What would Cartman say if he knew he was being 3d printed?
Well, today it was announced that South Park has launched a line of 3d printed characters, including Cartman, Kenny, Kyle, Stan, Terrance and plenty of others.
The products are licensed through Source3, a company with particular expertise in licensing and distributing content.
"We are thrilled to work with South Park, one of the deepest and most incredible portfolio of characters and moments ever created. Using 3D printing and on-demand production, we can create an evolving line of character collectibles previously unavailable to fans," says Scott Sellwood Head of Partnerships at Source3.
The 3d printed South Park characters are available on Amazon and Shapeways, ranging in price from $30 for a single character to $160 for a set.
The difficulty for consumer brands looking to leverage 3d printed items to engage their fans is that it's hard for them to control the eco-system. Once files are out in the open, it becomes harder and harder for them to monetize, so companies like Source3 have come in to try and create an infrastructure that suits the licensor.