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Did you ever want to be made into an action figure? Well, this is the next best thing.
Ioys (which stands, oddly, for ‘I’m on your side’) can turn you into a full colour 3D representation of yourself in just 2 weeks.
I showed up at the Design Lab in central Seoul not quite sure what to expect, but was quickly blown away by the amusement value in simply taking part.
The ‘studio’ is a screened off cylindrical space filled with cameras on stands. There are well over 100 of them, all at different heights and angles, designed to capture you in 360 degrees.
One click, one second, and it’s done – you get to check the expression on your face, and, if you blinked when all the shutters clicked, try it again…
Bright coloured clothing is recommended, and you have to pose carefully so that, for example, the finished arms are not dangerously skinny and easy to break.
The figurines take about 2 weeks to be completed, so there’s a convenient system to have them mailed to your home later. A whole series of sizes is available, and you can choose to immortalise a pet, a couple, or a family group instead. I chose the next to smallest size, which was on a very attractive discount. Besides, this was a mad enough idea without ending up with a foot high mini me standing on a shelf.
At less than 70,000 won including international postage, this seemed to be a very reasonable price for a real one-off piece of memorabilia.
The finished article arrived packed in multiple layers of box and foam padding, so there was no danger of any damage, and it is surprisingly well done for the price. The surface texture is grainy, which means the spray on ‘photo’ with the colour and details is slightly blurry, but it gives an appealing soft focus finish. I’m very pleased with it!