I do not play World of Warcraft. Although I find it to be somewhat appealing, I very much realize that yet another full-time nerdy undertaking is probably not in my best interest. Anywhoo, there have been quite a few cool looking Warcraft action figures coming out from DC Direct over the last few years that have really impressed me. In addition to these, however, are custom statues of your very own WoW character from Figure Prints.
From Figure Prints:
What are FigurePrints®?
FigurePrints® are one-of-a-kind, custom statues of your World of Warcraft® characters created using high-tech 3D color printing machines. Our artists pull your character from the virtual world and bring it to life.
How are FigurePrints® created?
Our servers grab your latest character data from the World of Warcraft Armory, create a custom 3D model, and then let you pose it any way you like. Once you are happy with the way it looks you simply hit “Print” and our proprietary software prepares the model for printing. Our artists finish the process, turning your selection into a high-quality collectible. Once it has passed our artists’ inspection, your print is packaged carefully and shipped directly to your home.
I was with you up to the “printed” part. How do you print a statue?
We use technology previously reserved for the manufacturing industry, called rapid prototyping machines, to convert three dimensional computer models into physical objects. The electronic version of your FigurePrint is cut up into more than a thousand very thin slices. The printer creates a slice at a time and the slices are stacked on top of each other to form the final three dimensional statue that we call a FigurePrint. We remove it from the machine, hand finish it, mount it in a glass display case and it’s ready to go.
What are FigurePrints® made of?
They are built out of a plaster-like powder that is then bonded and sealed to make it strong and colorful.
Will the character be exactly as I see it on the screen?
It will be very close, but not exactly the same. Please remember that to create these pieces of art, there are several stages that our artists and machines must complete to translate game data to a physical model. Our custom software, along with our art team, interprets the model data from the game and transforms it into a physical representation of the character. This interpretation includes increasing the resolution, identifying and thickening certain aspects of each model that are too thin to print, brightening the colors, and sharpening small details to enhance your individual FigurePrint.
During the final pass our artists may tweak the angle and position of the weapons and armor to make a stronger and more aesthetically pleasing final statue. They may also need to add additional support elements to make sure that the print is stable given the gear and/or pose you have chosen.
How big are FigurePrints®?
We print all characters in scale relative to each other so depending on the race of the character and the pose chosen the resulting statue can be as large as eight inches tall. Smaller characters have the option to be printed on larger bases to give them a boost.
To check out a movie of how these things are made, click here.
To get your very own Character made into a statue, click here.