Inside Sandboxr: Custom 3D Printing Of Your Favorite Video Game Characters

When playing Everquest (far too much) in the late nineties, I couldn’t get over how cool it would be to be able have a statue of my character — customizations, race, clothing, armor and all — to proudly display on a shelf. I kept hoping this would become reality, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized it would be impossible. How could a figure be custom created when so many variables exist? Although the thought persisted, I eventually moved on from it when I realized thinking about it more would only depress me. Fast forward fifteen years, however, and the technology now exists to actually accomplish what once seemed like something out of Star Trek. Sandboxr has quickly cornered the video game sector of 3D printing and it’s easy to see why.

Sandboxr was kind enough to send over a mystery figure for us to check out ourselves. To have a better understanding on how these are packaged and arrive, we photographed the journey.

The figure comes in a neat looking cardboard box full of hip patterns. Unfortunately, there’s nothing tied in with the figure or brand itself, which would be a nice addition. Still, though, the presentation screams quality.

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Upon opening the cardboard box, there are instructions on how the figure should be removed from its casing.

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While at first detailed instructions for opening a box seem unnecessary, they become clear once you look at the box from its side.

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Your eyes don’t deceive you; in reality, the box is actually multiple small layers of polystyrene stacked up. While upon first glance this looks like a somewhat random way to protect the figure, unpacking it reveals that each layer is actually indented around the figure, providing absolute protection. A cool custom system for a cool custom figure.

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And there he is! Smite’s Ares, the God of War. While the figure we received was a mystery to us, rest assured that this is not a grab bag venture and users will be able to choose and customize their figures in multiple exciting ways. The base of each figure includes a serial number and marking showing the print originates from Sandboxr. As far as the figure itself goes, the detail is impressive as seen above. Colors and curvatures are accurate and it feels substantial in your hand. The only downside is the characteristic sheen and resin texture that 3D prints carry, but it’s a small price to pay when you’re able to own a completely custom collectible.

It also includes a character card for display purposes.

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So there you have it: the end product from Sandboxr. Although it’s only possible to print figures from three games currently — Smite, Primal Carnage and Infinity Blade — more are on the way. Given the heavy push and inherent quality of the brand, don’t be surprised to see more and more franchises get the Sandboxr treatment. And with the company’s partnership with Amazon, it’s easier than ever before to order the figures.