Minetoys, a quick review
A quick introduction
Before we get to Minetoys, let's talk about Minecraft.
Minecraft is a video game that has 15 million registered users since it came out 2 years ago. It has grown incredibly popular for an indie game, leaving the big game companies in awe. Every thing in the game is made of blocks and it has Nintendo 64 style graphics. Minecraft is a survival/sandbox game. This means you have to survive in a world that has no boundaries; infinite terrain which you can explore, items you can craft, resources to mine, food to eat, and monsters to kill. But the game focuses on creativity, and thanks to creative mode (which gives you unlimited blocks and resources) players can build mindblowing creations (given time), from huge underground cities, to horses, to massive cathedrals. The phrase "the sky is the limit" applies to Minecraft. Every time I think I saw it all, someone makes another epic creation.
Minecraft isn't just a game, it's a hobby.
It's like the new "Lego".
What is Minetoys?
Minecraft allows the player create your own skin, and each player can personalize their own character by uploading the skin. There are thousands of skins displayed on websites like PlanetMinecraft. There are countless skin creators, but I prefer editing mine pixel-by-pixel in a photo editing program.
A group of people came up with a great idea in late 2011; allow players to order their own Minecraft character that they could set on a desk and hold in their hands! These people created a site called Minetoys, and they teamed up with Shapeways, a popular 3D printing website.
While prices might seem high ($20 for 2.4 inches, $40 for 4.3 inches), 3D printing is not cheap. But I decided to order myself one because I thought it would be nifty.
It arrived in the mail today! It was smaller then I expected, but that is OK because I knew it would be small. The toy is made out of sandstone, but is pretty durable. It has a slight gritty feel (to be expected with sandstone) and the colors came out fantastic. See for yourself:
While I'm not about to drop it to test it's durability, it feels pretty solid. It's pretty cool having a little version of myself staring at me on my desk. I think Minetoys is a brilliant service, and wish them luck with the future of their website!