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SOURCE MakerBot and Uglydoll & Pretty Ugly, LLC
Four Beloved Uglydoll Characters Become 3D Printable on a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer and Are Unveiled at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas
BROOKLYN, N.Y. and LAS VEGAS, June 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- MakerBot in partnership with Pretty Ugly, LLC, is delighted to announce that 3D printable Uglydoll® content is available on the MakerBot® Digital Store! In close collaboration with the Uglydoll creators, MakerBot has designed a collection of 3D printable collectibles featuring four of the most popular Uglydoll characters: Babo™, Wage™, Ice-Bat™ and Ox™, who can be 3D printed on MakerBot Replicator® Desktop 3D Printers. These characters will be making their 3D printed debut at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas on June 17, 2014. The unforgettable characters are being introduced as T-pose characters, designed to be 3D printed and fully poseable, with additional 3D printables from the Uglyverse to follow. The 3D printable Uglydoll characters will be available on the MakerBot Digital Store with prices starting at $1.29 per digital model.
Pretty Ugly is the manufacturer and distributor of the iconic Uglydoll brand of plush characters. For the past 13 years, Uglydoll has enjoyed a growing affection among consumers, both young and old. Pretty Ugly views incorporating 3D printable content as the next step in the Uglydoll franchise, and one that could excite a whole new generation of Uglydoll fans and makers alike. The collectability of the Uglydoll line is also paramount among its fans. To be able to 3D print an Uglydoll character and then share among enthusiasts is what Pretty Ugly believes to be the perfect fit with the Maker community!
"Taking Uglydoll into the world of 3D printing seems like a natural extension for our Uglydoll characters," noted David Horvath, co-founder of Pretty Ugly. "Sun-Min and I have been fans of 3D printing for a while and we are excited to be working with MakerBot on bringing our characters to life in a whole different 3D world."
MakerBot, a global leader in desktop 3D printing, created the MakerBot Digital Store to sell original, fun, and collectible digital content specifically designed for MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers. The MakerBot Digital Store offers a wide selection of 3D printable models that are verified by MakerBot to be easy to print.
"We are so excited to offer Uglydoll 3D printable content in the MakerBot Digital Store," noted Jenny Lawton, president of MakerBot and a huge Uglydoll fan, with Wage and Ice Bat being some of her favorite characters. "The story behind the creation of the Uglydoll characters by David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim showcases how creativity can positively impact lives. We love the fun, light-hearted stories behind the Uglydoll characters and hope that they will help inspire a whole new generation of makers with their 3D printed adventures."
The MakerBot Digital Store offerings of Uglydoll 3D printable content will come in four installments: first, the T-pose characters of Babo, Wage, Ice-Bat and Ox will be released so Uglydoll fans can bring these adorable 3D characters to life. Second will come a unique 3D printable Uglydoll bus that will take miniature Uglydoll characters on a summer vacation. Fans who 3D print the Uglydoll bus are encouraged to post its travels on social media and inspire makers to take their creativity on the road. Third will be the four Uglydoll characters in dynamic stances -- posed to enjoy their environment and 3D printed world. Last will be a set of 3D printable environments for the Uglydolls to live in. All of the four Uglydoll characters and their bus, poses and lifestyle sets will be released this summer on the MakerBot Digital Store available at makerbot.com/digitalstore. For more information on MakerBot and its products and MakerBot 3D Ecosystem, visit makerbot.com.
MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq: SSYS), is leading the Next Industrial Revolution by setting the standards in reliable and affordable desktop 3D printing. Founded in 2009, MakerBot sells desktop 3D printers to innovative and industry-leading customers worldwide, including engineers, architects, designers, educators and consumers. To learn more about MakerBot, visit makerbot.com.
About Uglydoll & Pretty Ugly, LLC
David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim created the first Uglydoll hand-sewn plush toy in 2001. Since the inception of the first character, Wage™, whom David drew on a love letter to Sun-Min, Uglydoll has grown into an entire universe of characters, stories, and products for all ages. The Uglydoll brand was launched in 2002 by Pretty Ugly, LLC in Edison, New Jersey. David and Sun-Min's unique aesthetic and voice defining "ugly" distinguish the property as distinctive and unique. The award-winning Uglydoll characters appear in a variety of toys, books, apparel, and other licensed products that are available in thousands of stores, worldwide. For more information, please visit uglydolls.com. Uglydoll® and Pretty Ugly™ are registered trademarks of Pretty Ugly, LLC.
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