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posted by mattie_p on Monday February 17 2014, @04:55PM   Printer-friendly
from the my-little-printer dept.

similar_name writes: "The prospect of children printing their own Transformers and My Little Pony toys is a step closer, after toy firm Hasbro revealed a partnership with 3D printing company 3D Systems. The two companies are working together to 'co-develop and commercialize innovative play printers and platforms later this year.'"

[Ed. Note] The first one I would print is Applejack.

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by mmcmonster on Monday February 17 2014, @05:08PM

    by mmcmonster (401) on Monday February 17 2014, @05:08PM (#840)

    How will prevalent 3D printers change the childhood toy industry?

    I know my daughter has dozens of Littlest Pet Shop toys, most of them are not articulated and could easily have been made by a 3D printer fab.

    Do Hasbro et al give the 3D designs away for free and charge for high quality reproductions? This seems to be like the card games are now. You can download Pokemon cards and print them yourselves, but the cards being bought at the local stores still command a premium price.

    Hopefully they don't try to litigate themselves into a jam...

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  • (Score: 1) by mrcoolbp on Monday February 17 2014, @05:20PM

    by mrcoolbp (68) <> on Monday February 17 2014, @05:20PM (#853) Homepage

    Good question. It looks like they are trying to jump in to the market to mitigate their own future demise (which won't happen until there are some significant improvements in the tech).

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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by kogspg on Monday February 17 2014, @07:58PM

    by kogspg (850) on Monday February 17 2014, @07:58PM (#1006)

    It'll be a combination of the app store model and ink printers. Pay a few bucks for a character model and charge and arm and a leg for plastic refill.