Makies custom 3D-printed toys, now in color!

Makies are the custom, 3D printed dolls that come from MakieLab, the company my wife Alice founded. The first couple revs of the doll were all bone white, due to limitations of the high-wearing, kid-safe plastics. But after a lot of R&D, the Makies have figured out how to do color, starting from today:

Fantastic: four! We present to you: Ice Frosting, Strawberry Milk, Cocoa Bean and Pale Pistachio. You can now order hand dip-dyed Makies, and the results are this delicious body-blush of colour. Note the variation, the “organic” effect, and the unique finish: your hand-dyed Makie won’t look like a uniform-plastic doll, but a feisty little piece of art.



  1. Good first generation… but wait until cheap(er) scanners make it onto the market… then parents can scan their or their kid’s faces to be 3D printed onto these things.

    1. I see these things, scurrying around in the darkness, darting in and out of the edges of my flashlight’s beam.

    1. I also wonder what they’re really selling when I read:

      A shadowy encounter with Pale Pistachio will satisfy your nutty needs. Hmm…

  2. I look forward to the “3d printed dolls, now with bodies at the same scale as the heads” headline. Then the scary ones can be put to sleep, 6 feet under, in a lead lined coffin with garlic plants growing in the ground above.

  3. Okay,

    I figured out why these instinctly creep people out, it’s not the big heads, nor the lack of pants, it’s that they don’t have any eyebrows or eyelashes likely just do to the limitations of the current printer.  Perhaps the kids can just draw those on…

  4. Just in time for the flood of colour 3D printers about to hit the market. RepRap have just released the beta kits of their new 3 extruder Mendel. it’s going to cost a third of the Makerbot Replicator 2X, have equal resolution and 1 additional colour.

    For those with a single extruder printer, I find it useful and cost effective to print in plain white PLA, then color parts using sharpie permanent pens. this saves keeping all colours of filament, and makes for easier recycling of objects using machines like the filabot.

  5. Can someone explain why 3D printing for these dolls is superior to regular mass production?  They look like identical forms, and it would appear that the eyes are separately inset, rather than printed along with the rest of the doll.

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