Apparently making an easy trouble-free 3D Printer kit for kids to use at home is not so easy as it seems. If you remember earlier this year Mattel unveiled its new version of the hit Thingmaker from the 1960’s and 70’s, this time around as a 3D Printer for kids to print custom action figures and toys. Originally the release was set for October of this year but according to Engadget Mattel has pushed out the release date until Fall of next year (2017).

This might upset some kids and parents. It seems Amazon has been taking pre-release orders for the Thingmaker since February 2016 with ship dates in October.

See the following statement from Mattel:

After much consideration, Mattel has decided to move its Thingmaker/3D printer launch to Fall 2017. At Mattel, we pride ourselves on delivering best-in-class products and the additional time will allow us to enhance the digital functionality to ensure we deliver the most engaging end-to-end experience for all family members. We are grateful for the excitement around this product and look forward to exceeding expectations in 2017. For more information/updates on product avail visit


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