South Park is celebrating its 20th season (yes, its been 20 years), and to commemorate have partnered with Source3 to launch 3D printed products. This is the first time this technology has been used to create official South Park merchandise. They will be available via Amazon and Shapeways, and will feature fan favorite characters, side characters and other characters that were previously unavailable via traditional licensing and manufacturing (which is sure to please die hard fans).
The full color 3D prints are collector inspired, and they range in scale and style. The collection will evolve over the three year partnership and feature year round introductions of characters, both old and new.
“We are thrilled to work with South Park, one of the deepest and most incredible portfolio of characters and moments ever created. Using 3D printing and on-demand production, we can create an evolving line of character collectibles previously unavailable to fans,” says Scott Sellwood, Head of Partnerships at Source3.
Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the genius creators of South Park, have hand signed a limited number of Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny figurines. Consumers that purchase the full set will have the chance to receive an autographed set. To read about the rules of the contest check out the official rules page on Source3.
Cartoons are wonderful source material for 3D printed collectibles. Earlier this month we wrote about a 3D printed Futurama Planet Express ship, and we’ve also seen a giant version of our favorite character that lives in a pineapple under the sea. I’m just going to sit back and play the waiting game for some cool Bob’s Burgers figurines…
Source3 is the world’s first platform for end to end management of 3rd party IP in user-generated content. With an extensive database of IP information, they provide IP recognition, licensing and rights administration services that connect creators, marketplaces and brands and enable monetization of user content across physical and digital products. Based in New York City and founded by Google and 3D Systems veterans, the team’s previous venture was RightsFlow, an enterprise licensing technology for the music industry acquired by Youtube in 2011. For more information, please visit their website.
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