Star Trek figurines have been a staple of fan collections since the 1970s, with companies making everything from paint-your-own Star Trek: The Motion Picture plastic figurines to brand new resin Gorn figurines from the Star Trek Video Game. Advances in 3D Printing technology, however, have made it possible for fans to now become Star Trek figurines themselves. TrekMovie looks at the results.
Cubify yourself at cubify.com/StarTrek
Cubify 3D Systems offers personalized Star Trek figurines from the original series at their website. First, fans choose whether they wish a male or female character figurine to be made. Then, there is a choice of four poses: Phaser (character holds a phase in an action pose), Basic (character is standing at ease), Tricorder (the character holds a tricorder), and Vulcan (giving the requisite Vulcan salute). Then, fans choose their shirt color of either Command (yellow), Science (blue), or Operations (red). Next, fans choose their rank, from either Ensign, Lieutenant, Lieutenant Commander, Commander, or Captain. Please note that if you wish to be a Captain, you must select the Command option. Height and weight options are provided, from small, medium, or large. Fans then upload their photos to the website. It is recommended that a digital camera and not a phone be used, and that the flash also be used even if outside. A front profile (smiling is okay, although no teeth may show) and a side profile are needed for best results. You also may customize the bottom of the delta shield upon which the figurine rests with a saying. The price is $69.99 per figurine. The figurines were shipped in a carefully bubble wrapped box.
The images we used for Cubify for our son
The images we used for my wife
We chose the following options for figurines made of my wife Maria Jose and our son:
Male, Tricorder, Command, Captain, Small height, Small weight for our son’s figurine
Female, Phaser, Operations, Commander, Small height, Small weight for Maria Jose’s figurine. We customized the stand with the words “Phasers on Stun”
We were very pleased with the results, as the resemblance of both figurines is excellent. Interested fellow fans should note that these are figurines, not action figures. They do not move and are meant as display items. The detailing on the costumes are nice, and the props are detailed and recognizable. A small female figure is about 5.5” and a small male is about 6” tall. Our concern is that although height and weight options are given, they really are for adults. It would be good if Cubify would consider offering these items in kid friendly sizes as it is a bit disconcerting that our son’s figurine is taller than that of Maria Jose’s statue. Also, it would be nice if the figurines arrived in a special kind of box to make it more special. That being said, both the figurines have solid likenesses and are quite simply cool. They look great on display and are a fun item. What is especially nice is that they would make a great gift for any fan because no matter what, few fans have statues of themselves! We enjoyed these so much that we ordered a few more of our own in different outfits for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day presents. For fans, what could be better than being a character in Star Trek! Hopefully, Cubify will add TNG, DS9, Voyager, Enterprise, and nuTrek options in the future, and they are asking for fan feedback about what other costumes to offer on their website.
Note: TrekMovie was supplied with samples for purposes of writing this article.