I'm sure most of you, like me, have gotten tired of constantly having to pick up JLU figures off the floor. Mattel's stands can't get the job done because of the soft plastic and tiny ankles that eventually bend. Some folks use metal doll stands, but at $1 each they are more than I wanted to spend, plus I don't like that the stand arms around the waist of the figures are visible. The doll stands do solve the problem well, though, so based on them I've come up with an inexpensive, clear alternative that works and I thought I'd share.
These figures were all a pain to keep standing before, but they haven't fallen over once since I made these stands over a month ago.
The tools I used are an exacto knife, a pair of cutting pliers, a ruler, and a Dremel with a small round end cutting bit.
Supplies included stands I already had that came with various JLU figures, some 1/8" clear Plastruct acrylic rods and some small clear rubber bands. I got these rubber bands at Walgreens
for a couple bucks:
I got the clear rods at a model train hobby store. It was a pack of 10 originally $6, but I got them on sale for 50% off. Each rod was 18" long which I cut it into 3" segments; so one pack yields 60 rods. I used square rods, but they also make round. You can order them online from various sources.
Process is pretty simple. Measure 3" increments and mark them by scoring the rod with your exacto. Then use the pliers to cut the segments. You may want to use something else to cut if you are looking for a cleaner edge. Since you won't see it, though, I was fine with the pliers. Then, taking a bit that is slightly smaller than your clear rod, Dremel a centered hole about 1/4" from the edge of the stand. Once you are all the way through, wiggle the Dremel just a tiny bit too make the hole slightly larger. Try to put a rod in the hole while the plastic is still a little "melty" from Dremeling. You want this to be a tight fit. If you can't get it through, Dremel it just a little more. After the first couple it becomes pretty easy to eyeball the size of the hole. Repeat until all your stands are made. Put rubber bands around the waists of your figures, and insert the rod between the band and the figure. Voila. Once you get going you can make these pretty quickly.
You may want to glue the rod to the stand, but I haven't found it necessary with mine. I think the square rods help make a tight fit - square peg in a round hole and all.
Anyway, hope this helps someone.