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 Post subject: Create your own toys
PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 1:35 pm 
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http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/07/23/ ... d-printing

This isn't the way I expected this to happen, or didn't take as long as I thought it would to be implemented but it's pretty cool nonetheless. Hopefully DC/Mattel follows suit.


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 Post subject: Re: Create your own toys
PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 10:37 am 
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Am I missing something here? I figured people would be excited about that.


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 Post subject: Re: Create your own toys
PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 12:32 pm 
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It's a cool concept, and some of the stuff I've seen looks fantastic, but until they can make it less cost prohibitive, I don't think there'll be a huge audience for it.

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 Post subject: Re: Create your own toys
PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 6:48 am 
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There isn't much info in that link.

I'd like to be excited about it, but until I see more details and maybe some product samples, I'll just keep patiently waiting.

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 Post subject: Re: Create your own toys
PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 11:44 am 
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Plus Im sure that it will be a lot longer before we get to the licensed stuff-- since the approval process will cause major issues..

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 Post subject: Re: Create your own toys
PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 7:44 pm 
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You know, on a related note, I got an email from Amazon a few days ago introducing their new 3D printing shop. It's not much, personalized rings, stamps, little knick-knacks like that, but it makes me wonder how long it'll be before they'll be selling customized toys and action figures in the same way.

Something to think about.


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 Post subject: Re: Create your own toys
PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 8:10 pm 
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Honestly, when it comes to this technology and licensed material I think it would be more of the company offering up items that wouldn't necessarily make it at retail versus letting the consumer create custom product. For instance I could see Hasbro offering characters like Devil Dinosaur, Shamrock or Texas Twister for Legends or Universe. Provided they didn't offer too many too fast and the cost wasn't completely outrageous I'm sure that there are enough fans who would be completists to offset the development and approval costs that would be involved. The big thing right now would be getting the printing and coloring tech to point where a print-on-demand figure would be virtually indistinguishable from one produced the traditional way. The sample photos I saw of the MLP product looked like printed sandstone. I bought a Monster High head from Shapeways a few months back that was colored sandstone, it looks good from a distance but it has a very noticeable pattern close-up, it's very heavy and small/thin parts are extremely fragile -- in no way could those things ever be considered "toys".


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 Post subject: Re: Create your own toys
PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 4:08 am 
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Jim_Abell wrote:
The big thing right now would be getting the printing and coloring tech to point where a print-on-demand figure would be virtually indistinguishable from one produced the traditional way. The sample photos I saw of the MLP product looked like printed sandstone. I bought a Monster High head from Shapeways a few months back that was colored sandstone, it looks good from a distance but it has a very noticeable pattern close-up, it's very heavy and small/thin parts are extremely fragile -- in no way could those things ever be considered "toys".

This is what leads me to doubt we'll ever see "printed action figures," at least not in the way everyone is dreaming about. Figurines, yes. Maybe some with minimal articulation, but the material, technological, and economic limitations of 3D Printing just don't leave room for Marvel Legends or Transformer level toys.


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 Post subject: Re: Create your own toys
PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 8:08 am 
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Thresher wrote:
Jim_Abell wrote:
The big thing right now would be getting the printing and coloring tech to point where a print-on-demand figure would be virtually indistinguishable from one produced the traditional way. The sample photos I saw of the MLP product looked like printed sandstone. I bought a Monster High head from Shapeways a few months back that was colored sandstone, it looks good from a distance but it has a very noticeable pattern close-up, it's very heavy and small/thin parts are extremely fragile -- in no way could those things ever be considered "toys".

This is what leads me to doubt we'll ever see "printed action figures," at least not in the way everyone is dreaming about. Figurines, yes. Maybe some with minimal articulation, but the material, technological, and economic limitations of 3D Printing just don't leave room for Marvel Legends or Transformer level toys.


THe only way I think it would be possible is like in BAF style-(since printing workable joints is pretty much impossible- since you have to produce each piece individually)- which are fine for us that would prefer the 5-10 POA figures.. Ball socket Arms leg and head or something along those lines..

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