Fake Plastic Clones


Written by Betty Wood
Photos and illustrations by Danny Choo, Flickr, Getty, Blue Pegasus, various
18 Sunday 18th September 2011

Reborn baby Connor by Blue Pegasus: freaky-deaky life like babies rendered in silicon

The Jibun-san dolls (or Me dolls) are created using a series of digital photographs that capture the contours and dimensions of your face and head from a variety of angles. These high-resolution images are then collated to produce a 3D mock-up which is then fed into a state of the art 3D printer which 'prints' your head into a plaster format. Artists at the studio then apply paint and resins to the mould to recreate skin pigment, eye colour and enamelling on the teeth. The result is a seriously realistic looking miniature version of your own head, which is then attached to a generic doll body with moveable limbs.

Clone Factory doll

The dolls themselves belly the uniqueness of the head-sculpting process through their genericism, though this is counteracted somewhat by their wardrobe. You can customise the outfit of the doll to meet your own tastes and purposes, dressing it in a superhero costume, business suit or board shorts.

For something that clocks in at a diminutive 20" (max) in height, these toys aren't cheap - they cost £1,115 to buy and boast none of the features that your bog-standard Baby Annabelle type-toy carries such as a voice box, blinking eyes or the ability to 'wet' its nappy (not that the latter is something actively encouraged beyond the age of two). But for the narcissistically motivated amongst us, the opportunity to immortalise yourself in miniature form is rather appealing.

The episodic version of 'Don't Play No Game'. Click here for the full 11-minute cut

To herald in the long-awaited release of their latest record, that's exactly what the Beastie Boys have done. Granted, we don't all have the budgets they do to call in the clone-doll-making troops, but were just as tickled by their announcement to manufacture and sell these dolls as the next person. For $750 (£477) you can get your hands on all three 11.5-inch Beastie Boys, replete with doll stands, safely goggles, extra hand attachments for posing and a deluxe 2-disc version of the Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds of Science. Then you can recreate their moves in the 'Don't Play No Game That I Can't' Win video to the tee.

Mini Beasties

The biological cloning of human beings is a technology that, whilst partially possible within our current scientific capabilities, is beyond international moral code of scientific practice. But the same can't be said for the cloning of animals. We're not talking just about Dolly the sheep here; scientists across the world from America to South Korea have engaged in projects to clone animals, from pet pups to cats and monkeys.

Booger baby and his owner Bernann McKunney

Back in 2008, an American dog owner hit the headlines when she paid $150,000 to have her dead pet pit-bull Booger cloned by scientists in Seoul, in what was thought to be the first commercial cloning commission in the history of genetic engineering. Bernann McKunney paid RNL Bio to create five cloned puppies using genetic material taken from Booger's ear after he died back in 2007, and since then hundreds of cloned pets have been created for bereft pet-owners.

Cloning is also being considered to help reintroduce endangered animal species back into their natural environments by scientists such as Dr Bill Ritchie, who is currently working on a proposal that would see the highly endangered Scottish Wildcat (of which there are only 400 left in the wild) cloned and reintroduced to their native highland environment in a controversial move to save the ailing (and notoriously difficult to breed) species.

But if you're more interested in creating a life-size replica of yourself that won't break the bank and won't prematurely introduce you to the world of parenthood, then German crafter/creative nerd from Instructables.com has put together this 'how to' guide for creating a life-sized version of yourself out of paper. It might not be able to do the housework for you, nor stand in for you at work but as crafting goes, this epic project looks awesome. You can find out how to make your own paper-clone here.

Who would you clone?

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