My friends over at MAQET recently released their first licensed 3D-printed DIY figure: Emily the Strange! The project has been underway for many months, and head MAQETeer, Keith Cottingham, had a real design challenge in engineering Emily to be true to her character and compatible with 3D printer technology.
I think the Emily MAQETs look great! It always makes me happy when a company listens to its customers’ feedback, and you can totally see that here.
Emily the Strange is the first MAQET released with real-life (non-rendered) photos. It’s hugely important for collectors to see actual pictures of actual objects. Beyond the ability to gauge color, finish and detail from these photos, you’ll see that the MAQET exit hole (necessary to extract surplus printing powder and keep prices down) has been reduced to a pinhole and relocated from more prominent locations to the bottom of the foot. Nice.
The 3D-printed Emily the Strange characters are available in print-on-demand “street punk” and “burning” designs fashioned by creator, Rob Reger, but the really novel way to enjoy MAQET is to make it your own. MAQET opens up Emily’s closet to all the black and red dresses, patterned leggings and sullen expressions a fictional goth girl could ever want. I just whipped up the little ditty below using the color slider. I call her “Emily Gargyle”.
I tried to give Emily Gargyle a cat tattoo using one of the stamps, but this was not possible. Perhaps Emily the Strange’s big book of branding nixed cat tats. (Alas, this is licensing after all.) Props for the $10 acrylic flat cat bases though! The Emily the Strange MAQETs are available in four DIY poses and two artist editions starting at $40 here. Congrats MAQET!