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4-28-2008 @ 8:46AM
True, it is not Blizz doing this but a third-party....But, Blizz did license it, and licensing a property should usually include some kind of quality check to make sure the brand is not 'cheapened' by a sub- standard product. Blizzard owe it to themsleves and the value of their brand to stop bad quality products coming out. Now granted, these are the first of their kind on the market, but I would like to have seen a bit more quality control involved in their production.
4-28-2008 @ 2:11PM
You're totally right that any good company should be careful about its licensing, and I can assure you that as someone who has tried to secure a Blizzard license that they are exceptionally picky (in a good way). The thing to keep in mind is that this is a pretty exciting new technology - the fact that unique full color 3d models can be printed at anything close to these prices is simply amazing.I think it's awesome to have as an option - if you want more vibrant colors or bigger figures, you can grab the plastic "action figures" or the minis coming from Upper Deck. Personally, I'm willing to pay a premium for *MY* character, and just wish I'd gotten lucky in the lottery.One last thought - there are several pictures of finished Figureprints on their website and they all show the "dustiness", so I can't see how someone could act all surprised by it. It's not like the Figureprints folks are hiding that or performing some sort of bait-and-switch with photoshopped images.
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