Q: How are the figures made?Link (Thanks, Porsupah!)
A: The figures are built on a Z-Corp rapid prototyping machine. One 4000th of an inch at a time, the machine lays down a plaster powder that it covers with a type of colored glue.
Q: How do the colors get applied?
A: Color is applied as the figures are built, this has a couple advantages over paint:
1. Very fine texture details can be reproduced: words, tattoos and subtle things like fingernails and eyebrows all show up great
2. Color actually extends slightly into the figure (like a candy shell), reducing the visibility of small scratches and bumps
Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. His new book is Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects