|Reminds me of Scud|
As much as I want to be in total support of this project, I have to temper my excitement with a bit of harsh reality. The reason, I feel, that Stikfas died is because, cool as they were, $20 is a lot to pay for a generic looking plastic toy. Take away the corporate sponsorship and fancy packaging but make the toy print-on-demand and $20 is still a lot to pay. In fact this new toy only manages that price point because it's full of holes. Literally. From a consumer perspective you're paying the same and getting less in many ways. Shapeways still needs their bank of cool but expensive reliable high-resolution 3D printers and someone is going to have to pay for it. So even little toy made of thin plastic walls or a novelty ring becomes a big expense.
The plus side of this new toy, however, is that more profits go to the creator, so there is that. Marx can be happy.
I myself experimented with putting the chessbot on Shapeways only to be told I'd need to charge $60 per side. Per side. That's not even a whole set. If I redesigned it so the pieces were hollow I might be able to bring that cost down, but it would still be way more than I'm charging. Then again, one little snafu and I'm out of production for a while. And snafus are not uncommon with cheap printers. This is why I don't offer sales on things that I haven't already printed. This is why no one has bought 20 Makerbots or Mojos and made a cheaper low-resolution Shapeways knockoff.
There's hope for the future. The tech is becoming more accessible and more reliable. Remember we're still on the cutting edge here.