3D Systems' Gentle Giant buy: More toys for you?
3D Systems buys high-end scanning and modeling toy design company Gentle Giant, most known for its highly detailed "Star Wars," "Harry Potter," and "Hobbit" collectible statues.
Start stockpiling those Bitcoins, toy enthusiasts! It appears that since 3D Systems acquired Gentle Giant Studios, it plans to make more products from franchises including Marvel, "Star Wars," Disney, "The Walking Dead," and "Harry Potter," to name a few.
According to the 3D Systems press release: "3DS plans to immediately leverage Gentle Giant Studios technology and vast library of digital content into its consumer platform and extend its existing brand relationships to further the reach of 3D scanning, modeling and printing for entertainment, toys, collectibles, action figures in conjunction with numerous blockbuster films, and evergreen licensed properties."
3DS is a provider of 3D printing design-to-manufacturing solutions including 3D printers, print materials, and cloud-sourced on-demand custom parts for professionals and consumers alike. It will be interesting to see how 3DS utilizes the expertise at Gentle Giant Studios to create collectibles from some of our favorite franchises.
If this means precious collectibles on demand, we just want to know how soon before we can get a miniature Smaug in our own bedroom.