Listen, as excited as I was to be turned into a Star Trek character, my heart has always belonged in a galaxy far, far away. So, naturally, I'm a bit excited by this morning's news that the latest company to be vacuumed up by 3D Systems is a modeling / toy design firm Gentle Giant, which has a pretty solid pedigree of high profile partnerships, including Star Wars. And while the companies haven't announced specific plans post-acquisition, I'm already pretty pumped imagining just what I would look like in a block of carbonite. Here's the official line on the deal,

3DS plans to immediately leverage Gentle Giant Studios technology and vast library of digital content into its consumer platform and extend its existing brand relationships to further the reach of 3D scanning, modeling and printing for entertainment, toys, collectibles, action figures in conjunction with numerous blockbuster films and evergreen licensed properties.

Sounds promising enough. Also on the list of GG's intellectual property partners are The Hobbit, Marvel / Disney, The Walking Dead and Harry Potter. On second thought, my head on Wolverine's body sounds pretty appealing too - the adamantium claws would certainly come in handy next week at CES...

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3D Systems buys company behind Star Wars, Hobbit and Harry Potter models