It's-a Mii!

A very cool surprise arrived at the Panic Towers the other month — me! (Well, a tiny version. Tinier than normal, anyway.)

This amazing figurine was manufactured by the smart folks at Fabjectory, previously well known for their ability to immortalize in solid plastic via a rapid-prototyping machine your own Second Life avatar, that is probably named "Purrlin" and is a sexy cat/fox gothic-lolita magician. I kid. Anyway, they've branched into Miis!

They even sent over a special-edition sad Cabel...

...from my blog post back in the day when my brand-new Wii broke.

(Which reminds me, did I mention I just had to send in my Xbox 360 for a second time for repair? :rolleyes: I mean, someone gets fired when a design mistake costs a company one billions dollars, right? Anyway.)

To give you a helpful sense of the scale of this figurine, here I am hanging out with some Pikmin!

Super awesome.

Although I do look slightly more ethnic in this figurine than I do in real life, it's a pretty cool thing to have sitting on my desk. You can get your own mini-Mii at Fabjectory, starting at $50.

So then, Noby comes and visits us from Japan, and drops off the following.

Hmm! It's from Club Nintendo, the amazing Japanese-only loyalty system where you get points redeemable for awesome bonus cool things by simply buying the games you would have bought anyway. Grr.

It's shrouded in mystery...

Hey, it's Mii, again! And now I'm laser etched! (Ouch!)

I'm now a permanent part of a Mii controller battery cover, fulfilling a life-long dream. I will let no one touch this controller, for it is clearly mine. If you come over to my house, and you use this controller, and you lose in a game and say "my controller is broken", I will retort back in an annoying tone, "actually, it's not your controller!". Then I will request you return it. ZING ZING!

Can you get one? Painfully, as far as I know, this was a one-time only Nintendo Japan promotion — one that was free of charge, no less, as an end-of-year bonus for any Club Nintendo member who bought a certain amount of stuff. It's true: Nintendo of America can go suck a grapefruit. That said, it seems like a clever laser-etching company in the USA would get in on this action, doesn't it?

Anyway, that's enough Mii to last a while.

PS: There's one completely insane snack food product I had to share before I go.


Ethnic cabel is so cute... hehe.

Also, I'm with you on being a little ticked off at NoA for not having cool promo stuff like they get in Japan... it's a joke.

May your Wii have no further problems and may your Xbob 360 only have problems when you are playing a game you don't like.
Anonymous Tom Picklesimer 8/03/2007 5:59 AM  
If by completely insane you mean completely yummy and insane, then yes I agree with you.
Anonymous Elvis Presley 8/03/2007 6:48 AM  
Man oh man. Personalised Wii-mote. I want one so bad. And I don't even have a Wii.
Blogger pauldwaite 8/03/2007 8:02 AM  
Is Ethnic Cabel's grayness at the bottom a coloring issue, or some sort of beard/shadow? ;)
Blogger Austin Heller 8/03/2007 8:46 AM  
NoA could really stand to implement some sort of NA loyalty club like Club Mario. Heck, even Nintendo of Europe has a buyer rewards program!
Anonymous extrarice 8/03/2007 8:57 AM  
Mike from Fabjectory here. The ethnicity of the Cabel Mii Figure (or any of our figures) is an issue I've been trying to work on with them.

The basic problem is this: you have six skin color choices to choose from in the Mii configurator. While they don't have names, they basically range from Goth Pale to Chocolate Delight.

The machine that actually makes the figures is like a big ink-jet and while it does many things well, it doesn't reproduce some color bands terribly well as the actual plaster substrate is white, colors tend to bleed and darken.

This has raised some unexpected issues for us as we try to both figure out what skin color was chosen for a figure (we don't have actual configuration data, but guess from looking at a picture) and what skin color that user actually meant.

For an interesting comparison checkout this picture of Mii's with varying skintones:

Cabel: I'll see about tweaking the skintone and getting you a figure that doesn't look like it's been self-tanning.


Michael Buckbee
Fabjectory Founder
Anonymous Anonymous 8/03/2007 9:48 AM  
I think the most important thing here is... where can I get some Pikmin "action" figures?!
Anonymous Nate 8/03/2007 11:18 AM  
Hellz yeah, Elvis-edition rocks!

Blogger macfixer 8/03/2007 4:06 PM  
Now if you just had a Nicole - you two tinies could stand atop your cake! (Provided this event has not happened yet...)
Anonymous Kai in Portland 8/08/2007 5:12 PM  
Damn Cabel and his free swag :<
Blogger Brad 8/12/2007 5:14 PM  
I have more classic famous Mii Characters self-made over here please give some comments. Visit my official Squidoo Mii too at please remember to vote for the one you like or add some new ones to it if you like!
Blogger 阿里阿度 8/13/2007 9:52 AM  
that tear doesn't mean you are sad, it means you killed someone in prison.
Anonymous thealx 8/14/2007 10:56 AM  
Cabel, where the hell do you find these crazy snacks!? Is portland like some crazy magic land?
Anonymous Ben Gold 8/14/2007 3:18 PM  
I want a personalized Wiimote!
Blogger mike3k 8/14/2007 3:41 PM  
Damn thats cool!
Blogger Jon 3 8/16/2007 4:13 PM  
I've been away from the internet all summer. Five entries to enjoy at once! More than I can handle! Now I am going go check out the entry for Odo on wikipedia! AWESOME
Blogger Elliott 8/23/2007 9:41 PM  
Word. Check it:
Blogger Elliott 8/23/2007 9:42 PM  
come on. update motherfucker!
Anonymous Anonymous 8/29/2007 3:41 PM  
Hey dude if you go 2 or whatever on the home page button to click on Mii it is UR picture featured! lucky!
Anonymous Anonymous 10/19/2007 5:43 AM  

Are you selling any Pikmin figures ??

Anonymous Anonymous 10/09/2009 11:54 AM  
Lol the mii cabel figure is cute! :)
I want one 4 my bday
Anonymous Anonymous 12/31/2009 8:36 PM  

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Name:Cabel Maxfield Sasser
Job:Co-Founder, Panic Inc.
Location:Portland, OR