Turn yourself into a miniature figurine

MINI ME: Have a figurine, made of plaster and resin, made in your likeness at Uu studio.
Turn yourself into a miniature figurine

KEEP STILL! Retiree Catherine Lim gets scanned for her figurine.


    Sep 27, 2013

    Turn yourself into a miniature figurine

    WHEN Mr Louis Lim and his wife, Catherine, heard about Uu studio's pop-up store, the couple jumped at the chance to visit.

    The 3-D printing-and-scanning studio - a collaboration between home-grown creative agency Kinetic and Japan-based 3-D imaging studio Mikanbako - allows people to have custom figurines modelled after them.

    Mr and Mrs Lim, both retirees, felt the "lifelike" figurines would make a good keepsake to pass down to their grandchildren, and underwent their scans on Wednesday.

    "A photograph may yellow over time, but this will last a lot longer," Mr Lim, 75, told My Paper.

    Mrs Lim, 74, said: "The figures are so cute and unique. I can't wait to receive mine and show it off."

    Since it opened on Saturday, Uu studio - which will remain for only a limited time - has already seen some interesting scans done by Mr Wataru Hida, Mikanbako's chief executive.

    These include a family of skydivers, an outdoorsy couple who posed in their trekking gear, and a woman who chose to be immortalised wearing only a one-piece swimsuit and toting a Chanel handbag.

    Kinetic's account director, Ms Carolyn Teo, said: "We had a bride-to-be walk in and decide to have figurines made of her, her groom and her family in their wedding outfits... We will be scanning the couple separately as they have not seen each other's suit and gown.

    "They will also be getting small figurines to be used as toppers for their wedding cake."

    Made of plaster and resin, the figures come in small (15cm), medium (20cm) or large (25cm) sizes, which cost $850, $1,000 and $1,500 respectively.

    This is comparable to prices in Japan, and include packaging and shipping from there. The end product takes up to four months to reach the customer.

    Scans can take up to 45 minutes, but the process is usually quicker if the subject manages to keep still. About 180 of the 260 available slots have been taken up.

    Though available in Japan and Europe, the technology is still in its infancy, which is why the company is using the pop-up store as an educational opportunity, creative director Pann Lim explained.

    Uu will be hosting hour-long sessions next week for design students from polytechnics here to learn how the scanning works.

    Even if you find the figurines pricey, Ms Teo and Mr Lim encourage walk-ins to the studio, which has a gallery of figurines on display, as well as an interactive wall which allows customers to visualise how they will look as miniatures.

    Ms Teo said: "We want to reach out to anyone who's into design, because this is going to affect the industry (in the future)."

    The Uu studio is open daily at Scotts Square (#01-06/07), from 10am to 10pm, until Oct 6.