At some point in our lives we've all had the tendency to collect things whether it was stamps, cards, or shoes. Collecting and acquiring things is both a hobby and a past-time. The items and products that we choose to collect says a lot about our personality, interest, and desires. On Shapeways there are so many niches and creative interests that really speaks volumes on how diverse our community is. With the holiday season coming up many parents are searching for that unique toy to get for their kids that you won't find at a traditional retail store. Here are a few amazing 3D Printed collector toys that would make great gifts.
Are you a fan of Dinosaurs? Or a recent #Dinovember bandwagoner? If you just answered yes, and should you like your Dinos in cinematic form, you've likely seen the work of David Krentz. Given his feature in our recent Bronze launch, the timely nature of viral heartwarming dinosaur stories, and in an effort to showcase some of the Shop Owners we're so grateful for, I give you...
Interview with David Krentz: "I still pinch myself that someone pays me to make dinosaurs."
Just launched on Kickstarter is inkimals, a simple tool to help you color, scan and 3D print your own customized designer toys based on four playful templates by AMINIMAL Studio.
As well as the color and scan templates, AMINIMAL are seeking funding on Kickstarter to develop an interactive app so that you can tweak your character in 3D to perfect the awesomeness.
Your backing will help the to develop the software to make this app real and backers of $30 or more will get their inkimal in their hands, 3D printed by Shapeways in full color.
AMINIMAL Studio is a Brooklyn-based company focused on researching complex systems and emerging technologies as an approach to designing 21st century products.
Svetlana Blum Briscella and John Briscella are the creative minds behind AMINIMAL.
As designers and innovators, Svetlana and John have demonstrated 3D printing as a method for manufacturing high quality products for companies such as MakerBot, the MoMA Store and Shapeways. Their compilations of designs include the field test jewelry collection, the Makerbot Mixtape, the Makerbot Watch, overall design of the Makerbot store and the Shapeways sake set creator.
Although attaching lasers to your toys may be fun, it is not something we recommend, but you can upgrade your toys by (safely) using the lasers in our 3D printers to melt Nylon powder in to all kinds of awesome. Check out some of the upgrades already on show at Shapeways by searching the term upgrade or the TAG upgrade.
Meet Mo, a member of the ModiBot universe. Designer Wayne Losey has been making and selling Mo here on Shapeways for awhile, and now Mo has made his way Kickstarter! The new Mo will be available in five different colors that can be mixed and matched through his interchangeable parts. Although we're sad to see Mo move away from Shapeways, we're excited that his accessories will still be available for purchase on Shapeways!
As of now, there are already more than 450 accessories available on Wayne's Shapeways store, allowing everyone to customize their perfect Mo!
You can back Wayne's Kickstarter starting at $1, and for only $15 you can get a starter Mo kit!
Were you the type of child who melted your plastic army men together to make mutant soldiers? Were you like Sid from Toy Story who made mutant mash-ups from all of your toys? Then perhaps 3D printing will help you take your mutations to the next level? Like Trinifigure - Three Legged Minifigure.
A Lego-compatible, three legged, two headed mini-figure. Legs are fully
moveable. Only the torso and the hips/legs are included, you must
provide your own heads and arms.