Linkin Park is breaking its habit of just being a rock band, as the American group has taken its first steps into the 3D printing world. They now enable fans to purchase a 3D printed figurine of each individual band member. Yes, all members got scanned by a 3D scanner and are now off officially able to be collected as 3D printed figurines by their fans.
We dare to say the average young rock fan is not a millionaire, and there is nothing wrong with not being rich, but just enjoying some nice rock-‘n-roll guitars. However, Linkin Park seems to estimate the average rock fan’s income extraordinary high. The band has six members and a 1:5 scale model of each member will cost you as much as 499 dollars. In their defense, such a figurine will be 14 inches tall.
And there is a limited run of 99 figurines per band member. In case you are a fan, but not a millionaire, you can also choose for a 1:10 scale model for 149 dollars or for a 1:20 scale model for 295 dollars. In that case you would get the whole band posed in front of official artwork. What would have been the motivation of the band members for this project: the desire for a new swimming pool or a love for technology?
Maybe it really is a love for technology – and a smart business plan. The band members all got 3D printed by a German company called Staramba, which specializes in celebrity replicas. This company wants to take 3D scanners with them during Linkin Park’s current tour, so fans could get themselves 3D scanned and printed out as figurines with their favorite band member.
Linkin Park is not the first pop act to use the technique of 3D printing. Earlier this year, Will.i.am became 3D Systems Chief Creative Officer. He then also stated 3D scanners should be taken to concerts – but in order to 3D scan musicians live while playing. Whether that will one day become possible or not, the future will have to decide. And then there’s Bloc Party’s Kele, who released the first 3D printed record in late 2013. Electronic indie act Cut Copy managed to top it up in 2014 with a 3D printed video clip.
Image credits: Staramba/ Linkin Park.