How would you like to have to your own action figure?
It doesn’t matter if you are a doctor who would like to make your patients laugh while they wait for your services, a romantic who wants to surprise your significant other for the holidays or a purple-suited celebrity journalist who likes the novelty of a mini version of yourself, having your own doll is cool.
I first learned of the blossoming Canadian start-up over the summer. I was driving with a friend who told me that he was going to pick-up a model figurine of himself. While I was immediately intrigued by the idea, it was hearing about the process that fascinated me even more.
The process is simple and spectacular at the same time. To get your own Selftrait action figure made, all you have to do is make an appointment at the Selftraits headquarters in downtown Toronto. At that point, you are invited to enter a studio where (using 140 cameras), a variety of 360º photos are taken of you that allow an absolutely perfect impression to be taken in a full-body scanning booth. While the photos are taken automatically, there is also a professional photographer on hand to ensure that you are styled perfectly. The process ensures that every angle is captured perfectly and that your doll is an exact replication.
After the photo shoot, the Selftrait team goes over the images with you until you choose the one that you’d like to be used for your model. This was undoubtedly my favorite part of the process as the team offers their suggestions and experience to allow you to make the most informed decision.
From there, the photos are sent over to the 3D printing facility where another team physically produces the Selftrait and looks it over to ensure all of coloring is correct and every element is as close to real life as possible.
After that, it’s just a matter of waiting for your action figure to arrive. A process that takes about seven days from start to finish.
It is $120 for a 5” figurine of yourself and $240 for a 6”.
I recently had my Selftrait completed and could not be any happier with it. The detailing on it is so precise that it even captured the miniscule gold pin on the side of my fedora as well as all the creases in my clothing. It really is a Mini-Murtz and I give it my highest recommurtzdation.
For more information on how you can get your own action figure made, please visit Selftraits.com
About The Author
Murtz Jaffer is the world's foremost reality television expert and was the host of Reality Obsessed which aired on the TVTropolis and Global Reality Channels in Canada. He has professional writing experience at the Toronto Sun, National Post, TV Guide Canada, TOROMagazine.com and was a former producer at Entertainment Tonight Canada. He was also the editor at Weekendtrips.com.