Introducing Makielab’s Makies

There are many things about Facebook that irritate me, however, I must thank it for introducing me to a doll company that seems to be doing something pretty cool.  MakieLab is a company that allows you to make your own poseable 10″ dolls, Makies.  Based in Shoreditch, London, MakieLab “developed tech that can produce and manufacture the best kind of future-smashing toy”.

Makies Banner

Makies Banner

The tech?  3-D printing, or more precisely, they’ve created “a system of creating objects using game technologies – 3D Studio Max, Unity, 3D objects – and transmogrifying them into 3D-printable toys complete with internal working joints.” Sounds pretty neat, huh?

Makies were awarded a Commendation in the Independent Toy Awards 2013, which essentially means they earned at least 10% of the votes in the competition and were very close to earning a medal.  Pretty awesome for a company that was only founded in 2011!

Makies

Makies

Now, onto the dolls…  Let me state first that it seems like Makies is a line that is constantly re-designing itself, so make sure to check out the company website for info on what they’re currently doing and improving upon.

Screen Capture, Eyes

Screen Capture, Eyes

Makies are 100% customizable dolls. You literally create them using a web based computer program and next thing you know, your own 100% unique doll is at your door step.  They cost roughly $110 US or 82 euro, which is comparable to other design your own dolls, like the Muppet Whatnots at FAO Schwartz.

Doll Creation App screenshot

Doll Creation App screenshot

There are four skin tones currently available for Makies, from pale white to chocolate brown.  Since the plastic they use is white, they literally dye the bodies the color of your choice.  The wigs are glued on, unless you specify otherwise while ordering.  They have a head cap that allows you to switch out the eyes, assuming you can find eyes that fit.  Currently, Makies have acrylic half sphere eyes inserted into an eye mechanism.

Various Makies

Makies- in what I assume is the old style faces

Makies arrive with very light face ups done in non-toxic pencils, but if you want something more powerful, they have tips on re-doing the make up yourself. They’ve recently updated their head molds to the ‘cutie’ line.  These images include both the classic and new ‘cutie’ style head.

Cutie style face with face up

Cutie style face with face up

They have pull off limbs, meaning you don’t have to worry about stringing them.

Now, I know you’re wondering, what in the heck are Makies made from.  Is it plastic?  Is it vinyl?  Is it resin? Well, the best answer I’ve found is that it’s none of the above.

They start out as powder and then eventually (somehow!) end up in something that the website describes as somewhat similar to an “unglazed porcelain, kind of. Sometimes a Makie can feel quite fragile or precious, and early testers have likened it to porcelain, maybe because the only toys that have a bit more weight to them are porcelain. But Makies are actually as tough as (plastic) boots.”  According to Makie’s PR, the dolls have a similar weight to ABS plastic (which is what Hujoo‘s are made of), but a totally different feel.

Makies

One of the Limited Edition Makies

The Makies creation program MakieLab designed is pretty user friendly.  You aren’t only given a handful of template choices to choose from for your doll.  You can literally manipulate nearly every (if not every) facial feature on your Makie.  Eye width and spacing, the bridge of the nose, the roundness of the nose, the size of the lips, the plumpness of the lips, the cheekbones, the chin structure.  You name it and you can probably manipulate it!  What I really liked is that you can manipulate the ears to make them elf or fairy ears!

New Cutie Faces

New Cutie Faces

After making the face, you can choose an outfit and wig.  Their options for outfits and wigs are a bit limited, but those things could be relatively easy to find outside of the site.

Can you guess these celebs?  (If you guessed Prince Henry for the redhead, you're right!  I honestly don't know who the brunette is, though!)

Can you guess these celebs? (If you guessed Prince Harry for the redhead, you’re right! I honestly don’t know who the brunette is, though!)

I haven’t decided if I am going to take the plunge, so to speak, and order a Makie.  I know it won’t be before Christmas, because we’ve hit the point of the year where I have to really conserve my money for Christmas fun.

Makie's Cutie Holiday doll/package

Makie’s Cutie Holiday doll/package

However, I’ll definitely be keeping this company in my sights!  And I have to admit, making digital Makies on the website is quite fun (and free!), even if I can’t put the money down for a 3-D version!  You can find the Makies app for your Apple device and/or can find the PC based creation program on their website.

What do you think of Makies?  Do you own one?  What kind of Makie would YOU make?  Share your thoughts below!!!!

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November 29, 2013. Tags: , , . Category: Introductions & Reviews, Category: Uncategorized.

15 Comments

  1. Taswegian1957 replied:

    I hadn’t heard of these, interesting idea. Out of my price range but I might go and have a play on the website.

  2. barbielea replied:

    Can’t even tell you how excited I am about this! I have wanted a Hujoo for so long but importing one is so difficult and expensive I’ve never got round to it -this company being based in London and the doll coming as a complete unit are both massive bonuses for me … So much easier. It’s about time British toy makers stepped up to the plate and this is a wonderful idea. As soon as I can raise the money I’m getting one. Thanks very much for another great tip-off :)

    • kewpie83 replied:

      Definitly share it on your blog if you get one!!! I would be really interested in hearing what you think about these. (And you’re right about the other celeb doll. Mystery solved!)

  3. barbielea replied:

    Oh, PS, I’m pretty sure that the dark haired doll next to Prince Harry is meant to be George Osborne the Chancellor of the Exchequer. I really can’t imagine why anybody would want a doll of him!

  4. Blackkitty replied:

    I saw thetoyboxphilosopher’s review of a Makie she designed and wasn\t very impressed. The body is stocky and impossible to dress in standard clothes and it seems to me like too much to pay for what is essentially an ugly fat dwarf doll, custom or not. Hers appeared to have the old face and no makeup at all. I hope they introduce more bodies and options, because the concept is good and the quality is excellent, according to Emily. Also, they don’t break.

    • kewpie83 replied:

      Good to know! I haven’t checked out any reviews yet. I noticed the dwarf like bodies, too, in the promo shots of the originals, but the Cutie’s (with elf ears!) looked improved upon. I just wish I could get my hands on one to really test and review it!!! (But, that won’t happen anytime soon since it’s Xmas and all!)

    • barbtheevilgenius replied:

      I wasn’t impressed either. Not only because I didn’t like the face, but because I saw faint lines on the doll’s body from being “cut out,” as it were. I imagine that will improve as 3-D printing does.

      • kewpie83 replied:

        Oh yeah. I think these guys will just keep improving upon what they are making. I’m still amazed at what people can do with 3D printers.

    • Sindyfan replied:

      Agreed, I love love love the idea but they are really unappealing. They would need to improve the design a lot before I would be tempted to buy one.

  5. pixiecollections replied:

    Man, I really do want a Makie. But the price is a tad steep for me ATM. :(

  6. Shannon (@shannonkay) replied:

    My husband is a game developer and we use Unity! This kind of just makes me want a 3D printer…

    Super exciting though. We are in the future!

    • kewpie83 replied:

      I know! After seeing all the neat things 3D printers can do, I wanted one, too! :)

  7. Introducing: Siena, my Makie from MakieLab | Confessions of a Doll Collectors Daughter replied:

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  8. Dolly Review: Siena, my Makie from MakieLabs | Confessions of a Doll Collectors Daughter replied:

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  9. Emmalee Lavenger replied:

    i want one but i only have eighty bucks right now

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