We have heard much about the 3D printed selfie craze, whereby you can get a full body scan of yourself or your family and have it 3D printed into a life-like replica, freezing a moment of yourself in time. But once you are 3D printed, you are placed on a shelf or a desk as a freestanding figurine: a mini me. Do you wish you could “do more” with that selfie, go places, experience things? How about your face 3D printed and attached onto the Lego minifigure body of your choice?
Think about it. You go from just sitting or standing around the office or the living room mantle to roaming Lego, having all of the adventures that the other Lego characters get to have. Lincoln, England-based Funky 3D Faces brings you all of the possibilities here with their website and Etsy Shop where you can order your 3D printed face fit onto a Lego minifigure for $30.05 (or get your 3D printed face as a refrigerator magnet for the same price). They do this by using facial recognition software to convert 2D photos to 3D designs and prints.
If you are at all familiar with all of the various Lego sets out there, I am sure you are doing a great job imagining all of the funny, cool, and crazy things you can do with this. Funky 3D Faces is also banking that they can popularize one use of the faces in particular: the Lego bride and groom wedding cake topper. We all know about those old school bride and groom wedding cake toppers that kind of went out of style as the 1950s passed into the 1960s, right? Well, 3D printing is helping us reinvent the toppers again, and what better way for two Lego-collecting nerds to celebrate a marriage? Funky 3D Faces explains that for this $75.12 wedding ensemble you get “both heads, the bride and groom lego minifigure bodies and the Lego weddings arch, lanterns and flowers…” As far as I am concerned, that is an idea that just might catch on with the Lego community!
And, of course, there’s always the children. What child wouldn’t adore the chance to incorporate herself, her friends and family, and other people in her life into her Lego play? As the Funky 3D Faces website suggests, “Turn your little monster into a little hero.” You can do this by having your children’s faces 3D printed and placed on Lego Superhero figures. (Right now the company is running a special on mini Superheroes: buy 2 and get the 3rd one free.)
The company, a subsidiary of 3D printing firm ELAT3D, explains it came up with this idea due to the 3D printers it uses:
“Our 3D printers are the only true full colour printers (6 million colours) available on the market and the cost of making things is expensive. So the mission was to produce something that was small enough to be inexpensive but completely unique and personal to each individual.”
So, as you can see there are no excuses here. (Even if the holidays are over.) These could definitely help couples, families, and just about everyone get through those post-holiday slumps and mid-winter blues! Just imagine January flying by with your face on Iron Man’s Lego body. (You can also get larger heads that can fit onto 6- or 12-inch action figures.) Discuss this story in the 3D Printed Lego Head forum on 3DPB.com.