The lights are on
The folks over at Shapeit managed to acquire a 3D printer and are looking to share what they can do to the public through Kickstarter. The project aims to allow anyone to send them a screenshot of a video game character and receive a high-quality figurine based on that character.
The figurines come in three sizes - small, medium,
and large - and are colored differently. The large size figurines come in
full-color while the medium and small sizes come in one solid color of your
The cheapest model you can buy is a small figurine
from a 2D game (3D games cost more as they are more complicated to create) painted
pure white for $39 USD. For $154 USD, you can get a large full-color model from
a 3D game. For $199 USD at the highest tier, you can get a small, medium, and
large model from a 3D game.
As part of its process, ShapeIt will be checking against established trademarks and intellectual property (which will likely eliminate some possibilities, though may leave things open for MMO avatars if publishers play ball). The Kickstarter also seems like more of a storefront than a traditional project, though a portion of funds will go toward process refinement and software development to further streamline the conversion from image to figure.
ShapeIt is seeking $50,000 in Canadian dollars
(about $46,600 USD) and ends on August 14. As of right now, the project is
sitting at around $1,500 CAD (about $1,400 USD). For more gaming related Kickstarter projects, be
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