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Elemental Action Figures And Barbie With A Bow: See These Empowering Toys For Girls

So how did he choose what to create for these sets?

“Barbie's anatomy made the decisions for me! She can't grasp objects, so in order to give milady a sword it had to be an Indian pata. Also it's a shout-out to Willow, which remains one of the most underrated sword-and-sorcery movies of all time,” he explained. “The limitations of hobbyist 3D printing also dictated parts of the design. The heater shield she uses turns out to be the perfect shape for 3d printing; it's printed upside down so it has a wide base that tapers to a point at the top.”

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