3D Printing is making it possible for customizers to create their own Action Figures. Using digital models, you can now directly print three-dimensional solid objects of virtually any shape. Thanks to ToyArk.com board member “Hauke” for posting up images of his “Dan Generiko” 3D Printed Action Figure, that has 30 points of articulation, swappable hands and weapons, and is in 7 inch scale.
This brings us to our talking point. Are companies who manufacture action figures like Hasbro, Mattel and Sideshow going to face a storm of 3D Printed home made action figures that can rival the quality of today’s standards? It looks like we may be just a few short years away from more accessible pricing of higher quality 3D Printers, including software.
In a time where it seems like companies are moving away from articulation and heavy marketing of brands, and the core fan base wanting more, this could get interesting. Not only would it be a nightmare scenario to try and shut down the “sharing” of 3D Models over the web, it would be nearly impossible to stop people from printing their own versions of Licensed Products.
One thing is certain, we’re entering a brand new day; one in which we can make our own action figures. This could open the door for many smaller Action Figure producers to enter the market, and shine some new light on the industry.