Unboxing a Makie doll

I just spent ten delightful minutes watching this vlog in which Pixie Blossom unboxes her new, custom, 3D printed Makie doll. She ordered one of the last, limited run of green-skinned dolls, and specified that it be only lightly decorated so that she could give it a total makeover. The result, presented with contagious glee in the final act, is a great testament to her creativity and the idea of giving people toys that are intended to be remade by their owners.

The video was a hit in our household because my wife, Alice Taylor, is the CEO and founder of Makielab, where the Makie dolls come from.

Price-drop for Makies, design-it-yourself 3D-printed dolls


Makies, the 3D-printed toy company that lets you design your own poseable action doll, has just announced a major price-drop, to £69 (down from £99), just in time for the hols! Makies is based in east London, and ships worldwide.

(Disclosure: I'm extremely proud to be married to Alice Taylor, the founder and CEO of MakieLab)

Give your doll a makeup-friendly finish with PVA glue

The folks at Makielab have created a sweet series of stop motion animations featuring their 3D printed, custom Makie dolls in a variety of adventures, and giving advice on modding, improving and tweaking your doll. The latest installment demonstrates a technique for coating a doll's face with PVA glue to create a washable finish that will stably hold makeup until you wash it away, allowing for multiple facepaints.

Makies How To: Easy Doll Makeup!

(Disclosure: My wife Alice is the founder and CEO of Makies)

Lost Lectures in London

The Lost Lectures are fascinating presentations given in secret locations around London and Berlin. If you sign up, you can get tickets (and the hush hush info) necessary to see them live — or you can watch them online from anywhere after the fact. I kind of wish I was in London on March 22nd, when the series is featuring both Alice Taylor — a melder of games, toys, and tech who also happens to be Cory's wife — and science blog god Ed Yong. What a great lineup!

Make a 3D printed Makie doll on your tablet!


MakieLab, the 3D-printed toy company my wife Alice founded, has just shipped its first tablet-based doll-builder: the Makies Doll Factory!

We think designing Makies with fingers feels really cool, like proper making. And, we've revamped the pricing for real-life Makies, so you can order only the hair, accessories and clothes you want with your doll - which makes most Makies a bit cheaper too! App users get this first (we re-jigged the shop along with the app, to make this possible), and we'll be rolling it out to www.makie.me later this week.

MAKIES iPAD APP OUT NOW!