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Get Your Own Action Figure (In Japan) 74

derGoldstein writes "Makezine points to a very interesting shop in Akihabara that will make miniature clones of your face. This page contains photos of the process and the results. After the miniature head is printed in 3D it's painted and attached to a doll of your choice. Some of the models they produce beg for an exorcism..."
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Get Your Own Action Figure (In Japan)

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    This seems surprisingly normal.

  • I didn't see how much they cost but it's an order of magnitude better than anything else I've seen before-- does it mean dolls next christmas will be at similar levels of realism?

    I noted the cute anime girl in the redshirt with extremely pointed and accurate nipples and did a bit of a double take.

    Wonder if this has implication to the sex dolls? Custom sex dolls with more realistic faces?

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      I didn't see how much they cost

      Article says the cost is 138000 yen (~1750 USD). So not cheap!

    • Custom sex dolls with more realistic faces?

      Oh god,you just reminded me of that ST:TNG episode where Lt. Barclay used the holodeck to fantasize about his shipmates. When will we have the first "He took my Facebook pics and created a sex doll out of me" lawsuits?

    • by morethanapapercert ( 749527 ) on Sunday July 24, 2011 @12:38AM (#36860666) Homepage
      Actually.....Japan has had dolls superior to the western Real Doll for some time now, and yes, many of them offer customisations. (models are almost exclusively Japanese in appearance obviously)

      Here's an example of one manufacturer: Unison-Direct [unison-direct.jp]

      Being Japan, there are also two trends that we in the west find rather creepy. First is the growing number of men who obsess over their dolls, dressing them up and taking them out on dates, photographing them in ways that makes them seem even more life like and so on. There are several Japanese magazines devoted to the subject. These guys treat their inanimate objects with the sort intense fantasy life that over here would be considered a sign of mental illness....

      Even more creepy, even among the Japanese and hence, less talked about is the number of manufacturers who offer "miniature" versions (2/3 scale models of rather women) or straight out child models. To be fair, the child models are usually dolls only and do not have the "love holes" as the trade calls them. I have no doubt though that there are men out there who modify them, probably even enough of them that they have their own forums and swap tips and tricks on how to best perform the "surgery"

      • Perhaps we should encourage this trend. In China there are already 32 million more boys than girls [nytimes.com] due to the preference for boys. "Love dolls", especially if not considered a social stigma, would be a better solution than social upheaval and violence that may eventually result.
    • Custom sex dolls with more realistic faces?

      Umm, don't they already make those [realdoll.com]?

      • Real Dolls have always looked pretty ghastly to me. Even the japanese dolls the other person linked do not look as real as these doll faces.

        • by rednip ( 186217 )

          Even the japanese dolls the other person linked do not look as real as these doll faces.

          That's because they don't use a 3-D map of a real human being for those dolls, yet.

        • I think it depends on the Doll and the choices the person made during its construction, I would agree that many of the gallery shots on the site itself make the dolls look ghastly. That being said I've seen some pictures of Real Dolls where I initially didn't know it was a doll, its actually how I found that site the first time.

          For some "doll done right" shots, take a look at Stacy Leigh's [stacythephotographer.com] work. She has this picture of an Asian woman in a black and white striped top lying down with a cat, if I didn't alre

    • by kmoser ( 1469707 )

      Custom sex dolls with more realistic faces?

      Uh, it's not the faces that consumers want to make more realistic. Or so I've heard.

  • "SEU95 is inserted in the back orifice" - no thanks
  • Some of those look really good, like uncanny valley good. But when you get to the last few and especially the second to last one a few look shopped, not printed.

    Now I would love to see this kind of tech become so cheap that it was available at any mall. Most of the 3d printers I see don't offer that kind of fine grain resolution. I would love to be able to build something that detailed on my computer and then go have it printed out without having to spend 10s of thousands of yen.

  • Voodoo 2.0 (Score:5, Funny)

    by lexsird ( 1208192 ) on Sunday July 24, 2011 @01:55AM (#36860838)

    For voodoo practitioners this should be an massive upgrade.

  • They're hand painted, though. They need a color printer that can work on a 3D surface, something like an inkjet head on a 5-axis robot arm. I'm surprised that Roland doesn't make something like that yet.

  • by hedgemage ( 934558 ) on Sunday July 24, 2011 @02:39AM (#36860910)
    At least in my case. Any realistic depiction of me could never be described as an 'action' figure.
  • Can't wait until these dolls hit Robot Chicken. This is going to open up a wide world of options to them.

  • by SeaFox ( 739806 ) on Sunday July 24, 2011 @05:17AM (#36861440)

    This is seriously old news, and it's been done for cheaper.

    At my workplace they have stupid human-interest type news blurbs produced by the same company that supplies all the (not)Inpirational-goTeam corporate decor, and one blurb was about a company that did something like this from photos. And they were cheaper, too! Like less than $500 for the initial creation and first figure, and $50 for each additional one. I just can't remember the name of the company or find it easily on Google right now. I first saw that blurb like over a year ago, and it's still hanging in some corner of the building right now.

    • by Ihmhi ( 1206036 )

      True it can probably be done for cheaper, but it takes place in Tokyo (which makes it more expensive) and then in Akihabara (which makes it even more expensive).

  • Summary says you get to pick a body as part of your purchase, but I don't think that is true.

    The caption on one of the photos in TFA is something like "my production assistant attached my head to a storm trooper body."

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