What are MAKIES?
You get to choose what the face looks like: the eyes, nose, jaw, smile, the hair, the clothes and the hands and feet too. Once you’ve finished creating, we manufacture your exact figure for you, dress it with the clothes you’ve chosen, add the hair and eyes you’ve chosen, and put it in a beautifully recycleable cardboard tube to be sent directly to you.
Makies are 10" poseable action dolls with faces and features designed by YOU.
An Action Doll?
Out of our way inferior dolls and action figures, Makies are crazy flexible!
Makies come in female and male form, and are fully poseable in all sorts of ways. They can do karate, yoga and kung fu, or at least stand in positions which look a bit like that. They have easily pull-off and push-on limbs, hands and feet, so dressing them is easy.
Made in Europe
We’re pretty sure toys haven’t been made in London since the Victorians were about. So, locally made. That’s good.
Local manufacturing is important to us and we’re very pleased to be assembling all of the Makies in our London HQ. The dolls are printed by our lovely friends in London and Amsterdam, and the tiny little clothes are handmade by Elouise in our lab, and made to order. We even package up your unique toy in materials sourced in the UK.
How are they made?
Perfect for holding makeup, interestingly.
We’re using 3D printing techniques to make the action doll, each one unique to its owner. Imagine a printer: now imagine it uses powdered plastic instead of ink on paper. Now imagine that a fine laser melts the finely powdered plastic into a shape: that’s the type of 3D printing we’re using. It means that those tiny, delicate changes that you make to the face shape are reproducible exactly, and it also means that the surface is matte, and slighly porous, a bit like unfired porcelain.
Who are they for?
We think that Makies will appeal to the type of person who likes to MAKE things! We want Makies to be maker-friendly, so in the future we’ll be offering all sorts of paints, colours, makeup and add-ons to help you turn Makie into the creature of your imagination.
What do MAKIES do?
or similar, so if you want to you can try your hand at fitting LEDs, RFIDs and battery packs, voicechips, Bluetooth and Arduino. We’re really hoping you’ll have a go at that. The eyes are moveable if you open up the head and unclip the eye piece. And there’s room in the neck for wires and in the back cavity for batteries.
If you decide to get hacking please send us the results so that we can show everyone else!
MAKIES can’t talk (yet) but the inside is designed to fit a
What else is special about MAKIES?
The paper products used in Makies' packaging are mostly created from recycled materials. The end cap of the packaging tube is made of LDPE, a recyclable thermoplastic, classified safe enough for food packaging.
MAKIES are much better for the planet than ordinary toys.
Makies begin life as a powder. The powder which is not used is recycled so there’s less waste, and because we only print a Makie once you’ve ordered it we don't end up with warehouses full of dolls which never sold.
What does a MAKIE feel like?
We don't recommend that you TRY to break a MAKIE, though!
Like unglazed porcelain, kind of. Sometimes a MAKIE can feel quite fragile or precious, and early testers have likened it to porcelain, maybe because the only toys that have a bit more weight to them are porcelain. But MAKIES are actually as tough as (plastic) boots.
Who are MakieLab?
We believe in being good, in working with our customers to make the best stuff we can, and also sometimes being just a little bit disruptive. We don't believe in limiting girls to pink, and boys to guns. We believe in awesome!
We are a small team in London who want to bring something amazing to the world of toys. We are currently a 50/50 split of female and male employees, with a passion for creativity and ethical production.
Why is a MAKIE so cheap/expensive?
Your Makie will last you a long time, and best of all, you’ll know that it’s been hand-assembled with love and care and to your design.
MAKIES are £69 inc. VAT. Making a customised toy in the UK costs more than making mass-produced plastic toys overseas. If you compare Makie to a regular toy-shop doll it might seem pricey. If you compare it to the kind of dolls you’ll find in comic book stores, on a collector’s shelf or imported from Japan, Makies are a bit less.
Can I return my MAKIE?
If you're in any way unhappy with your MAKIE, please let us know and we will do our best to make things better.
Your MAKIE is unique and fully personalised, and so we can't accept returns of a MAKIE unless your MAKIE is faulty. So once you’ve made a purchase, he or she is yours for life. It's a big commitment, we know!
What are you building next?
We want to build what you want to play with: swishing tails, zooming rollerskates, earrings, pets, whatever it is do let us know in the Feedback forum
A great thing about our process is that we are able to react very rapidly to requests and demands. So make some demands, and we'll see what's popular and create it for you!