INFINITY BLADE COLLECTIBLES
One of my favorite game series of all time has got to be the Infinity Blade franchise, developed by Chair for iOS. It’s got everything I love: swords, fighting, swords, monsters, weapons, and swords [also swords. –Ethan]. The 3rd volume of the game was released in 2013 and somewhere along the line, there was an update that added the feature to order a custom 3D printed figure of your character straight from the game. The figures can be printed in small (~3 ½ inches), medium (~4 ½ inches), and large (5 ½ – 6 inches) sizes. Today, for my inaugural IB figure review, I’ll be looking at version 1 of my Siris build in small.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Siris is based on his appearance in Infinity Blade 3. Mine specifically is 3 ½ inches tall and shows him sporting the Nightbringer helm, Still Plate armor, Starsh sword, and Nodus shield in the “crossed” pose. Being 3D printed, all of Siris’ sculpt is new, and because it was printed using the game’s model data, it’s pretty spot on. Certain areas like the shield can seem a little chunkier than in the game, but at such a small scale, beefing up parts like that to improve durability is perfectly acceptable. In addition, the coloring is quite impressive. There isn’t a drop of paint used on the figure, instead, all the color comes from the print medium itself. The shield again seems to have a little trouble with some of the details being slightly fuzzy but it’s not terrible and the rest of the figure is nice and clean. Sandboxr, the company that handles printing these figures describes the medium as a “sandstone-like powder” material that is then treated to make the print a solid piece. The choice of medium allows for much more detailed prints than with plastic filament printers and also gives the figure a nice amount of heft. Aside from the aforementioned sword and shield permanently affixed to his back, Siris features no accessories and has no articulation.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Until just a couple months ago, I had no idea the feature of having your character as a 3D print was even a thing, so when I stumbled across the Infinity Blade Collectibles website and found it, I immediately jumped into the game and decked out my character. The wait between placing the order and receiving it seemed a little long, but honestly, for something custom made, the turnaround was not bad at all. It is a bit of a shame that they only make static figures, although the level of customization involved would make fully articulated figures a bit of a pain to produce. In the end, it’s a super cool little statue to have and I’m already looking into getting more.