« on: May 6, 2014, 04:48 PM »
I think there are, or have been, a couple companies that released the modular walls you're talking about, Jesse. I know one of the releases, maybe more, was done for the Gundam collectors in mind and the Transformers fans bought into it. But, yeah, I've seen guys use them as backdrops for taking photos and they work with 3.75" figures up to Deluxe, maybe even Leader class TF stuff.
It doesn't even have to be that fancy, I've seen excellent dio stories that printed a sci-fi type wall on regular paper and glued it to foam core to make walls and floors and it looked fine.
I can enjoy a good dio as much as anyone, but I'm personally more of a playset guy and that's the turning point in the arguments that I've had before. Hasbro is a toy company that makes playsets, or made them in the past anyway, while what a lot of guys on the forums want are dios even though they pay lip service to the "playset" idea. That Bespin set? I love that thing!
I'm not completely opposed to 3D printed stuff. Sean Huxter, who is a 12" GI Joe (mainly Adventure Team) collector, has recently been printing some AT themed accessory sets for his figures that have the feel of the vintage stuff released by Hasbro. Just updated for the modern world. The stuff turned out really well and looks great but it's mostly one offs or maybe a short run for a couple of friends. And they're small, he's not doing trees or large wall pieces, he did a bazooka and a flight backpack, that type of thing. There's also a guy that did a 3.75" scale AT Mobile Support Vehicle that's nice but for the cost of a low run piece like that, I'm not really in.
There's definitely a market for both playsets and dios as well as new figures and toys like what Marauder just pulled off or what Acid Rain and Boss Fight Studios are working on, but the key is finding the right market and getting people to buy in. When it comes to Star Wars specifically, I think the market is so fractured it would be hard to find a large group to get in on one or two characters if we're talking figures and I think it gets narrower when you start talking playsets and dios. I mean, how many carded collectors are out there, are they going to be in the market for a dio when they have no loose figures?
I think 3D printing could be really incredible going forward, but I feel like it eventually will be more in the model of people that want dios and custom pieces investing in a printer and downloading plans, or making them, and printing them at home or, like Jesse mentioned, ordering online rather than backing kickstarters. I'd rather have a printer and make my own stuff than throw $50 to a guy in Australia to print me a tree. I live in the woods, if I want a tree I can take a saw for a walk...