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Toy Pocket Monster Models

Mike Nieves Crafts Pokemon Figurines Using LEGO Blocks

— March 9, 2012 — Life-Stages
If you feel Nintendo isn’t releasing Pokemon content quick enough, you can do what Mike Nieves did and make your own pocket monster products. Using LEGO blocks, Nieves has fashioned these amazing Pokemon sculptures that closely resemble their anime counterparts. Gyarados, as you can imagine, is much more frightening in three dimensions than his usual 2D cartoon self.

Mike Nieves is a model builder who regularly gets commissioned to craft pop culture characters using nothing more than LEGO pieces. The results are always astonishing as Nieves uses relatively minimal parts to capture the likeness of his inspirations. Aside from Pokemon, he’s also built Transformers, Batman villains, and enemies from the video game Halo. All his figurines are highly articulate, and in most cases, they’re even better than actual toy figurines sold in stores.
Trend Themes
1. Customized Lego Models - The trend of creating personalized Lego models of favorite characters or objects is growing, presenting an opportunity for businesses to offer custom Lego building services.
2. 3D Sculptures - As more people become interested in 3D art forms, there is potential for businesses to create new markets for 3D printing or sculpting services.
3. Pop Culture Fan Art - As fan art becomes more mainstream and acceptable, there is an opportunity for businesses to tap into this market by offering merchandise based on fan-created designs.
Industry Implications
1. Toy Manufacturing - The toy manufacturing industry can adopt the trend of creating Lego-style figurines of popular characters that can be customized and personalized according to customer preferences.
2. 3D Printing Services - The 3D printing industry can capitalize on the trend of creating 3D sculptures of popular characters by offering their expertise to people who want to create their own Pokemon figurines.
3. Fan Merchandise - The fan merchandise industry can take advantage of the trend of pop culture fan art by partnering with artists to offer merchandise based on their creations.
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