Small Soldiers - Archer 3D Printed build

danbatesvfx

New Member
Hey guys, first post on the forums here!

I had a burst of inspiration at the beginning of the year to make and own a full set of screen accurate Small Soldiers figures. So that's exactly what I've been working on since!

I've started with Archer as he seems to be in the mid-complexity sort of range. 3D modelling and printing these guys isn't going to be the problem... It's the joints and poseability of them which are proving to be the hardest part by far.

I would like for my figures to have basically the same range of motion as is seen in the films, so basically your standard 12" figure articulation with ball joints for the shoulders and hips, I've figured those out and have some decent working prototypes printed.

My main problems are with the hinge sort of joints... so the knees and elbows. As it stands now, I have incorporated some metal armature pieces. But I can't help but think I'm over complicating it? I've ordered some slotted spring pins to test out soon. If anyone has any ideas that would be really cool to hear from anyone who may have some insight!
 

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Jok3r0314

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Hey guys, first post on the forums here!

I had a burst of inspiration at the beginning of the year to make and own a full set of screen accurate Small Soldiers figures. So that's exactly what I've been working on since!

I've started with Archer as he seems to be in the mid-complexity sort of range. 3D modelling and printing these guys isn't going to be the problem... It's the joints and poseability of them which are proving to be the hardest part by far.

I would like for my figures to have basically the same range of motion as is seen in the films, so basically your standard 12" figure articulation with ball joints for the shoulders and hips, I've figured those out and have some decent working prototypes printed.

My main problems are with the hinge sort of joints... so the knees and elbows. As it stands now, I have incorporated some metal armature pieces. But I can't help but think I'm over complicating it? I've ordered some slotted spring pins to test out soon. If anyone has any ideas that would be really cool to hear
Also just a heads up, be careful with the articulation. Hasbro got wind of my original project 6 years ago and told me I couldn’t add articulation without facing legal issues as they still own the rights to the toys.
 

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Jok3r0314

Sr Member
Hey guys, first post on the forums here!

I had a burst of inspiration at the beginning of the year to make and own a full set of screen accurate Small Soldiers figures. So that's exactly what I've been working on since!

I've started with Archer as he seems to be in the mid-complexity sort of range. 3D modelling and printing these guys isn't going to be the problem... It's the joints and poseability of them which are proving to be the hardest part by far.

I would like for my figures to have basically the same range of motion as is seen in the films, so basically your standard 12" figure articulation with ball joints for the shoulders and hips, I've figured those out and have some decent working prototypes printed.

My main problems are with the hinge sort of joints... so the knees and elbows. As it stands now, I have incorporated some metal armature pieces. But I can't help but think I'm over complicating it? I've ordered some slotted spring pins to test out soon. If anyone has any ideas that would be really cool to hear from anyone who may have some insight!
Nice work, I’ve recreated all 14 characters already but only in statue form
 

danbatesvfx

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Here's some current progress pics of the two hero props I'm working on.
 

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danbatesvfx

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Been very busy lately with my 3D models - Here's my current progress on the characters...
 

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Halliwax

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Late to this party! This is incredible!! I remember going to the theater to see this, I loved these puppets

Amazing job man!!
 

danbatesvfx

New Member
would you consider selling the STL's? I'd love to print these out for my collection!

Possibly at some point yeah, I'd like to get them all finished first!

Here are some updates of what I've been up to anyway...
 

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