder: We usually find this type of stand on older Nendoroid. There are many variations of this stand type, depending on the Nendoroid’s outfit.

Actually, there are other type of Nendoroid as well, such as pincher stand and one-leg holder, but they are rarely used.

Well then, let’s move on to the main topic. ^^

Do not Use the Base

The section title says it all – the main idea of making our Nendoroid to stand without the stand base is: take off the stand base. XD

The next step would be as simple as adjusting the position of the stand arm (if applicable) and put the end of the stand-arm to the floor or wherever you find comfortable for your Nendoroid to stand on.

For back plug-in stand arm

For back plug-in stand arm

For magnetic stand arm

For magnetic stand arm

For skirt / legs holder stand

For skirt / legs holder stand

Yep, when you take photos of your Nendoroid from the front, the stand will not be visible, because it was hidden behind your Nendoroid’s back. ^^

The catch is that not all Nendoroid stands are able to do this trick. The pincher stand arm (Nendoroid Kagamine Rin) and docking stand (Nendoroid Melissa Seraphy) are some examples of such stand type.

The pincher stand

The pincher stand

Although we can remove the stand base, the pincher would still be needed AND it is still visible from the front view. XD

Supportive Body / Outfit Parts

Nendoroid Hatsune Miku's twin-tails as a stand support

Nendoroid Hatsune Miku's twin-tails as a stand support

The most obvious idea is using your Nendoroid twin-tails as an additional support to make him/her stand. Nendoroid Hatsune Miku (as well as her derivatives), Nendoroid Kokonoe Rin, and Nendoroid Gumako are famous for this feature.

Nendoroid Theia's back-ribbon as stand support

Nendoroid Theia's back-ribbon as stand support

Some Nendoroid do have some parts of their body and/or outfit to be used as stand support. Some Nendoroid with such feature are Nendoroid Theia‘s back ribbon and Nendoroid Nankyoku Sakura‘s back hairtail. ^^

Lean on Something

I guess this one is also pretty obvious: simply have your Nendoroid leaning on something. ^^

Leaning on wooden wall

Leaning on wooden wall

If you have Nendoroid Playset(s), you may also have your Nendoroid lean on the walls, doors, tables, windows, etc. For outdoor photography, you could have your Nendoroid lean on tree, flower, or anything solid enough to hold the Nendoroid – be creative! ^^

Stand on Own Feet

Some Nendoroid have stable body and slightly bigger footwear that allow them to stand on their own feet. Nendoroid Kagamine Rin and Len, as well as a few others are known to have this feature.

Hideyoshi is able to stand on its own

Hideyoshi is able to stand on its own

It is quite hard to adjust the balance of your Nendoroid to achieve this, not to mention that it will limit your Nendoroid’s pose. Use this method as a last resort – or use it for fun, when you are bored and you have nothing to do. ^^

Additional note by HarokichiKurone:
Keep in mind about “3-points rule”, which more or less states that a thing will be able to stand properly (as in “stable”) if it is supported in at least 3 points, that are split in certain distance to allow the pressure to be divided evenly to each point. If we apply it to the Nendoroid, then his/her legs are counted as two supportive points (unless the legs was attached within each other), and the stand arm will be the third one, so that the Nendoroid could stand properly – this is a simple example though, so you have to experiment with it by yourself.

Well then, I guess that is all I got for now. What do you think, Nendonesian? Is it useful for you? ^^


18 comments on “How to Have Nendoroid Standing without Stand Base? (Part 1)

  1. Eraldcoil says:

    Nice, very useful. Part 1? can’t wait for part 2 XD

    Good read!

  2. Pinkcheeks says:

    teach me about the paper clip stand plsss

  3. kurone harokichi says:

    (sorry to comment in Indonesian, my English is not very good)
    mungkin bisa ditambahin “aturan 3 titik”,  yang kurang lebih intinya “kalau sesuatu disangga dengan 3 titik, maka benda tersebut dapat seimbang”

    kaki nendo bisa diitung 2, tapi bisa diitung 1 kalau  kakinya lagi berdiri rapat…
    anyway good article here ❤

    • Setya Etsuya says:

      santai aja gan ………. meskipun kita gak bisa bahasa inggris yang penting kita suka figure nendoroid …………… hahah

      nendoroid hideyoshi ……….keren…….!!! hahah

  4. cybeast says:

    Don’t forget that some pose will help them to be able to stand on their own ^^

  5. […] Playability: 9 / 10 – As with other version of Nendoroid Hatsune Miku, her twintails make it easy for her to stand without the standbase. […]

  6. Bethany says:

    I have a Megurine Luka NENDOROID who came with a square stand base, but not the circle stand base as I’ve seen in almost all reviews. ((It says MADE IN CHINA and has copyright imprinted on it)) Do only some NENDOROIDS get this? It’s no big deal, I’m just curious.

  7. […] Yes, perhaps about the same size as Nendoroid Taneshima Popura’s, so it is possible to have her ponytail to support her standing pose. […]

  8. Sergey says:

    I’ve recently purchased “sword art online Asuna” and I’m new to nedoroid series, I only have one nendoroid petit Mikuru Asahina, that was pretty easy to setup. But here, with Asuna, I just dont get how to make her stand.
    As you can see, there is no back or hair plug. How do I fix the back holder? Where am I supposed to plug it? Please help.

    Thank you in advance.

    • animaster says:

      Firstly, I want to let you know that I have not unboxed my Asuna yet.

      So … looking at the length of the stand holder, it looks like there should be a peg on her back/hip/skirt or somewhere around it. Have you checked every area of her body?

      • Sergey says:

        Her back and hair seem pretty smooth, no hole whatsoever.
        You can just let her rely on this stand with her hair, but its not steady, there is no fixation. The hole should be there, but its absent!

  9. Sergey says:

    Pardon me, I found it. Just needed to remove thу torso. The hole is very small and cannot be seen from below the hair. Anyway, thank you for this article and good luck!

  10. Someone says:

    So I just got my Miku Nendroid today, and she comes with a pincher stand. It’s really hard to set her on it. Besides twin tails, are there other ways to use her pincher stand?!?!?!


    • animaster says:

      Which version of Nendoroid Hatsune Miku do you have? If it possible, you can try attaching a pic of your stand and Nendoroid here, so that we can help further.

  11. @nathan2106 says:

    double tape? lol

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