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Geek Buddha statues and the zen of 3D printing (pictures)

Etsy seller Chris Milne combines buddha bodies with "Star Wars," "Battlestar Galactica" and superhero heads to create geeky 3D-printed figurines.

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Yoda goes Buddha

Chris Milnes, proprietor of Etsy store muckychris, melds popular geeky characters with plump Buddha bodies to create unusual 3D-printed statues.

This Yoda-Buddha figure is printed in a glow-in-the-dark green color, making it a particularly bright example of Milnes' offerings. It highlights the Zen-like aspects of the Yoda "Star Wars" character.

Related article: Zen and the art of the Force

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Iron Man on a Buddha body

Etsy shop muckychris offers a variety of geeky Buddha statues, including this bright red version featuring Iron Man's iconic head on top. The plastic figure offers an interesting contrast between Iron Man's angular face and Buddha's round body.

Related article: Zen and the art of the Force

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A gaggle of 'Star Wars" Buddhas

Esty shop muckychris lets customers choose from a wide selection of geeky Buddha figures, such as these Zen C-3P0 statues. Whether you choose the light side or the dark side, there's a statuette that has you covered. The shop also offers Darth Vader, Yoda, Boba Fett and Stormtrooper designs.

Related article: Zen and the art of the Force

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Groot is Zen, too

This side view of a 3D-printed Groot-Buddha statue shows off the tree-dude's impressive bark crown. The mashup was created by Chris Milnes for his Etsy store. The figure also features a small Rocket Racoon hanging out at the base as a bonus.

Related article: Zen and the art of the Force

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Zen and the art of Cylons

The classic "Battlestar Galatica" series offered up some memorable creations in the form of the Cylons. Take your "BSG" obsession to a more meditative level with these 3D-printed Cylon-Buddha figures. It takes up to six hours to print a large figurine.

Related article: Zen and the art of the Force

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Stormtrooper studies Buddhism

This Stormtrooper-Buddha statue is one of the most popular items available from the muckychris Etsy store. Created with a 3D printer, the figure is available in three sizes and a variety of colors. This classic white version keeps it close to the original "Star Wars" Stormtrooper look, though the Buddha body is anything but.

Related article: Zen and the art of the Force

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Terminator gets 3D-printed

The Terminator T-800 might not seem like the most Zen character ever created for sci-fi, but you can get the robotic villain/hero in Buddha form. This 3D-printed statue is available from Etsy shop muckychris in sizes up to 6 inches tall.

Related article: Zen and the art of the Force

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I'm Buddha-Batman

"I am Buddha-Batman!" Those are words you'd never hear Christian Bale or Ben Affleck speak, but they're what come to mind when you see Chris Milnes' Etsy store and its Buddha and Batman mashup statue. The figure is printed in plastic and ranges in price depending on size.

Related article: Zen and the art of the Force

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Darth Vader with a Hotei body

Darth Vader's head combined with the body of a laughing Buddha makes for an interesting statement piece. This 3D-printed figure is part of a collection of geeky Buddha statues produced by Chris Milnes. Milnes uses a Creative Commons-licensed Buddha body to build his geeky figurines.

Related article: Zen and the art of the Force

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Boba Fett 3D-printed as Buddha

This Buddha Fett figure combines the head of famed "Star Wars" bounty hunter Boba Fett with the body of a laughing Buddha. Printed in chrome-colored plastic, this statue is created using a MakerBot 3D printer and is available for purchase on Etsy in three different sizes.

Related article: Zen and the art of the Force

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A gilded Judge Dredd

Judge Dredd may be ripped when he's in superhero form, but here he takes on a completely new look with a Buddha body. The figure is one of a collection of geek Buddhas from Etsy shop muckychris. This particular statue is 3D-printed in a plastic color called "brilliant gold."

Related article: Zen and the art of the Force

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