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I hope you’ve seen our gift e-VOUCHER,  possibly the easiest way to give your bestie/lover/cousin/father/significant other a unique gift experience – a tiny version of themselves. What’s not to love about someone who loves you so much they want two of you!

All you have to do is purchase a gift e-VOUCHER and a few moments after you complete the checkout process you will receive a number of emails with your gift e-VOUCHER codes. Each code can be redeemed for one Mini Head. You then forward the code to your recipient. The email contains all the instructions they need to get started with ordering their own Mini Head, and they will be able to choose their own hairstyle and colour.  That’s all you have to do. Easy and very, very special.

Every day we are amazed at our customers’ creativity with their personalised mini-figures. If you’ve ever swung by our Facebook page you’ll know that we love to feature some of the amazing images and videos that our cool customers devise and tenderly create. This week we’re loving the photo that a US customer, Ryan Williams of Wilbraham, MA, sent us showing his mini-me out on patrol and packing a serious looking piece of hardware. Check it out here. And if your mini-figures are out and about having adventures, please share them with us!

Next month we’ll be dressing up and having our own adventure when we visit the aptly-named Epic Centre in Lincolnshire for Lincoln Comic-Con 2016. We’re sorting out our ‘epic’ costumes already. We’d love to know if you’re planning to come too!

 

It’s mid-way through February and I’m amazed – and grateful – to look back and see that we’ve managed to successfully deliver every order that we’ve received so far this year. I’m amazed because we really weren’t set up to handle thousands of orders in early January, and pretty much worked around the clock to get orders out of the door. Who needs sleep anyway?

But, with the first rush behind us, and two extra people on the team, we’re not working crazy hours anymore and have time to spend on developing our ideas for the mini-figures. We’re now working in a larger space after moving our incredibly big 3D printer halfway across town.

Orders are still pouring in each day and we are thrilled that so many people love our personalised mini-figure heads as much as we do. We’ve been receiving great feedback from our customers after they’ve received their miniature heads, and we’ve also had some interesting enquiries.

Most of our customers want their own image miniaturised, or want to surprise a partner or friend with a unique gift, but we’ve also had enquiries about …pets. Now, while I can see why people want their pet’s head on a mini-figure (how cool would that be!) the technology that’s available doesn’t deal with the huge variety of animal images just yet.

To produce the heads, we need specific 2D images that allow the human face to be measured at certain critical points – we send you an email to explain exactly how the images should be captured. The measurements we take from these images are key to the accurate conversion process that produces each 3D head. At this time, the complex conversion process is only set up to measure and recreate human faces, but, in the future, who knows?

Meanwhile, we’re busy dealing with orders for birthdays, anniversaries, conventions, weddings – think cake decorations of brick figure brides and bridegrooms – and plenty for no other reason than they are just so cool!

PS.  If you personalised your wedding cake with mini-figure heads, we’d love to see your photos.

 

 

 

Last week we took time out of the office to show off our little guys at the first Lincolnshire Business Expo.

The Lincolnshire Business Expo is one of the big calendar events for the business community across Lincolnshire, so we thought it was the perfect place to meet other businesses and show them what we do.

Around 500 delegates attended and I swear that most of them found time to come and talk to us, because we had a steady stream of people stopping by to check us out all day. We had a complete display of mini-figures on hand so, among the accountants, banks, PR companies, recruitment agencies, hotels and software businesses, we really stood out from the crowd.

We also set up a mini-station to scan images for people who wanted to kick off the process of making their own 3D head image right there and then, so I got busy with the camera. People were amazed at how quick and easy it was to capture the right sort of images, and we were able to show them what the 3D image looked like on an iPad.

Quite a few of those who chatted to us had already seen us on Twitter or in the media and were excited to be able to see and hold the mini-figures. We also attracted lots of attention from the other businesses and had some interesting conversations. It was great to get out of the office for once, but I couldn’t wait to get back to the day job!

 

 

 

 

We’ve now been featured on Fox and the NBC Today programme and, in a case of spectacularly good timing, it was International Lego Day last week. We are still working our way through hundreds of orders each day – this is what it must be like to be caught in a massive twister!

Having around 300 individual media hits, nearly 3,000 Tweets and many thousands of page views on our website in a short space of time has been totally mind blowing. Conversations about the 3D heads have popped up in all sorts of unlikely places and I’ve been thrilled to see that people who’ve already got their 3D heads are posting to Instagram and Twitter. Some of these mini-me’s are taking some wild journeys, if the photos are anything to go by. I’m loving seeing their adventures!

In order to meet the massive demand, this week I set out to find bigger premises for our big, beautiful production 3D image printer and the four new employees who’ll soon be helping us shorten our production and dispatch times. Lincoln’s not a big city, so it wasn’t long before I found the space I was looking for. Best of all, it’s not that far from the mothership. Now all I have to do is meticulously plan the move day. It’ll mean taking the printer out for a day, but the extra staff will more than make up the time, so no worries that deliveries will be held up, which is the most important thing – we know you can’t wait to get your hands on your very own 3D mini-figure head!