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Dream of becoming a superhero? This 3D themed startup has the answer!
by Startacus Admin
If you are anything like us then this is one of your favourite day-dreams…special powers…a secret identity…a diabolical villain named ‘Dr Pelican’ or the like...a battle to save the city…the greatest superhero the world has ever known… YOU!
However it can be difficult maintain such an image of oneself as a superhero, particularly when you find yourself at your desk surrounded by piles of miscellaneous paper, a dozen empty coffee cups and a half-eaten tuna sandwich…‘I bet Peter Parker had a really tidy desk’ you sigh to yourself.
But fear not ye would-be warriors, we have just stumbled across a fab startup that has identified this particular problem and is hoping that their innovative and radical solution will help reinvigorate your alter ego, superhero self-image.
You Kick Ass (or You Kick A**) for those of you who are easily offended, is a Seattle based startup which is making it possible for you to see yourself as a superhero again (albeit a tiny plastic one).
The company, which has recently smashed through its Kickstarter campaign target of $15,000 (WHAAAAM!) uses the latest 3D printing technology along with just one photograph of the subject to create an impressively accurate, personalised superhero action figure in a range of striking poses.
You will be able to select the body that you want as well as provide plenty of details about your superhero alter ego including the superpowers that they have. There is even a comic book strip on the back of the box, detailing the superhero’s back story, how they manage to acquire the powers that they have and so forth.
You Kick Ass, is the creative mastery of 3 pals; Keri Andrews, Douglas Jordan and Alesia Glidewell, whose experience as the model for Chell, the hero of the Portal games, inspired the trio to give everyone the opportunity to experience themselves as a superhero.
The project began as Andrew’s business plan for a Washington State University MBA program assignment last fall, and being almost surprised at the potential market for the business the three decided there was no time to lose.
All going to plan and the first orders of tiny superheroes should be on their way this September, with orders being opened to the public shortly thereafter.
If you, like Keri, Douglas and Alesia have a great startup, project or idea why not add it to our collaboration space where you can recieve loads of support and advice from fellow self starters, mentors and investors.