How to Make Toys

Tips and tricks and general information about what it takes to make designer vinyl toys, resin toys, and art toys.

I Want to Make a Toy – Where Do I Start?

I Want to Make a Toy – Where Do I Start?

You want to make a toy and you don’t know where to start? Simply put, have a strong original idea. It’s okay to be inspired, we’re all inspired by the fantastic work being made by the artists and designers that we love. But it’s harder…

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Does My Designer Toy Need Safety Testing?

Does My Designer Toy Need Safety Testing?

Some “designer toys” are toys and some “designer toys” are decorative art. If you are making toys that are accessible to children under the age of 14, even if you didn’t intend that young of an audience, then yes, you are obligated by the laws…

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Celebrity Likeness Designer Toy?

Celebrity Likeness Designer Toy?

I love “Celebrity X”, is it okay to make a Celebrity X toy? It’s great to have heroes and we all love this actor or that sports star or that other famous person who does that thing that is just so damn cool. In fact…

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How Long Does it Take to Make a Vinyl Toy?

How Long Does it Take to Make a Vinyl Toy?

How long does it take to make a run of vinyl toys? Short answer… a very long time. Let’s break it down and take a look at each stage, keeping in mind that the “design and ideation” portions are flexible, while the factory production portions…

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Free Creature 3d Model “Skullbee”

Free Creature 3d Model “Skullbee”

Who likes monsters? Who wants to get their hands on a nice juicy, drippy, lumpy freak named Skullbee? If you’re curious about the magic behind the mischief, grab yourself this file and take a peek. If you’d like to play with the character, go right…

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Free Monster 3d Model – “Oxymaroon”

Free Monster 3d Model – “Oxymaroon”

Free monster 3d model? Absolutely, come and get the goober and mess him up. Feel free to print him on your rapid-prototyping machine, if you have one! Feel free to customize him or just take a peek behind the scenes to see how we put…

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How Much Does it Cost to Make Resin Toys from a Digital Sculpt?

How Much Does it Cost to Make Resin Toys from a Digital Sculpt?

Every step of the process of making a set of figures has options and choices that affect the cost. Possibly the best way to answer this question would be with a flowchart, but for now let’s pick one option and stick with it. Let’s consider…

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Resin or Vinyl Toys?

Resin or Vinyl Toys?

Designers who are planning a toy occasionally wonder whether to produce their figure in resin or vinyl. Both materials are being used to make wonderful and attractive figures. Here are brief overviews of the materials. More!

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How Much Does Rapid-Prototyping Cost?

How Much Does Rapid-Prototyping Cost?

The flexibility and speed of digital sculpting has an associated cost that sometimes surprises designers. Printing the sculpt can occasionally be perilously expensive. More!

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Free Creature 3d Model “Cheebs”

Free Creature 3d Model “Cheebs”

Shinbone’s been getting so much love and support lately that it’s time to give something back. If you like monsters or if you’re curious about how we sculpt toys, here’s a 3d model of a little critter to load up and take a close look…

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How Detailed Can a Digital Sculpt Be?

How Detailed Can a Digital Sculpt Be?

There are different rapid-prototyping technologies that print using a variety of processes and materials. The resolution, or the smallest possible detail, is dependent on the specific printer that is being used for generating the physical model. To try and give you some idea of how…

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Is Self-Producing a Cost Effective Way to Make and Sell Toys?

Is Self-Producing a Cost Effective Way to Make and Sell Toys?

No, producing your own toys is not cost effective – but it is fun! There is a tremendous amount of enjoyment and satisfaction to be had if you’re a designer and you make, package and sell your own figures. Keep in mind, while interesting, it…

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Will a Video Game Model Print Successfully?

Will a Video Game Model Print Successfully?

Short answer – rarely. But patching up the high poly game asset for print is not too difficult. Detailed high poly game models are used for a few reasons in the game development pipeline. For “next gen” titles, the high poly models are used for…

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Is Toy Production Profitable?

Is Toy Production Profitable?

Well loved artists and designers with massive fan bases could see four figures come in from a successful run of toys. Inspired and talented designers who are just starting out might see “sushi money” come in from a successful run of toys. There’s a complex…

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Does it Cost Less to Produce More Toys?

Does it Cost Less to Produce More Toys?

Yes and no. Time for math fun. The total cost of a “run” of toys is the combined result of complexity, size, material, packaging, and number of units. Let’s look at a run of resin figures as an example. There are “one time” costs such…

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Can I Produce a Toy from My 3d Model?

Can I Produce a Toy from My 3d Model?

Yes. We can produce a run of toys from a client’s existing 3d model. There may be a little tweaking involved, or a complete rebuild, depending on the condition of the supplied model. While models built for video games, film, cut-scenes, and print look similar,…

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What 3d Model Formats Work for Producing Toys?

What 3d Model Formats Work for Producing Toys?

You can send us pretty much any format – Maya, 3ds Max, Zbrush, Mudbox, Modo, and we’ll clean up and prep the model and make sure that it is watertight, scaled, articulated, cut up for manufacturing, etc. before sending to the printer. The files that…

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Can My Vehicle Design Have Moving Wheels?

Can My Vehicle Design Have Moving Wheels?

For basic resin reproduction, we can do some fancy footwork and produce a piece with metal axles and resin wheels, but it is tricky and requires a fair amount of assembly. For larger production runs in ABS, we can engineer a fairly standard execution of…

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Will My 3d Model’s Texture Transfer to the Printed Toy?

Will My 3d Model’s Texture Transfer to the Printed Toy?

We can print a full color model, but we don’t recommend it. At the end of the day, you’ll only have a single piece, colored, for display and it won’t be reproducible. If you are interested in a full production run, painted, of your piece,…

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Minimum Order Quantities for Production Runs?

Minimum Order Quantities for Production Runs?

For resin, the minimum is extremely low, as low as 10 or 30 units. For vinyl, it is possible to sweet talk a factory into producing 500, but they would prefer to do no less than 1000, usually. A run of 500 will cost more,…

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