Here is the first hot 2016 Holiday toy. The $299.99 Mattel ThingMaker 3D printer for kids will be released this fall, but pre-order starts today.
Mattel unveiled at the New York Toy Fair 2016 an easy-to-use 3D printer called ThingMaker. The 3D printing for kids includes the ThingMaker Design App and the ThingMaker 3D Printer.
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Through a previously announced collaboration with Autodesk, the Mattel ThingMaker enables kids to make their own toys. This is was an expected evolution of 3D printing. Mattel makes it a reality this Holiday season. Available fall 2016 in the U.S., consumers can purchase ThingMaker 3D Printer at an expected price of $299.99 with pre-orders beginning today, February 15, 2016 on Amazon.com.
Update: The pre-order for the Mattel ThingMaker is now available on Amazon.com on this page. The shipping date is October 15.
I am definitely getting the ThingMaker 3D printer for my kids as Holiday toy gift. The ThingMaker could turn out to be a hard to find Holiday 2016 toy. I recommend a pre-order to be on the safe side.
Whether creating figures such as dolls, robots and dinosaurs, or wearable accessories like bracelets and necklaces, Mattel's new ThingMaker eco-system is the answer for at-home creative play.
By downloading the ThingMaker Design App, kids can browse through easy-to-follow templates or tap into their imaginations and build their own creations from hundreds of parts. When the masterpiece is ready for creation, designs get sent right to the ThingMaker 3D Printer, which prints parts in batches for easy assembly via ball and socket joints.
"In today's digital age, it's more important than ever for families to transcend the digital world and make their ideas real," said Aslan Appleman, senior director, at Mattel. "ThingMaker pushes the boundaries of imaginative play, giving families countless ways to customize their toys and let their creativity run wild. We're thrilled to work with the 3D design experts at Autodesk to bring this one-of-a-kind experience to life."
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Mattel will have a variety of filament color options available for the ThingMaker 3D Printer with additional design content including branded options rolling out at a later date. The ThingMaker Design App also works with other printers too. The app is available now and free to download for iOS and Android devices.