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Makie Doll

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3D printed dolls are not just the toys of the future, with a Makie Doll they're the toys of now. Fantastic choice, great construction, laudable company values. Makie Dolls are fabulous.

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Sam Applegate

16th September 2014

By Sam Applegate

I like bacon sandwiches.


Let's be honest, when most adults end up in the toy department of a shop, there's usually at least one thing in there that catches their eye and undermines any pretensions they have to being a full-grown, serious citizen of the world. Sure, there's a lot of tat that isn't as good as the stuff we had in our day, but the relentless march of technology means there's usually something that has a serious wow factor.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Makie doll. Except, of course, that you won't really find Makies in bricks and mortar stores, or at least not the kind of Makie doll that makes this toy so special. That's because unlike Barbie, Action Man or practically any of the other great toy brands of the past, Makie dolls are customisable individuals. We're not talking about swapping the odd accessory or outfit here, I mean that they're customisable from their very inception. Pretty cool, eh?

It's Got To Be Perfect?

In practice when you buy a Makie doll, you get a code in the box that you take to the company's website. Use the design tools provided to specify your doll's skin colour, their hair, the shape or their eyes, ears and so on and so forth... It's really quite stunning. There are boy makies too, so there's no reason that any budding collection needs to be all-girl. As you go through the process you can see a digital representation of how your doll will look, until you reach your perfect design.

You don't have to order that design straight away, but can wait as long as you want or you can develop a couple of other looks and spend a little time mulling on which one is best. Just save it on your account and take your time.

You might be curious as to how the company go about creating so many unique dolls without it costing a fortune, and the answer is the remarkable technology of 3D printing. That kind of fascinating detail is the kind of thing that might just foster an interest in science and technology in your daughter or son and might one day lead them into a career of inventing things themselves. They're made in London, too, so you'll be supporting a British company with an honourable set of ethical values.

Not Like The Other Girls

Makie dolls are well made and robust, constructed from some kind of hard plastic. They're quite large at 24cm/ 10 inches and unlike many other dolls, actually have an anatomy that vaguely resembles that of a normal human body shape. Instead of having feet that are solely designed to be slotted into high heels, Makie dolls can stand upright unassisted. In an age where we're all much more conscious of the body image problems that many children can develop, that's surely a great thing.

That sturdiness doesn't mean they're rigid and inflexible, however. Makies have plenty of joints to bend and position as you so please. It's quite possible to imagine an enterprising film maker creating a stop-motion short using them as actors. Each of those moveable parts is replaceable and upgradeable too, including the head. That means that if your daughter is losing interest in her doll or wants to use the Makie for a different kind of play that it's easy to do so.

What about accessories, I hear you cry? Well, as you'd expect from a company that revolves around the use of a 3D printer, there's a whole galaxy of them, with the promise of many more to come. So if your daughter wears glasses, even a particular style of glasses, then her Makie can too. There are already plenty of clothes and outfits to bedeck Makies with and these feel like good quality garments. They're not cheap, however.

MakieLab Ltd enjoy a reputation for great customer service and responsiveness, so if you have any questions or issues with your doll then the chances are that you'll have nor problems getting them resolved. The company are doing their best to support a strong community of Makie doll lovers, too, so there should be lots of opportunities to engage with other fans and to get ideas for tinkering and adapting your Makie.

Some Dolls Are Better Than Others

Makie dolls have received rave reviews by customers, and for good reason. What the company is doing is innovative and exciting. There are a couple of unavoidable downsides, though. Firstly, Makie dolls aren't cheap- is that really any surprise for something that you have so much control over? The dolls don't roll off a production line in their thousands; each one is bespoke to the person who orders it, and that inevitably costs more. I think it's fair to say that most customers feel that their doll is well worth the price, though.

Secondly, it's not instantly there in their hands. Depending on your child's moods and concentration span, going through the design process may be something that awakens and inspires their latent creativity to reach new heights that they take great joy in or it may be a painstaking process that takes months. It's no great criticism, but it something to be aware of. If this is a Christmas present, you might want to make sure that they have something else on hand to play with whilst they wait for two weeks for it arrive. Thinking about it, it's possible that the wait might be a bit longer in December because of the flood of new designs that the company might face.

Of course, you can always design the Makie doll yourself so that you have the actual doll ready on the big day, but that seems to be taking some of the fun out of it.

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  • Fun and easy to design online
  • Each Makie doll is a unique individual - a truly personalised toy
  • Designed to be enhanceable, fixable, and loved for a lifetime
  • A gift to build brains, and heart, and Can-Do Attitude!
  • In the real world, Makies are 3D printed plastic dolls. They’re 10” high, super poseable, and each one is totally unique.
  • The Makie you invent will be one-of-a-kind, and all yours. Makie dolls are made in London, and can be sent to wherever you are.

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