The idea of being able to get a Barbie-sized clone of yourself has been an internet tease for so long that I almost walked past the studio displaying these super lifelike figures that had obviously been modeled on real people.
Surely there would be the usual fine print: “GET A PERFECT PINT-SIZED REPLICA OF YOURSELF (for only $100,000,000,000)” or “NOW ANYONE CAN IMMORTALIZE THEIR AWESOMENESS (as long as they’re related to the inventor and willing to wait six months for it to be handpainted by magical elves)”
But WHOA when I stepped up to the counter and asked, it turns out this is a genuine get-scanned-in-five-minutes shop that will deliver a photographically detailed figure within three weeks, for a sum that isn’t usually associated with buying a house!
All you have to do is make an appointment at the Loft store in Shibuya and…
Okay, I realize you may be one of those rare people who don’t have a burning desire to see yourself immortalized in eternal plastic, but what about…
So finally, let’s go bottom line – it’s still not cheap. But which would you rather have – sixty skinny soy lattes or a Mini Me who can battle your 1/25 scale Megatron on a level playing field?
Now the only things that stand between you and being the first one on your block to be enshrined in carbonite are a phone call to Shibuya Loft (03-3462-3863) to make an appointment, five minutes in a scanning session, and 2-3 weeks for them to make and ship the figure (and yes, they’ll ship international). More details & pix are on their website.
If you’d like to visit Shibuya the next time you’re in Tokyo, all my favorite stuff to do in Shibuya is on my other blog, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.
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6 thoughts on “Get Your Very Own 3D Selfie”
That’s pretty awesome. My husband had a realistic bobble head done of me. It’s (hopefully) not as realistic as this.
OMG custom bobblehead! WANT
I have enough issues getting a 2D photograph taken. This would give me a nervous breakdown. D:
I know, right? I did wonder if they allowed retakes. In case of hideous facial expression OR WORSE D:
Will never get over the fact I missed out on OMOTE 3D SHASHIN-KAN in 2012. Their 20cm figure was 10k cheaper and they would do a family of 3 for 55k – http://www.fashionsnap.com/news/2012-10-14/omote3-shashin-kan/
Moreover, I was 3 years younger…
Interesting to see how the technology has evolved in three years!