While 3D printers might be coming on leaps and bounds in the quality that they're able to output, we're still a far way off from them becoming the way that most people produce figures or models - because the level of detail just isn't there yet. However, when it comes to late 90s video game characters, 3D printing is more than capable.
Take for example, these fine Final Fantasy VII characters, complete with paintbrush hands and all.
It's ironic really, that while the battle sequences of the game were far superior in graphical quality and the cut scenes even more so, it's the crude (by modern standards) chararacter models that are most memorable - perhaps because they told the story so well despite their lack of detail.
And it's that lack of detail that lends them perfectly to 3D printing. It would be great to see some larger builds based in the Final Fantasy VII universe. Perhaps a chocobo or one of the weapons?
Really, I would love a set of these. If any of you has a 3D printer, want to hook me up with a few?