GeneCash

KSP shop on Shapeways is MIA

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So I got paid, and I was hoping to buy a couple Kerbal figures from Shapeways, but the store is gone. What's up with that?

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That's not surprising. Whatever deal Squad had with Shapeways would likely no longer be valid since Squad no longer owns the Kerbal Space Program intellectual property; Squad can no longer authorize any third-party to use the Kerbal likeness for commercial products. My guess is at this point it would require Take-Two and Shapeways coming to some sort of new agreement to restart sales of KSP figures.

That being said, maybe a new arrangement is in the works between Take-Two and Shapeways, but I haven't seen any official mention of Shapeways since Squad sold KSP. It likely would not take a lot of time or work to restart sales if Take-Two wishes to do so.

I'm guessing Shapeways was printing to order; it's unlikely they keep a stock of figures, but even if they do I'd be surprised if they could sell anything until a new deal is made.

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7 hours ago, GeneCash said:

So I got paid, and I was hoping to buy a couple Kerbal figures from Shapeways, but the store is gone. What's up with that?

Take 2 happened

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Ah well, the figures were going to be a birthday present for a friend I was trying to get interested in the game. I guess I'll have to nip that in the bud.

I wish I'd known this before buying a new graphics card to play 1.3.

It was a lot of fun while it lasted, like HALO.

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I should finish my coffee before replying.  

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Answered a question not asked in the thread. Yikes. Finishing coffee!
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10 hours ago, Mako said:

That's not surprising. Whatever deal Squad had with Shapeways would likely no longer be valid since Squad no longer owns the Kerbal Space Program intellectual property; Squad can no longer authorize any third-party to use the Kerbal likeness for commercial products. My guess is at this point it would require Take-Two and Shapeways coming to some sort of new agreement to restart sales of KSP figures.

That being said, maybe a new arrangement is in the works between Take-Two and Shapeways, but I haven't seen any official mention of Shapeways since Squad sold KSP. It likely would not take a lot of time or work to restart sales if Take-Two wishes to do so.

I'm guessing Shapeways was printing to order; it's unlikely they keep a stock of figures, but even if they do I'd be surprised if they could sell anything until a new deal is made.

Actually Shapeways closed shop iirc. I know Makershop and Eu3lid did.

I Know there was Cafe Press which made merchandise for KSP; I don't know what happened with them as Cafe Press still seems active.

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5 hours ago, ZooNamedGames said:

Actually Shapeways closed shop iirc. I know Makershop and Eu3lid did.

I Know there was Cafe Press which made merchandise for KSP; I don't know what happened with them as Cafe Press still seems active.

Alas, poor Eu3lid.  I really wanted a nice printing of one of my crafts, but by the time I had both a worthy craft and the money for it, they were no longer doing that.

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18 hours ago, ZooNamedGames said:

Actually Shapeways closed shop iirc.

I Know there was Cafe Press which made merchandise for KSP; I don't know what happened with them as Cafe Press still seems active.

Shapeways appears to still be very much in business after a quick check of their website. It looks like they still have a lot to offer, but probably no Kerbals until they have a new deal worked out with Take-Two.

I wonder if anyone from Squad or Take-Two gave maintaining the Shapeways merchandise agreement a thought during the sale of KSP.

Edit:

I just checked that Cafe Press link you posted. I could be wrong, but that merchandise appears to be unaffiliated with Squad or Take-Two. It looks like it was created by a fan and I don't see anything that makes it look like those are officially licensed products.

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Yeah, this happened last year if I recall correctly.

Not connected with the take 2 deal.

I've got a KSP mug from cafepress. Very nice quality print. Holds up well with over 18 months of use.

sadly I'll never have a shapeways kerbal rocket.

Then again legal stuff can take a long time to resolve, so who know how long the deal took to work out. For example: there were unresolved IP issues with Fallout long after Fallout 3 came out.

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9 minutes ago, T.A.P.O.R. said:

Yeah, this happened last year if I recall correctly.

Not connected with the take 2 deal.

I've got a KSP mug from cafepress. Very nice quality print. Holds up well with over 18 months of use.

sadly I'll never have a shapeways kerbal rocket.

Then again legal stuff can take a long time to resolve, so who know how long the deal took to work out. For example: there were unresolved IP issues with Fallout long after Fallout 3 came out.

Ah, it could certainly be the case that the deal between Squad and Shapeways was terminated prior to any business with Take-Two. Perhaps the deal had an expiration date and was not renewed or perhaps one or both parties decided to end the deal. I don't remember seeing anything about Shapeways no longer making KSP items, but I definitely could have missed that news.

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Moving to Kerbal Network, since this is about merchandise rather than the KSP game itself.

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